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Family sues nursing home for death of elderly man after fall

The family of a World War II veteran is suing the Cherryville, North Carolina, nursing home for his death in January 2017, a week after suffering a fall in which he broke his leg. The 98-year-old grandfather, who had once been a Teamsters union leader, had been living in Carolina Care Center for over six years.

The lawsuit for pain and suffering and wrongful death was filed last month on behalf of the man's estate by a South Carolina attorney. According to the suit, when the man moved into the facility, he had mobility issues. By the time he died, he was also suffering from cognitive deficiencies including memory loss and disorientation and was blind in one eye. He had difficulty communicating verbally as well.

How do you treat a ruptured disc?

There are many kinds of back injuries that can take place on the job, but understanding the most common and how to avoid them could help you significantly. From herniated discs to strain from overworking the joints, back injuries can happen at almost any time and to anyone.

One of the most significant injuries a person can suffer without paralysis is a disc herniation. This is when the jelly-like material between the vertebrae ruptures, causing pressure on the nerves. This pressure may result in weakness in the limbs, pain or other symptoms.

Proving a slip-and-fall case in a nursing home

Leaving a loved one in a nursing home is hard enough, but realizing that there was danger you didn't know about is devastating. When you place a loved one in nursing care, you expect him or her to receive care and to be monitored for safety. You don't expect to find out that your loved one has fallen or slipped in the facility because of neglect or other problems.

Nursing home cases aren't always easy to go through with, because you'll have to prove that an incident happened in the way you understand it. Unless you're there at the time of an accident, have many witnesses, receive an admission from the nursing home or have video of an accident, it could be hard to show that your claims are valid. Residents may be scared to report an incident because of the potential for retaliation, which is something no one should have to live with.

Summer driving: The risks you face each day

Summer is a great time to go out and have fun with family and friends, but it's also a threat to those on the road. Summer driving isn't just dangerous because there are more people on the roads. The addition of teens with new licensing, the possibility of dehydration and heat exhaustion behind the wheel and other issues make summer a dangerous time as well.

July and August are two of the most dangerous months during the year, leading to the most deaths compared to any other. Why are the roads so dangerous, though, and is there anything that can be done to prevent crashes?

Office hazards: A potentially dangerous environment

Even though an office seems like safe environment, there are still some hazards that could lead to you suffering serious injuries. Yes, some parts of an office-based life are more comfortable than working in construction or industry, but in some ways, an office is just as dangerous.

Take for example the risk of slip-and-fall accidents. These are the most common incidents in offices, and they account for the greatest number of injuries overall. Other common office-related work hazards include poor ergonomics, random acts of violence, electrical hazards, air-quality problems and poor lighting. Each of these hazards creates risks that could put you in danger.

Woman files lawsuit after nursing home misses infected wound

Nursing homes have an obligation to keep their patients safe. When they do not, they're violating more than just the promises they've made to families. They're violating the law.

Take, for example, this case involving a man who passed away in May 2015. He had fallen and had to be fitted with a halo vest to support a fractured neck. He complained that his skin was stinging and burning under the vest. The 68-year-old man later went into septic shock after being rushed to the hospital due to brown drainage on the vest. It was discovered that he had an infected wound under the vest, one that would have been seen if anyone had cleaned under the vest while he was at the nursing home.

Is distracted driving very dangerous?

You may not believe that distracted driving is very dangerous, but it can become a life-threatening risk in just moments. As of April 1, 2018, 189 people have been killed as a result of distracted driving in South Carolina. The good news about this is that it's 59 fewer deaths than the same time in 2017, when a total of 248 people had died.

South Carolina is believed to have some of the most dangerous roads in America. Approximately 10 people are killed each day in America because of distracted driving, and approximately 60 deaths of the 248 that took place by April of 2017 were attributed to distractions as well.

Using social media the right way to avoid nursing home abuse

It can be fun to use social media to share your life with others. It's important, though, to realize that what you share isn't always legal or allowed. For instance, if you are working at a nursing home and want to share a picture of a resident, it's not legal to post a picture of the resident without permission.

If a nursing home wants to share information about your loved one, it needs to speak with your loved one or you directly, depending on who has the right to decide. For instance, if your loved one has dementia or Alzheimer's disease, it may not be appropriate for the nursing home to ask for his or her approval to be on social media. The nursing home should provide a written release that you can sign, or refuse, at your discretion.

Agent blows the whistle on dangerous training site

Even in retirement, this former Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) agent is pushing for a South Carolina training site to be probed for potential health hazards. According to the March 11 news, he wants to see a deeper investigation that would look into the number of health hazards law enforcement officers ended up exposed to during a tactical training course they took in a local copper factory.

The FBI veteran states that when he raised concerns about the amount of toxic chemicals, lack of running water and mold at the site, he faced retaliation. He retired in September after a 21-year career with the FBI.

Reporting injuries helps keep workplaces safer, so you stay safer

Workplace accidents happen all the time, but many of them are avoidable. Imagine if placing a single guardrail could prevent someone from falling into a piece of machinery or if a sign could alert someone to danger. Just changing one thing in the workplace could be the difference between life, death or serious injuries.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) showed that 10,388 severe injuries took place in workplaces across America in 2015. Many of these injuries led to amputations, taking some people out of the workforce completely. Their reports show that around 2,644 amputations took place in 2015 alone.

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