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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.

Know what to expect after you're hurt in a truck crash

Truck accidents can happen suddenly and change your life immediately. Whether it's a truck driver who falls asleep behind the wheel or a driver who merges unexpectedly, dangerous drivers put your life at risk.

There are several primary causes of truck crashes. These include:

  • Drowsy drivers
  • Drivers who daydream
  • Reckless drivers
  • Speeding drivers
  • Drivers who take phone calls behind the wheel
  • Drivers who become distracted by texts
  • Vehicle malfunctions

Understanding your spinal cord injury might ease the suffering

Sometimes, car accidents in Pennsylvania leave occupants with catastrophic injuries that affect their lives for the rest of their days. If you were left with a spinal injury after a crash, you might find coping with the consequences easier if you understood the structure and functions of the different parts of the spinal cord. The area in which damage to your spinal cord occurred will determine the level of disability it caused.

Your spinal cord connects your body and your brain, and it carries messages to the brain and instructions back to the body. The stretch between your brain and your neck is the cervical spine, and the portion of your spine from the neck to the mid-back is the thoracic spine. The spinal cord runs through those sections, and the lumbar spine, or lower back, is where the nerve roots branch out to your legs.

Acute Kratom overdose leads to death in Pennsylvania

Imagine purchasing a drug over the counter. You've had it before and had no issues, but this time you woke up after overdosing, hooked up to an IV in the hospital.

Some people aren't as lucky as you were, like this 25-year-old man from Pennsylvania. He purchased Kratom over the counter. Kratom is an herbal drug made from Mitragyna speciosa, a plant that grows in South Asia in places like Thailand and Malaysia.

Get your loved one the help they need after a case of neglect

In a nursing home, there are requirements that the staff must meet in order to keep patients safe. Some of those requirements include providing:

  • Adequate shelter
  • Appropriate food and enough food
  • Appropriate clothing for the season
  • Medical care in a timely fashion
  • Supervision
  • Bathing services
  • Assistance with dressing or getting to and from the restroom
  • Failing to do these simple tasks can hurt an elderly person's ability to survive in the facility without injuries or illnesses. No elder should have to struggle to get by without the necessities, and it is illegal for nursing homes not to provide patients with what they need to remain comfortable as much as possible.

How does the Nursing Home Reform Act help?

Is your elderly loved one the victim of emotional abuse?

Some families might not have the resources or the necessary skills to care for older family members who need 24-hour medical and personal care. Deciding to put an elderly loved one into the care of others is often traumatic and seldom done out of choice. Although most nursing homes and elder care facilities provide excellent care, sadly, this is not always the case.

While most people know which red flags to look for while visiting their loved ones in nursing homes, to detect signs of physical abuse, picking up signs of emotional abuse could be significantly more challenging. This type of abuse can involve calmly uttered insults or aggressive verbal attacks.

Hazards for which to look out in the manufacturing industry

Pittsburgh is known for its advanced manufacturing industry, and if this is the industry in which you earn your income, you will face multiple hazards during each shift you work. Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration prescribes a long list of safety regulations and guidelines, accidents can happen at any time. Relying entirely on your employer to protect you from injuries might not be enough, and taking your own precautions might be smart.

You will not likely be able to anticipate all the circumstances that might arise to threaten your safety, but gathering knowledge on the most common occupational hazards, and how to mitigate them, might keep you out of the hospital. The best place to start might be to make sure you always wear appropriate personal protective equipment and comply with safety standards.

19-year-old man leads police on chase in Pennsylvania

It's not very often that you hear about a hit-and-run crash that results in drug charges, but that's what happened in a case out of Pennsylvania. According to the story, a man is facing multiple counts including misdemeanor charges for causing an accident with an attended vehicle.

At the time of the crash, police were called to the scene of the hit-and-run after a vehicle was struck. A white Ford SUV fled the scene but was eventually found on Paxton Street.

Case won't be heard by Supreme Court despite arguments

Sometimes, when there are problems with the verdict of a case, a defendant's legal team will appeal it. That happened in a case that went to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, but the court has decided not to hear arguments about the case.

The case involves the family of a 6-year-old child who was killed in an auto accident. The case was filed after an incident where the victim's vehicle had malfunctioned, resulted in him stopping it in the middle of a Route 28. Inside, his vehicle contained his two sons and wife.

Distracted driving is changing

You know just how dangerous it is to use your smartphone behind the wheel, but what about the driver next to you? The sad reality is that no matter how safely you drive, there is almost always another driver who is ignoring the rules of the road. In regard to distracted driving, many Pennsylvania drivers seem to struggle with keeping their hands off their smartphones and on their steering wheels.

Several years ago, talking on cell phones was a huge concern of safety experts. While talking on the phone while driving is still just as dangerous as it was in the past, it is no longer as much of a worry. While this might seem like good news, it is perhaps only the other side of a more dangerous habit.

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