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3 Things to for in a Nursing Home

Posted by on Aug 23, 2019 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

The decision to put our loved ones into a nursing home is never an easy one. It can be sad to see our loved ones, especially our parents, grow old. After making that already hard decision, we’re faced with another: what nursing home should entrust with the care of the ones we love the most? There are so many nursing homes touting their services as the best on the market — how can we actually know who is telling the truth?

Many people who decide to put their loved ones in nursing homes speak about how difficult it was to find the best place for said loved one. Most of us have never had to make that type of decision before, especially for the person who took care of us during our entire lives, so we often have no idea of what to look for.

To solve that issue, I decided to compile a list of what you should look for when looking for a nursing home. Hopefully, when it comes time to make important decisions regarding the futures of your loved ones, it will come in handy.


Just because your loved one is living in a nursing home doesn’t mean you won’t be able to visit them from time to time. In fact, frequent visits will help them better transition to this new stage in their lives. Don’t forget to consider location when scoping our potential nursing homes. Keep in mind how long it will take you and your family to commute to their new place, and also what is located around the nursing home. You’ll want to pick somewhere where there is plenty to do — to keep both your family and your loved one occupied.


While it may be awkward to ask at first, make sure to inquire about any possible violations a nursing home may have received. The administration’s willingness to speak about these violations is important, but what’s even more important is how then nursing home has corrected these violations.

These violations may be minor — such as incorrect placement of an appliance — or something severe like theft from residents or fraud, according to Russo, Russo, & Slania P.C. Severe violations are extreme red flags and something you should definitely try to avoid

Services Available

This may seem a bit obvious, but the services a home can offer your loved one are very important to consider. Most specifically, you should keep the unique needs of your loved one in mind. For example, if they are suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia, it is important for them to have care tailored to memory loss conditions available at the nursing home. You should make sure to ask about your loved one’s unique needs when you are touring — no matter how many questions you have.

Of course, this is not an exhaustive list, but it is a good springboard for when you decided to make some decisions. I hope it helps you select the perfect nursing home for your loved one!

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Injury and Retirement Benefits

Posted by on Jun 2, 2019 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

It seems like there are a lot of jobs that come with a high risk of injury. From welders to construction workers, there’s no shortage of ways to become injured on the job. Of course, more people get injured at home than at work. Each year, emergency rooms are filled with people who have fallen at home or had another injury so debilitating that they had to miss work.

When this happens, it’s incredibly stressful for the person who is supposed to be recovering. Medical bills pile up fast, and losing a steady paycheck can quickly cause an immense strain on someone.

The good news is that this doesn’t necessarily have to ruin a person. There are systems in place to help those who are disabled and unable to work as a result of their injuries.

One common way for disabled people to receive benefits is by applying for Disabled Worker Benefits. This is the most common form of Social Security assistance that requires the help of an attorney. You might also hear of these being referred to as DIB, SSDI, or RSDI.

Another type of insurance is Supplemental Security Income or SSI. If someone is blind, disabled, or of a certain age, they likely meet the criteria to apply for these benefits. Additionally, children under 18 may qualify is they have a mental or physical condition.

The above benefits are mainly for those who have extenuating circumstances that prevent them from working. Retired Worker Benefits pays retired citizens. They can receive full benefits if they worked until they are 70 years old or partial benefits if they only worked until the age of 62.

Furthermore, the loved ones of deceased workers may also be eligible to receive benefits. If a child, parent, or spouse has died, Social Security Benefits may go to their surviving family member.

While this is all great news, it’s important to remember that the process of applying and being accepted for benefits is long and complicated. Aside from the mountains of paperwork, disabled worker applying for benefits will almost always be asked to undergo thorough medical examinations to prove that their disabilities are severe enough to prevent them from working. Lawrence & Associates can help walk the worker through this.

A disability lawyer will work around the clock to help submit the paperwork and make sure that the clinical evaluation will help you rather than hurt you. In addition, these lawyers know just how tightly stretched someone recovering from an injury is, and that’s why you won’t have to pay out of pocket for their services.

Vocational experts and disability evaluation doctors will often fight on behalf of the company, and they will try to deny that injuries and disabilities are bad enough to permanently displace a worker. Hiring a Social Security lawyer guarantees that the worker will always have somebody on their sides. Before trying to tackle the process of applying for benefits on your own, reach out to an attorney who will go to bat for you.

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What You Need to Know About Colorectal Cancer

Posted by on Jun 20, 2018 in Gastro Care | 0 comments

This past March was Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, as this article describes. I did not know much about this type of cancer, so as someone with interest in healthcare, I decided to do a little research on colorectal cancer in honor of the awareness month.

