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Nursing home neglect and the law

General codes of ethics must apply to any workplace that takes responsibility of a human life. When that responsibility is lacking, a multitude of risks can ensue. Nursing homes in Alabama are required to follow general state laws, but the definitions of nursing home neglect vary depending on the state.

Around-the-clock care is a requirement in nursing homes, yet thousands of Americans have experienced abuse in such facilities. The Times Daily reports that elder abuse cases are hardly fading from the societal picture, focusing on a recent case of elder financial abuse in Alabama. The Times also provides the American Association of Retired Persons estimate that one in ten Americans age 60 and older have experienced some form of elder abuse. Local statistics show that in 2010 alone, there were 173 cases of elder abuse reported in Colbert, Franklin and Lauderdale counties; that number increased to 543 in 2016.

Alabama ranks second in the nation for teen driving fatalities

Teen drivers across the United States are more likely to get into accidents than the rest of the general population, and Alabama’s teen drivers, especially, are having a hard time staying safe on the roadways. According to WHNT, Alabama ranks second in the nation in terms of the number of teen driving fatalities that occur on its roads annually.

While a general lack of experience is an undeniable factor in the number of teen driving fatalities seen across the state and nation, the Alabama Child Death Review System reports that there are also three other major contributors. Distracted driving behaviors, such as using phones or eating behind the wheel, is one of the three, and the others include drinking and driving and not wearing a seat belt.

Drowsy driving and truck accidents: Preventative tips

If you travel frequently on I-65 or I-22 in the vicinity of Jasper and Birmingham, then you know this part of the state sees a lot of traffic from large commercial trucks. In fact, because of the size and weight of their vehicles, truck drivers are legally held to a higher standard of safety than drivers of smaller vehicles.

Still, many truck accidents result from driver errors, and in some cases, serious mistakes are made due to truck driver fatigue.

Injuries that often result from motorcycle crashes

If you are among the many Alabama residents who enjoy traveling by motorcycle, you may choose to do so because it is fuel efficient and enjoyable. It is also highly dangerous to travel by bike, and this is due in large part to the fact that you have virtually no protection between yourself and the roadway, vehicles and other obstructions. At the Sapp Law Firm, we have a firm understanding of the types of injuries that often result following motorcycle crashes, and we have helped many clients seek recourse after involvement in such crashes.

Per LiveStrong.com, about 80 percent of all motorcycle crashes cause injuries and deaths, with some types of injuries resulting much more frequently than others. Head and brain injuries, for example, are especially common among motorcycle riders involved in accidents, but there are steps you can take to reduce your risk. Wearing a helmet every time you ride your bike can reduce your risk of a head injury by as much as 35 percent.

Types of elderly abuse

When many reflect on nursing homes in Alabama, medical treatment and rehabilitative care are likely among the first services to come to mind. However, nursing home neglect is an unfortunate but common occurrence in the industry of elder care. Laws prohibit such abuse, and those affected can take legal steps toward reaching justice and better care for loved ones. 

The consequences of elder abuse in nursing homes can be immensely dangerous and potentially fatal. There are a number of warning signs that indicate a senior citizen may be experiencing neglect. While cases of nursing home neglect come with drastic legal repercussions, elder abuse, as a whole, is a largely hidden issue in America and world-wide.

America’s most common construction site injuries

Every time you show up for work at an Alabama construction site, you face unique workplace hazards that those in many other industries do not. At The Sapp Law Firm, we assist many clients who suffer on-the-job injuries, and we understand how securing compensation to cover those injuries can help you navigate through your recovery process.

Due to the nature of your profession, per Industrial Safety & Hygiene News, you are at risk of significant head injuries, among them lacerations, concussions and traumatic brain injuries varying in terms of severity. Donning a hard hat can reduce your risk of suffering a serious injury, should a falling object or tool strike you in the head, highlighting the importance of you and your employer maintaining strong safety standards and practices.

Why was your Alabama workers' comp claim denied?

If you suffered an injury at work, you know how important it is for you to get the benefits you need for medical care and other losses. In the event that your workers' compensation claim comes back denied, you may feel overwhelmed, frustrated and confused about what you should do next.

Even if you believe that you have a rightful claim to benefits, it is still possible that your claim could come back denied. One of the most important steps in your continued pursuit of workers' comp benefits is to learn why the claim did not receive approval and how you may have grounds to appeal.

Proposed mandate for semi-truck speed-limiting devices hit snag

Motorists across Alabama and the United States have little choice when it comes to sharing the road with large trucks, and a proposal intended to make roadways safer has hit an unanticipated snag. Per the Insurance Journal, the president recently signed an order that places the implementation of the proposed speed-limiting devices in jeopardy, citing that doing so would hinder hiring and hurt business interests.

Many safety advocates see the move as questionable, citing the fact that the devices, which limit how fast commercial trucks can travel on roadways, offer abundant benefits for the nation. These devices offer as much as $6.5 billion in annual benefits, and they also reduce fuel consumption and have the potential to save hundreds of lives. Furthermore, most developed countries outside of the United States already require their use in commercial trucks.

What are signs of nursing home neglect?

When residents of Alabama take a loved one to a nursing home, they trust the staff to look after and care for them. The last thing they expect to deal with is neglect or abuse from staff members. The Sapp Law Firm, L.L.C. provides you with the possible warning signs of neglect or abuse so that you can act quickly if you notice anything amiss.

While signs of neglect can vary from case to case, there are several which are seen more frequently than others. This includes:

  • Broken bones or strains
  • Bruises or cuts
  • Bedsores
  • Malnutrition or dehydration
  • Claims of repeated falls

4 common causes of ladder accidents

If you regularly work as an Alabama painter, construction worker or in any number of other roles where you spend time on ladders, it is important to recognize the dangers that occupational ladder use can pose. At The Sapp Law Firm, we advocate for clients who suffer injury on the job, and we have a firm understanding of the types of injuries and hardships ladder falls can cause.

Per Culture of Safety, falls from heights account for about 15 percent of occupational fatalities in America, with about 700 deaths resulting from such incidents each year. The problem appears to be growing, too, with the amount of injuries connected to ladder use spiking 50 percent over the last decade. Your risk of a ladder-use-related injury also increases if you try and carry items while using the ladder, with such instances accounting for about 50 percent of all ladder accidents.

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