Personal Injury

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.

Location

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.

History

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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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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Injury Risks from Slip and Fall Accidents

Posted by on Jun 4, 2013 in Personal Injury | 5 comments

Slip and fall accidents, as trivial as they may seem, are actually among the most common causes of injury in the United States, and they even result in a surprisingly substantial number of deaths each year. In many cases, those who suffer the most serious injuries as a result of slip and falls are the elderly, whose bodies may be less able to absorb the impact of a hard fall. However, even younger individuals are at risk of suffering serious physical damage in a slip and fall accident.

There are many different ways that slip and fall accidents can cause injuries. Most of these injuries are relatively minor, while some are more worrisome. Some of the most common injury risks associated with slip and fall accidents include the following:

  • Ÿ  Broken bones
  • Ÿ  Contusions
  • Ÿ  Scars
  • Ÿ  Traumatic brain injury
  • Ÿ  Hip displacement
  • Ÿ  Spinal cord injury

These and other potential injury risks resulting from slip and fall accidents can have serious consequences for injured patients. In particular, they may require costly medical treatment which the injured individual cannot afford, as well as potentially costing them time away from work. In light of these risks, therefore, it is important to be alert to avoid slip and fall accidents.

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AlloDerm and Hernia Repair

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 in Legal Issues, Personal Injury | 2 comments

A hernia is a painful medical condition that occurs when an organ bursts through the wall of the body cavity which normally holds it in. Hernias typically occur in the abdomen, where strain and pressure is the most likely to cause a tear in the abdominal wall, allowing the protrusion of different types of organs to occur. While not typically life-threatening, hernias do need to be treated in a timely manner in order to ensure that blood flow to the organ is not cut off, which can result in much more serious medical consequences.

While a number of different hernia treatment options exist, one which has become popular in recent years is the use of AlloDerm hernia patches to repair broken organ walls and prevent further damage. AlloDerm, a human skin tissue that can be effectively grafted onto a recipient, actually integrates into the body to ensure that the problem does not recur.

Unfortunately, there are also a range of side effects that have been associated with the use of this product, including tissue perforation, insufficient tissue binding, and cellular rejection. While most patients who have undergone hernia repair with the use of AlloDerm have been largely free from problems, those who do experience these side effects may have to cope with significant consequences.

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Occupational Hazards

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Legal Issues, Personal Injury | 1 comment

All workers face some form of occupational hazard as a result of their chosen career, whether minor or major. Understanding and learning to avoid these hazards is, therefore, an important task for all workers in order to protect their health and well-being.

One of the most dangerous occupational hazards is also one of the most mundane: operation of a vehicle. In fact, vehicular accidents account for the most job-related deaths each year in the United States, but few give this issue the appropriate amount of attention it should have. Another common occupational hazard which is not typically given the appropriate level of attention involves fall accidents, which are particularly common in blue-collar industries such as construction and lawn work.

According to the website of personal injury lawyers Crowe & Mulvey, other occupational hazards may be more clearly apparent, and therefore easier to avoid. Exposure to harmful chemicals and toxic substances, something that workers in fields as varied as scientific research to hairdressing may face, can cause extremely serious injuries to occur, but most workers, being aware of the dangers these substances can cause, are able to avoid unnecessary or unsafe contact. Similarly, heavy machinery, while extremely dangerous if used incorrectly, is often treated with appropriate care by workers, reducing the number of accidents that it might otherwise cause. This, of course, comes with adequate training into the dangers of these machines, as well as safe operation habits.

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