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is cancer that starts in the colon or rectum. Colorectal cancer is an umbrella term that covers colon cancer and rectum cancer. If cancer starts in the colon, it is called colon cancer, and the same is true for the rectum and rectum cancer. Like all types of cancer, colorectal cancer starts when cells in the body grow out of control.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common type of cancer in the United States, excluding skin cancer. It is estimated that in 2018, there will be about 100,000 new cases of colon cancer, and about 45,000 new cases of rectal cancer. Also in 2018, it is estimated that colorectal cancer will cause about 50,000 deaths. For men, the lifetime risk of developing colorectal cancer is about 1/22, which is marginally higher than the risk for women. This type of cancer is correlated with age, other colon problems, family history of the disease, and Type-2 diabetes.

However, even though colorectal cancer is so deadly and common, there continue to be positive developments in treatment. These developments are largely encouraged by educational and informative events, much like Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, as described in the article. This same article explains that colorectal cancer is highly treatable if detected early. This is because if caught early, it is likely that the cancer has spread to other regions in the body.

Colorectal cancer can be detected through several screening procedures, including colonoscopies, virtual colonoscopies, stool DNA tests, and sigmoidoscopies. The point is, if colorectal cancer is found early through one of the above screening procedures, the chances of effective treatment are significantly increased. The article recommends undertaking frequent screening procedures.

In addition to the screening procedures, having a healthy lifestyle reduces your risk of getting colorectal cancer. The article recommends maintaining a healthy weight and being physically active. It also suggests refraining from smoking or drinking too much alcohol.

Because of events like Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, the research and scientific understanding of this devastating type of cancer continues to improve. Scientific studies are looking at ways to prevent, detect, and treat colorectal cancer. In fact, it is estimated that there are over 1 million colorectal cancer survivors in the United States alone. Additionally, the article explained that about nine in every ten people who discover and treat colorectal cancer in its early stages are still alive five years later. These statistics and the advancements in research and technology are very encouraging for a type of cancer that is so common and so severe.

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A Few Reasons to Visit Oklahoma

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Car accidents, Motor vehicle accident attorney, Motor vehicle accidents | 0 comments

What is there to love about Oklahoma? I’ve gotten that question a few times recently, and I always tell the person asking that they need to rephrase. Because the truth is, what is there NOT to love about Oklahoma?

Most people not from around here end up with a really vague idea of what Oklahoma actually is. There’s a little of Oklahoma the Musical (O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A!), mixed together with the Oklahoma City bombing, mixed together with fans for the Thunder. And that’s about it.

People think this place is empty and boring. And that’s because, if they’ve been here at all, they’ve just driven the interstate across as fast as they could go.

But here’s the thing, people, Oklahoma is awesome.

There’s beautiful nature all around you. There are lakes and waterfalls and all sorts of incredible scenery. That emptiness in parts leads to some incredible views where you can feel like you’re the only person in the world. I dare anyone to check out the Talimena Scenic Drive and tell me there’s nothing worth seeing in Oklahoma.

We also manage to still get all the seasons, which if you’re from Texas, you ought to envy us for.

We’ve also got great food. I’ll never understand why Oklahoma doesn’t get the same kind of credit for barbecue that other places in the country get, but we certainly could compete with the best of them.

Our cities really ought to be listed among the best as well. Oklahoma City manages to feel both like the big city and like a friendly little town. You get the best of both worlds there. You feel safe on every street, but there’s also all the benefits of city life all around you: there’s art and culture, nice looking buildings, some history, and of course, great food everywhere you look.

And it’s cheap here! I don’t know how many times I’ve heard people complain about how much it costs to live in Houston or Dallas when they could be living in OKC for so much less.

And then there are the people. I’ve traveled a bit—not as much as I’d like to, but a bit—and I’ve never found a place where people are so friendly. Even in the cities. It’s not like New York or something where people are always frowning and no one makes eye contact. You genuinely feel like everyone here is already a friend. You can stop anyone on the street and ask a question, and you’ll get a smile and a good answer in return. Guaranteed.

I’m not saying we don’t have our problems. We haven’t been spared from the prescription drug abuse crisis. And there are more car accidents that you’d expect from a somewhat sparsely populated state.

But even with that taken into consideration, I’d still say Oklahoma is among the best places in the country to live. So why not at least visit?

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How to Deal with Truck Accidents

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Everybody has bad days but it cannot be denied that some days are incomparably worse than others. A bad day can be a stubbed toe, a lost $20, or even accidentally mixing your laundry in the washing machine. These days are nothing compared to one when you suffer due to a truck accident.

