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Dehydration could be a sign of negligence in a nursing home

Nursing home negligence isn't always easy to recognize, but one of the signs that you can easily look out for is a loved one's water intake. It takes only a few hours to see if your loved one is drinking enough water. Why? During the span of a few hours, there's a high likelihood that someone who drinks enough should have to go to the restroom.

You can also monitor their fluid intake. For example, in a good nursing home, you'll often see a pitcher of water on a patient's table. It has lines to show how much water was added and to track how much the patient is drinking. A good nurse will make sure patients are getting enough fluids and take steps to encourage them to drink.

Construction deaths are most common type of workplace fatality

You and many other people employed in the construction industry are usually hard-working individuals who are prepared to work in potentially dangerous situations. However, just because you understand that worksites might be dangerous, it does not mean that employers can ignore safety risks. Many still do. The result is an astronomically high number of construction deaths.

Implementing necessary safety precautions and measures can cost a construction business a lot of money upfront. Not maintaining regulations set out by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration can be costly too. Fines for noncompliance can be as high as $70,000 for a single incident. When faced with the decision to skimp on safety costs or put up the money to comply with OSHA standards, it is not uncommon for an employer to choose the first option, putting his or her workers at risk.

What can you do to avoid a collision with a truck?

Truck accidents happen in Pennsylvania every day. In many cases, they are a result of drivers who are not paying attention, speeding or too tired to be on the roads.

People are often told not to drive next to these large vehicles, because there is a potential for an accident due to the driver being unable to see them. Smaller vehicles can fall into trucks' large blind spots, and the truck drivers are unable to see them.

What should you do after a nursing home fall?

When you find out that your loved one has been rushed to the emergency room after a fall in a nursing home, you may have many things on your mind. You want to make sure they're okay and that they'll survive. You want to know that those who allowed this to happen are going to make sure it doesn't happen again. You want to know why this happened and why a nurse couldn't be there to help your loved one get from point A to point B safely.

If you later find out that your loved one had asked for assistance, but no one came, then you may be like many people who have rushed to their loved ones' sides after a fall. Call buttons are there for those who need a nurse to help them get to the bathroom or to move around, but when nursing homes are understaffed, help may not come soon enough. Left with no other option, your loved one may have tried to move on their own, resulting in a fall.

How can you protect your vulnerable parents in a nursing home?

No one wants to leave the care of parents in the hands of others, but it might be in their best interests. You may not be able to provide day and night care while holding a full-time job. The reports about abuse in nursing homes in Pennsylvania typically exacerbate the concern about the well-being of vulnerable parents.

However, if you are a persistent observer and advocate for the welfare of your parents, you can protect them from harm. This starts with discussing the care plan with the Director of Nursing of the facility and taking away a copy of that plan. In most cases, professional caregivers appreciate attentive family members with whom they can establish positive rapports instead of having to defend themselves against disapproval and negative attitudes that typically alienate them.

Website forum accused of participating in woman's suicide

It is devastating when people take their own lives. However, sometimes, when that happens, it's not only their fault. Their choice to commit suicide could result in a wrongful death claim in some cases.

Take, for example, this case reported on May 29. A 25-year-old woman had severe anxiety and depression, but she was seeking help. Despite that, nothing seemed to work for her, but she was still living. Her sister said that the woman often said, "I don't want to live, but I also don't want to die." This suggests that suicide might not have been something she was looking into.

Beware of workplace hazards that cause slips, trips and falls

Few people go through life without ever being a victim of a slip or trip-and-fall accident. The U.S. Department of Labor says falls make up a significant percentage of reported workplace injuries nationwide, including Western Pennsylvania. Have you been the victim of such an accident? Would you recognize the hazards that could cause slips, trips and falls?

The list is almost endless, but learning about the most common dangers might teach you to recognize others. In many cases, the primary hazard is distractions. If personal or home problems have preoccupied you, you might miss an obvious hazard and land yourself in the hospital.

Head-on collision sends 2 to hospital in Pennsylvania

Car crashes happen for any number of reasons, with some caused by distractions, others caused by reckless behavior and still others a result of medical emergencies. Regardless of the cause, crashes put the lives of those involved at risk.

A crash in Pennsylvania put two people at risk on May 18 when a Jeep Patriot and Hyundai Sonata collided with one another. The crash happened at approximately 5:00 p.m., at the start of rush hour.

Don't be the victim of your own distracted driving

Distracted driving causes severe injuries and fatalities nationwide every day, including Pittsburgh and across Western Pennsylvania. Although you have no control over other drivers and what they do while driving, you can increase your chances of arriving safely at your destination by developing habits that will drive out distractions. Even though it seems obvious, the first step is never to lose sight of the fact that the primary focus is safe driving.

Although many believe that cell phones and other digital devices cause most distractions, other distractions exist both inside and in the surroundings through which your travels take you. Although you might never consider brushing your teeth or shaving during your commute, others might specifically schedule these tasks for drive time.

What is the cause of negligence in nursing homes?

Nursing home negligence isn't something most people expect to see happening. Negligence tends to be a result of inadequate staffing, which is commonplace in America's nursing homes.

Most of the time, negligence isn't going to be intentional. For example, if there are only four nurses and 50 patients, you can see how quickly it would become overwhelming if only four or five of those patients needed extra help that day. Others, who are more or less doing well without support, would be pushed aside to help those who need it more.

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