Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Posted by on Nov 11, 2017 in Nursing Home Abuse | 0 comments

While there are rumors, stories, jokes, and movies about the idea of nursing home abuse, the actual reality of the situation isn’t very well understood. What actually counts as nursing home abuse, and how can you know it’s occurring?

These are particularly tricky questions because the person who may be being abused may not have the ability to explain what is happening. Many of those who go to nursing homes are suffering from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. They may simply not have the ability to articulate what is happening. At the same time, they may hallucinate events or misremember events so that any claims they do make cannot be taken as fact at face value.

So, how can a relative know if their family member is suffering from nursing home abuse? Abel Law Firm has a convenient list of warning signs that are worth reviewing here.

  1. Staff are not responsive to questions

If a member of staff is elusive when certain questions come up, this should set off warning bells. This elusiveness could take many forms, from changing the subject to acting offended about a line of questioning. If you have concerns take these questions to the staff member’s superiors. If they too don’t satisfy you, look for higher authorities or contact a legal authority.

  1. Unexplained injuries

The elderly can injure themselves easily, and a new bruise may mean nothing, but a pattern of injuries that cannot be explained by the staff or by the person’s activities is something to worry about. Keep a careful watch for how often these injuries occur and what explanation is given for them.

  1. Unexplained deterioration in health

Obviously, those in a nursing home are suffering from ill health, but that does not mean they should wilt away. If there is a sudden, sharp deterioration in health that isn’t explained by the conditions the person is suffering from, it may be a sign that some form of abuse is taking place. If you have concerns on this point, speak with a doctor outside the facility for a second opinion.

  1. Signs of emotional trauma

Again, those who suffer from conditions like Alzheimer’s can have sudden emotional changes, but sudden aggression, regressive behavior, or withdrawal can still mean something else is going on. Since these can come from other factors, keep an eye on this one and look for other signs if it occurs.

  1. Unnecessary restraints or overmedication

If your relative isn’t violent to him or herself or to others, then there should be little reason to restrain them. Make sure to watch the medication dosages if your relative appears more unresponsive. This, in and of itself, is abuse and may signify other forms are taking place. It is worthwhile to try to learn more about the medications and the dosages of the drugs your relative is on. Ask the doctor for a list and check when you visit.

While nursing home abuse is rare, it is important that family watch out for it, especially since the person unable to so for themselves. Remain watchful for these signs, and remember that you are now that person’s sole protector.

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Why Do People Care About Their Lawns?

Posted by on Nov 5, 2017 in Landscaping | 0 comments

For the longest time, before I was a homeowner, I could not understand people’s obsession with landscaping. It was a truly bizarre obsession, as far as I could tell. I would see people outside in their yards for hours, fussing over plants or trying to trim trees just right. They would spend more hours mowing the lawn every week. They’d spend hundreds of dollars in a year on pesticides, seeds, and fertilizer. All that effort, and really, it just looked like a patch of grass and a few daisies just like the next house over. I didn’t get it.

Of course, it was easy to look down on something I wasn’t a part of. For a long time, I was a proud apartment renter. I enjoyed having so little responsibility for my residence. All I had to do was keep my little space clean. I could clean my dishes, sweep the floor, do the laundry, and tidy everything up in the time it took homeowners just to finish with their lawn fussing. And then they had a house still to deal with. I was done and ready to get on with my life.

I just couldn’t understand it. That is until I bought a house of my own.

Once I took that step, very quickly it started to make sense to me. I wanted my place to stand out, I felt pride in owning a home, and I wanted to show it off. I wanted to show it off to family and friends who stopped by, and I wanted to show it off to random neighbors who just happened to walk by.

I quite like how the Ware Landscaping website describes it, so I’m going to quote that here: “As an extension of your home, your yard can say a lot about you. In many cases, it’s the first impression of your property. It could be your garden, your paradise, or your go-to social venue.”

That’s true, isn’t it? It really is an important point of relaxation in a home, and it really is the first impression people have of your home. If your yard is rundown, it says a lot about who you are as a person.

These days, I think of my lawn like my haircut. I don’t go to work with my hair uncut. Who would want to work with me? No, I spend time and money to make sure my hair looks good so that when people see me, they notice how well put together I am. It makes a difference.

