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What are common signs and types of elder abuse?

While it might seem natural to place an aging loved one in a nursing home, it is b no means an easy step to take. Although it is ideal to care for a loved one when it is clear that he or she can no longer care for him or herself, this is not always feasible. In these matters, a nursing home can be an excellent way for loved ones to obtain the care they need. Many of these facilities are perfectly safe, providing adequate care. Unfortunately, some do not meet this standard, as the negligence and ill acts of employees may result in elder abuse.

What are common signs and types of elder abuse? With regards to physical abuse, one should look for unexplained bruises, injuries, broken bones or marks on their bodies. These injuries could also be the result of the failure to give the required medication, using restrains and even drugging a resident with unnecessary medication. When it comes to neglect, this can look like failing to change their clothing, brushing their teeth, combing their hair, clipping nails, not helping to get them to the bathroom, bed sores, not giving medications as prescribed by the doctor or failing to provide basic needs or the attention needed.

What is a third-party claim for work injuries?

When you sustain an injury on the job, the first place you probably turn is workers' compensation. These benefits make employers' insurance cover your medical expenses, lost income and other relevant costs. The benefits may be full or partial and last for a short time or for the rest of your life depending on the type and severity of the injury. 

However, in some cases, you may have an additional option besides workers' compensation. When someone who is not your employer is responsible for your workplace accident, then you can also sue that party in a regular personal injury claim.

Understanding factors in a fatal truck crash

Large commercial trucks are seen all over the nation, as millions of them are used each year to transport goods and products. While these vehicles are necessary and beneficial, they also present many risks. Trucks do not maneuver the same way as other automobiles, truck drivers are tasked to travel long distances and federal trucking regulations are often violated in order to make deadlines. These situations often lead to risks that can cause truck crashes.

When a fatal truck accident occurs, data indicates that it is the occupants in passenger vehicles that are most likely to die in these crashes. There are any reasons for this, but the main issue is the vulnerability of those traveling in smaller vehicles. No only does a commercial truck weight 20 to 30 times more than a passenger vehicle, trucks are also much taller with greater ground clearance. This can also cause these smaller vehicles to underride trucks in a crash.

Guiding you through legal action following a car crash

Whether it is a holiday weekend or any regular summer day, the increase in traffic during the summer months is easily seen on roads in Kentucky and any other state in the nation. Increased traffic means an increased risk of automobile collisions. Even if a motorist is not travel a great distance, a negligent driver could collide with another vehicle at any moment. No matter if it is because of distractions, recklessness or intoxication, an accident victim could suffer greatly because of a negligent motorist.

The aftermath of a car crash does not mean only dealing with pain and suffering. It also means enduring financial hardships as medical bills begin to pile up when a victim is no longer able to work because of the injuries he or she suffered. At the Law offices of Herren & Adams, LLP, we understand how a sudden car crash can significantly alter the life of an individual and his or her loved one. Thus, we are dedicated to helping those in the Lexington area understand their rights and guide them through a personal injury action.

How often is nursing home abuse or neglect reported?

For many individuals in Kentucky and elsewhere, they are tasked with making decisions for an aging loved one. Whether this is all spelled out in a health care plan or it is decided when the time comes, putting an elderly family member in a nursing home is anything but easy. However, taking this step is often necessary. Often times, these facilities are equipped with everything one needs and the care required. However, this unfortunately isn't always the case. Something negligence and abuse can occur at a nursing home.

How often is nursing home abuse or neglect reported? Based on current statistics, more than 1 in 4 neglect and abuse cases at a nursing home facility are not reported to law enforcement. Additionally, the CMS fails to both identify and report these incidents. The Office of Inspector General issued a preliminary report that identified 134 instances where there was potential abuse and neglect of Medicare beneficiaries located at nursing home facilities in 33 states.

Truck inspections for hours of service violations

Whether its early morning, midday, evening or night, motorists are likely to share the road with large commercial trucks. Whether a driver just started their shift, has been driving for hours or just took a break, it is difficult to discern if a driver is alert, drowsy or fatigued. Additionally, motorist traveling near a semi-truck or a tractor-trailer truck does not know if the truck driver sharing the road with them is in compliance with federal trucking regulations.

One of the most talked about trucking regulation is hours of service. Truck driver are required to comply with these rules with regards to on-duty driving periods and off-duty and break times. This means that if a truck driver has been driving for a duration that goes beyond the timeframe allotted and has not taken a break or gone off duty for the required time, that driver is in violation of this rule.

3 things you should know about wrongful death cases

There is nothing more painful than the unexpected loss of a loved one. This pain becomes greater if your loved one was also a primary provider for your household. In addition to the emotional trauma of the loss, you must confront the stress of replacing the income and maintaining your life without the support you grew accustomed to. This is obviously a difficult situation to find yourself in.

It is even worse if your loved one died due to the negligence of another individual or entity. If this is the case, you may be dealing with a wrongful death. There are a few things you should know about wrongful death cases. The following three are some of the most important facts to consider in the wake of this situation.

Kentucky law enforcement cracks down on texting while driving

Hitting the road for long and small trips is common for Kentucky residents. Whether they are heading to a family gathering, a party at a friend's house or road tripping for a vacation, traffic tends to increase on the roadways in Kentucky and elsewhere. Thus, law enforcement is on the lookout for individuals that may be violating laws that could lead car accidents. One major concern on the roads is distracted driving, as it is considered to be just as or even more dangerous than drunk driving.

According to reports, law enforcement in Kentucky seeks to crack down on distracted driving and seat belt violations this summer. However, patrolling the roads in their marked cruisers is not always the best way to spot these violations. Therefore, efforts were implemented to get a better perspective on this and other traffic violations. By traveling in tractor-trailers, police are able to see when a driver is texting while driving and if they are wearing a seat belt.

What is nursing home negligence?

As we age and near our elderly years, it is likely clear that someone at some point will have to care for us if we no longer can. While we would hope for our family to be the one to step in and care for us, the reality is that this is often far too much of a task for our loved ones. Therefore, the again population will consider their options at nursing home facilities. While nursing home can provide the necessary care one requires, the facility might fail to meet the needs of a resident, even causing them some serious harm.

What is nursing home negligence? This matter can look different from one situation to the next; however, the underlying issue is that a nursing home resident is harmed by the negligence or mistreatment by employees of the nursing home facility. This could be due to understaffing, improper training, the mismanagement of employees or the errors and mistakes made by the facility or its employees.

Helping you initiate a civil action following a car crash

When we travel by an accident site, we often wonder what happened. While we cannot gain much information by taking a simple glimpse, it is often clear when an accident is severe, involving damages to the vehicles involved and causing injuries to occupants. Although some crashes are minor, involving minimal property damage and no injuries, the fact is that many automobile crashes occurring in Kentucky and elsewhere involve serious and even fatal injuries.

The aftermath of a car crash can be shocking. The damages and injuries involved can alter a person's life, as they are focused on their medical car, fixing property damage and returning to his or her normal life. However, a car accident can be such a significant event that it takes much time to get back to our normal life. No matter the severity of a car crash, it is important to realize a victim might have legal recourses available.

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