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Nursing home death leads to not guilty pleas

Two women entered not guilty pleas in Putnam County Common Pleas Court earlier this month for their roles in the death of a nursing home resident. The resident, who died on January 7 at a nursing home in Pandora, was discovered outside of the facility in frigid temperatures. The women were charged by a grand jury in Putnam County. They are 36-years-old and 20-years-old.

The charges filed against the two women by the grand jury include the following:

  • Patient neglect, which is a second-degree misdemeanor
  • Involuntary manslaughter, which is a third-degree felony
  • Gross patient negligence, which is a first-degree misdemeanor
  • Forgery, which is a fifth-degree felony

What exactly are catastrophic injuries?

Suffering an injury while on the road, on the job, at school or even in someone's home can be traumatizing. You might be so severely injured that you find yourself out of work for an extended time. You likely will need extensive rehabilitation and a long recovery period. For something of this extent, you probably suffered a catastrophic injury in Akron. So, what exactly are catastrophic injuries?

A common catastrophic injury is the loss of a limb. This is also known as amputation. Amputations do not only occur in a hospital by a surgeon. They can occur as accidents due to heavy equipment, motor vehicle accidents and even falls from heights.

How to prevent driver fatigue in Ohio

Driver fatigue has become a big problem in the Akron, Ohio, area and across the country. More and more people are driving when they are too tired. Fatigue can be just as bad as driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Here are some very important tips for preventing driver fatigue in Ohio so you are not put in a precarious situation.

The most obvious tip here is to get plenty of sleep prior to hitting the road, even if the drive is only a matter of miles. The body is naturally sleepy between the afternoon hours of 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and the morning hours of 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. If at all possible try to avoid driving during these hours to avoid driver fatigue.

No one knows like you: Being your own best healthcare advocate

Health problems are difficult enough without having to constantly feel like the “squeaky wheel.” But when it comes to health care, you are often your own best advocate for ensuring you get the best care.

We put our lives in the hands of doctors who have a large amount of knowledge, but are still, at the end of the day, human. Both doctors and patients are aware of the staggering number of deaths each year due to medical errors. But what can you do to keep yourself out of that statistic?

Filing a Federal Torts Claims Act against Veterans Affairs

When an employee of Veterans Affairs acts negligently, causing you any type of injury, you can file a lawsuit against the agency under the Federal Torts Claims Act (FTCA). This act is so important because it allows veterans to sue any type of employee of the agency, including a janitor who might have failed to mop up a wet floor, leading you to suffer an injury.

The most important tip when preparing to file a lawsuit using FTCA is to do so with the help of an attorney. These are not easy claims to win, which is why you should have the help of someone experienced in filing them. You don't want to put your rights at risk when it comes to injuries suffered at the hands of the VA.

Ohio judges receive science scholarship

Two judges from the state of Ohio have received invitations to take part in the National Courts and Sciences Institute (NCSI) scholarship program. The two judges sit on the bench in Highland and Marion Counties. The judges were invited by the Ohio Supreme Court chief justice to take part in the programs and also serve as resource judges. The NCSI is a non-profit organization that handles judicial science education.

The judges will take part in training that will be both online (seven seminars) and on-site at locations in Washington, D.C., Urbana, Illinois, and Charleston, South Carolina. The scholarships cover all expenses for the judges, which means that taxpayers from each county will not have to provide a dime for the judges to take part in the program.

What are some signs of nursing home abuse in Akron?

Nursing home abuse is an important topic to have with your loved ones who are living in nursing homes. Not only do they need to be aware of the signs of abuse, but you and your family need to know the signs as well. Nursing home abuse can be deadly if not caught quickly. Here are some of the most common signs of nursing home abuse in Akron, Ohio, so that you can spot any issues as soon as possible.

One of the most common signs of nursing home abuse is bed sores. When a patient develops bed sores, he or she was likely left in the bed for hours or days on end without being moved. They probably haven't been bathed recently and might not have had their dressing changed either.

How to obtain full compensation after an accident

Accidents can occur to anyone at anytime of the day. These accidents can involve motor vehicles, power tools, accidents at work, at home, at school and just about anywhere. The injuries suffered in an accident can range from minor to catastrophic, including death. Here's how you can obtain full compensation following an accident in Akron, Ohio, that includes catastrophic injuries.

One of the first things you must take into account is the future cost of medical expenses. If your loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury in an accident, he or she will have likely been paralyzed, suffered a brain injury or lost a limb. Estimating the future cost of medical care can be difficult, but it is very important.

The basics of traumatic brain injuries

Caused by either a penetrating head injury or a jolt to the head, a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an injury that disrupts normal function of the brain. The after effects of a severe TBI can make work impossible and leave family members and caregivers struggling towards a new sense of normal.

More than just a bump on the head

The dangers of distracted driving in Ohio

Distracted driving has become one of the most common causes of accidents all throughout Ohio. Distracted driving has always been a problem, but it has become more prevalent since mobile phones became popular. Today, we will discuss the dangers of distracted driving not only in Ohio but also throughout the country.

Distracted driving doesn't just involve using a mobile phone when behind the wheel. It also includes eating, drinking, shaving, reading a newspaper, talking to passengers, changing a radio station, applying makeup, getting changed, reading a billboard and so much more.