Coming to Terms with Nursing Homes

Posted by on Nov 5, 2017 in Nursing Home Abuse | 0 comments

For anyone who has a relative in a nursing home, there are always a multitude of emotions connected with that choice for your family and for the individual going. On the one hand, there is the relief for the person and for the whole family. The burden of taking care of an elderly member of the family takes a toll on everyone. There’s also a sense that the person isn’t getting the care they need from well-meaning but untrained family. On the other hand, there’s a sense of guilt, as well as fear. The guilt comes from the inadequacy of being up to the job of taking care of this person, who most likely has done quite a bit for you in the past when they were healthy. There is also guilt over the relief, and guilt over a sense of projecting relief onto the person going to the nursing home as a way to alleviate other guilt. There is a lot of guilt.

And then there’s the fear. How will this person do in a nursing home? Will they make friends? Will they feel cared for? Will they be cared for? Will they feel lonely? Will they hold this against me? Will they die alone?

That is only the start of the fear. There are other fears about the horror stories of nursing homes. There are well-documented cases of nursing home abuse. How well do you know the people running the facility? What if the person going isn’t necessarily capable of reporting any abuse done to them?

I want to put down here, perhaps for myself but also for all others going through these experiences, that all these feelings are legitimate. A nursing home is both a release of responsibility and halfway to a goodbye. It’s a recognition that a person has reached the last stage of their life, and also a recognition that we are incapable of taking all the responsibility that entails on ourselves. To feel relief, guilt, fear, self-hatred or happiness, all these emotions are normal for all parties involved.

The best thing that can be done in this case is to make sure the nursing home the family member is going to is a good one. Research the location and the doctors and staff as much as possible. Then, make sure to visit the family member as often as possible. While this can feel like a new burden just when freedom has been grasped again, having the sense of having done your duty and said your proper goodbyes will help ease any negative feelings about the experience both now and in the future. Even if your family member has lost the complete ability to recognize your presence, these shared moments will still mean a lot for all involved.

A final point. It is important to recognize that nursing homes are there for a reason, and you are not a failure for needing that resource. It is in many ways a terrible step to take, but it is one most of us will have to take for others and for ourselves at some point in life. We just have to make peace with that fact.

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The Dangers of our Highway System

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Car Accidents, Personal Injury, Transportation | 0 comments

As the roads of the world experience larger numbers of vehicles utilizing road space every day it is becoming increasingly important that all safety regulations be adhered to without wavering. Drivers on today’s roads must remain alert to the conditions of traffic, lane changes, signs that can cause confusion, and light signals. The senses of a skilled driver are usually calibrated for a more high speed environment like busy highways, but not every driver is used to these conditions. Most drivers are simple civilians driving simple cars that are no match for the monstrous pieces of equipment on the road alongside them.

The majority of cars on the road and in development stages fall into a much smaller size category than their large competitors boasting eighteen wheels and taking up nearly thirty feet of lane space. The inequality on the roads between large semi-trucks and mid sized economical cars is obscene. Highways have become totally unsafe as they are home to millions of American deaths every year. A large portion, more than 500,000 annually, of automobile accidents involve or are caused by an eighteen wheeler. The disproportionate size is an obvious danger to other drivers, yet their dangers for other drivers persist due mostly to the strong efforts of trucking companies and other industries that would be negatively affected by reform for these vehicles. Companies and industry heads continue to place profit margins above the value of human life. These industries are responsible for their enormous role in climate change and other harmful results of capitalism.

Fortunately, if a victim is given the chance to seek adequate reparations for any injury or death related to a trucking accident they hold the possibility of making real change. The victim could utilize counsel in hopes of alleviating some of the pressures involved in a serious accident including, but not limited to, high medical bills, ongoing prescriptions, auto insurance costs, and any additional service to maintain their condition.No longer can the drivers of the roads continue to endanger their own life every time they get behind the wheel because of the selfish, negligent actions of truck drivers and the companies that represent them. The need for innovation in the transportation sector is obvious and can not be ignored any further.

To conclude, the roads in today’s world have become extremely dangerous for civilians that drive compact cars compared with the drivers of large trucks. The trucking industry is a multi-billion dollar giant that is difficult to reprimand because of the economic reliance on their transportation of goods. In addition, the trucking industry is equipped with very skilled lawyers who protect their interests at all costs. It seems the trucking industry beckons to no one other than the Department of Transportation and their guidelines, but even these restrictions are not providing adequate safety for the civilians on the road. Innovation in designing these mega-mobiles would be of great service and could potentially protect countless members of the citizenry that use the national road system.



