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What can you do if you think your loved one is a victim of abuse?

The last thing any child wants to find out is that his or her mother or father has been abused in a nursing home. You choose the facility you do because you trust the people there. You believe they'll treat your loved ones like family. That, sadly, isn't always the way things work out.

What can you do if you suspect nursing home abuse taking place where your parent resides? Here are a few things to remember.

Know the risks on the road this Thanksgiving holiday

Thanksgiving is just a week and a half away, so it's important to start thinking about your plans and how you'll get where you need to go. If you plan to drive, now is the time to think about the hazards you could face on Thanksgiving and how you can avoid them.

One such hazard is the higher risk of getting into a crash because of heavy traffic. Any time there are more people on the roads, there's a greater risk of collisions taking place. Remember to stay alert and to give yourself plenty of time to get to your event. That way, you don't need to rush and won't be as stressed on the road.

Staircases: Railings are important to protect against liability

One thing that you may want to know is if stairs must have railings. If so, falling on a set of stairs without them could set up the owner of the property for a liability lawsuit against him or her. For anyone looking to sell a home, it's important that the home is up to code. For buyers, it's vital that the home is up to code and doesn't make them liable for unexpected injuries.

Any property that has safety-related issues needs to have those issues addressed as soon as possible. In the case of stairs, you'll need to have a railing on at least one side of the stairs if there are four or more risers. Essentially, short stairs, like those leading to a front door, might not require railings, whereas stairs inside the home should have at least one railing to hold onto.

What can you do to reduce dehydration in nursing homes?

Nursing home patients are some of the most vulnerable patients that are seen by medical staff members. Some have no ability to care for themselves, while others are frail or struggling with their health. It's up to the nursing home staff to make sure these individuals get the care and support they need. If they don't, then the patients are at a serious risk of death or injury.

One problem in nursing homes is the potential for patients to become dehydrated. To counter this, many nursing homes have requirements in place that make sure patients always have access to water and that the staff keeps track of how much the patient is drinking. When nursing homes don't keep track of a patient's intake or monitor a patient for dehydration, it's possible for the patient to fall ill quickly.

Protect yourself from unfair settlement offers after a crash

When you're in a car accident, you may be shocked about how much your medical care costs and how much the repairs for your vehicle will be. You know that the other party is supposed to pay for those expenses, but you're not so sure the settlement you've been offered will be enough.

It's a good idea not to take the first settlement you're offered for that very reason. You need to know that whatever you're offered is not only a fair deal for you but also in your best interests. There are sometimes cases where insurance companies want to settle as quickly as possible to save money, even if that means leaving you with less than you actually need or deserve.

New York: Medical malpractice ranking and statistics

Living in New York, there's a possibility that you'll need medical care at some point in your life. One thing you might be worried about is the likelihood of medical malpractice. Fortunately, there is data that can help put your mind at ease.

Medical malpractice takes place in every state, but which states have the best medical care (or at least the lowest number of medical malpractice cases?) By looking at statistics, you can tell that some states are more likely to have physicians who face malpractice lawsuits than others. For example, Louisiana is the state with the most medical malpractice. There are around 44.1 cases per 100,000 residents with a total payout of $59 million.

Nursing home patients increasingly at risk of poor treatment

In what is probably not something you want to read, the facts show that nursing home residents are being exposed to more errors and maltreatment in nursing homes today than ever before. The inspector general for the federal Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) stated that urgent action needs to be taken, because there is a growing problem in American nursing homes.

In the alert, the inspector general pointed out incidents in 33 states where residents of nursing homes had to be taken to emergency rooms due to horrible situations of neglect, rape and broken bones. The inspector general urged people to visit their loved ones often to help prevent these issues and to catch perpetrators.

Fall injuries: Who's to blame for dangerous stairs?

If you fall down a set of stairs, you might just believe it's down to being clumsy or that it's your fault. The truth is that someone else may be accountable for the injuries you have suffered.

Yes, people do fall every day, and many times there is no one to blame but themselves. However, if a serious injury takes place, it's worth talking about who may be to blame for the staircase's properties that caused the accident. For instance, if the stairs have frozen over, then the owner might be liable since he or she had not used salt or nonslip padding to protect those who may use the stairs.

At least 3 injured in New York taxi crash

When you're in a taxi, you expect the driver to take extra care to avoid accidents. You want the driver to obey the laws of the road and to slow down if unsure about the traffic ahead. That doesn't always happen in New York, where time is money and money keeps the driver behind the wheel.

When a driver doesn't obey the laws or takes unnecessary risks, people could get hurt like in this situation. A two-vehicle collision involving two New York taxis has resulted in several people needing treatment for injuries. According to the news, one yellow cab had been traveling west on 85th street when it collided with a vehicle that had been traveling south on 2nd Avenue.

One-time doctor convicted of malpractice aims to practice again

How would you feel if you found out that the person performing medical procedures on you had been accused and convicted of medical malpractice in the past? What would you say if you found out that the doctor had changed his name and performed services he was no longer able to perform?

You may be shocked and confused as to how this could happen. You'd be much like those involved in this case that surrounds a one-time doctor who is now an accused killer with a new name. In the original story, these individuals were victims of a man who had performed multiple operations while making serious errors. A judge told him he'd never practice medicine again.

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