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What does nursing home abuse refer to?

Knowing what nursing home abuse includes is important for South Carolina victims and families to be familiar with so they can protect themselves and their loved ones. A component of keeping loved ones safe in a nursing home facility, which has been entrusted with their care, is knowing what legal resources are available to victims and their families if they have suffered harm as a result of nursing home abuse.

Nursing home abuse essentially refers to when residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities suffer physical, emotional or psychological harm because of negligent or intentional acts of a caregiver. Some examples of what nursing homes may be accountable for include if the nursing home facility provided inadequate care; if the nursing home facility was negligent in hiring and retaining employees; if the nursing home facility inadequately supervised staff; and if the nursing home facility failed to properly maintain facilities.

The many benefits workers' compensation has to offer

Workers' compensation benefits are available to help injured workers in different situations and can also provide protections to family members of injured workers or of workers who have been killed in a fatal workplace accident. Workers' compensation benefits can help with workplace accidents and injuries or with occupational illnesses workers may suffer.

Basically, workers' compensation benefits are a type of insurance paid by an employer to help workers who are suffering from a workplace illness or injury. Workers' compensation benefits provide protections for many injured workers and is considered a no-fault system which means that most illnesses and injuries will be covered. Workers' compensation benefits can help with a broad range of concerns injured workers and their families may have following a workplace accident.

Car accident victims or protected in South Carolina

Car accidents are an unfortunate part of life that can cause serious injuries and damages to victims and their families. In South Carolina, there are approximately 100,000 car accidents annually. Those car accidents cause 50,000 injuries and result in 900 deaths. The harm caused by car accidents can have a dramatic impact on the lives of victims and their families.

Car accidents can have a financial and emotional toll on victims and can result in physical, financial and emotional harm victims may need to be compensated for and may need help with. A personal injury claim for damages can help victims of car accidents, who have been harmed by a negligent driver, recover compensation for their medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages.

South Carolina ranks low in nursing home protections

A recent study reports that South Carolina ranks last in the nation when it comes to protecting the elderly from elder abuse. Because of how serious elder abuse is, it is important for older Americans and their families to be familiar with the legal resources available to them if they have been harmed.

Factors the study evaluated in making its determination included the amount of elder abuse taking place in the state; the number of gross neglect and exploitation complaints; and the existence of financial elder abuse laws in the state. There are certain hurdles victims of elder abuse may encounter including statutes of limitation, which limit the amount of time they have to bring a claim, and other requirements that may be associated with bringing a claim for medical malpractice when a victim has been harmed in a nursing home.

Nursing home elopement may indicate neglect

In all likelihood, you made the difficult decision to place your parent in a nursing care facility because you wanted to be certain he or she would be safe. Perhaps one or more incidents of your parent wandering off led you to this decision. Those terrifying moments, hours or days when an elderly loved one goes missing can douse any hopes you may have had of keeping your loved one home and caring for him or her yourself.

Unfortunately, despite the promises and expense, an elder care facility may not offer any better protection than you could. In fact, an overworked or apathetic staff may not notice your loved one is missing until too much time has passed for a positive ending. If this happens to your family, you may have many questions about how such a preventable event occurred.

What types of car accident injuries can I get help with?

Legal protections to both hold negligent drivers accountable and protect car accident victims from the damages associated with car accident injuries are essential for victims and their families to be familiar with. Personal injury legal protections allow an injured car accident victim to bring a claim for damages against a negligent driver responsible for the harm they have suffered.

An unexpected car accident can result in a whole host of unexpected injuries for car accident victims which can have a devastating effect on their physical, financial and emotional lives. There was a total of 5.6 million car accidents reported during 2012 with 1.6 million of them resulting in injuries and an estimated annual cost of $277 billion. Personal injury legal resources can help victims of car accidents recover compensation for some or all of those costs suffered because of car accident injuries.

How victims of distracted drivers are legally protected

Distracted driving poses serious dangers on roadways throughout the country and in South Carolina. When victims have been injured by a distracted driver, there are important legal protections available to them that they should be familiar with.

Distracted driving includes any behavior while driving that removes the driver's attention from driving. Distracted driving behaviors generally fall into three categories including cognitive distraction, visual distraction and manual distraction. The most dangerous type of distracted driving, texting while driving, combines all three types of driver distraction. Distracted driving can also include operating a radio or navigation device while driving, grooming while driving, eating while driving, using a cell phone while driving and a host of other dangerous driving behaviors.

Workers' compensation help for the construction industry

Construction workers in South Carolina face many workplace dangers each day, which is why it is essential for them to be familiar with the workers' compensation benefits that may be available to them when they have been harmed on the job. Unfortunately, the construction industry is one of the most dangerous industries for workers, making it especially important for construction workers and their families to be familiar with protections available to them.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the single leading cause of injuries and death in the construction industry are falls from scaffolding, ladders and roofs. When scaffolds are carelessly built, or do not comply with standards, they can collapse, resulting in injuries and fatalities to construction workers. As a result, construction workers and their families must be familiar with workers' compensation options after a fall on the job that has resulted in harm.

Help for victims of nursing home abuse or neglect

It is not uncommon for older Americans and some disabled Americans to decide to live in a nursing home facility to care for their needs and keep them safe. When victims and families are let down by a nursing home, victims may suffer physical and psychological harm.

Victims of nursing home abuse and their families should be familiar with the legal protections available to them when they have been harmed by nursing home staff in a nursing home. It is important for victims and their families to be aware that there are a variety of ways a nursing home can be liable for the harm suffered by victims. Nursing homes may be responsible for negligence, violations of regulations or licensing requirements, abuse and false imprisonment of residents.

Tis the season for toy safety concerns

The last thing you want this holiday season is for your child to suffer an injury from a gift he or she receives. Each year, over 250,000 children suffer toy-related injuries significant enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room. Many of these preventable accidents occur during this season.

As a parent, you may feel stressed at this time of year, especially when it comes to shopping for your children. Finding just the right presents or tracking down those coveted items on your child's list may have you rushing from store to store in between planning parties and preparing for other holiday celebrations. In your rush, it is important not to skip important safety steps while choosing toys and games for your child.

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