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Nursing home sepsis should never happen

As your loved one's health declined, you made the painful decision to find a nursing facility where the staff could closely monitor and tend to the needs of this special person in your life. This was an act of trust, and you expected that your loved one would receive quality care, especially if he or she was bedridden or limited in the ability to care for his or her own needs.

The tragic fact is that thousands of nursing home residents in West Virginia and other states end up hospitalized after infections turn septic. Because of the already fragile health of these patients, many do not survive the septic infections, even after aggressive treatment. Is your loved one at risk of spending his or her the last days of life suffering because of a negligent nursing home staff?

Alcohol affects the body longer than people think

Perhaps you had a couple of drinks with friends after work. You also had some half-off appetizers during Happy Hour and a glass of water. You may think that makes it safe for you to drive, especially if you stopped drinking about an hour before driving home.

In reality, you could still be considered legally drunk even if you don't feel as though you are. Your blood can only metabolize alcohol so fast, and if you have more than one drink an hour, your body can't keep up. You may be among other West Virginia residents who don't realize that alcohol can remain in your system longer than you think.

What types of distraction make West Virginia's roads dangerous?

Distracted driving is a problem not only in West Virginia but in every other state as well. There are any things that can take a driver's attention from the task at hand, including technology that now comes standard in many cars. Despite the many things that can distract, drivers are still responsible for making smart and safe decisions behind the wheel. 

It may be beneficial for you to learn about ways you can protect your interests and stay safe on the road. Statistics about distracted driving are sobering, and if you suffered injuries in a collision, it is possible that you are the victim of distracted driving. It is possible for victims of this type of negligent and reckless behavior to hold liable parties accountable and seek appropriate restitution for their suffering.

Which type of disability benefits is the right choice for you?

Disability benefits are available to certain individuals who are unable to work due specific types of medical conditions or mental impairments. If you cannot work because of your current physical or mental state, you could have a rightful claim to these benefits. It is helpful to understand eligibility requirements and which type of disability benefits is right for you.

The two types of disability benefits are Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance. West Virginia readers may know there are distinct differences between the two, and there are different requirements when applying for either of them. Before you move forward with your claim, you will find it beneficial to understand your rights and the specific options available to you.

6 safety tips for driving after dark

Driving at night is a common activity that you and many others carry out. While you may feel confident in your driving abilities, you may want to remember that driving after dark presents more dangers for any driver than when driving during the day. Just the lack of visibility can cause a number of hazards.

Of course, you likely cannot limit your driving to daylight hours only, and you probably do not want to do that either. Still, you also do not want to end up causing an accident because you did not inform yourself of the risks of night driving and the ways that you could help yourself be safe while on the road after dark.

Did your disability claim come back denied? You have options

If you are unable to work and earn a living because of an illness or injury, you could be eligible for benefits through a Social Security disability claim. These benefits can help you cover some of your losses from your inability to work, but they are not always easy to obtain. In fact, many initial claims come back denied.

A denied claim is common, and many West Virginia applicants have to continue their fight for benefits. If you need to take the next steps after receiving notice of a denied claim, you may find it beneficial to first seek help regarding your legal options. This can be a complex process, but you do not have to fight alone.

Drivers can prevent rear-end collisions

You look into your rearview mirror and see the vehicle behind you barreling toward you. Surely the driver will stop in time. Right? You may not be a good judge of speed, but it appears to you that the vehicle isn't slowing down.

You tap your brake lights in an attempt to alert the driver behind you that you are either slowing or stopped, but it doesn't seem to be working. You may have time to come to the realization that you have nowhere to go and that the vehicle behind you isn't going to stop. All you can do is brace for impact and hope for the best.

What types of restitution can I get from my injury claim?

A serious accident in West Virginia can change your life and leave you with expensive medical bills and other costs that can affect your family for years to come. If you have valid grounds to move forward with a personal injury claim, you would be wise to ensure that you seek the appropriate amount of damages to cover all of your losses.

The specific damages you can get from an accident claim depend on the nature of your injuries, your accident case and other factors. A complete evaluation of your case can help you understand your specific legal options and help you understand how to maximize your civil claim.

Head injuries from accidents may be more serious than they appear

If you suffered injuries in a car accident in West Virginia, you know that you may not fully understand the true impact of your collision until days or weeks later. The full effect of your collision may not be immediately evident. In many cases, head injuries that did not seem serious ultimately end up being quite serious.

Head injuries are a common type of car accident injury, and the way they affect accident victims can vary on a case-by-case basis. The symptoms of a concussion can linger for weeks or months, affecting your ability to work, drive and live a normal life. It is dangerous to underestimate the serious nature of any type of head injury.

Have you noticed these signs of nursing home neglect?

When a loved one falls ill, suffers severe mental decline or otherwise becomes in need of extended care, you certainly want to make sure he or she receives the proper care. While you may wish that you could help provide that care, your own life and obligations may not allow you the time and energy to do so. As a result, a nursing home facility often becomes the next best option.

Many people go into nursing homes every year to receive the care and attention their conditions require. Of course, it can feel difficult to place the care of someone you love into the hands of other people. However, remembering that these staff members are professionals may have helped you feel more at ease. Unfortunately, over time, you may have noticed some concerning aspects that led to you suspect neglect.

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