If you can imagine that a car accident is going to be bad, multiply that dread by 1000%—and that is the possible damage that a truck accident can cause… quite literally, in fact. A regular vehicle can weigh around 8,000 pounds more or less while a truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. If something of that size and weight were to be driving recklessly, it can only mean suffering for all involved.

What can you do about it, though?

The aftermath of an accident so devastating is that it can be incredible stressful and complicated that thinking about the documentations and logistics is often the farthest thing from a survivor’s mind. There are some cases wherein insurance companies can offer quick settlements to survivors just for the sake of getting everything over and done with. Little do people know that the deal they’re offered may not be enough to get them through in the long-term and that they were denied the opportunity to receive what they were owed—and it is only too often that it happens that they are actually owed better.

The one thing you have to know when you have to deal with truck accidents is that you do not have to deal with it alone.

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Basic Lawyer Tips Anyone Can Use Today

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Legal Issues | 2 comments

A lot of people think that you don’t need a lawyer when you’re preparing to sign a contract. However, that is not the case. The reason that lawyers are so expensive is that they can protect you from entering into a contract that could end up cheating you. They are there to safeguard your interests.

It is important that you stay in contact with your lawyer. Lots of attorneys work for clients without speaking to them for a while. These problems can be taken care of with a schedule. Lawyers offer many ways to get in touch with them on their websites, like this one does www.abelinjurylawyers.com.

Do not pick a lawyer because you saw their ad on television or on a billboard. Many big firms that can afford this type of advertising use lawyers that are fresh out of school for most of their cases, but charge you for the experience held by its highest lawyers.

Keep track of all of the interactions you and your attorney have. Take note of dates, times, subjects of discussion and any mentions of billing issues. This will help you if there are any billing or other issues later.

Most attorneys charge for their services by the hour, but hiring one with a lower hourly rates does not mean your total cost will be less. If your lawyer needs two hours to complete a job that some other lawyer can complete in an hour, you will pay more in the long run.

There are services online that can help you locate competent attorneys. Do background checks on the lawyers listed online then meet them to talk about your situation before you hire them.

The purpose of a lawyer is to keep your interests safe. This is why you should have one look over a contract before you sign it. If you do not, then you won’t have any protections if the other parties to your contract decide to cheat you. The language in your contract lets them.

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California Divorce, Nullity and Legal Separation

Posted by on Oct 29, 2013 in Divorce | 3 comments

Divorce is not the only way to end a marriage, although it is the cleanest and legally best way to call it quits. Under California law, which is on par with most states, there are also the options of annulment and legal separation.

Under a divorce decree, the state recognizes that a legal marriage had taken place, and that the concerned parties now wish to end the contract, divide the spoils and be on their way. An annulment, on the other hand, is a nullity of the marriage. This means that no legal marriage had taken place. This could be for a number of reasons, including a bigamous or incestuous marriage, or if one of the spouses was not of a legal age to get married. Other grounds may include fraud, married under duress, and mental illness. To qualify for an annulment, one has to go before a judge who will decide if there are grounds for it. In California, there is no residency requirement to apply for annulment, such as there is for divorce.

Also unlike divorce, the courts have no jurisdiction over child custody, property division, or spousal support in an annulment because the marriage was not valid in the first place. The parties involved will have to figure out and agree to a division of any property. The children of such a partnership are illegitimate, and the father has no obligation to provide child support. However, if the husband can prove paternity, there may be grounds for suing for custody of the child or children.

In a divorce or annulment, the marriage is ended and both parties are free to marry again. In legal separation, the marriage is not ended and the parties cannot remarry, but all the other aspects of divorce may apply such as property division, child custody and separation of residence. In any of these three options for ending a marriage a lawyer conversant with the laws governing them will be of invaluable assistance in protecting the rights of the client.

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Yaz and Yasmin Side Effects: Blood Clots

Posted by on Sep 27, 2013 in Defective Pharmaceuticals, Yaz Lawsuits | 0 comments

Birth control pills have long been known to have side effects but they are mostly benign. These include weight gain, breast soreness, some spotting, moodiness and lighter periods. Most birth control pills have small amounts of estrogen and progestin which inhibit ovulation. New-generation formulations such as Yaz and Yasmin contain a synthetic progesterone called drospirenone, and when Yasmin was first introduced in 2001 followed by Yaz in 2006, it was very popular. That is, until disturbing reports of unusually high incidence of blood clot formation was observed and reported for those using Yaz and Yasmin.

