Unfortunately, elderly citizens experience nursing home abuse in every part of the country. Negligence is among the most common types of abuse. This happens when nursing homes do not provide an adequate level of care for their residents. Levels of negligence vary depending on the circumstances of each individuals case. Within nursing homes, negligence most often includes lacking proper care when it comes to mobility, basic hygiene, and eating assistance.

Residents may suffer from nursing home negligence both physically and emotionally. Looking out for signs of negligence can stop abuse or prevent it entirely. Be aware that one sign of neglect does not always prove a case of neglect, but combinations of these signs can point to systematic problems.

Unsanitary Living Conditions

Nursing homes are required to provide residents with clean living conditions. Failing to keep spaces properly cleaned could expose residents to bacteria and disease that they are especially susceptible to in their old age. Federal laws require that nursing homes establish and maintain an infection control program that is designed to foster a safe, sanitary and comfortable environment. In addition, each state has security requirements. Make sure that your family members have sanitary kitchen areas, bathrooms, and bedding.

Loss of Mobility

For many nursing home residents, mobility is a challenge. A nursing home that provides proper care will help residents exercise and be as active as possible. This is often in the form of walking programs that increase circulation, build muscle strength, and improve balance. If a person is not receiving adequate care, they may be left in bed for long periods of time, risking a reduction of mobility. Laying in bed for long periods of time can also induce infections and bedsores.

Unexplained Injuries

Nursing home residents that aren’t getting enough personal attention may attempt to do tasks for themselves that result in injuries. This might be as simple as walking somewhere unassisted and falling as a result. Broken bones and bruises are a significant sign of neglect in a nursing home. Some patients receive bruises from health care professionals that do not handle patients with care. Hand shaped bruises can occur from roughly transferring patients from beds to wheelchairs.

Poor Personal Hygiene

Nurses and other nursing home aids are expected to make sure residents maintain basic personal hygiene. This includes helping residents get dressed, clip nails, brush their teeth, brush their hair, and more every day. If a patient is being neglected, they may not be able to maintain proper hygiene on their own.

When a nursing home is understaffed, these routines are among the first that begin to suffer. Also, some staff members may not always have proper training and education regarding health care for the elderly. Lack of a routine dental care is one of the common forms of nursing home neglect.

South Carolina Nursing Home Negligence Attorneys

While doing some research for this post, I came across information on nursing home negligence liability from the lawyers at Evans Moore, LLC. I recommend checking out their website if you’re looking for information on how to legally pursue a nursing home for neglect.

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The other day I saw that a driverless bus was undergoing a test run in Las Vegas when it collided with a delivery truck. Apparently, eight people were riding in the driverless bus when a delivery truck pulled out in front of it. The bus stopped in time, but the delivery truck kept going and caused a fender-bender. As a class-C license carrier, I’m sure the driver felt embarrassed about the incident. Who wants to be the poster child for the argument of why driverless vehicles are superior to humans? On top of that, I’m sure he got in trouble with his company, and the police ended up giving him a ticket.

Autonomous vehicles seem to be the way of the future, and I can’t wait until the days of being stuck in traffic are long gone. Instead of everyone cutting over, slamming on the brakes for no reason, and failing to speed up with the herd of motors, driverless cars offer a solution by providing a hive-mind system where every vehicle communicates with one another. The benefits are going to be huge for the economy. No more accidents, more efficient use of gas, and the community will hopefully be a lot healthier, happier, and productive because of it.

Think of how great it would be to have every vehicle communicating with each other. As one accelerates, the other engines will know exactly how much to increase their speed, and if one of them needs to brake, the message will be sent down the line of vehicles almost instantaneously. I see people getting frustrated all the time with other drivers when someone doesn’t see a car in their blind spot as it is coming over. It’s also a little nerve-racking. Everyone knows how annoying it is when a driver is blocking a lane and going slower than you want to go, but that shouldn’t be a problem once driverless cars take over the roadways. Reckless driving is dangerous for a lot of drivers, and hopefully, driverless vehicles will solve that problem for humanity.

Maybe I’m too trusting, but I want to be able to watch a movie, read a book, and play games while the car takes me to my destination. Anything would be better than the death grip and agonizing focus that is required to get through rush hour traffic on a Friday afternoon. Instead, I’ll be able to relax, shift my attention elsewhere, and enjoy the ride. No matter what the conditions of the road are like, car rides are going to be so much better than what they are now when autonomous vehicles become the norm.

As great as it sounds, there are some foreseeable problems with driverless cars that need to be figured out before I commit to exclusively using one. One concern I have is how the vehicle will handle emergency situations, like an inevitable collision or passenger health issues. But then again, it will take many years before these cars replace human operators, and that means we have time to work out most of the kinks.

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Memorial Garden Underway

My aunt, Diane, passed away last year.  Diane was my dad’s favorite sibling, mother of five, grandmother of three.  She had been sick for a while, but it was still sad as she was only 52.  Three years prior, her daughter, Sydney, passed away after a violent car accident at the tender age of 21.  On the same day, my great aunt, Ethel, passed away of old lady naturally causes.  My dad’s side of the family has had one person die every year, for the past seven years.  

In the spring, my mom is planning a memorial garden to be constructed in our front yard and possibly the backyard as well.  

My parents, because of these individuals departing this world and my dad working so hard and me finally out of school, have come into some money.  They, well, more my mom, are hoping to plant a whole bunch pretty, deer resistant plants with a water feature.

The water feature should not be too elaborate because their land is only seven acres, but something still nice and honoring our dearly departed relatives, who always love Texas nature and wildlife.  

