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The standards of care required of Alabama nursing homes

Nursing home neglect is a widespread problem throughout Alabama and the rest of the country. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it is estimated that anywhere from one to two million people age 65 or older have suffered abuse, exploitation or neglect at the hands of someone that has been entrusted with their care. At The Sapp Law Firm, L.L.C., we often hear from people who are concerned about the care their loved ones are receiving. In this post, we will discuss the standards of care that nursing homes in Alabama are legally required to maintain, which can help you know what to look for when choosing a nursing home for your loved one.

What should drivers do following Alabama car accidents?

Many people believe that if they are cautious and obey the traffic laws and signs, then they will not be involved in auto accidents. While using care when operating a motor vehicle can reduce some of the risk of getting into a collision, it does not completely remove the hazard. The actions of other drivers, including driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding, commonly result in motor vehicle accidents that involve other, innocent motorists. Considering that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that there were more than 2.5 million people treated in emergency medical departments throughout the country for injuries resulting from car accidents in 2012 alone, it behooves drivers to understand what steps they should take after a collision to protect themselves and their passengers.

Semi truck crash involving softball team bus injures 15, kills 4

With hundreds of thousands of tractor-trailers logging millions of miles across Alabama and the rest of the country each year, accidents involving these large commercial vehicles are very common. Often, these collisions can result in serious injury and death for those involved. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2012 alone, over 3,900 people were killed in collisions involving semi trucks, and more than 100,000 people were injured. Like all motor vehicle accidents, tractor-trailer crashes can be caused by any number of factors, including driver distraction and fatigue.

What are the qualifications for workers' compensation in Alabama?

Occupational injuries and deaths are common in Alabama and throughout the country. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, more than 4.1 million employees sustain serious work-related injuries each year in the U.S. Furthermore, more than 4,500 workers are killed on the job each year. Under the Alabama Workers' Compensation Act, injured employees, and the families of deceased workers, may be provided benefits, including payment of medical expenses and disability compensation.

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