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Factors that contribute to the odds of a deadly car accident

You know car accidents take tens of thousands of lives every year. You know that your daily commute may be the most dangerous thing you do in your life. You know that you face serious risks on the road. But do you know what those risks really look like? Do you know what the odds are that you will pass away in one of these accidents?

Technically speaking, a lot of different factors contribute to your personal odds. You can get a general picture just by looking at how many people pass away, but it's often misleading. For instance, if you work at home and only drive your car on the weekends, are your odds really the same as a person with a two-hour commute who has to drive at night, when the odds of a drunk driving accident are highest? Clearly, that person faces greater risks.

Are bedsores a sign of nursing home neglect?

When people get older and less able to conduct daily activities, they will likely spend a large portion of the day sitting or lying down. This can cause some parts of the body to be subject to prolonged pressure, and, as a result, bedsores can arise.

While preventing bedsores in elderly nursing home residents cannot always be avoided, they should be treated at the earliest stages. If a nursing home resident is suffering from many bedsores that have not been treated and been allowed to worsen, the patient will be in considerable pain and discomfort. In addition, dangerous complications can arise. It is possible for untreated bedsores to lead to gangrene, cellulitis and even sepsis.

The damages that could be claimed after nursing home neglect

If you are considering taking legal action because of an experience that a loved one had in a nursing home, you will need to show what types of damages were suffered. When approaching this, many people believe that they only need to show a single type of damage, for example, that physical pain occurred. However, it is necessary that you provide information about the full extent of the damages suffered.

By understanding the wide range of damages that could be suffered by a person in a nursing home as the result of neglect or abuse, you will be better equipped to build a successful case. The following are the types of damages that it is possible to claim for.

Trauma is common in dog bite victims

Sometimes, the scars and wounds that are present after an injury do not show the impact the event had on the victim's life. Long after the scars have healed, many dog bite victims still feel that their life has been altered after the attack. They may feel higher levels of anxiety on a daily basis, or they may decide to avoid situations where they might come into contact with other dogs.

If you or a loved one has been suffering emotionally in the aftermath of being bitten by a dog, it is important that you make sure the appropriate medical attention is sought. Additionally, you should consider whether you or your loved one may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

When are doctors liable for overdoses in patients?

Those taking medication must know the safe amount that they can take of the drug so that overdoses can be prevented effectively. Overdoses can occur intentionally and unintentionally. A patient's risk of overdose can be estimated by their mental health history, the risk and potency of the drug they have been prescribed and any other health issues that they have.

It's important that medical professionals adequately and accurately assess the risk of overdose in patients. Those with dementia or amnesia may be at a particularly high risk of accidental overdose because they may forget when they took their medication last.

The most common reasons for fatal pedestrian accidents

Tragically, thousands of pedestrians are killed each year due to traffic accidents. In 2016, statistics showed that, on average, one pedestrian died due to crashes every 1.5 hours. While it's not possible to turn back time after a tragic car accident, it can be possible for loved ones of the victim to take action and get justice.

It is thought that a significant number of pedestrian deaths is caused by driver negligence. In fact, 13% of all pedestrian deaths occurred when the driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the legal limit. When taking legal action against a driver, it is important to be aware of some of the most common causes of pedestrian deaths.

The types of distracted driving that you should know

When referring to the concept of distracted driving, it's common for people to automatically think of texting and making calls while behind the wheel. While any form of hand-held phone usage is a form of distracted driving, there are also many other activities that could be defined as such.

If you were involved in a car accident, it is a good idea to consider whether you believe that distracted driving was a contributing factor in the incident. If you believe that the other driver was at fault, you should take the time to understand the different types of distracted driving and assess whether any form of distracted driving could have been present.

Defining emotional neglect in nursing homes

We all have a broad range of basic needs that are important for our daily functioning. While food, hygiene and shelter are very important for a happy and healthy life, we are also social animals. This means that without basic human interaction and socialization, we are unable to attain a good quality of life.

Long periods without any interaction can have profound affects on the brain, and this can lead to mental health problems and physical ailments. This is why it is so important that residents of nursing homes are able to socialize with people on a daily basis. If they are confined to their room and have no opportunity to interact with other residents, this can constitute emotional neglect.

Understanding Michigan state dog bite laws

Coming into contact with dogs is inevitable, whether you have a pet of your own or not. In ordinary circumstances, those who do not want to have direct contact with dogs are able to avoid them successfully in parks, sidewalks and cafes where they frequent. However, some dogs can be aggressive and may provoke attacks on the general public. This can be a scary experience, especially if you have a child with you at the time.

If you or your child has been injured by a dog in Michigan, you may be able to make a personal injury claim against the dog owner, regardless of whether the attack occurred on private property or in a public place. It is important that you understand the laws in Michigan so that you can take the appropriate action to protect your rights.

Michigan court says medical malpractice lawsuit may proceed

A woman can proceed with a lawsuit against a county health department for failure to diagnose her breast cancer, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled.

The woman sought medical treatment in 2013 at the Ingham County Health Department's Women's Health Center after she felt a lump in her left breast.

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