We place our loved ones in nursing homes when their health conditions prevent them from being able to live on their own. We naturally expect that the professionals at the nursing homes will provide our loved ones with the care they need. Our loved ones deserve no less. Unfortunately, New Orleans residents may be dismayed to hear that according to a report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General, over 25 percent of nursing home abuse cases go unreported to police.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 11.2 percent of fatal crashes involve a large truck. This escalated to 26.9 percent in construction zones. Public advocacy groups, including those in Louisiana, have called for improvements to reduce these motor vehicle accidents.
Victims of medical malpractice may face consequences for their serious injuries that provides grounds for special damages. Last month, a Louisiana appellate court added special damages of $1.2 million to a $400,000 medical malpractice case verdict. The court ruled that surgeon's negligence took away his patient's chance of having a better outcome.
While they provide a very necessary service in Louisiana, whether it is fixing a road or erecting a building, it may go without saying that those who work in the construction industry face dangers those in other occupations do not. They often work with heavy machinery, at great heights or in close proximity to swiftly moving vehicles. Unfortunately, this also means that many of those in the construction industry will be injured in workplace accidents.
The decision to put a loved one in a nursing home is never easy. Unfortunately, some nursing homes in New Orleans do not provide residents with adequate care. There are some signs a resident's loved ones should keep an eye out for that could point to nursing home neglect.
Deciding to put a loved one in a nursing home is a big decision. Much research may be done to ensure that the nursing home provides quality care to its residents. Often, people choose to put a loved one in a nursing home because they can no longer take care of their loved one's needs. They want their loved one to be cared for, and especially they don't want to see their loved one suffer unnecessarily. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen, due to nursing home neglect or abuse.
Deciding to put a loved one in a nursing home may be the best option if an individual is unable to live on their own or if they need more care than their family can provide. Those in Louisiana who decide to put a loved one in a nursing home trust that the staff at their chosen facility will properly take care of their loved one. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen. Here are some common signs nursing home abuse is taking place.
No one ever expects to get involved in a serious accident. But the unfortunate reality is that individuals in New Orleans and elsewhere partake in daily activities that place them in harms way. Whether it is at work, shopping at a store or driving on the road, risks and dangers are all around us. Even more so, negligent actors are around us as well. And when we encounter a negligent person, we could be harmed in a workplace accident, slip-and-fall accident or a car accident.
If you fell while in a Louisiana store, business, private residence, on a public sidewalk or other place, you were probably embarrassed and ready to just get up and move on as quickly as possible. It is easy in the moments after an accident to assume that it was your fault, perhaps caused by inattentiveness or clumsiness, but in reality, you may not be to blame. A slip-and-fall accident can be painful and traumatic, but you do not have to face the aftermath alone.
Among the other types of injuries our law office handles on behalf of clients in both New Orleans and throughout Louisiana, our attorneys and staff assist people who wound sicker or otherwise in worse health after seeing a doctor or other medical professional.