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Nursing home abuse happens far too often in the United States

The later years of life are some of the most fragile. As loved ones age, special care is often required and it can become difficult for family members to give elderly loved ones the around-the-clock care they need and deserve. For this reason, family members often choose to place elderly loved ones in nursing facilities. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse has become a big problem in Kentucky and across the country. According to recent statistics, almost five million elders are abused each year.

A family in another state has filed a lawsuit against a nursing facility after an elderly loved one was allegedly abused. The man was placed in the nursing home after suffering a stroke. According to the lawsuit, workers at the facility recorded a video showing staffers surrounding the man and coercing him to take off his pants.

Car accidents: Man faces serious charges after fatal crash

Operating a motor vehicle requires constant focus, attention and can be quite demanding when traveling on crowded Kentucky roadways. This is a reason why driving while under the influence of alcohol is so dangerous. Alcohol drastically delays reaction time and impairs basic motor skills, making the simplest task virtually impossible. Not only is driving while intoxicated one of the leading causes of car accidents across the country, it is also a very serious offense.

A man is facing very serious charges after causing a fatal crash in Louisville. The crash happened on I-264 just after midnight. Police reports say the driver of a westbound car ran off the shoulder of the road and crashed into a disabled vehicle that was parked on the side of the road.

Symptoms of MRSA and your right to compensation

Perhaps you just received necessary surgery. When you return home, you do not feel well, and you begin to experience serious symptoms of infection. You seek medical assistance immediately, but you find that your surgery has infected you with Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). MRSA can wreak havoc on your immune system, and the CDC reports that cases of MRSA can affect those in acute care hospitals, long-term care surgical centers and even rehabilitation facilities.

Those that face MRSA diagnoses should focus on receiving accurate medical care to fight the grave infection. Victims of the infection have the opportunity to obtain significant compensation for the infection’s serious symptoms in medical malpractice lawsuits. To receive maximum reimbursement for your medical expenses, you may wish to speak with knowledgeable malpractice attorneys, as these attorneys hold years of experience fighting for your rights to compensation following a hospital infection.

Car accidents: Crash involving motorcycle claims a life

In recent years, motorcycles have increased in popularity across America. Kentucky is home to an abundance of scenic roadways that are perfect for exploring via motorcycle. However, roadways are becoming dangerous across the state as populations rise. Motorcycle riders put their lives at great risk anytime they share roads with passenger cars. Since motorcyclists are completely exposed, car accidents involving motorcycles have a greater risk of fatalities.

A recent crash in Carter County resulted in the death of a woman. The accident happened during the afternoon hours along U.S. Highway 60 at the intersection of Reeves Lane. Police reports say the driver of a minivan was attempting to turn left from Reeves Lane onto U.S. Highway 60 and pulled out in front of a motorcycle.

Family of alleged nursing home abuse victim files lawsuit

Placing a loved one in an elder care facility is always a difficult decision for Kentucky families. However, as age takes it toll, independence can be stripped and self-care can become difficult. Nursing facilities were developed to provide care and safety for those who can no longer care for themselves. Most nursing homes throughout the country are wonderful, long-term care facilities that strive to provide the best possible care. These days, however, nursing home abuse is happening more and more.

In another state, a lawsuit was filed after alleged negligent care in a nursing home severely injured a woman. The lawsuit, filed by a family member, said that the woman sustained a fall while living at the nursing facility. According to the lawsuit, the woman suffered several debilitating injuries as a result of the fall, including a fractured femur and a severe urinary tract infection as well as physical pain and mental anguish.

Crowded Kentucky roads make car accidents almost inevitable

Roadways across the state of Kentucky are becoming more crowded. With so many vehicles sharing roads, car accidents become almost inevitable. These days, just going for a short drive can potentially result in a serious accident. Unfortunately, not all drivers are as focused as they should be behind the wheel. Distracted driving has become a real problem on roadways throughout the United States.

A recent accident in Pulaski County resulted in injuries to two people. The accident reportedly involved three vehicles and occurred during the morning hours at the intersection of Highway 70 and North Highway 27. According to reports, the driver of a Honda traveling west on Highway 70 pulled into the path of a northbound Chevrolet.

Medical malpractice is a leading cause of injury in America

Modern technology and stringent safety regulations have made surgical procedures safer than ever before in Kentucky and across the country. However, safety regulations only work if surgeons and other health care providers follow these rules. Any deviation or lapse in judgment can result in permanent injuries to the patient, even death. A man in another state filed a lawsuit after alleged medical malpractice left him with lifelong injuries.

The man said he went in for a routine knee replacement surgery but experienced problems with constipation after the procedure. The lawsuit says a nurse incorrectly administered an enema that caused the plaintiff trauma and complications, but the trauma went untreated. Allegedly, the man's condition worsened and he was admitted to the intensive care unit. According to the lawsuit, more issues were discovered and the man required an emergency diverting colostomy surgery, which was performed without the man's consent.

What are some signs of nursing home abuse?

There comes a time in someone’s life that their loved ones may have to make the decision of putting them in a nursing home. This is not an easy decision to make and you want the best care for your parent(s) or grandparent(s). Even though a nursing home has its benefits, abuse is a prevalent issue among facilities nationwide.

As older people are frailer, they are less likely to stand up to abusive behavior. They may not be able to hear or see as well as they could before, putting them at a disadvantage among younger staff members. While signs of abuse can overlap with a weakened mind, it is important to know how to recognize abuse in nursing home facilities.

Drunk driving is a main cause of fatal car accidents

Unfortunately, driving while under the influence of alcohol continues to be a very real problem across the state of Kentucky. Its common knowledge that driving while intoxicated is one of the most dangerous things a person can do and will almost certainly lead to car accidents. Despite this, thousands of people will choose to drive drunk. Those who get behind the wheel while intoxicated endanger the lives of all those around them.

A recent accident in South Williamson left one driver dead and another facing very serious charges. The accident happened during the evening hours along U.S. 119. According to reports, a northbound vehicle crossed the median of the highway into oncoming traffic and struck another vehicle.

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