Between the Christmas and New Year's holidays, late December is a time for celebration in many Connecticut households. People get together with family, or perhaps head out with friends to bars or clubs to let off some steam after a long year, and welcome the reset that people assume a change in the calendar numbers will provide. As with most of the United States, alcoholic beverages often play a significant role in these celebrations. At times like this, even otherwise responsible people may slip and decide to operate a motor vehicle after having had a few too many drinks.
We've previously discussed various forms of abuse and neglect that can take place in nursing homes in Connecticut. Whether it is the failure of staff to properly care for a bed-ridden patient, or the use of drugs to maintain the person in a 'compliant' state, there are numerous ways in which it is possible for nursing homes to injure their residents. We have also discussed the fact that residents and their loved ones should be firm and create a plan that the nursing home and the patient are aware of that addresses the primary needs and concerns of the patient.
States like Connecticut often have conflicting policy outcomes that need to be reconciled when they are passing laws that affect their citizens. For example, states have an interest in protecting vulnerable people, like patients with medical problems, from being injured by the negligence of health care providers, and to allow them to seek compensation when they are. This is why there are laws regarding medical malpractice. However, some argue that the state also has an interest in keeping the provision of health care services viable, which would be difficult if doctors and other providers were eternally looking out for possible lawsuits over possible mistakes made in the past. Further, legal cases become harder to make as time passes, as evidence gets lost or becomes stale, and witnesses have a harder time remembering specifics.
Connecticut residents are well aware that the roads in the state can be quite crowded, especially at certain times of the day and year. With the major winter holidays approaching, more and more people will be travelling to visit family and friends in the upcoming weeks. With Connecticut situated between two major metroplexes, New York and Boston, and home to a major interstate highway, I-95, running between them, the state's roads are bound to see an influx of traffic over this period of time.
Many people in Connecticut and throughout the northeast look forward to the December holidays. Part and parcel of that time of year in this part of the country is snow and cold temperatures. This is often accompanied by ice and other conditions that can make even going out to the grocery store dangerous, especially for people at risk for falls, such as the elderly or disabled. At these times, it is important to remember that establishments expecting one's business also have responsibilities.
Every day, many lives are place in the hands of medical professionals across the country. While the hope and expectation is that appropriate care is taken, sometimes that trust is betrayed. In such cases, life-altering injuries can occur or even death. While it may be difficult to contemplate the right response to such tragedies, there is no reason to allow these actions to go unchallenged.
As our parents age, we start to become more vigilant and our roles begin to reverse. Now it's you worrying about whether or not your father made it home from his Tuesday night card game at the community center.