Nursing homes across the U.S. are charged with the care of the elderly and those individuals with physical and mental disabilities. These are the most vulnerable members of our society. Though many nursing homes provide exceptional care to their residents, there are times when stories of neglect and abuse surface, making many of us wonder what rights nursing home residents and their families have, and what can be done to prevent such incidents of nursing home neglect?
More than 10,000 people lose their lives in drunk driving accidents every year in the United States. This means about 30 people die each day because of a drunk driver.
Many people may have noticed that today's practice of medicine is very different from what it used to be. Connecticut residents who have recently visited their physicians to get some healthcare service may have noticed how ingrained medical technology is in clinics and hospitals with doctors using sophisticated technologies and even providing care remotely.
Accidents and injuries happen when one least expects them. For instance, one could be shopping at the mall and may slip and fall because the floor was wet and the shop owner failed to warn patrons of the wet floor or spot. Or a person could be visiting a friend and their dog may bite without provocation. Or one may lose their balance on a stairwell because the railing was in disrepair. All these incidents can result in serious injuries and are examples of premises liability cases.
When it comes to vehicular accidents, many people think that the impact of the crash is what causes serious injuries. Though it is true that a collision can directly result in serious injuries, seldom do people consider fires from a collision which may not only lead to further serious injuries but may also result in death. Accidents happen, but typically a collision between a semi-truck or tractor-trailer and a passenger vehicle can be more devastating because of the sheer size and weight difference between these different types of vehicles.
Every day local newspapers and TV news invariably have news about car accidents and injuries people have suffered. Sadly, accidents happen too often, injuring and killing motorists on Connecticut roadways.
Independence Day celebrations are fun for all with fireworks, food with family and friends. But this holiday can be deadly if people in their celebratory fervor get behind the wheel while drunk. According to the Connecticut State Police, last year during the three-day Independence Day holiday over 40 people were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, and police investigated over 300 car crashes. About 50 or so of those car crashes had injuries.
According to recent media reports, a jury in a medical malpractice case awarded the widow of a 67-year-old man nearly $3 million. The lawsuit was filed by the wife of the 67-year-old man who allegedly died because his doctors did not pay close attention his echocardiogram test results.
In an effort to raise awareness about the issue of elder abuse the World Health Organization and the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse designated June 15 as the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day nearly 10 years ago in 2006.
People who are landlords have a responsibility to ensure that the premises they own and rent to others does not pose any safety and health issues which could result in injuries to others. Ensuring that their premises are safe goes hand-in-hand with ensuring that the property is properly maintained, and if a safety or health issue has been identified that the necessary repairs have been made.