When you engage the services of any attorney, he or she is required -- from a moral as well as a legal standpoint -- to act in your best interests. This is known as a fiduciary duty.
Employers must adhere to the standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, especially as they relate to dangers such as falling from heights, electrocution, trench collapse or being injured by machinery. Employers who fail to comply with basic regulations open themselves to lawsuits as well as significant OSHA fines and sanctions.
When you engage the services of an attorney, you expect someone who is knowledgeable and experienced, someone you can rely on to take the proper steps and pay attention to detail. It is not too much to ask.
Watch for the signs of neglect or abusive treatment. The National Center for Elder Abuse (NCEA) believes that nursing home neglect and abuse is underreported and that research is lagging on the prevalence, the effects and prevention strategies.
When the time came for more care than you could provide to your elderly mother, she preferred to move to a nursing home that was close to the area of town she knew and loved. You toured the facility and felt satisfied it would cover all her needs.
When you think of unsafe driving practices, cell phones and texting probably comes to mind. Or driving in the rain without your headlights on. (Unlike Maryland, not all states require drivers to activate their headlights when they activate their windshield wipers.)
Experts at the National Safety Council expressed alarm at the deaths of nearly 19,000 people reported in traffic accidents across the U.S. during a six-month period in 2015. They see the statistics not as an aberration, but rather as a disturbing trend in the wrong direction.
"Let's be careful out there."We see emergency situations frequently: a fire truck speeding through an intersection, a police officer in pursuit of a suspect, an ambulance heading for the hospital. We pull over to let these vehicles zip by, but what many people do not realize is how often accidents involve emergency vehicles.
One of the potential problems for Metrobus riders is the lack of seatbelts. Lurching starts or sudden stops can cause an injury. You might get hurt in other ways, too, such as walking down the aisle when the bus is in motion or injuring your ankle when stepping off because the bus is not close enough to the curb.
In 2015, the Joint Commission reported that fall-related injuries in health care facilities are a prevalent problem -- and largely preventable. Hundreds of thousands of hospital patients fall each year, and 30 to 50 percent suffer injuries from the fall. A hospital fall can add an average of 6.3 days to a hospital stay on average and increase the hospital bill by $14,000 or more.