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Common Areas Associated with Medical Errors

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 in Medical Malpractice | 0 comments

Medical professionals should be the ones taking care of the patients, but there are instances where even the most competent medical professionals are the ones who cause patients harm. Medicine is a complicated industry, and these harmful instances may even be warranted. But they can be considered medical malpractice if the medical professional involved has been negligent or reckless.

Medical malpractice is characterized by medical errors that could have been prevented if the medical professional has been more careful. According to the website of these New Hampshire medical error lawyers, those who have been hurt because of medical malpractice may have legal options, such as getting compensation.

But how can medical malpractice exactly occur? Below are some of the common medical areas where medical errors and malpractice often happen.


Birth defects and injuries can happen because of complications that are not associated with medical malpractice, but that doesn’t mean that they cannot occur because of it. Misdiagnosed complications during pregnancy, improper use of delivery tools, and unsafe delivery procedures are just some of the most common instances where medical malpractice plays a role in defects and injuries.


Speaking of diagnosis, it is also one of the most common areas for error. This can occur in various ways, like when a healthy patient has been diagnosed as ill, an ill patient has been diagnosed as healthy, or a patient has been diagnosed with a wrong medical condition or wrong subtype of a medical condition.

These may result into unnecessary treatment methods, delayed treatment, or no treatment at all – all of which are very dangerous to health.


Even though product liability is an entire different legal matter, it can be argued that it somehow relates to medical treatments, errors, and malpractice as well. For example, the website of the morcellator cancer lawsuit lawyers of Williams Kherkher has mentioned one of these dangerous products – morcellators, which have been known to actually help in the development of cancer in patients.


Surgery is complicated enough to make it a life-risk, even if it is done accurately. Considering this fact, surgery is unbelievably dangerous when errors take place. Surgical errors can result into deaths, and those who are relatively luckier may sustain disabilities and injuries.

The most common surgery errors involve anesthesia, accidental cutting or puncturing of nerves, tissues, and organs, operation on wrong body parts, improper use of surgical tools, and failure to give pre and post-surgery instructions to patients.

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Dangers of Motorcycling

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

A motorcycle is an efficient and economical mode of transportation, so it is not surprising that it has become a popular vehicle on the road. Since more people are using motorcycles, more people are also vulnerable to the dangers of motorcycling.

Limited protection
Motorcyclists have protective gears, such as helmets, gloves, boots, elbow pads, knee pads, and motorcycle jackets. These gears help minimizing damages once accidents occur, but they don’t change the fact that these protections are inferior compared to those available for car drivers.

Those from cars, trucks, and other vehicles are enclosed in a metal chassis, which can absorb the impact of a collision. You cannot say the same for motorcyclists, so they absorb majority of the force when an accident occurs.

More devastating injuries
Injuries can be sustained by both car drivers and motorcyclists, but since motorcyclists have inferior protections, they may suffer from more devastating injuries. These injuries are mostly in the head, neck, back, arm, and leg areas. They may include brain trauma, whiplash, spinal cord injury, and bone fracture. Those who are relatively lucky may sustain bruises, cuts, and road rashes.

According to the website of the Abel Law Firm, those who have been hurt in motorcycle accidents caused by another motorist’s negligent or reckless behavior may receive compensation. But when you look at it, prevention of accidents is better than going to court.

More prone to accidents
The entries above are devastating on themselves, but what makes them worse is the fact that motorcyclists are also more prone to traffic accidents. They have inferior traction on the road, potentially leading to crashing against obstructions that cars will just likely blow through, such as rocks and a pile of leaves.

Motorcyclists are also limitedly visible because of their sizes and how they may weave through traffic and stay on the blind spots of other vehicles. Turning issues can also be a problem, like when a car on the left side of the motorcycle suddenly makes a right turn, causing the motorcycle to crash into its right side.

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The Most Common Causes of Car Accidents in the United States

Posted by on Oct 17, 2016 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

In 2014, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recorded a total of 32,675 fatalities caused by car accidents in the United States. The previous year’s tally was at 32,719. This slight decline is a relief, but it also makes clear that there’s still so much work to be done in terms of protecting motorists from dangers they could encounter at any time on the road. While it’s there’s no easy way to address this problem, much can be accomplished by raising the public’s awareness regarding some of the most common causes for motor crashes all over the country.

There are plenty of factors that contribute to motor vehicle accidents. According to the IIHS, one of the most common causes of car accidents is drunk driving. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC show that a total of 4,663 people have been killed in alcohol-related incidents between the years 2003 and 2012. Furthermore, in the year 2014, 33 percent of all motor accident fatalities involved incidents of drunk driving. Most car accidents are also commonly caused by negligent and reckless behavior on the road, which include traffic violations such as speeding and running stop signs. Another contributing factor to car accidents is distracted driving, particularly the use of smartphones while driving.

