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Chronic understaffing is a real problem in nursing homes

Nursing homes in Ohio deal with a variety of issues, but none is perhaps as pervasive and intense as chronic understaffing. In fact, this problem could be the difference between life and death.

A recent article on Cleveland.com highlights the problem, and this post will touch on some of the most distressing aspects.

Do plastic surgeons skip out on informed consent procedures?

In a nutshell, informed consent is your right to know enough information about your own medical condition and the risks of any medical procedure you are about to have in order to make an educated decision about whether or not you want to proceed.

It sounds simple enough, right?

Summer hazards for Ohio pedestrians and cyclists

Summer is here, bringing sunshine and outdoor celebrations. Yet with it also comes hazards for those on the road. It may not seem like summer would be dangerous, but according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, more accidents occur during the summer months than during the winter ones.

However, drivers are not the only ones who have to worry. Pedestrians and cyclists are in just as much need to be aware of and prepare for the following risk factors.

Sexual assaults are a horrifying part of nursing home abuse

When you think about nursing home neglect or abuse, sexual abuse is probably not the first thing that comes to mind -- but it's a grim reality for some patients.

Once thought to be rare, evidence is slowly surfacing that indicates the sexual abuse of nursing home residents is horrifyingly common. Perhaps even worse, those in positions of power and influence don't put much effort into stopping the abuse.

One simple safety addition to a truck would make roadways safer

Could a simple alteration to the average semi change the odds of survival for the occupants of a car when the semi and the car collide?

Thanks to innovations and design, regulations by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and oversight by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), passenger cars have become safer than ever. Most passenger vehicles are designed to protect their occupants even if they get into a crash at 35 miles per hour -- unless that crash happens to be with a semi.

Patient abandonment is medical malpractice

If you have an existing doctor-patient relationship, your doctor has a duty to make certain that you receive any critical, ongoing care that you need. Failing to do so is considered patient abandonment -- which is a type of medical malpractice.

Patient abandonment can be obvious -- when your doctor suddenly drops you from his or her practice without adequate warning or time to find a replacement physician -- but it can also be so subtle that patients may not even realize that they're being mistreated:

Use social media wisely after an accident

No doubt you have heard stories about people whose social media posts came back to hurt them. For example, maybe a friend of yours works in hiring and routinely does not call in people for interviews if their social media profiles show them regularly partying or using drugs.

Social media can also be harmful if you were in a car accident — even if the accident is entirely the other driver’s fault. Here are some examples.

Protect yourself against dog bites this summer

With the advent of spring and especially summer, it is likely you are heading outside more. Whether this is to walk, hike, jog, cycle or hang out with friends, dogs are one potential danger to be aware of.

This holds true even if the dog in question belongs to people you trust. Follow these tips to help keep safe this summer.

Lyme disease is an increasing danger for some Ohio workers

In Ohio, one danger that's becoming increasingly common among those employed outdoors is Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is spread to humans from the bite of carrier ticks infected with Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria. Until fairly recently, the risk of an Ohio worker contracting the disease was relatively small -- but the carrier ticks have now been found in at least 66 Ohio counties.

Can you get punitive damages in a car accident case?

Ohio car accident victims generally know that they can file a lawsuit to recover for losses that result from their injuries. Some may have questions about the availability of punitive damages, especially when they feel the other driver was not just at fault but really behaved very badly.

Judges or juries may award punitive damages in some motor vehicle accident cases. However, a plaintiff may not ask for punitive damages until the judge or jury has already awarded compensatory damages. At that point, you may begin another stage of your case and present evidence that you should receive punitive damages.

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