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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.

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

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