Blood clots are not necessarily bad. If the body lost the ability to clot, it can lead to death. However, when blood clots abnormally, it can also kill.

Under normal circumstances, when bleeding occurs for whatever reason, it comes into contact with thrombogenic substances which are normally separated from the blood. This signals the platelets to trigger the clotting mechanism to stop the bleeding. A chemical chain reaction in the blood’s dissolved protein makes the initial clot stronger and then another chemical reaction stops the clot from growing beyond a functional size. After the rift has healed, plasmin dissolves the clot and the body reabsorbs it.

However, a blood clot can be dangerous when it forms suddenly and lodges in a major blood vessel, keeping the blood from flowing. This is what happens in a stroke or heart attack. In the case of Yaz and Yasmin, the likelihood of abnormal blood clot formation is significantly increased. A user can form several blood clots at any time. In several cases, a blood clot formed in the legs (deep vein thrombosis) and travelled to a main artery in the lungs, triggering a pulmonary embolism which led to serious injury and sudden death. In one case, the 24-year-old patient had been on Yasmin for three weeks when she suffered a pulmonary embolism. She went into a coma, revived after two weeks, but she was left blind. While not all women who use Yaz and Yasmin suffer similar side effects, the number of those who do is high enough to cause alarm.

If you are on Yaz or Yasmin, consult your doctor about any risk factors that may contraindicate your continued usage, such as circulation problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, and liver disease. Many women are filing defective pharmaceutical lawsuits in light of the dangerous, undisclosed side effects they have experienced.

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5 Steps to a Healthier Dog

Posted by on Jul 25, 2013 in All Natural Dog Foods | 4 comments

The decision to have a dog as a pet is a lot of responsibility and should not be taken lightly. You should only keep as many dogs as you can afford to in terms of time and money because they require quite a bit of upkeep if you want them to lead happy and healthy lives. Here are 5 steps that you should follow for a healthier dog.

Provide good nutrition

Knowing the best food for your dog requires research and a keen power of observation. Each dog has a unique set of nutritional needs, and what works with one will not necessarily work with another. As much as possible, keep your dog on an all natural diet that is high in protein and has an adequate supply of good fats. If you suspect food allergies, find out what is the source of the allergen. Avoid dog food that is high in grain products such as corn, wheat and soy as they are known allergens. A dog that is nutritionally deficient will develop lots of physical and emotional problems.

Maintain vaccinations

Dogs are susceptible to diseases, so it is important to maintain a regular schedule of vaccinations. This includes vaccination against rabies, parvovirus, distemper, influenza and leptospirosis which are all contagious and potentially deadly. Investing in proper vaccination will prevent costlier problems in the future.

Prevent parasite infestations

There are a variety of parasites that plague the life of dogs in both warm and cold climates, and some are hidden from sight. Hook worms, round worms and tapeworms are just some of the parasites that can lodge inside a dog’s body, but they can be easily eliminated if they are detected early. Regular fecal tests will help you do this, and monthly applications of a heartworm preventative will kill off most other parasites as well.

Fleas and ticks are also major concerns for dog owners, but they can be easily treated with topical medications.

Groom regularly

Just keeping your dog bathed and clean will eliminate many potential problems, including diseases and surface irritants such as ticks. Regular brushing will eliminate dirt and debris as well as clumping and tangling of hair that may otherwise serve as ideal homes for pests. Check your dog regularly for scabs and bumps on the skin which is a red flag indicating fleas or ticks. Check between toes and in ears for colonies of disease-carrying ticks.

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What is a Green Card?

Posted by on Jun 6, 2013 in Legal Issues | 0 comments

One of the terms most frequently used in immigration debates is the “green card.” This is a colloquial term which refers to the identification card demonstrating that an individual has achieved lawful permanent resident status in the United States. The United States Permanent Resident Card, or USCIS Form I-551, grants an immigrant the right to live and work in the country permanently.

Obtaining a green card is an essential part of the process of eventually becoming a naturalized United States citizen. A green card holder must first live and work in the country for a set number of years before becoming eligible to undergo the naturalization process.

Green cards can be obtained in a number of different ways. The most common method is to apply directly to the USCIS, which may grant a potential immigrant’s request based on a number of different factors, including availability of job positions or family members currently residing in the country. Another common method for obtaining a green card is through the lottery, known as the Diversity Visa program, which annually distributes approximately 50,000 green cards to randomly selected applicants throughout the world. Individuals who claim these cards can then lawfully enter and live in the United States. If you are looking to obtain a green card, contact the green card lawyers of William Jang, PLLC, today.

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