Personal-Injury Attorney News: Nursing-Home Abuse Roundup

The National Center on Elder Abuse reports that approximately 10 percent of the population older than 60 is suffering some form of abuse or neglect. Abuse is especially prevalent in nursing homes where family members visit seldom or not at all. Elderly dementia patients are the group most at risk because caregivers know their victims have no way of reporting abuse.

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Distracted Driver Kills Cyclist, and More Accident-Lawyer News

It’s difficult to grasp just how dangerous texting and driving is until you hear the statistics in the United States. The Daily Helmsman reports that distracted drivers kill approximately nine people every day.

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Can I Appeal After a Medical Malpractice Suit, and Other Personal-Injury Lawyer FAQs

During any personal-injury lawsuit, it’s natural to have many questions. The applicable laws are often very confusing and require years of study to fully understand. That’s just one of the reasons you should hire a lawyer.

Your personal-injury lawyer is there to help you make legal decisions that are based on an in-depth understanding of the law, as well as on experience gained through many years in the courtroom.

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Accident-Lawyer News: Police Determine No Fault in Crash

After any car accident causes injuries or a significant amount of property damage, local police conduct a thorough investigation to determine whether or not to make arrests and issue citations. Even if they don’t take any further action, these reports are particularly useful for any drivers involved who wish to file a personal-injury lawsuit.

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Accident-Lawyer News: Hit-And-Run Roundup

Hit and runs have become an epidemic in the United States. Although there is no central location for hit-and-run car accident statistics, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that one in five pedestrian deaths involves a hit and run. The AAA Foundation believes that the number of drivers who leave the scene of an accident each year is increasingly dramatically.

 

One look at the local news confirms these suspicions. In Tennessee, hit-and-run drivers who cause property damage face fines, 30 days in jail and a possible license suspension. However, those drivers who cause an injury or death spend up to one year in jail and must pay harsher fines. The prosecutor also has the option to charge the suspect with a felony if police determine that the driver knew that the accident caused the injury.

Many people criticize these laws, complaining that the penalties are not severe enough, giving drunk drivers incentive to leave the scene and sober up to avoid a DUI. Fortunately, victims of hit-and-run drivers have the option to file civil lawsuits to find justice and recover compensation for their injuries.

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3 Ways To Use Your Smartphone After A Crash

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, so this post should come with a word of caution: it’s never safe to use your smartphone while driving. That said, your phone can prove very useful after you’ve been in a car accident with a distracted driver.

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Reckless Drivers Kill TN Teens

It’s difficult to fathom the amount of grief that a parent experiences after losing a child, especially when a negligent driver is to blame in a hit-and-run accident. Two sets of Tennessee parents face the impossible task of burying their children this month after preventable car accidents took the lives of a 19-year-old and a 14-year-old.

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Personal-Injury Lawyer Regarding Nursing Home Abuse

Most personal-injury lawsuits center on accidents where negligence played a role. Few involve any maliciousness or premeditated acts. However, one of the more unconscionable types of a personal-injury lawsuit regards nursing home abuse.

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Tennessee-Based Hospital Sued

Losing a loved one is devastating no matter the circumstances, but losing them because of a doctor’s negligence or recklessness is infuriating. To make matters worse, doctors almost never face criminal charges even if their actions are extremely dangerous, which means that your only recourse to find justice is through a medical-malpractice lawsuit.

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In Tennessee, suing a doctor is now much easier said than done. Lobbyists relentlessly—and successfully—pressured the legislature to make malpractice lawsuits difficult to win for patients. That said, many cases still stand a good chance of winning. You may be wondering how you can determine whether or not your case is worth pursuing.

At Grimmett Law Firm, PLLC, we believe that you deserve to know whether or not you have a strong case before paying a dime, which is why we offer a free consultation to anyone considering a medical-malpractice lawsuit. To speak with a personal-injury lawyer in Nashville about your case, call 1-877-900-4878.