A final point that I realized once I actually had a home: working in the yard is relaxing. For all those years, I assumed people outside trimming bushes and mowing lawns were just doing what they had to to keep the home owner’s association happy. How wrong I was. They were having fun. And I was missing out. At least I don’t have to miss out anymore.

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Issues and Hazards of YAZ

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Health | 0 comments

When taken correctly, oral contraceptives are a very reliable form of birth control. But how do you know how safe your birth control is? By looking at a popular birth control pill YAZ, we can see some of the issues and hazards associated with this particular birth control pill.

Manufactured by Bayer, YAZ is used to prevent pregnancy and treat mild acne as well as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). The pill works by suppressing the release of eggs from a woman’s ovaries and thickening the cervix mucus to help impede sperm penetration. YAZ has not been approved to treat premenstrual syndrome, which is a more mild version of PMDD. PMDD can cause both emotional and physical symptoms, such as extreme mood swings and hot flashes, that interfere with daily life.

In addition to common side effects like weight gain and nausea, YAZ has allegedly caused blood clots, heart attacks, strokes, and gallbladder injuries, causing thousands of women or their loved ones to file lawsuits against Bayer. According to DrugWatch, there are still 662 plaintiffs as of July 2017, while the number was at one time as high as 11,860 plaintiffs. Generic names of YAZ include Ocella, Gianvi, and Sayeda. Similar pills manufactured by Bayer, namely Yasmin, Safyral, and Beyaz, have also been implicated in causing serious side effects in women.

The most common complaint in the lawsuits was that the synthetic hormone drospirenone found in YAZ allegedly caused blood clots to develop. In 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that drospirenone triggered as much as a three-times increased risk of blood clots than other oral contraceptives.

What is a blood clot and why are they potentially dangerous? According to FindLaw, “a blood clot occurs when blood coagulates to form a solid mass within a vein or artery.” While clotting is a natural part of the healing process, abnormal clotting can become very dangerous and cause a number of issues, including deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, stroke, and even death.

In addition, YAZ is not recommended for smokers over the age of 35 as the pill may cause complications like blood clots, stroke, heart attack, and death. The risks increase based on age and number of cigarettes smoked.

Furthermore, YAZ is not recommended for anyone with kidney, liver or adrenal disease since taking the pill could cause serious heart and health problems. Anyone with blood clots, certain cancers, a history of heart attack or stroke, or who is or may be pregnant should not take YAZ.

The issue becomes whether or not Bayer was aware of the potential hazards of the pill. Plaintiffs claim that the pharmaceutical company misled the public about the supposed benefits of the pill while concealing the potential risks.

If you or a loved one has suffered ill effects from taking YAZ, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. Contact Spiros Law by chatting live, filling out an email form, or call one of the three offices today.

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Increase in Population Causing Tension Between Homeowners and Realtors

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In urban areas where dense populations are becoming more noticeable, there are new dilemmas to resolve in regards to interactions between homeowners, real estate agents, and the law. As people begin to migrate towards these urban centers, we can assume that they will be in need of living accommodations. Depending on the socioeconomic status of the individual they could purchase property, agree to a lease on a property, or take other means necessary to have a living space they can call their own. Shelter is an essential need for humans and has a direct result on our psychology and interactions with society.

Shelter, a basic human need for survival, is becoming increasingly difficult to procure in urban centers of the population around the world. The massive influx of residents to these urban settings is due in part to the threat of globalization and commercialization. Cities have modern comforts, reliable transportation networks, and connection to international economic centers. Organizations such as the World Health Organization and many others are responsible for being aware of the dangers of growths in urbanization. The WHO released in 2014 studies that urban populations make up approximately 54% of the world’s population. This figure is expected to grow in the coming years leading up to 2025 at a rate of about 1.84% annually. The increasing desire among people to live in the major cities around the world is unprecedented territory as it relates to the implications of massive amounts of cohabitating human beings.

As a direct result of the increase in population many realtors, or other negotiators for living arrangements, have started facing repercussions for some of their previously employed business techniques. If a realtor is abusing their position or acting unethically, they should be pursued for their failure to adhere to business law. While the masses continue to arrive in the apartments and blocks of our cities, it will be essential for citizens to remain aware of their rights when they plan on starting a life in these towns.