Regardless of what may have caused the crash, it’s clear that car accidents can lead to many devastating consequences, including serious injury for all drivers and passengers involved in the crash. As such, motorists should be reminded of the responsibility that comes with operating vehicles and the aftermath that could occur should this responsibility be taken for granted. Raising awareness on the common causes of car accidents can help remind drivers to take better care on the road and keep other motorists safe from harm.

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Cell Phone Use while Driving: The Cause of 1.6 Million Car Crashes in the U.S. Annually

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

Cell Phone Use while Driving: The Cause of 1.6 Million Car Crashes in the U.S. Annually

Once you allow someone or something to distract you long enough while you are driving, then something unpleasant may just likely happen.

For years now, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has never wavered in educating and reminding motorists of the necessity of observing traffic safety rules, as well as of how dangerous it could be if a driver’s focus shifts from the road and from driving to someone or something else.

Besides impaired driving, reckless driving and overspeeding, distracted driving has, for a very long time, also been a threat to road safety (probably even longer then the first three); and the most dangerous things about distracted driving are the facts that: (i) even very careful drivers can and have actually been distracted; and, (ii) distracted drivers never even realize that they are already driving while distracted.

There are so many different distractions to driving, a few of these are conversing or arguing with a passenger, eating, drinking, reaching for an object, adjusting a car radio or a GPS device, looking at a map for directions, using a laptop, grooming, playing with a child or a pet, fixing a tie, and lighting a cigarette.

The currently considered worst and most dangerous form of distracted driving, however, is use of cell phone, whether texting or conversing with someone. According to the National Safety Council, 1.6 million car crashes due to cell phone use while driving occur on US roads and highways annually. Records from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show of 1,153 injuries and 9 deaths every day due to the same cause. But while those guilty of the act of using a cell phone while driving include drivers of all ages, majority of them are found to be young drivers, aged between 18 and 20.

The law firm Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A., says that a lapse in attention for just a few seconds is all it takes to lose control of a vehicle and subsequently cause an accident wherein victims get strapped with steep expenses, life-changing injuries, and emotional trauma. Distracted driving is dangerous, a bad road behavior and nothing more than an act of carelessness or negligence. Victims should consider it their duty to pursue a legal action against the at-fault driver, not just to seek compensation, but also to help make sure that such driver will never put other lives in the same danger in the future.

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Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage: Additional Insurance Coverage Required by Most States

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Car Accidents, Insurance | 0 comments

Carrying auto liability insurance will allow you to renew your driver’s license and your car registration; it will also keep your license from being suspended, your driving privileges from being taken away, and you from being issued a traffic ticket for violation of your state’s mandatory insurance law. However, if you get involved in a car accident, which happens to be the fault of another driver who is uninsured, then you can be in big financial trouble. This is because your auto liability insurance will not do you any good since its purpose is for the benefit of the person you might injure or whose property you might damage in an accident wherein you are the one at fault.

To make sure that drivers are protected, states also require drivers to carry either or both the Uninsured motorist (UM) coverage and Underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage. Uninsured motorist coverage covers all economic losses and damages experienced by victims of accidents wherein drivers who do not carry auto liability insurance are held accountable; it also serves as a perfect financial safety net in hit-and-run accidents, as well as in accidents wherein the vehicle involved was stolen.

Underinsured motorist coverage, on the other hand, is meant to supplement any insufficiency in the policy limit of the at-fault driver. This usually happens when the at-fault driver carries only the minimum liability coverage that is required by his/her state, making the amount of his/her policy not enough to cover the full amount of damages suffered by the victim.

The mandated auto liability insurance, with the addition of UM and/or UIM, plus the many other factors considered by insurance providers, such as a driver’s age, driving history, driving experience, and type of car used, make insurance premiums too expensive for millions of drivers. It is because of this so many drivers rather risk driving uninsured than pay costly premiums (in 2012, records from the Insurance Research Council showed 29.7 million drivers who drove without insurance).

Due to driving uninsured, it is clear, according to Insure on the Spot, that many drivers do not understand the real dangers associated with not carrying car liability insurance. But if the only real problem is the high cost of premiums, then drivers can ask for free quotes from independent car insurance companies for the best insurance deal that is within their budget.

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What is Cephalohematoma?

Posted by on Sep 30, 2015 in Medical Malpractice | 0 comments

Cephalohematoma is a birth injury that is considered quite common among those who were born with the help of birth-assisting tools, such as vacuum extractor and forceps. Prolonged labor, a head larger than the mother’s pelvic area and first pregnancies are also among the risk factors associated with cephalohematoma. However, according to, some cephalohematoma cases have been a result of either inexperienced or negligent medical staff.

