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Common types of nursing home abuse

There are many things that people in Pennsylvania cannot control. One of these things is getting older. Eventually people will lose some of their physical and mental abilities and some will need to rely on others to help them with various tasks. Some need more help than others though depending on their needs. Many people will need to put their loved ones in nursing homes in order to ensure they receive the level of assistance that they need.

When people do this, they expect that their loved ones will be treated correctly and receive the care they need and deserve. Unfortunately though this does not always happen and some people suffer nursing home abuse. The abuse can come in many different forms as well.

Though common, these crash factors can prove serious

Most people hit the road at some point during their day. Whether you need to commute to work or just head out to the grocery store, you likely do not think twice about jumping in your vehicle, buckling up and heading out.

While driving is a common activity that you and many other people participate in, car accidents are also common. Though each incident may differ, many crashes take place due to one or more of several often-seen causes. Unfortunately, any of these factors could lead to an accident that leaves you seriously injured.

State and federal regulations for trucking must be compatible

The trucking industry is very important for commerce in Pennsylvania. Trucks transport goods in and out of the state as well as provide many jobs for truck drivers and others who help run the trucking companies. However, when these trucks are operated incorrectly or are not in proper working order, they can be very dangerous for the other vehicles on the road. Due to the massive size difference, tractor-trailer trucks can inflict large amounts of damage and cause catastrophic injuries when they cause truck accidents.

Therefore, the trucking industry and the truck drivers must follow many regulations that are designed to help ensure that the trucks are driven correctly thus reducing the potential damage they can cause. However, as people are aware these trucks travel to many different states while shipping goods to different places. So, there are federal regulations that they must follow, but states may also have their own regulations while the trucks are travelling in that particular state.

How safe are Pittsburgh nursing homes?

Many elderly people in Pittsburgh are currently transitioning to new lifestyles, some of whom are in need of assisted living care. If you're an adult child currently researching Pennsylvania nursing homes because your aging parent is no longer able to live in an independent environment, you may be worried about finding a place that is equipped to handle your parent's needs.

Sadly, nursing home abuse is problematic in many areas. While it is helpful to check the backgrounds of nursing facilities you're considering, it doesn't always give you all of the information you need to ensure your loved one's safety and well-being. There are signs you can watch for when visiting your loved one in a nursing home that can alert you to a possible abuse problem.

When is an employee eligible to workers' compensation benefits?

There is really only one way people in Pennsylvania are able to pay for their monthly expenses and that is with money. In order to obtain the money needed to pay for these things most people need to have a job and earn an income. There are many different types of jobs that people have and many different ways to earn that income, but people need their jobs. However, in order to be able to work their jobs and earn their paychecks, they must be healthy.

That is why workplace injuries can be so devastating. These injuries can be very severe and result in significant medical treatment, which as people know can be very expensive even if the person has health insurance. Not being able to work also means that the person will not be earning an income and meeting their monthly obligations can become very difficult. However, people who are injured at work may also be entitled to workers' compensation benefits to help pay for these financial hardships.

Forklifts are more dangerous than you think

Forklifts are handy vehicles in a number of industries. If you work in a warehouse, a distribution center or other industrial setting, you may find yourself around or using one. What many people fail to realize is these vehicles are quite dangerous. You may not realize the number of ways in which you could suffer a serious or fatal injury in a forklift accident.

Each year, approximately 97,000 forklift accidents that result in serious injuries occur in the United States. Around 100 of those accidents involve a fatality. This makes preventive safety measures critical in reducing the potential for accidents.

Percentage of motorcyclists injured or killed in accidents

People in Pennsylvania travel on the various roads every day, but there are many different types of vehicles that people use to drive on the roads. People may drive cars, SUVs, pick-up trucks, vans, tractor-trailers, motorcycles and other types of vehicles. There are many reasons for driving these various vehicles and each type can serve a different purpose, but some are also more dangerous for the driver than others.

Sleepy drivers are among the most dangerous

Pennsylvania readers are aware of the dangers of any type of negligent or reckless driving. Distraction, intoxication and speeding are all common reasons for car accidents, and most people are aware of the risk involved with these behaviors. However, you may not be aware of the dangers associated with drowsy driving.

It is likely that you have operated a vehicle while sleepy at some point in your life. However, there is a distinct difference between driving while a little tired and driving while dangerously exhausted. In fact, fatigued driving seriously increases the chance of an accident and makes it difficult for a driver to operate a car safely.

Know the signs of drunk driving

In and around Pittsburgh, your safety may be at risk because of people who consume alcohol then drive. It's not fair that you may be a cautious and law-abiding driver, yet suffer injury because of another person's negligence. Drunk drivers are menaces to Pennsylvania roadways. If you know how to recognize signs of possible drunk driving, you may be able to safely distance your vehicle from a driver who is causing you concern.

That's not always possible, however, especially during rush hour or other times when roads are traffic-laden. Surviving a drunk driving accident means you may have a long, arduous recovery ahead of you. Even if you are able to heal and return to work and other daily activities in a short amount of time, the financial consequences of your accident may be far-reaching and long-lasting. If you know where to seek support, you may be able to achieve as full a recovery as possible.

Speeding is much more dangerous than people realize

Drivers in Pennsylvania violate many different traffic regulations every day. One of the more common ones that is broken every day is speeding. Many people drive over the speed limit for a variety of reasons. It could be because they are late for something, just want to get home after a long day, simply like driving fast or are impatient. However, no matter the reason and even though it is common practice, it is still dangerous and can lead to many car accidents.

In fact, in 2016 speed was a contributing factor in 27 percent of all car accidents. Speeding makes reaction times shorter and therefore, when unexpected circumstances arise, it is tougher to avoid accidents. It also increases the amount of time needed and space needed to stop, which makes accidents more likely. In addition to increasing the likelihood of car accidents, speeding can also increase the damage caused in car accidents since the faster one goes, the more force that is created at impact.

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