Nursing Home Physical Abuse

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Elder Law | 0 comments

Putting a loved one in a nursing home may be one of the most emotional decisions you can experience in life. But it is a necessary decision that will benefit your loved one and your entire family. Nursing homes are there to make sure that your loved one will get the medical attention he or she deserves, and you should not worry about issues such as abuse. Still, abuse still happens in nursing homes, and this also affects your decision whether to put your loved one in a nursing home or not.

But once your loved one is already in a nursing home, you should be the one who is assertive enough to make sure that he or she is not experiencing some form of abuse. Written below are the signs you should look out for, to determine whether your loved one is experiencing abuse in the nursing home.

Physical Signs
Physical evidence is the easiest to see, because you cannot deny it and it is already in front of you. If your loved one has unexplained bruises, lacerations, wounds, or any kind of injuries, be cautious. Always ask your loved one or the medical staff where the injury has been sustained, and you can judge from there whether the explanation is legitimate or not.

Impatient and unprofessional medical personnel also have the tendency to use excessive force when restraining and trying to discipline elders, resulting into physical abuse. For this reason, you should also look out for abrasions that have resulted from forceful restraints, such as ropes and straps.

Behavioral Signs
Physical abuse can also have emotional and psychological effects to victims. If your loved one has sudden behavioral changes, like withdrawal from social interaction and unwarranted anxiety and fear, he or she may be experiencing physical abuse. If you see these behaviors, be assertive and talk to them about it. If they are not physically able to communicate, be mindful of his or her behavior when a nursing home staff is nearby, as it may be a sign that he or she is experiencing abuse from that person.

Nursing homes are supposed to be places for care and nourishment. Medical professionals know it, and that is why nursing homes have health personnel and medical facilities. Even legal professionals know it, that is why there are some who specialize in nursing home abuse, such as the Bruner Law Firm.

Even though other people are aware that nursing homes should be safe, you should still be the person who is making sure that your loved one is in a safe space. Be mindful of the signs of physical abuse, and don’t be afraid to step up and act once you see them.

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An Overview of Vehicular Assault

Posted by on Aug 21, 2016 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

Driving under the influence or DUI by itself already carries stiff penalties and serious punishments. When the drunk driver causes serious harm or injury to another driver, his charges could escalate to vehicular assault. The website of the Nashville criminal lawyers at Horst Law reveals that such offenses may carry a mandatory minimum sentence of two years or up to a maximum of 12 years. This will depend on the number of DUI charges the driver has on their record.

Depending on the state where the offense happened, vehicular assault may either be a felony or misdemeanor. If the accident caused bodily harm to the other driver, they would be charged with felony and may face several years prison sentence aside from paying stiff fines. For more severe consequences, the charge may be reduced to misdemeanor. Regardless of whether the charge is a misdemeanor or felony, the defendant may be sentenced to jail time.

In some states, a DUI driver may be charged with first, second, or third degree vehicular assault. The first degree charge is considered as felony and second and third degree as misdemeanors. Everything will depend on the circumstances and seriousness of the injury incurred by the other driver. A driver who commits reckless driving or who has a BAC of more than 0.18 is guilty of first degree vehicular assault if someone was seriously injured.

If the charge is felony, the driver can be sentenced with probation or imprisonment of more than five years. For misdemeanor, the sentence ranges from probation or imprisonment or one to two years. The punishment will depend on current state laws and other circumstances such as seriousness of injuries, the number of people who got injured, the ages of the injured, and the criminal record of the defendant.

Lastly, a driver charged with vehicular assault is considered as a threat to the safety of other drivers, vehicular assault may also include temporary suspension of the driver’s license. In order to have their license reinstated, the driver may be required to take remedial classes or pay certain fines.

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Georgia Truck Accident Lawsuits

Posted by on May 15, 2016 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

A log truck that overturned and sent logs to block off Newton Road in Albany, Georgia on Feb. 22, 2016 resulted in one man sustaining critical wounds and getting brought to the Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in Florida via helicopter.

According to Georgia State Patrol Trooper Robert Snyder, the truck rocked up on its side through the curve with all the weight bearing on that side, causing the right front tire to burst and the rim to bite down into the asphalt, thereby pushing the truck off the road and scattering its load of logs all across the road.

