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Protecting Rhode Island residents against nursing home abuse

Long-term care and nursing home facilities provide vital services to communities across the state of Rhode Island and the entire country. After all, nursing homes often provide residents with a level of medical and care support that they would not have access to in the home environment. Unfortunately, however, the nursing home environment can also expose patients to painful incidents of neglect and/or mistreatment. If you currently reside in an assisted living facility or have a loved one who lives in a nursing home, it is always important to be aware risks and incident rates associated with nursing home abuse. We here at Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum, Attorneys at Law, advocate on behalf of nursing home residents and their families to promote patient rights and combat against all forms of elder abuse.

Discussing incidents of nursing home abuse across the country, ABC News reported that the troubling trend is on the rise. Since 1996, nursing home violations for negligence and abuse have increased annually. Figures pointing to a national increase in elder abuse incidents are especially concerning considering that almost 2 million Americans currently live in nursing home facilities, and the vast majority of nursing homes operate as for-profit establishments.

Wrong-way driver kills 2 young parents

While factors like alcohol consumption, drug use and cell phone use are all known to contribute to serious accidents, drowsy driving or simple absentmindedness can also prove to be very dangerous. In fact, failing to notice road signs and/or other motorists can have dire consequences. Every year in Providence, Rhode Island, innocent people lose their lives in completely avoidable car accidents, leaving their family and friends to wonder how such tragedies are possible.

A 24-year-old man was recently arraigned and held on $100,000 bail for his role in a car accident that took the lives of two people in Providence. The fatal incident occurred in the early hours of Easter Sunday when the man in question drove the wrong direction onto an area highway. According to authorities, the defendant in the case drove a little more than one mile before striking the vehicle carrying the two accident victims.

Who is liable if I am in a car accident with a ride-share driver?

While ride-sharing programs are a relatively new concept, app-based transportation services are becoming increasingly popular in Providence and other cities across the country. In fact, you may be interested in catching a ride from a local ride-share driver. The growing presence of ride-share vehicles on Rhode Island roadways is coupling convenience with serious concern, however, as ride-share companies, passengers and safety regulators all confront questions over car accident liability and insurance coverage.

The Wall Street Journal explains that the basis of the ride-share business concept involves matching available drivers in any given area with local passengers via an app program. Ride-share drivers do not have commercial driver’s licenses or commercial vehicle insurance coverage in most cases, but still use their own personal vehicles to transport passengers. Consequently, serious questions and concerns have been raised over who is liable in accident incidents involving ride-share drivers.

Nursing and back injury concerns

Nursing students across the state of Rhode Island and the entire country are drawn to the profession for a number of different reasons, one being that nursing gives workers one-on-one access to patients. Unfortunately, however, that level of contact also exposes nurses to a number of serious health and safety risks. Increasing attention to back injury rates among nurses in the US is prompting some to call for reform and improved working conditions for medical personnel.

According to NPR, nursing orderlies and assistants sustain a significantly higher number of back injuries than construction workers every year. Workers in the two specific fields of nursing may account for the largest number of musculoskeletal injuries in the industry, but nursing employees in general sustain around 35,000 significant injuries every year from lifting patients and performing other job-related duties.

Fatal pedestrian accident under investigation

Motorists across the state of Rhode Island are continually reminded to be aware of pedestrians and give them the right-of-way to cross streets and intersections whenever appropriate. Unfortunately, however, some drivers fail to see and/or yield to pedestrians, causing serious and even fatal accidents in some cases. Despite the fact that some possible causes have been ruled out, an accident investigation is still ongoing to determine why one pedestrian was fatally struck by a car recently.

According to law enforcement authorities, local and state crash analysis units were investigating a pedestrian accident that resulted in fatal injuries to the victim. The 44-year-old man was transported to Rhode Island Hospital for emergency medical care, but ultimately succumbed to his injuries.

Car accidents and heart injuries

Just as no two car accidents are exactly the same, the type and severity of injuries sustained by accident victims can vary as well. Factors like your age, weight and overall health can play a major role in how your body responds to, and heals from, a collision. In fact, your heart can suffer damage from a traumatic event like an auto collision in ways that you may have never considered. We here at Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum, Attorneys at Law, have a great deal of experience in investigating and identifying accident injuries that can occur during and after collision incidents.

You may be familiar with the fact that traumatic incidents like car accidents can have a profound impact on the body. Even if you are only involved in a minor accident, you could still experience accident-related medical difficulties and complications. For instance, post-accident heart attacks are fairly common in injury victims with prior and/or chronic medical conditions. Now, however, there is also evidence to suggest that otherwise healthy people can suffer serious and potentially fatal heart injuries from stressful events like car accidents.

Could I be eligible for workers’ comp for a stress disorder?

Despite the fact that everyone experiences some level of stress their lives, many people perceive and deal with stress in different ways. Similarly, some fields of work are associated with much higher degrees of stress than others. If you or a loved one endured a traumatic incident at work or performed your job under a considerable amount of stress over an extended amount of time, you may have developed a stress-related disorder. In such cases, it is important to understand whether and how you may be eligible to receive Worker’s Compensation benefits in the state of Rhode Island.

The American Bar Association discusses the topic of stress-related workers’ compensation claims, and explains that determinations are typically made on a case-by-case basis. Unlike physical injuries that are often fairly easy to diagnose, stress-related disorders can be difficult to properly identify because they are known to manifest in numerous ways. For instance, a person with a stress disorder may develop anything from anxiety to mental distress to physical symptoms in some cases. Stress-related disorders can also result in temporary or permanent impairment.

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.

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