Staying Safe In An Assisted Living Facility

Residents of an assisted living facility are always offered a nourishing environment that would provide them with the best during their retirement years. In order to ensure that your senior loved one will have the best experience in their assisted living facility, here are some key pointed to keep to help keep your loved ones safe and secured while staying in their assisted living facility.

First, make sure that the facility that you choose is clean and free of clutter. Make sure the electrical wires and other objects that could cause trips and falls are put away, and remove anything that can become a safety risk to your loved one. Next, see what type of assistance your loved ones need. It’s recommended that you check on your loved ones and observe their daily activities; determine which area they might need assistance with since this will point out which aspect of their life needs assistance. This will greatly help them make their living in the facility easier and more comfortable.

Another concern is the emergency plan, where you have to make sure that there is a comprehensive safety plan that you and your loved one has clear understanding of in case of emergencies. Ensure that you review and (whenever possible) practice these procedures with your senior loved ones so that they wont panic and know what to do in times of danger. Check the detectors, especially in their private rooms, to ensure that they are working properly and should any accident occur, determine whether your loved one can easily reach the call button so that the staff can be alerted of the problem. There are options such as having call button on their neck or wrist if you feel that they really need it.

It is important that you assess and assure that the assisted living facility that you put your senior loved one into not only comfortable and engaging, but also safe. Security is very important feature in assisted living facilities because the residents are all seniors with specific needs. Give comfort and peace of mind to your loved ones by making sure their residence is both enjoyable and protected.

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Living After a Car Accident

Everything feels different after something as terrifying as a car accident. Getting behind a wheel doesn’t feel as casual as it used to be and sometimes, you hold on just a little bit tighter. Driving within the speed limit feels like it’s too fast. When the door closes and you’re speeding down a highway, sometimes it can be too hard to breathe until you can get out and feel safe again.

Some people might tell you that the worst is over once your physical injuries have healed and you can just be on your merry way again right after, no problem. Little do they know that usually, it’s just getting started.

Living after a car accident is always difficult as there is everything to get used to. Out of necessity, someone has to feed you and get you through the motions of the day. There’s also your ability to work as sometimes, this can be hindered by the physical effects of a car accident. But what they don’t tell you is the things that change in your mind’s eye when you look at them.

There are survivors of car accidents who find it difficult to be trapped in enclosed spaces and suffer from severe claustrophobia. Some are triggered into panic attacks by the simplest of unexpected triggers such as road bumps, a car horn, the smell of gasoline, or just the sound of tires on asphalt. Many suffer from insomnia or have vivid nightmares from the accident or wake up with wounds on their body that they’d self-inflicted while asleep because they were trying to wake themselves up. Some people suffer then from clinical depression to the point of having suicidal thoughts and tendencies. These are only some of the more classic signs of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

This website points out steps survivors of car accidents can potentially take after the event. In legal terminology, personal injury is a situation wherein a person has suffered injury (physical, emotional, and/or mental) due to the negligent actions of another person. Psychological trauma and mental illness are difficult to treat but with efficient and effective therapy and medication, it can be survived too – despite all the odds.

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Pedestrian Accidents

Dealing with cars as a pedestrian is an unwelcome, but required hazard that comes with walking the sidewalks that are right next to roads. Cars pose a huge threat to pedestrians, making cross walks completely necessary. Even if a pedestrian takes the proper steps to be safe, the size and weight of a car can still cause serious injuries and trauma if an accident takes place. Along with the physical pain caused by these accidents, the emotional and financial strain on a victim is often unmatched by other kinds of collisions.

Under the law, pedestrians have the right of way. When cars fail to abide by this, the consequences can be disastrous. One of the most common causes of a pedestrian-vehicle accident is a car running through a crosswalk, according to the website of Crowe Mulvey. Whether a car was trying to make a red light or was simply being careless, speeding through a crosswalk can cause horrifying collisions. A driver speeding through a school-zone or residential area can have similar effects, as these areas have heavy pedestrian traffic. Parking lots can also see numerous amounts of people walking through the area. If a driver does not take the proper caution in these areas, the chances of an accident increase significantly. Other negligent actions that can cause a pedestrian accident would be the driver texting, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and ignoring traffic signals and signs.

When a pedestrian is involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle, the victim simply has no line of defense against such a large and heavy object. This makes these accidents some of the worst and devastating we see. No matter the cause, the consequences can be disastrous and life-changing for those involved.

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Breaking Down the Debate: Is Zofran Safe for Pregnant Women?

A recent news report by Valley News Live brought attention to a 2-year-old girl named Arianah Reisen who was born with a congenital heart defect requiring her to undergo surgery. Her mother, Kylee Riesen, points to the drug Zofran as the main culprit. She tells the news outlet of the time she was prescribed the anti-nausea drug used to treat chemotherapy patients when she suffered from severe morning sickness.

Arianah’s mother isn’t alone in making this assertion. The Zofran lawyers of Williams Kherkher point out on their website that they have been investigating several other cases that show the possible links between the occurrence of serious fetal injuries and the use of Zofran during pregnancy. Aside from congenital heart defects, they found that Zofran could also lead to cleft lip and palate.

