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Tragedy can occur when loved ones wander from nursing homes

When your parent began to show signs of dementia, it may not have surprised you, especially if Alzheimer's runs in your family. You may have done your best to take care of your dad or mom while you could, knowing that, eventually, he or she would need more extensive attention. Finding a nursing home was a logical solution.

Since 60 percent of those with dementia tend to wander, nursing homes with Alzheimer's units typically have alarmed doors and other safety precautions in place. That is why the phone call informing you that your parent wandered away may come as a complete shock.

Whiplash and the impact of a neck injury on your daily life

Neck injuries are some of the most common types of injuries suffered in car accidents. Whiplash injures are particularly prevalent, yet people often dismiss this type of injury as minor. While whiplash is not a life-threatening condition, it is serious and can have a major affect on your daily life.

Whiplash injuries can vary significantly in severity and if you recently suffered this type of injury in a car accidnet, it's important to seek medical attention. Whiplash can be tricky and sometimes the full impact of this injury isn't realized until days or weeks after a crash.

Will your work history affect your disability claim?

If you are unable to work due to a significant medical condition, you likely have major concerns regarding your ability to support your family and pay for daily expenses. At this point, you may wish to file for Social Security benefits, but without a qualifying work history, you may not be able to secure benefits through Social Security Disability Insurance.

Fortunately, you are not out of options. West Virginia applicants who are unable to secure SSDI benefits may be able to apply for another type of support, Supplemental Security Income. Like other types of benefits, the application process can be quite complex, and you may require assistance to secure the benefits to which you have a rightful claim.

Elder abuse in nursing homes: Fight back for your loved ones

Your West Virginia family may face the need to place a loved one in a nursing facility due to a mental or physical condition that requires extensive, knowledgeable care. While many of these facilities provide excellent care and compassionate service for their patients, that is not always the case. Unfortunately, some nursing homes are guilty of neglect and other forms of elder abuse.

If you suspect that a loved one who lives in a nursing home is currently facing abuse of any kind or has in the past, you may act on his or her behalf. Elder abuse is inexcusable and reprehensible, and those responsible are liable for any emotional and physical trauma that occurs as a result.

It's not all in your head: The true impact of a concussion

Did you suffer a head injury in a car accident? One of the leading types of injuries that West Virginia drivers and passengers suffer in car accidents is a concussion, a type of traumatic brain injury. Despite the fact that any type of damage to the brain is serious, these types of injuries often come with the incorrect perception of being relatively minor. Contrary to what you might think you know about concussions, your injury is actually a big deal.

Concussion victims often feel that they have not suffered any type of major injury because they may not feel the effects of it until days or weeks later. A delay in symptoms might mean that you don't fully understand the seriousness of your injury, or the extent to which it can affect your life right away. However, this does not diminish your rights as an accident victim.

A denied disability claim is not the end of the road

The inability to work, provide for your West Virginia family and pursue a successful and fulfilling career is frustrating, but you may find yourself even more discouraged to learn that your application for disability benefits did not receive approval. This is certainly a setback, but this is not the end of the road for you.

Fighting back against a denied claim can be a daunting prospect. Where do you go from here? Who can help you appeal and eventually secure the benefits you need? The road ahead is complex, and you would be wise to first secure the assistance of an attorney experienced in denied Social Security Disability (SSD) claims.

Is your medical device subject to a recall?

Like others here in West Virginia, you might rely on an implanted medical device to live a normal life after an injury or physical condition. The advances made in medical technology sometimes come with a price, however. Medical devices in particular could wreak havoc on your body since mistakes could occur during the manufacturing process.

When such manufacturing mistakes are discovered, the manufacturing company and the Food and Drug Administration issue recalls to deal with the defective product. In addition, patients and medical professionals also receive notices.

You've done everything right, but your insurance won't pay up

The worst time to discover your car insurance is inadequate is when you have had an accident and the insurance company denies your claim. You're probably already feeling some stress about the situation, and perhaps you're still recovering from your injuries. Now you have to figure out why your insurance company is refusing to pay what you deserve.

Don't let a car accident wreck your car and your credit rating.

In your rearview mirror, you noticed the driver's headlights entering tailgating territory. A quick feathering of your brakes did nothing to convince the driver to put some distance between his car and yours. While you may have anticipated the crash that ensued, you may have not predicted how you'd respond after the collision: fear of bodily harm, concern for costs associated with car repair and anxiety over an unplanned shift in the day's schedule. Most drivers experience this range of emotions after having been involved in an accident; however, the fact that this may be a common reaction doesn't make it any less personal.

While drivers may not be able to control how they'll respond to fender bender, they can prepare for the event by equipping themselves with knowledge so that their emotions don't dictate the terms of the accident resolution. If you have been following our blog, you are familiar with steps you should and shouldn't take after being involved in a car accident. Remaining on the scene of the accident, contacting police and exchanging insurance information are steps that should be taken to ensure that accident is properly documented. Additionally, if you don't want to go out of pocket for the accident, you will want a copy of the accident report to ensure that your insurance provides coverage.

When negligence causes you to be injured in a car accident

Sometimes, a car accident happens from being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Most of the time, even if this is the case, the accident took place because of another driver's negligence. You could be going about your day, driving along, and get into a serious accident at the fault of another person on the road. You may have suffered serious injuries, leaving you worried about how you will recover, return to work and replace or fix your vehicle.

Under West Virginia negligence laws, if you were injured in an accident due to someone else's negligence, that party is responsible for the damages. If you were partially at fault, you can only recover damages from the other party for injuries that were caused by their actions or negligence.

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