Are Nursing Homes the Safest Places for our Loved Ones?

Putting a loved one in a nursing home is the toughest decision a family can ever make.  We research on line, ask friends, nurses and visit the facility to make sure we are making the best decision.  We would like to believe that when we spend time picking out a nursing home for our relative or loved one to go stay and live in for the rest of their lives that they are going to be well taken care of and looked after by properly trained and staffed nursing homes. We also would like to believe that they will receive the proper attention and medical care whenever such care and attention is needed.  Unfortunately, many Nursing Homes put profits over patients.  No matter where you live, nursing home and elderly abuse are a real problem in any state including New Jersey.  It is important to understand the reasons for elderly abuse and nursing home abuse before we can begin to solve the problem. The following is list of some possible reasons for this type of abuse:

·         Not enough staff

 This may be due to not being able to pay people enough for the amount of work they do, or people left and went elsewhere to be closer to relatives, or the market for this type of work may be bad in some areas over other areas.

 

·         Under qualified employees

Reasons for this might be that the employees never went through school for proper training, never received proper on the job training or attended training classes.

 

·         Overworked employees

If there are not enough staff as mentioned before, the employees a nursing home does have may be working longer hours and may be tired, or even feeling ill when they come to work. This leads to employees not paying enough attention which can lead to abuse.

 

·         Stress and Frustration

If an employee is stressed or frustrated on how to help a certain patient, this may lead to improper care and abuse. Training classes should be provided for these situations.

Some common signs of elderly abuse may include:

·         Unexplained injuries or bruises

·         Not receiving the proper doges of medications

·         Cuts or welts

·         poor nutrition and dehydration

·         Unsanitary conditions

·        Infections

·        Sudden death 

  •  Bed sores and pressure ulcers 

 

Sadly, these problems occur every day in even the nicest nursing homes and living facilities. There are different types of abuse. These can be physical, emotional, neglect, abandonment, emotional, or even financial. By putting profits over patient care, nursing home make millions for their investors while providing inadequate care.

The number of people suffering from elder abuse was 2.5 million in 1991, according to some studies from the National Center on Elder Abuse and this number will keep rising unless people become more aware of the problem and how to fix it.

 

If you or someone you love, you believe may have be a victim of this type of abuse, please call: (856) 833-0600 or contact a nursing home attorney for help today. 

 

Do not be afraid to speak up and get the help you need for your loved ones; they deserve the best care possible and may be depending on you to help them fight for their rights.

 

For more information on nursing home abuse and what can be done visit:

 

Got to the New Jersey Nursing Home Directory for a list of deficieny reports on 361 Nursing Homes in New Jersey.

 

Another great resource is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services web site which lists Health Care tools and research.

 

 

CBS Report Brings to Light the Ugly Truth on the Yamaha Rhino

A CBS Special Report has finally brought to light the outrage surrounding the Yamaha Rhino. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), more than 59 riders have been killed in accidents involving the Yamaha Rhino, an all terrain vehicle guilty of a seriously flawed design. A staggering 440 wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits are pending against Yamaha for accidents involving the Rhino, and that does not include lawsuits they have already decided to settle. For years, Yamaha has done their best to avoid public humiliation and increased legal pressure regarding the Rhino, however recent pressure from the CPSC has brought the matter to the attention of the public.

The consequences of poor design and lack of safety standards applied to the Rhino has had staggering consequences. Hundreds upon hundreds of cases have surfaced describing accidents involving crushed legs and arms, amputations, head trauma, and in far too many cases, even death.

So where does the problem stem from? Thanks to the extensive work of plaintiff’s attorneys and the experts that aide them, two fatal flaws have been discovered in the design of the Rhino. Almost all accidents involving the Rhino result from rollovers and full or partial ejection from the vehicle. Rollovers are reported to have been the result of a high center of gravity mixed with a shallow wheel base. This has resulted in rollovers even at low speeds and on flat terrain. Once the vehicle has begun to roll, injury becomes almost unavoidable, as the Rhino contains no safety restraint system, and does not include any doors which keep operators and their limbs inside the vehicle during a rollover. The results of these two design flaws has obviously been catastrophic.

Despite the overwhelming evidence, Yamaha’s response has been to deny until death. After being pressured by the CPSC to recall the product, Yamaha responded by announcing a , “free repair program,” to improve the Rhino’s handling and stability-seemingly a recall in everything but name. The company agreed to install spacers on the rear axles of the vehicles to make them a few inches wider, to remove their rear anti-sway bars, and install protective half-doors on Rhinos that don’t already have them. Owners who watch a safety video when they bring in their Rhinos will also get a $100 coupon toward purchase of a helmet. Yamaha stressed that the action was not a recall, but a, “voluntary repair program.” By avoiding the term, “recall,” Yamaha is attempting to protect itself from legal punitive damages, which has upset many agency officials and consumers.

While the evidence seems undeniable, Yamaha’s extensive legal team is making life as difficult as possible for the families of wrongfully injured or killed consumers. The problem comes from proving causation. Jurors have to be convinced that it was the design of the ATV, not driver error that caused the accident and resulting injuries. While accident reconstructions and expert testimony clearly point to faulty design, Yamaha’s attorneys have attacked its own customers by alleging improper use and dangerous driving. However, much to Yamaha’s avail, some cases brought regard drivers that are not doing anything irresponsibly. They are not going too fast, traveling on level ground, and not turning hard. They still roll over and because of lack of restraint systems these drivers and passengers are subjected to incredible injuries.

While it appears to be a long and difficult road ahead, the side of consumer safety and protection will eventually prevail. Plaintiff’s attorneys are continuing the fight to have the product entirely recalled and make sure the victims of faulty design are compensated for their pain and suffering. If you or anyone you know owns one of these vehicles, please inform them of the dangers immediately, and advise them to cease using it. Finally, if you, your family, or a friend has been a victim of an accident involving the Yamaha Rhino, please contact an attorney immediately. The only way to get Yamaha to right the situation is to press them legally. Each new case against Yamaha involving the Rhino send the message to corporations that the public demands safety be the top priority of vehicle design.

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