With potential risks like these, it’s easy to wonder why Zofran is still a common choice for morning sickness medication. A quick Google search will show conflicting messages about the safety of the drug. One news report will assert that Zofran is completely safe, while another will tell readers to be wary of its dangers. Is there a definitive answer that can end this debate and help ease the anxieties of worried mothers-to-be?

Unfortunately, the short answer is no. While there have been plenty of reports circulating about the dangers of Zofran, the medical community has yet to find a conclusive answer that can help settle this debate. A lot of the scientific research examining the links between Zofran and birth defects has yielded different conclusions. For example, a study published by The College of Family Physicians of Canada in 2012 concluded that using the drug resulted in increased risk of major fetal malfunctions. On the other hand, a study commissioned by Danish Medical Research Council in 2013 found no sufficient evidence to link birth-related issues with the drug. In the same year,

Despite the lack of a conclusive answer, it’s best for pregnant women to err on the side of caution. As a safety precaution, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a statement warning the public about potential safety issues concerning the drug. It’s important to note that taking Zofran during pregnancy counts as “off-label use”, meaning it was never approved by the FDA for this specific purpose. Medical professionals suggest alternative treatments to treat their symptoms. If you are suffering from severe morning sickness, talk to your doctor about options aside from Zofran.

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Passion and Integrity in Law: The John Eddie Williams, Jr. Story

Graduating as cum laude from Baylor University in 1976 and as first in his class from Baylor University School of Law in 1978, anyone could have expected for John Eddie Williams, Jr. to have just gone the easy route out. Many practitioners of the law have shown more interest in playing the game or making money, but Williams has proven time and time again that justice – even for the little guy – can and will always prevail.

Though tempted by the corporate industry, with first working for an impressive firm that mainly handled a more prestigious clientele made of bigger companies, Williams found more solace in starting up his own firm so that he can defend “the good guys” again from the bad guys. Since he grew up with a father and a grandfather who were both union longshoremen, he has always had a compassionate heart that called to defend the rights of individual workers who might have been wronged by these bigger corporations.

His efforts have been fruitful as he even represented the state of Texas against the tobacco industry, which resulted into the largest settlement known in the history of the United States of America. He has also handled cases that involve pharmaceutical defects or catastrophic injuries. Williams even handles major plant explosion cases, his service then allowing for a family to receive $117 million in compensation for the damages done unto them.

Dedicated and unafraid of difficult cases, Williams goes on record to say: “The tougher and bigger the opposition, the better for our firm; we get completely fired up for a good legal battle.”

A man of the people and for the people, he and his wife, Sheridan, make regular donations with their community, and more notably have made largest contributions to the almost 100 year old caused, the Houston Chronicle Goodfellows Fund, over the last two years.

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The Reality of Motorcycle Accidents

Most states require motorcycle riders to wear regulation helmets, bright clothing, and safety gear when they go out on the open road because they are much more vulnerable to accidents than regular motorists or even pedestrians. This is primarily because aside from the lack of infrastructure protection, motorcycles can go at high speeds, exponentially increasing the operator’s chances of a brutal accident and serious injury, if not death. As pointed out on the Evans Moore, LLC website, motorcycle riders are statistically more than 30 times more likely to get injured or die in a vehicular accident than a motorist. That’s a sobering thought.

What is more sobering is that no matter how diligent and careful a motorcycle operator is, he or she is virtually at the mercy of the other vehicles they encounter on the road. If a motorist sideswipes a motorcycle rider, accidentally or deliberately, you can be sure that the motorcycle rider will go down.

Consider the statistics in Tennessee: there were 134 motorcycle fatalities in 2013, only 6 of which were not wearing a helmet. This is a slight improvement over 2012, where 139 died, 8 of which were not wearing helmets. This indicates that motorcyclists in Tennessee are generally careful, and yet they still fall victim to accidents. In one recent incident, a man and his wife on a motorcycle were struck by a motorist who failed to yield. The motorist sustained no injuries but the motorcyclists sustained serious injuries which eventually proved fatal for the man.

It is tragic but the reality is every time you mount a motorcycle, there is a high risk that you will not get off on your own steam, whether through your own fault or another party’s negligence. If you sustained serious injuries because of the latter, you may at least be able to get compensated for your pain and suffering. Consult with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer in Tennessee for legal advice and assistance.

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Hit and Run Injury Claims and Civil Liability

Hit and incidents are not only considered regular traffic accidents, there are legal consequences that can be severe for those who commit them. In order to understand the legal consequences of a hit and run accident, Williams Kherkher explains that when motorists are involved in any type of traffic accident, they have certain duties that they are required to perform. Motorists who have been in an accident that involved an injury – even minimum ones – are generally required by the state to contact emergency services, although this all depends on the state laws. There are others that would require more actions, such as transporting the injured victim to the hospital.

