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The basics about nursing home neglect

It is always a difficult decision for a family to choose to put their elderly loved one into a nursing home. Unfortunately, as humans age, our bodies and mind will usually break down. If there are no family members available to care for an elderly or ill loved one, it may become necessary that they are sent to a nursing home for 24-hour care.

Whether you are from the Beachwood, Ohio, area, or throughout the country, there are situations where patients at a nursing home facility do become victims of nursing home neglect and abuse. It might be physical abuse, or it could be more subtle abuses like not feeding a patient regularly, not addressing personal hygiene such as baths and changes of clothes and linens or even mental abuse or sexual abuse.

Summer months are motorcycle season

It is the middle of summer and throughout the country our readers may see an increase in the number of motorcycles on the roads. Motorcycle enthusiasts often take advantage of the warm weather to hit the roads.

While motorcycle riding can undoubtedly be thrilling, it does pose some unique dangers to riders while on the roads. Because motorcycles are less common, drivers of traditional cars and trucks are less mindful of sharing the roads with them. In addition, they are significantly smaller than cars, so they can be harder to notice on the road. When an accident does occur, motorcyclists are far more likely to suffer serious, catastrophic or even deadly injuries.

Do not underestimate the dangers of trucks on the roads

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of things we all take for granted every day. Many of these things are relatively harmless, others less so, but until we experience or hear about the potential dangers around the things we take for granted, they often never even enter our minds. Take trucks, for example.

Whenever you get behind the wheel of your car and get out on the roads, you expose yourself to the dangers of trucks on the road. You may see them all the time, but have you ever considered how different they are from traditional cars?

Two young people killed in fatal car crash

Losing loved ones is never easy for people in Ohio. These individuals provide so much love and support to people as they go through their daily lives and filling the void is never easy. However, it can be a little easier when people have time to prepare for the loved one's death. When people die of old age, many times the family knows it is coming and can prepare for the loss. Others die young and unexpectedly though, leaving the family no time to prepare, which can be even more devastating.

This type of situation occurred recently when two young people died in a fatal accident. An 18-year-old was driving a car and, for some reason, the driver veered into oncoming traffic. A mother with her two young daughters was driving in that lane as the 18-year-old veered into it. The mother tried avoiding the other vehicle, but could not and the vehicles collided head-on. The 18-year-old and one of the two daughters, who was seven years old, died as a result. The mother and the other daughter survived, but had serious injuries and were brought to a local hospital.

How prescription errors can change your life

If you rely on medication to stay healthy, you are not alone. Many people in Ohio rely on their health care providers for prescriptions to improve their health so they can feel and act normal. Some of them do not realize that all it takes is one prescription mistake for their lives to be changed forever. These errors can occur at any time, from the start of the prescribing process to when you receive and use them. Without proper intervention, prescription errors can lead to severe injury and death. 

Take some time to learn how prescription mistakes can impact your life. 

Spinal cord injuries can completely change the victim's life

The spinal cord is vital to one's daily life. Without it the brain's messages to the body will not get to the desired location. So, if the spinal cord is injured the messages will not be received by the various body parts and the function will not occur. For example, if the brain tells a leg to move, but the message does not get there it will not move. This is why these catastrophic injuries cause paralysis and prohibit people from controlling certain body parts.

There are different types of spinal cord injuries, which all depend on the severity of the injury and where on the spinal cord the injury occurred, which determines what portion of the body will be affected. Some injuries only prohibit the body's lower half from functioning, but if the injury is higher on the spinal cord then the person may lose functioning below the head. Also, some people will have no feeling below the point of the injury and others will have some sensation or limited movement below the injury point depending on the severity.

Strict rules for truck drivers prohibiting impaired driving

There are many rules that drivers must follow in Ohio. These rules include rules governing where drivers must be on the road, when they can make turns, when they must stop, the speed of the vehicle and many others. There are also rules to ensure the drivers of the vehicles are not distracted or impaired while driving. This generally means that their blood alcohol concentration is below a certain amount, but does not mean that they cannot consume any alcohol before driving.

The rules are more strict for truck drivers since commercial trucks can cause much more damage than the average vehicle in truck accidents due to their size. Truck drivers are not to drive at all if they have consumed or are under the influence of any alcohol within four hours of driving the truck in addition to while they are driving it. If they have consumed alcohol or were under the influence of it within four hours of operating the truck then they must be placed out-of-service for 24 hours. This means that they must wait at least 24 hours before they operate the truck again.

Dangers of falls in nursing homes in Ohio

As people grow older in Ohio, they realize that their bodies do not function as well they did when they were younger. Also, sometimes people develop diseases and other illnesses and eventually they may need assistance doing things that were part of their daily routine. Family and friends may be able to help out, but eventually it may become too difficult for them to continue providing daily care. In these situations, many people end up putting their loved ones in a nursing home.

When people put their loved ones in nursing homes, they expect that they will receive the proper care they need and be safe overall. However, sometimes accidents happen in nursing homes. One of the most common types of accidents is falls. Almost half of all residents in long-term care, such as a nursing home, will fall while they are there. Approximately one-third of all the people who fall will be injured as well. Sometimes these injuries will be severe as well such as head injuries, broken bones and dislocated joints.

How long does one have to file a medical malpractice claim?

Most people in Ohio would prefer not to have to go to medical professionals. Usually when people need to go to them, it means that they are either sick or injured. However, they are also necessary, in many cases, to ensure that the person will recover from these injuries and illnesses. That is also exactly what people expect when they go to these medical professionals.

Sometimes these medical professionals make mistakes though and a person suffers even worse injuries after going to see them. Other times a doctor may misdiagnose something and the actual problem becomes worse as a result of it. When these things occur the person may suffer more economic damages as well since they will most likely require even more medical attention and care after seeing the doctor. These people may be entitled to compensation through a medical malpractice claim.

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