To summarize, globalization is one of the core reasons for overgrowth in populations for urban areas. Because of the massive influx of people moving to cities many realtors are experiencing more clients than before. Typically they also have to provide speed with their services as most people moving to a new area depend on quick procedures for ease of mind. Fraudulent methods have been utilized by realtors before, but they still attempt to deceive clients on the notions that people are paying less attention to things that affect them or their investments. These illusions used by realtors are illegal and have no place in building our cities. Innovational practices geared towards inclusion and communities broadening to accommodate the diverse face of America are necessary for cities to remain as spaces for diverse cohabitation.  It is the duty of the masses to stand against the unethical abuse of power from realtors and other officials who govern what human can reside in specific locations.

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Truck Accidents

Posted by on Jun 14, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Trucks, also called big rigs or 18-wheelers, definitely provide a major contribution in the U.S. economic growth. By delivering goods intact and on time, businesses are able to maintain operations, keeping the economy alive.

Getting a job done, however, can take a toll on a truck driver since most jobs normally require cross-county deliveries, which also usually means about 11 hours behind the wheel. Thus, many truck drivers suffer exhaustion and fatigue, making driving a totally risky task.

Various federal agencies work together in keeping U.S. roads and highways safe from accidents involving trucks. This is because besides the possible detrimental effects a truck accident can have on the business firm which contracted its service, the damage to property and injury to victim can definitely be major and severe, respectively. Some of these agencies are the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) the primary mission of which is to improve safety in the operations of commercial motor vehicles (CMV). The rules enforced by the CMV to attain this ‘safety’ mission, include:

  • requiring drivers to undergo a special training which will develop in them the special skills required in operating a truck safely, as well as pass a test prepared by the (FHWA) – these serve as the basic requirements in earning a commercial driver’s license;
  • enforcement of the maximum hours of service rule which will allow drivers to drive no more than 11 hours straight. This rule also mandates that drivers should be given 10 consecutive off-duty hours after their 14-hour duty;
  • requiring trucking firms to keep a record which will show regular schedule of truck check and maintenance;
  • requiring drivers to thoroughly check their truck’s brake shoes to make sure that these are in good condition; drivers also need to make sure that there are no air leaks in the brake chamber; and,
  • requiring truck parts manufacturers to produce only quality parts or parts that comply with minimum standards enforced by the government.

Negligence on the part of truckers in observing these mandates does not only mean violation of federal rules. The worst effect of ignoring what these rules require is a road tragedy that can cause severe injuries or the loss of lives.

An article posted at, says that any automobile accident has the potential to cause devastating injuries, significant property damage, and lasting emotional trauma for anyone involved. However, when accidents occur between passenger vehicles and large commercial trucks, like 18-wheelers, the effects are likely to be significantly worse. The sheer size and weight of these vehicles almost guarantees that any collision between a truck and another vehicle is serious, and sadly, it is often the drivers and passengers of smaller vehicles who suffer the most in these accidents.

Like any motor vehicle accident, large truck accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, and as such, many accident victims are unsure who is ultimately responsible for the accident that caused them harm. Depending on the details of an accident caused by a large truck, it is possible for responsibility to rest with:

  • The truck driver
  • The trucking company that hired, trained, and employed the driver
  • The company responsible for maintaining the truck
  • An auto manufacturer / parts manufacturer

Personal injury lawyers know all too well how much innocent motorists can suffer because of accidents involving large trucks. Frequently, victims of these accidents are left suffering from ongoing pain and suffering, significant medical bills resulting from their treatment, and enduring emotional trauma. Fortunately, however, legal action can be taken against those responsible for causing these accidents, which may be able to help victims secure the financial compensation and closure they need.



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A Landowner can be held Liable for Certain Types of Injuries Suffered by Anyone on his/her Property

Posted by on Apr 2, 2017 in Property Law | 0 comments

There are times when unsafe conditions crop up without warning and cause people to get hurt. It is a property owner’s responsibility to ensure the safety of their premises. When they fail to do so, injured people can hold them accountable under the premises liability laws for allowing dangerous conditions to persist.

There are a wide variety of situations in which a premises liability incident can result. They all have one thing in common: a property owner failed to keep their premises to an adequate safety standard and did not warn of the danger.