Serious injuries and property damages also require the uninjured driver to call the authorities. Just as important is the need to exchange contact and insurance information, and these would require both parties are at the scene. Those who have injured due to hit and run accidents will have the right to recover punitive damages from the offending party. Pursuing a personal injury lawsuit against the reckless driver is the only way for an injured plaintiff to recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages like pain and suffering that was directly caused by the reckless actions of the defendant.

The amount for punitive damages is not only made in order to further punish the defendant, it is generally computed in accordance to the defendant’s lack of morality. As direct punishment for the defendant’s actions, the punitive damages would depend on the income; the richer the defendant is, the higher the punitive damage will be given. Even when the accident is not committed intentionally, if the defendant fled the scene of the accident, they will be held liable for punitive damages especially if it was proven in court that fleeing the scene was indeed intentional.

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Marseille: Pigs in the City

Marseille is being overrun by wild boars from a nearby national park.

The boar population of Calanques national park has been growing steadily as the animals are prohibited from being hunted and their population has not been culled in more than three years. The boar population has also been blessed by the fact that there are no natural predators to these boars in their protected home in the park.

The boars have been problematic for the city. Wild boars have been seen knocking over trash bins and making a general mess of things for weeks now. One woman was even bitten by a boar while trying to feed the beast. This is unsustainable and the government needs to change something. The boars are a noisy, messy nuisance. In all seriousness, we should all be eating boar for dinner for the next few weeks. A delicious solution!

Read more from The Telegraph.

Down with the pigs!

Give me back my city!

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Paxil Lawsuits

The first whiff of major trouble that UK-based GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) would have with its paroxetine-based drug Paxil was when a qui tam (whistleblower) lawsuit was filed by four of its employees, including quality manager Cheryl Eckard in 2004. While there had been ripples in the water prior to this, such as the successful Tobin case, this started the ball rolling not only for Paxil but also for other GSK products, finally resulting in a $3 billion bill from the U.S. Justice Department.

The qui tam suit alleged that GSK made false claims of the safety and effectiveness of products included in Medicare and other federal health programs. Eckard had warned GSK about the problems with the manufacture of the products but instead of fixing the problems, she was fired for her efforts. GSK settled the case, paying $750 million in civil and criminal penalties.

Barely had the qui tam case been filed when GSK again came under federal fire for its aggressive marketing campaign of Paxil as a non-addictive drug. Based on numerous reports that Paxil in fact caused withdrawal symptoms prompted the judge to order GSK to cease and desist making misleading and inaccurate claims to the public.

In 2008, GSK was again hauled into court to face allegations of concealing vital information about the adverse effects of Paxil from the government, physicians and patients. There is documentary evidence that GSK knew that paroxetine increased the risk of suicide by 8 times way back in 1989, but only alerted the public in 2006. The investigation leading to this allegation began in 2003, when reports of Paxil-induced teenage suicides began coming in. Although Paxil is not approved for pediatric use, GSK had been actively marketing the drug to physicians for child depression. In 2004, the Food and Drug Administration required Paxil to have a black box warning regarding the risk of suicide for teens.

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Redness, Vessels & Rosacea: Symptoms, Sub-types are Treatment

While many individuals worry about wrinkles and smile lines or nasolabial folds, both of which are part of the aging process, so many more, especially those who have reached the age of 30, are concerned with the chronic and more likely life-disruptive facial skin disorder that is called Rosacea.

Many individuals, aged above 30 years old, begin to notice that they blush or flush more often. Surprisingly, however, the redness, which become more persistent and ruddier overtime, also tend to affect not only their cheeks, but their chin, nose, forehead, scalp, ears, neck and chest too. Worse, besides the redness, blood vessels, likewise, begin to become more visible.

This facial redness is the first sign of rosacea, which usually affects fair skinned individuals who easily flush or blush. And while women develop it more than men, it is in men that the symptoms of the disorder are diagnosed to be more severe. In some instances, even the eyes become affected, causing feelings of eye irritation and appearing bloodshot or watery.

Leaving rosacea untreated can lead to the development of pimples and bumps; it can also make the nose grow swollen and bumpy, a condition called rhinophyma. The cause of rosacea is unknown, thus no cure is known for it; it can be controlled, however, and its signs and symptoms, reversed or controlled.

One of the most effective ways of treating the facial skin disorder is through Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) photofacial treatment. Treatment of rosacea depends on the patient’s skin type and usually requires 3 – 5 sessions that are spaced 4 weeks apart from each other – this is for optimal redness reduction. While each session takes only minutes, the effect can last for months or years, depending on how well the patient complies with the use of recommended sunscreens.

Those who suspect that they may have the facial skin disorder are advised to see a dermatologist an aesthetic doctor for the appropriate treatment. According to a consensus arrived at by a committee of 17 medical experts from around the world, rosacea has primary and secondary symptoms. Its primary signs include flushing, persistent redness, bumps and pimples and visible blood vessels, while its secondary symptoms may include eye irritation, burning or stinging, dry appearance of facial skin, plaques or red patches, skin thickening, facial swelling, and redness on the scalp, ears, neck and/or chest.

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