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Types and signs of nursing home abuse

We here at Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum, Attorneys at Law Inc., understand the many reasons why families rely on assisted living and nursing home facilities to care for their loved ones. Unfortunately, however, we are also familiar with the large number of issues that can arise over patient neglect and abuse in the nursing home environment. If you or a loved one currently live in a care facility, it is important to be able to know and identify possible forms of elder abuse.

While many nursing home facilities strive to provide residents with above-standard care and attention, serious incidents of maltreatment against elderly patients continue to happen. explains some of the major types of elder abuse that can occur in the nursing home setting. They include:

  •          Financial exploitation and/or healthcare fraud
  •          Patient abandonment or neglect
  •          Emotional abuse
  •          Physical and/or sexual abuse

How to fight against nursing home abuse and neglect

There are thousands of people living in nursing homes all across the country, including many here in the Providence area. Being in a nursing home is not easy for most people, including family members and loved ones of those living in a home. However, one thing that can bring people in this kind of situation peace of mind is the knowledge that their loved ones are receiving quality care.

On the other hand, it can be devastating to find out that a loved one has been the victim of some kind of nursing home abuse or neglect. Nursing home abuse or neglect should never happen to anyone, no matter what the circumstances might be.

What does it take to show negligence in a car accident?

There are a lot of different kinds of car accidents all over the Providence area. Some accidents involve people making simple mistakes. Other accidents happen due to flukes, and still other motor vehicle crashes occur because someone acts with reckless or careless behavior. This is often referred to as negligence. If someone is hurt in a car accident due to negligence then the injured person(s) might have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit.

However, in order to be successful in one of these types of lawsuits the plaintiff will have to prove that there was negligence on the part of the defendant. So how does one show that negligence occurred? First off, according to the, negligence is defined as “conduct that falls below the standards of behavior established by law for the protection of others against unreasonable risk of harm.”

What if your boss doesn’t want to pay workers’ compensation?

Accidents happen every day in all kinds of different situations. However, one common place for accidents and injury to occur is in the workplace. At Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum, Attorneys at Law, Inc. we know that when someone is hurt on the job, they probably have many questions, including “what should I do next?”

When you are hurt at work, the first thing you need to do, if you’re physically able, is to report the incident right away to a supervisor. Sometimes, employers will try to avoid responsibility when an employee is injured if there is no record of it. Therefore, it’s extremely important to make your employer aware of the incident as soon as it happens.

Young girl still critical after being struck by drunk driver

Imagine walking down the street with your children, when suddenly you are struck by a vehicle out of nowhere. No one in the Franklin area ever wants to be involved in any kind of car accident, especially when he or she is on foot. Motor vehicle accidents are usually much worse when pedestrians are involved.

A mother and her two your girls are still recovering from being struck by a car that was reportedly being driven by a drunk driver. All three of the victims were seriously injured, including a 7-year-old girl who is still in critical condition. The mother and both of her daughters were taken to the hospital after the accident. At last report, the mother and her other daughter, who is 8-years-old, were stable but still in serious condition.

Basic facts regarding pedestrian accidents

Everyone in the Franklin area, and anywhere else in the country, is aware of the tragedies that are often associated with pedestrian accidents. Although car accidents involving just motor vehicles are more common, pedestrian accidents are also very prevalent and in fact, they continue to rise.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2011, pedestrians were one of the few groups of people in the United States, who use the road, that saw an increase in deaths from the year before. There were a total of 4,432 pedestrian accident-related deaths that year.

What rights do nursing home residents have?

No matter how hard we try there are certain things in life that we just can’t avoid. The aging process is one of those things. As the aging process starts to set in it can have many adverse affects on people. While some in Providence are able to continue living vibrant lives well into their senior years, there are others who are not so fortunate. Many elderly people are no longer able to live alone or take care of themselves, which means there’s a good chance those individuals will end up in a nursing home.

Although no one really wants to live in a nursing home, the fact is many people have to. While most nursing home staffs make every effort to care for their patients, there are many incidents in which patients are treated poorly. However, every patient in a nursing home has certain rights, even if they can’t defend themselves for these rights.

Comedian Tracy Morgan still suffering from serious accident

It’s always tragic when people lose their lives or are seriously injured in auto accidents. It can be especially difficult to get through when an accident is caused by someone who acts carelessly. Although it can’t take the pain away, anyone in Providence who has been hurt in a car accident might be eligible to receive compensation for their injuries and suffering.

Actor/Comedian Tracy Morgan continues to battle back from the serious injuries he suffered in an accident that happened in June of this year. Mr. Morgan was hurt when the limo in which he was riding was struck by a Wal-Mart tractor-trailer. One person was killed, while three other people in addition to Mr. Morgan were hurt. Mr. Morgan suffered several injuries but none more serious than the brain injury from which he is still trying to recover.

Distracted commercial drivers are a serious risk

At Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum, Attorneys at Law, Inc., we are very aware of the dangers that distracted drivers in Providence can cause on the road. We also know that when a distracted driver is behind the wheel of a commercial vehicle, the dangers can increase greatly. That’s because many commercial vehicles are much larger than normal vehicles, which includes many tractor-trailers.

Distracted driving is one of the largest safety management concerns in the transportation industry today. According to, there are dozens of reasons commercial drivers are distracted, but just like drivers of passenger vehicles, using a cell phone or other electronic device is one of the leading cause of auto accidents for commercial drivers as well.

New study shows brain injuries might increase risk of dementia

Injuries of all kinds can happen to anyone in Providence at any time. However, some people are more susceptible to being injured in accidents, including the elderly. What’s more, many elderly people are actually more susceptible to certain kinds of injuries, as well, including traumatic brain injuries. Brain injuries are terrible at any age, but they can have an even greater impact on the future health of many elderly people.

According to a new study, simply suffering a mild concussion after the age of 65 could increase a person’s risk of having dementia. While head injuries can happen to anyone, seniors seem to be much more at risk of suffering this type of injury. According to the lead researcher of the study, Dr. Raquel Gardner, of San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the results suggest that older brains are more at risk to traumatic brain injury no matter the level of injury.

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