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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?

Workers’ comp appeals considerations

Rhode Island Worker’s Compensation guidelines are intended to account for the legal rights of both employees and employers alike. The workers’ comp program helps to ensure that workers receive the financial compensation and medical care they deserve, while protecting employers from unnecessary and/or excessive civil liability in injury cases. Consequently, a large number of injuries and illnesses are covered under workers’ comp policies. In the event that a workers’ comp claim is denied, however, it is important for an injury victim to be aware of how the appeals process works.

Despite the fact that there are a huge number of circumstances under which a particular injury or illness may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits, Disabled World explains that some claims are denied. For instance, the amount of time that elapses between when an injury incident occurred and when a workers’ comp claim is filed by the employee can have an impact on the outcome of the case. That is why it is important for workers to understand their options and obligations when it comes to appealing a workers’ comp denial.

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.

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