We’re picturing this being almost like a zone garden that has something along the lines of a pergola with vines weaving through it.  

The only thing we are really torn about is whether to place this memorial garden in the front yard or in the backyard.  

If it were in the backyard, we could have it near the pool, along with a sense of privacy.

However, if it were in the front yard, our neighbors would be able to see it from the road, and it would be the first thing we, and our guests, see when they pull into the driveway.  

We are not that imaginative of a family.  So, we will need a designer to come out to our house, help us assess what would go best where, draw up some design plans and go from there.  

We discuss money later.  There is not much of a price to help heal my dad’s hurt heart.  He spends time outside doing yard work, which is really just his excuse for being able to smoke, which we don’t let him do in the house with his stupid cancer sticks.  But, we do believe that this memorial garden will give him something pretty to look at and therefore a sense of inner peace because happiness comes from within.  

Also, we’re picturing a few hammocks for people to sleep in, during the summer months, in addition to pretentious looking garden gnomes.  I’m not entirely sure of the purpose of garden gnomes, if they are like the modern day scarecrow to scare away birds, but they sure are awesome, except for when you stub your toes on one while you’re walking up to get the morning paper or walking into the house, late at night, after work.  

Lastly, maybe the water feature could have a fish, salmon, or duck pond attached with a little troll looking bridge. Upon much consideration, we decided there was no one we’d trust more than these Chicago Landscapers to carry out this task.

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There is no doubt that fossil fuels are a finite resource. However, the date they fully diminish is often up to debate or experimental interpretation. Some scientists say that there are only 50 years of oil left, some people say that we will never run out of oil, and some people think we should go back to horse-drawn vehicles. Whatever anybody’s stance is, we are using oil now and will continue to do so for the next few years at least. Elon Musk of Tesla Motors, however, has other plans for this resources future.

As the industry leader in electronic luxury vehicles, Tesla has made a name for itself redefining how people take to the road in style. The company is not stopping at the higher end of the vehicle market, however. Recent news indicates that the company is looking to expand into the commercial vehicle market towards the end of this year. Still, in its prototype stage, Reuters reports that the vehicle will only be able to transport on the low end of the spectrum of what professional truckers refer to as “long-haul” trucking. This means that the electric truck can only travel for a maximum of 300 miles on a full battery charge. There is also no sleeper berth in the back of the cabin, so they are for day operation only. Beyond the technical capabilities of these vehicles, the main aspect of their hardware that is causing the most buzz-worthy news is the self-driving capabilities of the vehicle. While this may initially seem like an amazing idea, the implications of this come to a head in a legal nightmare. In the unfortunate case of a collision involving one of the trucks, there is the age-old case of who is at fault? Is Tesla held accountable for their programming? Is the trucking company owning the vehicle held accountable since it’s their property? Or is the person hit at fault since they are the only person technically involved? With a barrage of almost philosophical level questions, it can seem like there is a lot of mental work that needs to be done before these vehicles become commonplace.

While these trucks seem like a good idea, there is a lot of liability that comes with them. A computer can never fully replace a human behind the wheel. According to TBS Factoring Services, the demands for all kinds of truck loads from flat beds to reefers have been increasing by at least 70% each in the past year. This means that even with the news of electric trucks on the horizon, the economy’s faith in the trucking industry is holding strong. The market knows that fringe technology takes decades to develop fully and trucking can only grow.

There are always extensive trials and testing that need to be passed in order for new ideas to become commonplace. While electric cars are the inevitable next step in vehicles, self-driving cars are still science fiction.

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Learning to ride a bike is a quintessential part of childhood. It is often a happy memory of spending time with a parent or other trusted adult to learn a difficult but useful skill. The first time you can ride on your own is a triumphant moment, and you have mastered a skill you will have for the rest of your life. Even more importantly, it indicates the first moment of freedom because you now have your own form of transportation and can go wherever you choose. Riding a bike should be a joyous experience for all children, but that is not always the case when drivers do not take the proper precautions to avoid hitting bikers that are on the road. It is unfortunately common for bikers of all ages to be injured while riding on the road because drivers either do not see them in their path or are distracted while driving. However, it is particularly devastating when a young child is the victim of one of these horrifying accidents.

In April of 2017, a 14-year-old boy was riding his bike in Lower Makefield, Pennsylvania, when he was hit by a car that crossed in front of his path. Joshua Goldinger was attempting to cross the street at an intersection when a car, driven by an 18-year-old girl hit him and sent him off his bike. Although Joshua was rushed to St. Mary Medical Center, he was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival. This tragic event has greatly affected Joshua’s parents and the entire Charles Boehm Middle School, which he attended. Although no information has been released about the driver, the incident is under investigation by the local police department.

Although bicycle accidents are less common than car accidents, the results are typically far more severe, due to the lack of safety restraints and the smaller frame of a bicycle. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, in 2015 there were nearly 1,300 bicycle accidents across the state and children age five to 14 account for 22% of them. These statistics are shocking and indicate a serious problem in biking safety. Despite campaigns that aim to increase driver’s awareness of bikers on the road, the number of injuries and deaths caused by biking accidents are still far too high. We must find a better solution to help protect all bikers on the road and prevent any more deaths such as Joshua Goldinger’s.

Nothing will be able to reverse the pain and frustration that Joshua’s family must be facing after this accident. However, they can take steps to help them bring justice for his death and receive compensation for the expenses this accident created. Lawyers can help families and loved ones suffering from bike injuries or deaths file a lawsuit against the person who caused the accident. These lawsuits can help grieving families, like Joshua Goldinger’s, find some sense of comfort within their grief.

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