Premises liability refers to a landowner’s answerability for certain types of injuries suffered by anyone on his/her property where an unsafe condition exists. Besides injuries due to slips, trips or falls, premises liability also includes in its scope any type of injury that may result due to falling objects, electrocution, open excavations, broken benches or chairs, and so forth.

Some of the most common types of premises liability issues include dog bites, slip and fall, inadequate security, elevator and escalator injuries, porch collapse, stair collapse, fires, lead paint poisoning, mercury poisoning, and swimming pool injuries.

Those who need to make extra sure that their premise is free from risks of accident at all times are owners of places open to the public, like malls, supermarkets, restaurants, food courts, playgrounds, swimming pools, hospitals, government offices, churches, etc. Despite an injury after an accident, proving a landowner’s negligence may not be easy. Also, the premises liability law is complex, and each victim’s case can be affected by a variety of factors. While many victims suppose that the injury they sustained is more than enough proof to merit compensation, many others think better and so entrust their case to an experienced personal injury lawyer for greater chances of winning their case.

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Under the Law, A Person is Innocent until Proven Guilty

Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Criminal Laws | 0 comments

Every year, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) makes more than 30,000 drug-related arrests. Despite these, plus the continuous surveillance and operation of law enforcement agencies to bust criminals and free streets of drug-related activities, including drug trafficking, distribution, possession and use of illegal narcotics (like cocaine, heroin, marijuana and 3, 4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA) otherwise known as Ecstasy), illegal drugs continue to be a major problem in the country.

The use of illegal drug is linked to several major causes of death in the US, including homicide, suicide, violence, HIV infection, motor-vehicle injury, hepatitis and mental illness. This is why the US Federal Government has never stopped, but, rather, still intensified its war against illegal drug trade which heightened during the 1970s when various criminal groups from Mexico started smuggling marijuana, heroin, cocaine, hallucinogens, amphetamine and methamphetamine in the US through various routes.

Many non-violent individuals suffer years of jail term due to the very wrong thought that smuggling drugs into the US is too easy money to pass up. Obviously, they willingly take the risk of being caught and being made to face heavy penalties in exchange for the big cash they believe thy will get in return.

A drug-related activity, most especially drug trafficking, is a serious federal crime with harsh mandatory sentences. For possession of drugs, for instance, most states carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 to 40 months imprisonment plus steep fines (other states also include many hours of community service, which will serve as additional penance for the crime). For drug trafficking, penalties can include: years of jail sentence; fine amounting to thousands of dollars; loss of right to vote until the completion of the entire felony sentence; loss of the right to carry a gun; and, loss of certain academic and professional opportunities.

Drug trafficking generally refers to the importation, exportation, production, sale, distribution and possession of prohibited drugs – a definition that is applied to all types of illegal substances. In its website (, the U.S. DEA has posted a table that shows the federal trafficking penalties for illegal drugs falling under schedules I, II, III, IV, and V. It details the number of years in jail and the amount of fines based on the type and quantity of substance seized, and the number of offenses committed.

Criminal defense law firms, such as Truslow and Truslow, know that the effects of a conviction can ruin a person’s future even years after his/her conviction and despite having completed the terms of his/her sentence. Thus, though a person may be caught with illegal drugs in his/her possession, he/she stays innocent until proven guilty. Due to this, he/she is very much entitled to the most competent legal defense available which can help prove that he/she may not really be guilty of a crime after all.

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What to Do in Case of a Slip and Fall Accident

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

What to Do in Case of a Slip and Fall Accident

Slip and fall is a very common type of accident in the U.S. that causes injuries to people, from simple bruises to fractured bones. Most of those who are most prone to slip and fall accidents are people aged 55 or older and the most common injuries they suffer are fractured hips or spinal cord injury. In some instances, some falls are bad enough, causing head or neck injuries which lead to death.

Records from the National Safety Council’s (NSC) Injury Facts reveal more than 8 million slip and fall accidents in the U.S. every year. One common thought about slip and fall accidents is that this accident is the fault of victims themselves – a result of their not being careful. On the contrary, slip and fall accidents can be the fault of property owners, like landlords, business owners or homeowners who have a responsibility to keep their premises safe at all times. As explained in the website of the law firm Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A., there are far too many property owners who fail to maintain safety on their estate or warn guests of any dangers that may be present, resulting in unsuspecting visitors suffering serious and sometimes fatal injuries. Thus, when property owners fail to uphold their responsibilities and others suffer harm as a result, they should be held accountable for the effects of their negligence and carelessness.

