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Slip-and-falls in the nursing home can cause facial injuries

If you have a loved one in the nursing home, you hope that the facility is doing everything it can to protect him or her. Families trust that senior care homes anticipate the needs of the elderly and take steps to reduce preventable injuries and illnesses.

Several factors contribute to unsafe situations for your elderly loved one when he or she is in the care of a nursing home. Some places can be chronically understaffed, others fail to supervise a vulnerable person and others do not design the living environment for safety. When an elderly person falls, it can be fatal. Many times, elderly people can suffer traumatic facial injuries.

New ways to think about slip and fall prevention

You want to stay safe on the job, and your employer wants the same, because in the long run, it is better for everyone. One of the hazards of the workplace is a slip-and-fall injury. These types of injuries can have serious health consequences ranging from broken bones to brain injuries and more.

For an employer, a safer workplace means a better bottom line. As the workforce ages, the consequences of unsafe environments are greater. Older employees are more likely to seriously harm themselves when they fall, they and are less likely to be able to walk it off and get right back to production. New approaches for safety may prevent this unfortunate outcome.

Who is liable when a medical error causes you harm?

When you visit the doctor or go to a South Carolina hospital, it is with the expectation that you will receive quality care. Despite years of medical school, training and experience, even the best doctors and care providers can make mistakes. When you suffer because of a doctor's mistake, you want to know who is liable and what you should do next. 

Whether you suspect that a mistake happened or you know that you experienced something that should not have happened, you do not have to suffer by yourself. Medical malpractice of any kind is unacceptable, and victims have the right to seek compensation from all liable parties. It is possible that the doctor, nurse, other care provider or hospital could be responsible for your pain and suffering.

Is the death of a loved one grounds for a wrongful death claim?

If you lost a loved one in an accident, you know how difficult it can be to move on with your life. From the intense grief you are experiencing to the financial losses that may have impacted your family, an unexpected death can be detrimental to any South Carolina family.

wrongful death claim cannot reverse what happened, but it can help surviving family members recoup some of the financial losses that often accompany the loss of a loved one. You may have grounds for this legal option as well, and you would be wise to take quick action to learn more about how you can protect your interests.

Never events happen more often than you think

After surgery, you might expect to feel poorly for a while. After all, your body has gone through a trauma, and it may take a few days or longer before you begin to feel like yourself again. The point of the surgery is usually to fix something that is wrong, so your recovery should bring a positive change and a renewal of your health.

However, a growing number of people emerge from surgery in worse condition than when they entered the operating room. This is not because of their illness or condition. It is the result of an inexcusable medical mistake. If you are the victim of such a mistake, you may be suffering greatly as a result.

What if the temptation of your neighbor's pool leads to tragedy?

Summer is here, and the cool water of your neighbor's swimming pool looks so inviting. However, you may have safety concerns because it seems easily accessible and you have young children. What will happen if they are tempted to sneak out and go for an unsupervised swim when nobody is at home next door?

If anything should happen at a swimming pool on private property, the owners could be liable for injuries or a drowning. This could apply even if the visitors were uninvited.

Do you know the risks posed by life-saving fall harnesses?

If you work in construction or another industry in South Carolina or elsewhere that exposes you to the dangers of heights, you most likely risk your life every day. Even those who work on cell towers, water towers, utility poles and other heights may not realize the risks they take. You may believe that you can suffer no harm because your employer provides you with a safety harness in compliance with the regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, but that might not be enough.

Did you know that the device that is supposed to save your life could also cause your death? Have you heard of orthostatic intolerance? This is also known as suspension trauma, and has to do with the manner in which the straps of the harness -- especially those in your inner thighs -- restrict blood flow. Safety authorities warn that rescuers must remove any worker who is suspended in a fall harness from the restraints within six minutes.

Misdiagnosis, improper treatment can be a hard pill to swallow

When you feel unwell, you often have the ability to determine when that feeling deserves medical attention. You may know when you have a common sickness, such as a cold, that over-the-counter medication can treat, but other times, you may feel that your symptoms could point to a more serious issue. As a result, you may find yourself heading to the doctor in order to identify and understand what illness you may have.

You likely trust your doctor to consider your symptoms and come up with a diagnosis. Unfortunately, even after treatment, you may find yourself facing a situation in which your illness does not get better as it should. This type of predicament could potentially point to medical malpractice.

Common hazards faced by construction workers

Construction work is inherently dangerous, but there are ways that employers and site managers can reduce the risk of unnecessary hazards. When safety is a priority, fewer workers suffer unnecessary injuries, yet many employers do not do enough to train and provide adequate safety gear.

If you suffered injuries while working on a construction site, you have the right to a full and fair recovery. Regardless of whether your accident is the result of employer negligence or an accident, you have a rightful claim to workers' compensation benefits.

Has a brain injury negatively affected you?

From an early age, you likely knew the importance of protecting your head from possible injuries. Head and brain injuries can have substantial effects on your life, and in some cases, you could suffer permanent injuries. A brain injury itself could cause difficulties that could lead to diminished abilities or even death.

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