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Nursing home understaffing part of the problem

If you have ever faced the monumentally difficult decision of whether to place your parent or loved one in a nursing home or continuing care facility, you are probably aware of just how emotionally taxing such a transition can be. You are used to your parents protecting and looking out for you, and when the roles reverse, it can be difficult on everyone. To ease the strain, you want to do your due diligence when selecting a new residence for your loved one, but regrettably, today's nursing homes often face staffing issues that contribute to far greater problems. According to NursingHomeAbuseGuide.org, an astounding 90 percent of modern nursing homes are understaffed.

The Aid of Attorneys in Filing Your Workers Compensation Claims

After a workplace accident, you might find yourself at the crossroads wondering what should be the next move. One question which lingers in the minds of most victims is who will settle the medical bills, and how to fend for themselves for the time they will be unable to work. Under the federal law of the United States, you are entitled to safe working conditions. Your employer must provide a workplace which is free from known safety and health hazards. If you are concerned about your workplace, you have the right to speak up without fear of retaliation from your employer. You are eligible for workers' compensation from your employer or insurance company if you sustain a workplace injury while working.

It is a crime in Pennsylvania for an employer to deny an injured worker compensation or react with heinous actions like firing or demoting the employee. You can file a whistleblowing complaint with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) if you become a victim of such deeds. Employers and insurance companies understand these rules, but they often ignore the employees when accidents happen in a bid to prevent extra expenditure and to maximize profits.

A motorcycle accident is different

There is a lot that can go wrong when driving a motorcycle. Motorcycle riders are more exposed than auto drivers. So, the injuries they sustain can be more severe. Also, there is somewhat of a stigma attached to bikers that doesn't help your case. Overall, there are characteristics unique to motorcycle accidents that are helpful to know if you're ever in one.

When you get into an accident, there may be a lot hiding below the surface. You could have injuries that won't show themselves for days, weeks or even months. Thus, it is important to see a doctor right away, even if your injuries seem minor.

Did you experience birth complications? You could get compensated

With modern technology and knowledge, medical professionals have childbirth down to a science. Despite this, there are still things that can go wrong. It can be especially heartbreaking if their child ends up injured for life or killed. But, it is possible that doctors could have avoided the complications altogether. Their negligence may enable you to hold medical staff accountable for medical malpractice.

First, it is necessary to know whether what occurred was medical malpractice or not. Sometimes, doctors do everything they can to save a child and still be unsuccessful. But, there are instances where medical professionals could have done more. The following are some examples of some legitimate breaches of standard procedure:

Seatbelts and car accidents

Driving is both a privilege and a huge responsibility that many people in Pennsylvania often take for granted. Although car accidents are a leading cause of death for motorists, many deaths can be prevented with the use of seatbelts. Drivers who decide not to use these safety devices put themselves at great risk. Not wearing seat belts is illegal, yet many drivers choose to ignore the law.

Understanding cases involving car defects

Being in a car accident can be devastating enough on its own. But, if a defect was the cause, it can also lead to anger and regret. Although some of its effects are beyond the help of money, compensation can definitely help. Therefore, knowing how car defect cases play out can help you decide whether you can or should go to court with your claim or not.

6 warning signs of nursing home neglect

Is your loved one in a nursing home? Are you suspicious that something is going wrong? Unfortunately, elderly people sometimes suffer from mistreatment at the places they are supposed to be receiving care. In some cases there is a specific intent to abuse the elder. In other instances there is neglect, which involves sub-standard care and breaches of duty. Here are common signs that your loved one is being harmed by negligent actions.

4 common office injuries

When people think of workplace injuries, they often think of positions in warehouses or other physically intense jobs where a worker might suffer serious accidents such as falling, breaking bones or sustaining lacerations. You may not imagine an office to be a risky environment, but there are many work-related injuries that affect clerical staff every day. These four are some of the most common and serious.

4 things to do after your first motor vehicle accident

Car accidents happen even to the most mindful drivers. Whether the results are property damage or personal injury, you might be full of shock, adrenaline and anger. It is important to take certain steps after the accident to protect yourself, your property and your interests. What follows are four steps on how to handle the situation if you are in a motor vehicle accident.

What you should do after a car accident

Car accidents are stressful circumstances. Emotions are heightened and injuries can be severe. Property damage and personal injuries can occur to drivers, passengers and pedestrians. If you were involved in an accident, there are some important things you should do to ensure your safety and rights are protected.

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