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Warning signs that loved ones are victims of nursing home neglect

As parents and other loved ones age, many are unable to care for all of their needs, especially if the loved one needs daily medical attention. So, many people end up placing their loved ones in a nursing home so that their needs are met. People try to do their research and pick the best possible home, but even at the best nursing homes people make mistakes from time to time.

However, in nursing homes, the problems may be created not necessarily by an actual action but the opposite: neglect. Nursing home staff may fail to check on people, administer medications on time or attend to other medical needs in a timely fashion, ensure people maintain their proper hygiene, fail to keep the room clean and other types of neglect. This type of neglect is not always easy to see when family members come and visit though, so it is important to look for certain signs of neglect.

Can you see that stop sign?

Do you envision a car hitting another car after hearing the phrase "car accident"? Many people do. Perhaps it was dark and one of the drivers was sleepy or had too much to drink.

However, road defects are what cause many accidents, whether they involve a single vehicle or multiple vehicles.

Can you receive workers' compensation for partial disabilities?

People may not really like their jobs all the time, but most people still need to keep going in order to earn income to support their families. If they are unable to pay bills and other monthly expenses it can be difficult for them and their family. That is why many companies in Pennsylvania are required to pay workers' compensation benefits to workers who are injured on the job.

This compensation can be used to pay for monthly expenses while injured employees cannot work, and also pay for medical bills associated with the injury. These benefits continue, for the most part, until the worker is able to work again. However, sometimes because of a lingering injury the worker may not be able to do the same job they did before and may be forced to take a job that pays less money.

Who should you alert in an instance of nursing home abuse?

Learning that a loved one has suffered abuse in a nursing home is a nightmare nobody wants to experience. It is unfortunately true, however, that many elderly residents are victims of negligence and other forms of abuse. There are many physical, behavioral and mental symptoms that may indicate this is occurring, but once the issue comes to light, you might be wondering who exactly to go to. 

There are a number of resources available in such situations, but it is necessary to know who your first contacts should be. The following three are the most important people and authorities to get in touch with immediately following the discovery of any nursing home abuse. 

Truck accidents are more common than many realize

People see large trucks on the road every day in Pennsylvania. Some people can find them annoying because they drive slower and do not accelerate as quickly. Also, sometimes it can be scary not knowing whether a truck driver sees other drivers when they are travelling next to them. Well beyond the annoyances they can cause, they also are involved in many truck accidents every year as well. The damage and injuries suffered in these accidents can be devastating.

In 2015, there were 415,000 truck accidents in the United States. 3,598 of these accidents resulted in fatalities to people involved in the accident and people were injured in 83,000 of the accidents. Overall, there were 4,050 large trucks involved in the 3,598 fatal accidents and a total of 87,000 large trucks involved in the 83,000 accidents involving injuries. This represented an8 percent increase in the number of trucks involved in fatal accidents, but a 1 percent decrease in the number of trucks involved in injury-related accidents.

Is your loved one being threatened in a nursing home?

Going to live in a nursing home can be a scary time in anyone's life, whether the choice was theirs or something family members wanted them to do. The fear stems from many things, one of which is the loss of independence. It goes further than not being able to drive places and cook your own meals because, often, it means acknowledging mental and physical frailties, or the possibility they will occur soon.

It is also overwhelming to be at the mercy of nursing home staffers. For example, some staffers may threaten residents they see as being difficult with eviction - when all the residents are doing is advocating for themselves.

Man charged with multiple crimes after fatal accident

Traveling in a car on the roadways in Pennsylvania be dangerous. That is why it is important for drivers to pay attention to the road. If they become distracted or are intoxicated, there is a greater chance they will cause car accidents and people will suffer injuries as a result.

According to the police, an intoxicated driver recently caused a fatal accident. The intoxicated driver, according to a passenger in the other car, crossed the center line and was driving straight at their vehicle. The two cars crashed as a result, and two of the people driving in the correct lane were killed. A third passenger in that car was injured but survived. The police found marijuana and pills in the man's car and a toxicology report indicated that the man had fentanyl and THC in his system when the crash occurred.

Compensation for a failed diagnosis or treatment by a doctor

One of the unfortunate facts of life is that people in Pennsylvania will get injured or become ill at some point in time in their life. Sometimes the injuries or illnesses are minor in nature and do not need any medical treatment. However, there are many other injuries and illnesses that do require people to see doctors to treat the illness or injury.

Most people do not really like going to the doctor, but when they are forced to go they expect that the doctor will do their job correctly and the injury or illness will get better after treatment. Most of the time this is what actually occurs, but doctors are humans and make mistakes from time to time just like anyone else.

People with workplace disease may receive workers' compensation

It is important for people to be able to provide for themselves and their families. In order to do this people need have income to make sure they can pay for homes, food and clothing among other costs. Most people need jobs in order to earn this income. So, it is important that they stay healthy so they can continue to work and be able to provide for their families. That is also why if people suffer injuries or become sick at work, they may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits so they can continue to provide if they are unable to work.

Most people who think about workers' compensation think about injuries suffer as the result of an accident. However, this is not the only type of thing that can keep people from working. Sometimes it is not just a sudden accident, but something that develops over time such as various diseases due to exposure to certain aspects of the job. If someone develops an occupational disease, they may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits just like others who are not able to work.

Common ways that motorcycle accidents occur

Summer is winding down in Pennsylvania, but it is still warm enough to get out and ride motorcycles. So, many motorcyclists are still on the roads and will be until fall turns into winter. It is important that other motorists are still aware of motorcycles and look for them when they are on the roads. Motorcycle accidents can be very devastating for the motorcyclists and cause catastrophic injuries.

There are many causes of motorcycle accidents and many are caused by negligent drivers. Some of the common causes are: cars turning left in front of the motorcycles, leaving them no chance of avoiding the car; another is hitting gravel on a turn or taking a turn too fast; cars hitting a motorcycle as they change lanes or hitting a motorcycle from behind; locking the brakes also causes many accidents; another hazard is a car door opening without seeing the motorcycle; wet conditions are also dangerous; and, finally, alcohol use causes many accidents.

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