Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Resulting to Life-threatening Injuries

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Resulting to Life-threatening Injuries

After her 77-year old grandmother suffered a stroke and developed a pressure sore on her lower back and buttocks during her six weeks stay in hospital, Donna had her transferred into a nursing home, which claimed to have experience and knowledge in treating pressure sores. Her grandmother’s pressure sore (or bed sore) was at Grade 3 stage at the time of the transfer (Grade 1 is the least serious).

Rather than managing the bed sore and giving her grandma the best possible care, the bed sore only worsened, deteriorating to a life threatening Grade 4 wound which became all the more painful. Due to this, Donna’s grandma was rushed back to a hospital. Today, while nearly recovered from the once life-threatening bed sore in a new, but definitely wonderful nursing home, Donna is able to recall how her grandma lived with the pain, discomfort and distress of an entirely avoidable pressure sore for more than a year.

According to the police, not everyone was able to recover as Donna’s grandmother did; one resident died due to complications, while several others continued to suffer from extremely severe pressure sores – all in the same nursing home.

Bedsores resulting to death of residents have become frighteningly common in nursing homes. While neglect is the major cause for the development of this extremely painful wound, especially if it is not treated, or properly treated in time, its victims include hospital patients or nursing home residents who stay seated in wheelchairs for a long time or who stay immobile in their bed without being repositioned, turned, or cared for properly. These potentially life-threatening injuries frequently occur at the hips, lower back, elbow, ankles, and heels – areas where the bone and skin are very close in contact. One government body that sees an alarming increase in nursing home neglect lawsuits related to the development of bedsores are the courts.

West Palm Beach nursing home abuse lawyers of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller and Overbeck, P.A. know how “moving an aging family member to a nursing home or other assisted living facility can be one of the most difficult decisions that a family makes, and it is usually done with the assumption that their loved one will be provided with the dedicated care and attention that they need and deserve.” Difficulty in making decisions is easily replaced with anger and resentment, though, as soon as family members find out that their loved one has been subjected to abuse, neglect or medical malpractice, which have become all too common and which expose vulnerable individuals to deplorable conditions that can result in serious injuries, illnesses, emotional trauma, and even death.

With the same thought, Chicago bedsores attorneys of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, say that “Families that entrust the care of their loved ones to a nursing home facility have every reason to believe that they would only be treated with dignity and compassion throughout the duration of their stay.” This is because nursing home staff members know and should know how often residents, especially those with limited mobility, will need assistance shifting in their beds to prevent injuries, such as bed sores, from forming — in fact, residents probably need assistance shifting positions with greater frequency just to be comfortable. In any event, bed sores can be as potentially dangerous as they are thoroughly avoidable. Families that suspect that their loved ones have been abused or neglected at a nursing home can take decisive legal action against the responsible party to pursue compensation for all of their loved ones’ suffering.

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Signs You Need to Get a Divorce

Divorce can be one of the biggest life changers, because it involves separation from your partner, possibly with your kids, and division of liabilities and assets. For this reason, you should not just go around filing for divorce as a threat to your partner or as a reckless reaction to your partner’s imperfections.

Divorce can be very complex, especially when the partners involved have highly skilled professions. This is because of higher salaries and more valuable assets, which can be very difficult to divide.

In other words, you should be very serious if you are going to file for divorce, because the legalities and their complications will take a lot of time and money. If you are experiencing the signs below, you may have a legitimate reason to file for divorce.

You have done everything but the marriage is still not working

You have tried lowering your pride, adjusting to the imperfections of your partner, communicating with your partner more thoroughly, and even seeking the help of marriage counselors. If you have exhausted every option to repair your relationship but it appears that everything is still falling apart, it may be a sign that it is time to let it go.

You are emotionally exhausted

The counseling didn’t work. Arguments are still prevalent. In fact, it seems that the arguments are getting more severe and physical. Everything is just making you emotionally exhausted, and there are instances where divorce is the only way out. Take note that emotional exhaustion happens gradually, until you realize that enough is enough. It should be differentiated from sudden bursts of emotions that may make you do careless behaviors, such as recklessly filing for divorce.

You are staying just for the kids

The relationship has become cold because of various reasons, and it seems that it is not going to change any time soon. Staying just for the benefit of your children is an admirable deed, but you are making yourself vulnerable to emotional exhaustion, which can lead to further problems such as more severe fights and infidelity.

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Lending a Car to a Friend or Family

In our social world, many drivers have undoubtedly driven someone else’s car. However, people who lend their cars to friends or family always have some reservations about the liability they may incur. Many people often question whose insurance policy will cover a borrowed car. This involves a complicated answer that is primarily a case-by-case situation. The short answer is that auto insurance follows the car, not the driver.