Slip and fall accidents can can occur in shopping malls, parking lots, playgrounds, workplaces, hospitals, churches, restaurants, food courts, swimming pool areas, and so forth. Employees who suffer work-related slip and fall injuries can file a compensation claim with their state’s Worker’s Compensation office; however, if the accident occurs in a public or privately owned property, it may be possible for the injured person to file a lawsuit against the owner of the private property or against whoever has the responsibility in the maintenance of a public place.

Injured victims of slip and fall accidents should realize, however, that they must be able to prove that the property owner is the one at fault for their accident for them to be able to claim compensatory damages. It will prove totally useful, especially during a civil lawsuit, if the injured victim has a record of all important circumstances surrounding their accident, including its cause, like slippery tiles or flooring, wet or icy floor, narrow stairs, unnoticeable changes in flooring levels, torn carpeting, or cracked or broken flooring. Equally important are photos and medical proof of the injuries sustained and account of witness, if possible. Going to a highly-skilled personal injury lawyer or premises liability lawyer to seek legal assistance would be the next best move.

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Traumatic Brain Injuries

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Imagine if in the blink of an eye, you were completely dependent on another person. Returning to work would be a difficult journey. Your lack of wages coupled with expensive medical bills is burdening your family. This is the type of situation you could find yourself in after a traumatic brain injury.

According to the personal injury lawyers of Spiros Law, traumatic brain injury, commonly known as TBI, is caused by a sudden or serious impact to a person’s head.  Accidents occur and sometimes people make reckless mistakes, but many traumatic brain injuries occur at the hands of others. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there were 824 traumatic brain injuries resulting in eemergency room visits, hospitalization, and death. This type of injury has very extensive physical and financial consequences. If another party is at fault for your injuries, you should make sure that you receive the justice you deserve.

There are many forms of TBI, but the most frequently reported traumatic brain injuries are as follows:

  • Concussion: Most common type of TBI, translates from Latin as the “action of striking things together”
  • Memory loss: A side effect after a TBI occurs, usually results in symptoms of amnesia
  • Contusions: A region of injured tissue or skin within the brain where blood capillaries have been ruptured; a bruise on your brain
  • Hematoma: A solid swelling of clotted blood within the tissues of the brain

These severe injuries completely change day to day life for the victim. It affects their job and their loved ones. The issue extends far beyond the person who is actually affected by the injury. The victim might experience a complete to their lives as they know it, such as losing the ability to walk, losing control of their motor skills, being unable to feed and dress themselves, and other dramatic changes.

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What is the Difference Between Tax Evasion and Tax Avoidance?

Posted by on Oct 19, 2015 in Criminal Laws | 0 comments

Tax evasion and tax avoidance tend to be misconstrued by a mass audience, thanks to the similarities in the connotations. To evade something is to escape it and to avoid something is to stay away from it. Those are pretty much the same thing, right?

That is where most people go wrong – and this is a mistake that could very well result into a criminal conviction.

One of these terms is perfectly legal while the other is a federal offense. Tax evasion is willfully falsifying records in order to refrain from paying taxes or not paying taxes entirely. Tax avoidance is the difficult but legal way some people can avoid paying a large tax. There are many financial tricks and techniques in order to save money through lawful tax avoidance.

Evasion is illegal through the means of falsities. Tax evasion is also known as tax fraud and there are many ways to commit this crime such as unlawfully applying for benefits or deductions that you are not eligible for or not complying with the submission of your income report. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are not too keen to let this pass and so, if you are accused of tax evasion for actions that constitute as legal tax avoidance, it is so important to immediately consult with a defense attorney before giving any sort of statement.

Chances are that, if you have been approached by IRS agents on the grounds of tax evasion, there is a high probability that you have already been monitored for a long time. That gives you quite the disadvantage in terms of preparation. However, it is well within your constitutional rights to refuse to answer questioning without the counsel of your legal team.

It is then recommended to contact your chosen legal team immediately as soon as you are questioned for tax evasion.

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