The website of Ausband & Dumont says that as much as there had been incidents when a truck accident is caused by the negligence and irresponsibility of a truck driver, there are also times when the driver is blameless, and that the accident is caused not because of any wrongdoing on his part. There can be instances when other people may be to blame for the truck accident that transpired; for instance, people who are employed by the truck company who should have been responsible for inspecting and repairing the truck as needed before it makes its journey on the road and may have neglected to do so. The truck’s load may have been improperly positioned on the truck, or the truck may have been manufactured with defective lights, brakes, tires, among others.

In a truck accident lawsuit, a plaintiff, with the help of his legal counsel, should properly identify the proper parties to sue; it is the common mistake of a new plaintiff without prior experience when it comes to litigating truck accident cases to immediately sue the truck driver for the accident. While in most cases, this is the correct action to take, sometimes other parties should also be lodged a lawsuit as well, such as the manufacturer of the truck, mechanics and maintenance companies, the trucking company, the parts companies, among others.

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Why Should You Have Car Insurance?

Posted by on Dec 4, 2015 in Car Insurance | 0 comments

Ever wonder who pays to get a personal injury claim resulting from an automobile wreck? A lot of people understand that auto insurance is required by law for anyone who wants to drive; for the fixing of an automobile, it pays at precisely the same it when it gets ruined. What many people don’t understand is that it is also the automobile insurance company by way of the third-party liability (TPL) protection (also needed by regulation in many states) which usually pays for any awards in a personal damage match. For this reason defendants such cases are so well -represented; it’s generally the insurer which pays for the attorneys.

Nonetheless, in circumstances where motorists are convicted of driving under the influence (DUI), driving uninsured, driving with no permit, or with a lot more than three traffic infractions, they get their licence suspended and many insurance firms will decline to supply protection, anyhow. It is because drivers signify a high-risk population, along with the tables signify that such clients are not unlikely to cost the company more money than carry it in. With no valid driver’s licence and basic insurance, a person can not lawfully drive in the U.S.

But there is a method to get all these individuals a particular kind of insurance, but it will require an SR-22 filing. Wausau, WI car accident lawyers point out that the SR-22 is a form that an insurance company sends the Secretary of State certifying that the particular person has the necessary insurance to operate a vehicle legally in a specific state, such as Illinois or Indiana, that your insurance provider ensures. The SR 22 certificate is, in addition, a prerequisite for the raising of a suspended license in most states.

The SR 22 insurance may not be cheap to-boot and is typically hard to get, but the level of difficulty and cost changes according to the insurance carrier. When looking for SR-22 insurance, request charges and the level of support in the insurance companies offering it in the applicable state to comparison shop prior to making a choice.

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How Organic (or Eco-Friendly) Dog Food Saves the Planet

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 in Animals | 0 comments

There has been a recent insistence on going organic when it comes to food, and this is inextricably linked to promoting health. But the concept of “organic” does not exist in a vacuum. It is not merely a product that springs out of nowhere and has no history behind it. Going organic is essentially a process of going back to nature and promoting eco-friendly practices. This way of thinking applies seamlessly to organic dog food as it does to organic human food.

Dog on the waterDomestic dogs mimic the human diet inasmuch as there is a need for a prescribed mix of protein (preferably animal-sourced), fats and carbohydrates to keep healthy. So if you follow this thinking, dogs benefit from agricultural industries the same way as humans do. If organic food products are preferred, this encourages more industries to utilize organic methods of production. This in turn will lead to saving the planet from the effects of environmental hazards.

The rationale behind this reasoning is the nature of organic methods of doing anything. Absolutely no synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, and growth or prophylactic hormones are used in connection with any agricultural process. This ensures that the fruits, vegetables, grains and meat that are produced did not contribute to the inadvertent pollution of the soil, water and air, and that the products are likewise free of toxic residues.

When dog food is labeled “organic” in the US, it means that at least 95% of the ingredients used are organic. Check out the nutritional label and the recurrence of the word organic is sure to be prodigious. The use of the term “organic” is strictly regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, so consumers can be sure that it is what it says it is. And because organic dog food is made of organic ingredients, it is logically eco-friendly and helps save the planet.

It should be noted, however, that “all-natural” and “natural” is not the same as “organic.” The term “natural” is not regulated as the term “organic” is, so dog food manufacturers can use it with impunity with no fear of reprisals. Organic dog food is among the most expensive in the market, but it is well worth it. It is not only dog-healthy, it is earth-friendly.

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