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Bedsores: a possible sign of nursing home abuse

Many medical conditions and complications related to the process of aging are severe and debilitating in nature. That is why aggressive prevention and treatment methods are a vital aspect of proper elder care practices in the home, clinical and nursing home setting. Unfortunately, though, serious injuries like bedsores occur at high rates in nursing home facilities, despite the fact that they can be effectively prevented and managed in many cases.

The Mayo Clinic website explains that pressure ulcers, which are commonly referred to as bedsores, occur when skin tissue is damaged by prolonged pressure and/or poor circulation. Bedsores can develop over a relatively short amount of time and can vary in severity. Typically, however, bedsores develop on areas of the skin covering bone, such as over elbows, ankles and heels. The early identification of skin irritation can go a long way to prevent painful bedsores from developing, and regular repositioning and movement is also incredibly important to increase circulation and promote healing. And while certain medical conditions can contribute to the nature and severity of pressure sores, they can generally be treated and prevented using a number of techniques.

Appreciating severity of pedestrian accidents

So many minor automobile collisions occur across the state Rhode Island that you, like so many people, may not blink an eye at accident statistics. And while a huge number of accident incidents that do occur result in little to no property damage or injuries, others have much more dire consequences for those involved. Every year, Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum, Attorneys at Law, Inc., handles cases involving serious and fatal pedestrian accidents.

In order to fully understand just how pervasive the issue of pedestrian accidents is across the country, it is important to realize that some of the most vulnerable members of our community are at a considerably higher risk of becoming pedestrian accident victims. People ages 65 and older and children between the ages of five and nine are the most susceptible to being struck by moving vehicles. It is also estimated that a pedestrian dies as a result of a car collision every couple of hours. That is why it is so important that motorists are held accountable for their actions.

Can my university be held liable for my injuries?

No matter if you are the one mailing out university applications or are attempting to plan for your child moving away for college, there are a number of factors to take into consideration. Many college students try their hardest to live near or on campus, and many others would agree that they practically live there anyways. Having a basic understanding of school campus safety concerns and premises liability guidelines can help to ensure that your student’s rights are protected at all times.

College campuses are home to everything from sporting events to student protests to music festivals, and are known to also be the site of criminal activity in many cases. Beyond that, college students frequently come down with contagious illnesses. And while many of the injuries that students sustain during the school year are the result of unavoidable accidents, others can and should be prevented.

Understanding the types of workers’ comp benefits in Rhode Island

In the event that you or a loved one sustains an injury in a workplace environment, you may already know that you could be eligible to receive Worker’s Compensation benefits. What you may not be aware of, however, is that the nature and severity of the injuries in question can play a major role in determining the types of benefits you receive. Here at Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum Attorneys at Law, Inc., we continually strive to assist their clients in achieving the benefits that they deserve.

There are currently three major types of disability claims recognized under the Rhode Island Workers’ Compensation system. A number of factors are typically taken into consideration when determining which benefits program is the most appropriate in any given case, and your eligibility for any of them could change depending on the specific circumstances surrounding your injuries and diagnosis.

Drugs major factor in youth car accident fatality rates

Rhode Island state and federal agencies are continually striving to implement and enforce road safety guidelines that account for motorists of all ages. That is why the factors behind some motor vehicle accidents are scrutinized so closely. Now, there is evidence to suggest that substances like marijuana and alcohol play a major role in fatal collisions involving one demographic of driver.

Rhode Island is one of several states that tests a large number of fatal car accident victims for drug and alcohol use. As a result, researchers with Columbia University used such test results and collision data to look at substance abuse among fatal car accident victims between the ages of 16 and 25. According to the study findings, almost 37 percent of accident victims used only alcohol, while around 7 percent had both marijuana and alcohol in their systems. Almost 6 percent of victims used marijuana alone. Overall, around 50 percent of all fatal crash victims surveyed tested positive for marijuana or alcohol.

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.

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