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Nursing home penalties reduced

Late last year, the federal government announced that it is reducing the use of fines against nursing homes where residents suffered harm or faced the serious risk of injury. Guidelines put in place by the previous administration, intended to sanction nursing home neglect and abuse, were reversed.Under the new guidelines, regulators are discouraged from imposing fines in some situations. These will even include times where there is a resident death.

Almost 6,500 nursing homes, or four out of every 10, were cited at least once for a serious violation since 2013. Medicare fined two-thirds of those facilities. Failure to protect residents from avoidable accidents, neglect, mistreatment and bedsores were among the most common violations.

Preventing theft in nursing homes

Ohio and federal laws protect family members from nursing home neglect and abuse. These include requirements that facilities keep a reasonably secure environment or that it will be responsible for the theft or loss of a resident's personal property.

Additional precautions may protect the personal property of residents. First, they should request a copy of their personal inventory and family members can help verify that all their property and possessions are listed on that document. If the resident is unable to make this request, their legal representatives can ask for this document.

Possible damages in a wrongful death suit

The death of a loved one can be a hard pill to swallow, and when that death could have been avoided, it may be even harder. In such cases, a wrongful death claim may help to relieve some of the financial burden of this situation.

In order to argue a wrongful death claim successfully, it is important that individuals understand what the process entails. Determining the damages to claim is an important part of the process, and there are a few options available.

Bill intended to stop under-ride truck crash deaths

Because of their smaller size, a car and its occupants lose in a crash with a larger truck. The results are particularly deadly in an under-side crash when a car sides under a truck's body. Bi-partisan legislation was recently introduced in the U.S. Senate to help prevent these truck accidents.

In these collisions, a car safety's equipment provides no protection because most of the car slides under the truck trailer. The truck crashes through the windows and collides into the vehicle's passengers.

What is nursing home neglect?

Ohio facilities and caregivers have the legal duty to prevent nursing home neglect and abuse. Abuse is taking actions that harm residents.

Nursing home neglect, on the other hand, is their failure to fulfill their duty to provide a reasonable standard of care for the elderly. In addition to being illegal, neglect is demeaning and unhealthy for residents, dangerous and even life-threatening.

VA illegally hired questionable doctors

The Department of Veterans Affairs is responsible for providing medical care to veterans in Ohio and across the country. However, a recent US Today report shows that the VA hired physicians who lost their state licenses to practice for medical malpractice or misconduct.

Federal law prohibits the VA from hiring physicians if a state medical board revoked their license to practice. Their hiring process supposedly includes vetting of applications, verification of education and medical licenses, reviews of references and interviews. A professional standards board must review and approve clinical hires.

What are the signs of nursing home abuse?

Ohio prohibits nursing home neglect and abuse and provide legal options for family members. There are several signs of elder abuse that should be investigated and pursued.

Physical abuse is any force that leads to bodily injury, physical pain or impairment. It includes striking, beating, pushing, shoving, shaking, kicking, punching or burning. Other forms include improper administration of drugs, physical restraints and force feeding.

Life care plans after catastrophic injuries

A serious accident and resulting injury can disrupt your entire life, potentially leaving you unable to drive, work, exercise or otherwise enjoy life the way you used to. Some catastrophic injuries, such as spinal cord injuries, amputations and traumatic brain injuries, can leave you in need of constant supervision and a lifetime of expensive medical care.

Creating a life care plan can help you not only prepare for the unexpected, but it can also help your friends and family members make important decisions in the event that you are no longer able to make them for yourself. If your condition allows, you may also be able to create a life care plan following your accident or injury that can help you determine what types of damages you may want to pursue to help finance your new lifestyle.

Bullying leading to lawsuits and new laws

Students have been victims of negligence or crimes that caused their deaths. A more recent cause of these tragedies in Ohio is bullying that have also led to wrongful death lawsuits.

In one case, an 8-year-old Cincinnati boy committed suicide earlier this year after he was bullied in an attack in the boy's restroom that was recorded on a school surveillance camera. He was unconscious for over seven minutes while students kicked him, according to the lawsuit.

Youth sport safety challenged

The concerns over Ohio catastrophic injuries associated with professional football players suffering with a traumatic brain injury is relatively recent. But, this issue has also impacted children playing football across this country who may be facing the risk of brain damage.


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