Am I covered if I lend someone my car?

Depending on the rules of the individual policy, your insurance will most likely cover another driver; however, if you have given permission for another driver to operate your vehicle then you must accept that in many situations you may be held liable for an accident. All claims proceedings will be handled through your insurance, including paying the deductible and any possible rate increases. If your coverage limit has already been exceeded by the incident, then the driver’s insurance will be used as a secondary coverage to satisfy the difference.

Of course, if your friend or family borrowing the vehicle was not at fault for the accident then your insurance will not be affected. The at-fault party will be obligated to pay for any damages caused by the accident. Concurrently, if the driver of your vehicle was not given explicit permission to drive your car then the driver’s insurance policy will be considered the primary coverage.

Insurance policies are almost always full of caveats designed to allow insurance companies to easily deny coverage, especially in cases of dramatic injuries or deaths. Car accidents frequently cause severe, life-altering injuries. This is exactly the sort of thing an insurance company will try to deny covering. Make sure your coverage includes personal injury protection to keep yourself off the hook for these sorts of accidents.

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Permanent Hair Loss – The Disfiguring Side-effect of Taxotere

Chemotherapy uses drugs or a combination of drugs during breast cancer treatment for purposes that include the shrinking of tumors, killing of remaining cancer cells (which were not removed during radiation therapy or surgery), curing of the cancer, slowing the cancer’s growth, keeping the cancer from spreading, and destruction of cancer cells that may have metastasized or that have spread to other parts of the body.

In chemotherapy, the drug used works by targeting rapidly growing cancer cells. During treatment, however, even healthy cells that grow rapidly also are affected, resulting to side-effects, like vomiting and diarrhea, when cells that line the stomach are affected, and/or alopecia, or loss of hair, when the cells in hair follicles get affected.

There are more than a hundred chemotherapy drugs used in treating breast cancer. One particular drug, Taxotere, which belongs to a class called plant alkaloids, was also approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat other types of cancer, including non-small cell lung cancer, prostate cancer, gastric cancer, and head and neck cancer.

Every year, about 180,000 to 300,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer (this is the most common form of cancer in women); more than half of them are treated with Taxotere. Because this drug is able to interfere with the growth and spread of cancer cells, it is said to be capable of improving life expectancy; however, is has also been linked to a disfiguring side effect: permanent hair loss, also called permanent alopecia.

As different from the hair loss suffered by breast cancer patients who have chemotherapy treatment, Taxotere hair loss is permanent rather than temporary. In 2005, Sanofi-Aventis, the manufacturer of Taxotere, informed other countries about Taxotere’s disfiguring side-effect. This same warning was also made in the U.S., but in 2015, ten years after and also after tens of thousands more of women have been treated with the drug.

Concealment of information on Taxotere’s disfiguring side-effect have denied breast cancer patients to make an informed choice. Due to this, many of them now suffer from permanent hair loss, which has profoundly impacted their quality of life. Due to it also, Sanofi-Aventis now faces lawsuits filed by angry and very disappointed women.

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Cruise Ship Accidents/Injuries

Slip and fall accidents can happen in any way and in any place, even when you are in a vacation on a cruise ship. It is among the most common accidents in many cruise ships due to various reasons – unsteady footing, wet areas, and the crowded nature of the cruise ship on the sea. No matter how the slip and fall accident happened it cannot be denied that the injuries they cause can be severe and even life-threatening or long-lasting. Although it may be easy to brush of the incident as a mere accident, there are instances where the cruise ship and their crew can be made liable for the injuries. This can happen when the accident occurred due to negligence or reckless actions/inactions.

From the Vucci Law Group, it can be difficult to prove negligence on the part of the cruise ship and their crew once a slip and fall accident happens. This is the main reason why it is important to contact a personal injury lawyer in order to help with the legal process of filing a claim. Often, cruise ships become difficult to work with once a personal injury claim and make the whole process last longer than necessary. Having legal representatives can make the whole claim process faster and easier.

A slip and fall accident can lead to a number or injuries, such as broken bones, neck and spinal cord injuries, internal bleeding, head injuries, and many others. This would make it difficult to return back to work immediately, not to mention having to spend significant amount of money for medical bills. Regardless whether the accident happened on or off the ship, as long as the negligence of the cruise ship and their crew lead to the accident, they can be held accountable. Regardless of the location, the cruise ship management has the responsibility of ensuring the safety of their passengers and when that duty is neglected, then they can be grounds for a personal injury claim.

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