Babies suffering from cephalohematoma have unnatural bulges on their head. These bulges are blood collected between the skull and the scalp because of forceps or vacuum delivery. In some cases, bulges in the head may develop if the baby’s head hits the mother’s pelvic bone. Because the blood has nowhere to go, it stays there for several weeks up to a few months before it starts to disappear. Most cephalohematoma cases heal without needing any treatment. However, there are some instances when cephalohematoma is so severe that medication or surgery is necessary.

Apart from unnatural bulges in the head, babies suffering from cephalohematoma may also suffer from anemia resulting from low blood volume. In severe cases, the baby may suffer from jaundice due to increased level of bilirubin released by the liver to breakdown the collected blood. Babies suffering from congenital jaundice have yellowish skin, are difficult to feed, and cry a lot. Because too much bilirubin may cause toxicity that may affect the baby’s central nervous system, it is important to seek medical help immediately at the first signs of jaundice.

If you suspect that your infant is suffering from cephalohematoma, visit a pediatrician right away for a quick diagnosis. Imaging tests, such as computerized tomography (CT) scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may help detect the presence and severity of cephalohematoma. Although most cephalohematomas need no treatment, your doctor might decide to prescribe treatment to manage cephalohematoma complications.

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Event Planning Tips: Considerations to Make for Limo or Private Car Services

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Transportation | 0 comments

Are you planning for a big event? If so, there are certainly a lot of items you’ll need accomplished in your to-do list. There are so many things to plan and arrange for a special occasion. One of the most important considerations you’ll have to make involves how your guests will be transported to your venue of choice. To provide them with the most luxurious accommodation, it might be good to hire a limousine or a private car service. However, before you pick up the phone, it’s important to ensure that you find the best deal that can provide you with the balance of luxury, convenience, and cost.

There are several things you’ll need to consider and take into account when you’re canvasing for the best private car company to work with. The first thing to factor in your decision is the reputation of the company you’re looking into. There are plenty of companies who are all too willing to cut corners with the services they’re providing. Companies like these won’t help you get the best value and they might also be susceptible to committing other questionable practices. To verify the reputation of the company you’re considering, do a quick Google search and look for reviews made by other people online. Look for former clients and read as many of their accounts as you can. Stick with the companies that consistently receive positive remarks from the online community.

Finally, and perhaps the most important, you will have to consider the safety record of all the private care companies in your shortlist. You’ll know that you are dealing with a reliable and reputable company if they are willing to be transparent about questions you have regarding their operations. After you’ve you’re your Google shirt and narrowed down your list, you can start calling around and ask crucial questions regarding safety protocols and certifications. A reputable company should understand when potential clients have safety concerns and they should be willing to address your questions as thoroughly and graciously as possible.

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Lead Poisoning: A Common Result of Water Contamination

Posted by on Jul 13, 2015 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Lead poisoning is a very alarming condition that can cause serious and often life-threatening symptoms. Because the naturally occurring metal was once used in a variety of ways, including in pipes and paint, lead contamination can easily occur in nondescript places such as water sources. When this happens, lead can buildup in one’s system and over a period of time cause different symptoms that can leave very significant effects.

In adults, lead poisoning is known to cause high blood pressure, abdominal pain, constipation, joint and muscle pain, as well as pain and numbness in the arms or legs. More severe symptoms also include decline in cognitive ability, memory loss, and reproductive issues for both men and women. Lead poisoning is even more alarming when it affects children. Infants and children that are exposed to lead over long periods of time could suffer from developmental delays, learning difficulties, and slowed growth. On top of that, they could also experience more visceral symptoms such as weight loss, fatigue, vomiting, constipation, loss of hearing, and fatigue.

Because lead had been widely used in the past, the risk factors of being exposed and poisoned by lead can be high. Before 1978, for example, lead paint was used in toys sold in the United States. As mentioned earlier, water sources can also be contaminated by lead because the metal was typically used for pipes, faucets, pumps, and other water system fixtures. This is particularly true for those living in older homes. While low level exposure won’t cause symptoms right away, the levels of lead can build up inside the body and cause damage over time. With water contamination, however, the potential for danger becomes greater because the traces of lead are ingested directly into the system.

Considering the dangers of lead poisoning, it’s extremely important to make sure that traces of lead or kept to a bare minimum inside the home. Families should also make it a priority to ensure that their water source is not contaminated by lead and other potentially dangerous chemical and materials.

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