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Fighting for the rights of car accident victims

If you were recently involved in a car accident, you may be facing all sorts of challenges, from physical pain and emotional trauma to financial problems. To make matters worse, insurance companies do not always help and car accident victims may find themselves in court fighting for their rights and the compensation they deserve. In Providence, Rhode Island, people who are recovering from a car accident that was caused by a reckless driver should be sure to take the right approach. At Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum, we help car accident victims prepare for court and try to move forward from the wreck.

There are many factors that can contribute to car accidents, such as a drunk driver or someone texting and driving. However, it is crucial for every negligent driver who has turned someone's world upside down to be held accountable. These tragic accidents take place at a surprising rate and too many people continue to exhibit dangerous behavior on the roads, putting the lives of innocent people at risk. From medical expenses to injuries that make it impossible for someone to work, car collisions can create many problems and victims' needs cannot be overlooked.

Pedestrian passes away after being struck by vehicle

While any type of traffic accident can be perilous, the roads can be particularly dangerous for pedestrians. In Providence, Rhode Island, and across the United States, pedestrians who are hit by vehicles may experience a number of hardships, from broken bones and brain damage to mental trauma. Additionally, when someone is involved in a pedestrian accident, they may experience financial hardships such as medical expenses and lost wages due to injuries that prevent them from working.

According to law enforcement, a male pedestrian was walking on I-291 in Massachusetts at roughly 10 p.m. when he was hit by a mini-van. The accident, which took place in Springfield, claimed the pedestrian's life. The man was declared dead at the accident scene and his name has not been released at this time.

Understanding the presence of nursing home neglect

Each day, nursing home residents throughout the country are neglected and abused. Unfortunately, nursing home neglect occurs too often and it is important for those who are preparing to place a loved one in a nursing home to understand the prevalence of this devastating problem. From medication errors to malnutrition or dehydration, nursing home residents are subjected to many types of neglect on a daily basis. In Providence, Rhode Island, and across the United States, nursing home residents deserve proper treatment from nursing home staff and a reasonable standard of care.

Information published on the National Center for Biotechnology Information's website outlines various forms of abuse and neglect. For example, residents may suffer from nursing home neglect when they do not receive dental care, frequent bathing and wound treatment. Other examples of neglect include a facility's failure to keep patients hydrated, turn call lights off when asked and failing to offer activities to bedridden residents.

Understanding the prevalence of car accidents

When someone is involved in a car accident, it may take years for them to recover from a serious injury such as a broken bone or brain injury. Furthermore, far too many car accident victims lose their lives and leave their loved ones with a variety of hardships, such as incredible emotional pain and financial problems. Car collisions are a major problem in Providence, Rhode Island, and throughout the nation. As a result, it is essential for drivers to focus on the importance of safe driving and for victims of car accidents to remain committed to recovery.

According to information published by the United States Census Bureau, there were 10.8 million auto accidents across the country in 2009. Additionally, more than 35,000 people passed away within one year after they were involved in a car accident in the same year. In Rhode Island, the CDC reports that 83 people passed away in 2009 within a month of their involvement in a car crash.

Nursing facility cited after patient dies

From bedsores to a medication error or instances of elder abuse, nursing home patients sometimes face a variety of hardships, some of which can be life-threatening. For victims of nursing home negligence in Providence, Rhode Island, figuring out how to address the situation may seem difficult to some. However, it is imperative for people who have been neglected in a nursing home to hold those who are responsible for failing to provide a reasonable standard of care accountable.

A nursing facility in Minnesota was recently cited after a patient fell out of their wheelchair and passed away. According to a special investigator for the Minnesota Department of Health, the patient had previously fallen out of their wheelchair seven times over the course of four months before the fatal accident occurred. The investigator believes that the nursing home failed to re-evaluate the patient's risk and notice their dangerous pattern of falling.

Protecting the rights of car accident victims

Even with awareness campaigns on the dangers of drunk driving, drowsy driving and the use of a cell phone while behind the wheel, car accidents continue to take place at an alarming rate. Sadly, these accidents can claim lives, cause serious injuries and a wide variety of hardships for those involved (along with their loved ones). At Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum, our law firm takes all types of car accidents seriously and we work hard to fight for the rights of auto accident victims in Providence, Rhode Island. We understand how painful these crashes can be (both physically and mentally) and we remain committed to helping our clients receive the benefits they deserve.

From a head-on collision to a rollover that was caused by a drunk driver, every car crash is different and requires a unique approach for those who decide to take legal action. If you have had your life turned upside down because of a car accident, it is important to ensure that all the details of the accident are closely reviewed. While some people may not feel like heading to court after a car collision, those who have suffered because of another's negligence should make sure they understand their rights and figure out the most beneficial course of action. In addition to holding a negligent driver accountable for their actions, car accident victims may also be able to secure the compensation they need to recover.

Examining the frequency of pedestrian accidents

When pedestrians take to the road, they may face a number of threats, such as drunk drivers, hit-and-run accidents and distracted drivers, to name a few. Unfortunately, in Providence, Rhode Island, and across the country, pedestrian accidents can result in a wide variety of problems for victims, including serious injuries, death, brain damage, a neck injury and mental trauma. Furthermore, families who lose a loved one may have no idea of what to do next. As a result, it is crucial for people who are facing these hardships to explore every option and remain committed to moving forward.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4,743 pedestrians died in a pedestrian accident in 2012. Furthermore, the CDC reports that 76,000 pedestrians suffered injuries in traffic accidents across the country in 2012. At this rate, an average of one pedestrian loses their life every two hours and pedestrians are injured in accidents every seven minutes. Sadly, pedestrians face a significantly greater risk of death than those who are riding in passenger vehicles during every trip.

Rhode Island woman charged after multiple vehicle accident

When car accidents occur, they often turn lives upside down. Whether someone is involved in a head-on collision caused by texting and driving or injured in a drunk driving accident, auto accidents can result in serious injuries, medical expenses, emotional pain and death. Unfortunately, these accidents continue to occur in Providence, Rhode Island, and around the country at an alarming rate. As a result, those who are trying to move forward after a car collision should take action immediately.

Authorities say that a 22-year-old woman was driving drunk when she caused a multiple vehicle accident on Route 95 in Providence. There were not any significant injuries reported in the crash, which took place at 2:30 a.m. in a construction zone close to Exit 22.

Claim increase pushed lawsuit into federal jurisdiction

A common misconception that many in Providence may have regarding ground level falls is that for people in good overall health, such an accident cannot cause serious injury. Yet certain factors, such as the conditions present at the time of the fall, could serve to compound the possibility for sustaining substantial injuries, no matter the age or condition of the victim.

In those cases where serious injuries are alleged to have occurred, the compensation being sought by slip-and-fall accident victims could influence the type of lawsuit in pursuit of such a reward. For instances where a plaintiff is seeking more than $75,000 in damages, the amount being sought meets the requirements for federal jurisdiction.

Who should nursing home abuse be reported to?

For those in Providence who have elderly family members or friends living in nursing homes, the expectation is that the staffs of those facilities will do their utmost to assist their loved ones while respecting their privacy and dignity. Residents of these facilities are typically in a very vulnerable state, and thus easy targets for those who may be looking to exploit them.

If you happen to have a loved one in a similar situation, and you believe that he or she may have suffered nursing home abuse, you’ll no doubt want to respond to such concerns immediately. Yet are you aware of just who you should report your suspicions to?

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