Types of Nursing Home Abuse to Watch Out For

Types of Nursing Home Abuse to Watch Out For

A nursing home is a long-term facility that is supposed to be a safe and welcoming place where your elderly loved one can go when you are not able to take care of them.

Even though a nursing home can feel like a last resort, it may be the only place that can give your loved one proper, long-term medical attention.

It’s an unfortunate and sad day when your loved one has symptoms of elder care abuse, and we hope that your loved one does not have to experience this; however, it is a possibility.

Read on to learn commons types of nursing home abuse and what can be done to get justice for your loved one.

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How to Talk to Your Teen About Underage Drinking and Driving

How to Talk to Your Teen About Underage Drinking and Driving

Talking to your teen about underage drinking is a challenging — but crucial — conversation. It can be difficult to have an open two-way conversation without making your teen feel like he or she is being lectured (and tuning you out).

Getting the tone of the conversation right is important, as is the timing. Chances are, your teen is being exposed to alcohol at a younger age than you’d think, so having this conversation early is key.

If your teen is starting to take driving lessons or is already a licensed driver, this conversation becomes even more vital to his or her safety. Alcohol-impaired driving is accountable for around one-third of all traffic-related deaths in the United States.

Read on for our best tips to help you have an honest conversation with your teen about the consequences of drinking alcohol and operating a vehicle.

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Medical Malpractice 101: Standards of Care and Your Legal Rights

Medical Malpractice 101: Standards of Care and Your Legal Rights

Despite efforts to mitigate their occurrence, medical errors by doctors, nurses and other healthcare providers result in a significant number of injuries and deaths every year. It’s important to note that not every treatment that results in the degradation of the patient’s condition(s) or in failure to restore health constitutes medical error or malpractice. Instead, malpractice occurs when there is professional negligence by healthcare providers or facilities.

Professional negligence by act or omission of a health care provider occurs when the treatment provided falls below the accepted standard of practice in the medical community and causes injury or death to the patient. In order to determine whether there was malpractice, the key issue is whether physicians and caretakers followed accepted standards of care.

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What is Medical Malpractice? Click Here if You Think You Have a Case

What is Medical Malpractice? Click Here if You Think You Have a Case

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine say that medical errors should “rank as the third leading cause of death in the United States.” Due to errors and inconsistencies in tracking statistics, the numbers of reported cases of malpractice are inaccurate.

The researchers at Johns Hopkins estimate that there are actually more than 250,000 deaths due to malpractice each year. If this were the reported number, medical malpractice would be the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer.

Read on to learn more about medical malpractice, including what may be considered malpractice, what you should do if you suspect it and how to get professional guidance.

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Do I Need a Lawyer if I Wasn’t Hurt In a Car Wreck in West Virginia?

Do I Need a Lawyer if I Wasn’t Hurt In a Car Wreck in West Virginia?

If you weren’t hurt in a car wreck, there’s nothing to worry about, right? Think again. Even if you weren’t hurt, you may be entitled to property damages.

There’s nothing more frustrating than being involved in a car accident. The accident is going to take multiple phone calls and a pile of paper work to resolve. And that’s if it’s a straightforward fender bender. 

It’s not uncommon for accidents to be far more complex, even if you weren’t personally hurt. For example, if one of your passengers, say a child, was hurt in the accident, it could be devastating.

Read on to learn what you need to consider what to do after a car accident. You’ll discover that you may need a lawyer even if you weren’t hurt.

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Welcome to “Legally Speaking” where we cover topics ranging from medical malpractice to distracted driving in personal injury cases. Jim was the co-host of a television program called “Legally Speaking” on Network West Virginia as well as a legal analyst for the local TV station and several radio stations. With 38+ years of experience, Jim Stealey provides client representation in a compassionate and dedicated manner.