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Pressure sores can be fatal for the elderly

Pressure sores are very painful injuries that no one should have to deal with. Unfortunately, some nursing home residents are forced to live with this severe pain. This is often because of negligence on the part of the employees who should be caring for the residents.

The issue of pressure sores is more common for residents who are either bedbound and/or those who use a wheelchair. These individuals might not be able to move themselves to shift their weight. The constant pressure on specific areas of the body, including the buttocks, the shoulder blades and backs of the legs, can cause open sores. Having to slide while transferring from the bed to the chair can also lead to sores due to shearing motions and friction.

A brain injury can impact every area of your life

Many car wrecks and other types of accidents can lead to very serious injuries. Some of these are catastrophic, which means that they can impact the victim for the rest of their life. This is troubling when another person is to blame for the incident because the victim will be the one who has to deal with this. We know that you never thought this would be something that would happen to you, but when it does, we are here to help you seek compensation for the injuries.

One example of these is a spinal cord injury. While it is sometimes possible for a person to regain some of their abilities after the injury, this doesn't always happen. There is a chance that a person could be paralyzed after the accident, which would make every aspect of life much different from what they knew before.

Veterans get some good news, and some bad, about hospitals

Men and women who have served our country deserve to get the medical care due to them. Unfortunately, issues continue to plague the system of Veterans Affairs hospitals due to various reasons. The latest rankings of these hospitals are a mix of good news and bad.

The good news is that the number of one-star hospitals in the country has gone from 14 in 2017 to 9 in 2018. The bad news is more hospitals lost at least one star on their ranking than the number that improved. Here are some more statistics:

  • 68 hospitals stayed at the same star rating as last year
  • 38 hospitals improved their star rating over last year
  • 40 hospitals lost at least one star since last year

Some surgical errors are classified as 'never events'

Anyone who is going to have surgery might be frightened about what might happen. Worrying about surgical errors can make the time leading up to the surgery very difficult. Even though it isn't a pleasant thought, patients should be ready to address issues with the procedure if one does occur.

There are many types of surgical errors that can happen. Surgical instruments and supplies might be left inside of the patient. Problems with anesthesia can occur. The surgeon might not do the proper procedure or the procedure might not be done on the correct site. There is also a risk of the surgeon operating on the wrong person. All of these can have a catastrophic impact on the patients.

Hospital negligence can occur outside the surgery room

While the public trusts hospitals to take care of injured or ill victims, there can occasionally be doctors who make the situation even worse. The most common lawsuits that occur as a result of hospital negligence are medical malpractice, where a surgical error or mistreatment led to thousands of dollars wasted and placed the victim’s health at potential risk.

However, there is more to a hospital visit than surgery. If you find yourself unable to move on your own, the hospital has to delicately transport you in and outside of the facility so you can receive the necessary treatment. Unfortunately, negligent individuals can cause patients to fall down during transport, leading to worse injuries and a potential slip-and-fall lawsuit. It is crucial to be aware of the potential dangers you face during the transportation process.

Catastrophic injuries impact your entire future

Catastrophic injuries that occur during a car wreck can leave innocent victims struggling to put things back together. In some cases, activities that they once did without a single thought will now require assistance if they are even possible at all. This is a challenge for someone who has always been ready to do what needs to be done.

Adjusting to life after a brain injury or spinal cord injury isn't easy. As the person adjusts to the new way of life, they might find that they need assistive devices and other help. All of this comes at a cost. When the only thing standing between you and a normal life is cost, you might want to do something to get that money in. For many people, you would just work more hours or get another job. For a person who has a catastrophic injury, this might not be possible.

Stop nursing home abuse and neglect in their tracks

People who have loved ones in a nursing home don't expect that their loved ones will be treated like second-hand possessions. Instead, they assume that they will be treated well, especially since the facility and the employees are receiving compensation for the care of the person. Unfortunately, some facilities and some workers will neglect and abuse these vulnerable individuals.

The atrocious behavior that some nursing home residents have to deal with goes far beyond what anyone would think could happen. They are sometimes emotionally and physically abused. They might be pushed, hit, kicked and restrained without reason. Some of them can have money taken from them. Medications might be withheld when the resident clearly needs them. Failing to help them to the toilet, forcing them to wear inappropriate clothing, isolating them and not providing the services necessary are also forms of abuse and neglect that can occur.

Common medical malpractice issues that lead to lawsuits

Medical malpractice is a serious issue that affects thousands of people each year. Even with today's training, education and technology, medical professionals still wind up making costly mistakes when diagnosing, prescribing, treating and operating on patients. Medical malpractice can cause a patient to suffer an extensive injury, illness or even lead to death.

Failure to diagnose a patient is a leading cause of medical malpractice lawsuits. This is when the doctor you visit is unable to determine what is causing your pain or any other issue with your body. You then visit another doctor and they are able to pinpoint the problem immediately.

Simple tips to help avoid car accidents

Many roads in Ohio are dangerous. There are inexperienced, distracted and impaired drivers everywhere. There are also drivers who simply have no regard for others. All of this can lead to an accident. Let's look at some tips that can help you avoid car accidents in Akron.

Stay out of the left lane, or as others call it, the fast lane. This is where motorists going well over the posted speed limit like to drive. If you aren't comfortable breaking the law by driving 10 or 20 mph over the speed limit, you should avoid this lane except when passing.

Types of surgical negligence

When you go in to have surgery, you want to be able to trust your surgeon and expect that the procedure will go as planned. However, this is not always the case and it is becoming an increasingly large issue, even in routine surgeries.

Medical error is the third leading cause of death in the United States, following closely behind heart disease and cancer. Because instances of medical error often go unreported, the number of medical errors due to surgical negligence could be much higher. Surgical errors are more preventable than errors resulting in non-surgical treatment. This means that more errors happen when surgery is involved, than when it is not. What are the most common types of surgical negligence to watch out for?