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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.

Bed sores are a serious warning sign of nursing home neglect

The wounds people commonly called bed sores are also known as pressure ulcers. Most people associate them with the bedridden and elderly. After all, they tend to develop in areas where gravity forces contact between the body and supportive surfaces, such as a bed, chair or mobility device like a wheelchair.

Although not all bed sores are preventable, they shouldn't occur with nearly the frequency that they do among older adults in nursing care facilities. Simply put, the vast majority of bed sores wouldn't ever develop if nursing homes all adhered to standards of care that involved proper rotation, cushioning and other protective measures.

When does a fall in a nursing home constitute negligence?

Nursing home residents are some of the most vulnerable people in society. This is why they need to be protected and cared for, both physically and socially. We often accept that our loved ones need to live in a nursing home because we are concerned for their safety and believe that they need 24-hour care and support.

Nursing home support should give the resident's loved ones peace of mind that they are being adequately cared for. However, if your loved one suffered a fall while they were living in a nursing home, you may call into question the quality of support that they are receiving.

Detroit couple dies following alleged drag racing-related crash

Two people were killed when the car they were riding in was hit by a Dodge Challenger that allegedly was taking part in a drag race on Detroit's west side.

Police said the victims, who were identified as a 61-year-old man and a 52-year-old woman, were killed when the driver of the Dodge ran a traffic signal at West Seven Mile Road and Coyle Street.

Gaining damages after a scar from a dog bite

While a dog attack can last only a few seconds, it can leave a lasting psychological and physical impact for the victim of the attack. If a dog bites a person's face or arm, this can lead to a visible scar that becomes difficult for the victims to conceal.

Scars can have a lasting psychological effect on a victim. They can be a constant reminder of the trauma that was endured, and they can lead a person to feel embarrassed or ashamed of their appearance. If you have a scar as the result of a dog bite, you may want to consider taking legal action to address the damage caused.

What causes the most traumatic brain injuries?

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) happen in many different ways. Children get hurt when they crash their bikes. Football players suffer TBIs when they collide on the field. Workers get brain injuries when they fall from ladders or get struck by falling objects.

But what causes the most TBIs every year? What is the very greatest risk?

Recognizing elder abuse as a long-distance caregiver

If you are a caregiver of a loved one, you may provide a lot of support over the phone or on weekends when you are able to care for them in person. This can mean that you are not able to be with them physically when they need it the most, and therefore, another caregiver may be employed to look out for their daily needs.

You are right to prioritize the safety and the well-being of your loved one, and this is why you may become easily concerned if your loved one is acting out-of-character. You may wonder if they are being subjected to elder abuse by one of their carers. The following are some key signs of elder abuse and neglect to look out for.

Claiming medical malpractice for an anesthesia error

Every surgery has inherent risks associated with it. Additionally, any complications that result from surgery are not automatically caused by medical malpractice. It is necessary to prove that a medical provider was negligent in some way in order to successfully claim damages.

While it is true that negligence and causation need to be explicitly shown, any significant anesthesia error points to likely negligence. This is because it is the duty of the anesthesiologist to administer the appropriate amount of anesthesia, and they do this through a series of precise calculations and observations.

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