A Tennessee Medical Company Faces A Medical-Malpractice Lawsuit After Patient Dies

Philly.com reports that the family of E. Steven Collins recently filed a lawsuit against the hospital where he died. Last September, Collins walked into the hospital complaining of difficulty breathing, pain and pressure in his chest and clammy skin. His doctor discovered that Collins had very high blood pressure and ordered an electrocardiogram.

Any experienced doctor would look at those symptoms and know that Collins was experiencing a heart attack. However, his doctor neglected to consult a heart specialist and decided to treat Collins only for the high blood pressure.

Unfortunately, the drug that he administered lowered Collins’s blood pressure to unsafe limits, and the strain on his heart only increased. The hospital staff claims that they planned to transfer him to a medical center better equipped for treatment, but he died three hours later without receiving any treatment for his heart attack.

His Family Claims That He Could Have Survived If The Situation Had Been Handled Differently

When a person experiences a heart attack, it is vital that they receive blood-thinning medication as soon as possible, which is why doctors advise you to chew an Aspirin if you ever suffer a heart attack.

Had the emergency room doctor called for a cardiologist, Collins may still be alive today. He leaves behind a loving wife and two children. His widow filed the lawsuit, naming the hospital, the doctor and the Tennessee-based medical company.

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury while being treated at a hospital, we can help you decide if pursuing a lawsuit is the right next step. If it is, we will gather evidence to support your claim and find expert witnesses if necessary. To learn more about our services, call 1-877-900-4878.

Elder Abuse And Why It’s Important To Contact A Personal-Injury Lawyer

Nursing-home abuse is one of the most difficult forms of personal injury to track and fix for a variety of reasons. If an elderly person does not have close relatives that visit often, they may have a very difficult time reporting the abuse, especially because contact with the world outside of the nursing home almost always needs to pass though the abuser.

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Also, elder-abuse victims often have physical or mental disabilities, such as Alzheimer’s, that prevent them from alerting anyone about the abuse. Despite these difficulties, one fact is certain: Nursing-home abuse is widespread and needs to be addressed immediately.

The Huffington Post reports that some steps have been taken to address the issue. For instance, the Elder Justice Act was a recent attempt by the federal government to step in and help prevent elder abuse. Under the law, more funding is allocated to Adult Protective Services. Another way to prevent this type of abuse is to develop educational programs that inform the public about the signs and dangers associated with elder neglect and abuse.

A Personal-Injury Lawsuit Is Also A Viable Option For Addressing Abuse That Has Already Occurred

Personal-injury laws were put in place to protect people from injuries that are caused by the negligence or carelessness of another party. Elder abuse and neglect fit under the umbrella of personal-injury law. Filing a lawsuit against abusers can send the message that this behavior is unacceptable. Also, it can directly benefit the victim, who may be entitled to compensation for their injuries.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of elder abuse, we can help you find justice. At Grimmett Law Firm, PLLC, we specialize in helping the victims of negligence stand up for their rights and find the support they need to recover from injuries. If you are in need of a personal-injury lawyer in Nashville, Call Us At 1-877-900-4878 Today!

Neglect Is One Of The Most Prevalent Forms Of Nursing-Home Abuse

The Online Sentinel recently discussed one of the most appalling forms of nursing-home abuse, which is beginning to become common throughout the country. In the past few years, dozens of elderly residents have died because nursing-home staff neglected to attempt CPR. Nursing homes that fail to administer CPR when required are liable for wrongful-death lawsuits and face steep fines from the state government.

According to a ProPublica data analysis, Tennessee has the highest amount of fines charged to nursing homes, reaching more than $5.6 million during the past three years.

At Grimmet Law Firm, PLLC, we pride ourselves on standing up for those who can’t on their own. We will aggressively pursue justice for you in the courtroom, fighting for the compensation you need to recover from your injuries. To speak with an attorney about your case, Call Us At 1-877-900-4878 Today!

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