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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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