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November 30, 2022

Nursing home abuse is shockingly common. Even in homes where everything seems fine, residents may face emotional and physical abuse that remains unseen. You can help to protect your loved one against these types of abuse by making frequent visits to their residence, but unless you know what to look for, you may overlook more subtle signs of mistreatment.

Some signs of nursing home abuse are more obvious than others. For example, bruises, cuts, and any other unexplained injury should... Read More

November 15, 2022

The holidays are a time of celebration. For many, celebrating involves alcohol. This, of course, is not problematic on its own, but can quickly become so when the decision is made to drive after drinking.

There will consistently be increased traffic around the holidays. Some, like Thanksgiving, may see thousands of additional motorists in and around Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, and similarly large cities. Smaller cities and towns also see increases in traffic around the holidays, as... Read More

October 30, 2022

Financial exploitation of the elderly includes the illegal use of the older individual's financial resources for the benefit of someone who is not entitled to them. This type of elder abuse is not limited to stealing money and encompasses withholding information, benefits, resources, or even assets.

What Are Examples of Financial Exploitation of the Elderly?

While there are many examples of financial elder abuse, there are some standard methods used by those who actively seek to scam... Read More

October 15, 2022

A birth injury is one of the most traumatic forms of medical malpractice. It occurs when a medical professional causes harm to an infant at the most vulnerable and crucial moment of care.

In the event of a birth injury, it is essential to review the actions taken by your medical team thoroughly. Nurses are highly involved in the labor and delivery process, so nurse practitioners often play a significant role in birth injury liability.

Identifying a nurse practitioner’s actions... Read More

September 23, 2022

There are typically two types of damages sought in a nursing home neglect and abuse case:

Economic. Also known as “special damages,” monetary damages cover medical expenses and similar losses which come with a set amount Non-Economic. Also known as “general damages,” non-economic damages cover pain, suffering, and similar harm suffered by the victim of abuse

Punitive damages are rarely sought in personal injury cases. These damages seek to punish particularly egregious behavior or... Read More

September 08, 2022

Medical malpractice may refer to any situation in which a healthcare provider fails to meet acceptable standards of care. When you are injured through medical malpractice, it’s a good idea to talk to an attorney who can assess your claim and help you determine if you have cause to file suit.

Examples of medical malpractice include:

Failure to diagnose Sepsis and infection Surgical errors Emergency room negligence Birth injury Medication errors

Some of these issues can result... Read More

August 30, 2022

Phillips has issued a recall for approximately 5.5 million CPAP devices due to potentially fatal defects. According to the company, the foam used in the respirators of these devices can break down over time and cause serious complications.

So far, there have been 44 deaths associated with this CPAP defect. Other complications include:

Respiratory and Breathing issues Asthma and Pneumonia Chest Pain and Cough Dizziness Nodules Infection

Cancer has also been reported as a... Read More

August 12, 2022

Financial exploitation occurs when someone withholds, steals, or otherwise misuses the assets or money belonging to an older adult. Financial abuse and exploitation can happen in a nursing home or long-term care facility. They can also occur at the hands of a trusted friend, family member, or professional.

People with dementia and Alzheimer's are most at risk for financial exploitation. Those who are isolated from their families are also at heightened risk. If you have a family... Read More

July 25, 2022

Injury to the head is the most common type of birth injury. This includes minor issues such as scratches and bruising and more severe problems, such as hemorrhaging or facture.

Head injury may be caused by forceps or vacuum extraction. Risks are heightened during complicated deliveries or when the baby is presented abnormally in the birth canal.

Healthcare providers at birthing centers and hospitals are trained to mitigate risks while addressing pregnancy complications. They... Read More

July 07, 2022

According to a 2020 study conducted by the World Health Organization, 2/3rd of nursing home staff admitted to abusing or neglecting residents. This same study found that one in three nursing home residents faced abuse or neglect while living in a facility.

One in 10 adults over the age of 60 face abuse from a caregiver every year. Many of these cases are family-related. Nursing home cases are different: not only are they more common, but nearly all of them also come at the hands of... Read More