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December 2015 Archives

What do I do if I think my elderly family member has been abused?

Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s each year, many Pennsylvania families take the time they do not regularly have to visit elderly loved ones living in nursing homes and care centers. Such visits are the highlight of residents’ holiday season and after everyone says their goodbyes, seniors gather round to share all of the news and achievements of their kids and grandkids with their friends.

New trucking log protocol meant to reduce dangers

Truck drivers in Pennsylvania and across the United States now have to be aware of new federal trucking regulations regarding the amount of time they spend on the road and their trucking log. A new rule has been implemented that requires truck drivers to keep their logbook electronically rather than by hand. This went into effect in December of 2015 and is meant to reduce the possibility of a driver manipulating the amount of time they spend on the road.

Too scared for school? The aftereffects of bullying

While few kids "love" getting up each morning to skidattle their way to school, most do enjoy the time that they get to spend with their friends each day. Sadly, however, this bonding time with friends each day doesn't happen to every kid. In fact, as many of us know from our own school experiences, some kids' school days are filled with tears and torment. This is exactly what one girl, who shared her story with the world, wants everyone to know.

What's wrong with Pennsylavania's child-abuse reporting system?

As parents, there is nothing more important than insuring that our children are healthy and safe. This responsibility is taken so seriously that our government has departments that oversee and investigate accusations and reports of child abuse and neglect. Over the past couple years, the state of Pennsylvania has seen a lot of changes in the laws involving child safety. However, how do we know if the new procedures put in place are really effective?

What are the common types and signs of elder abuse?

One of the most difficult decisions a family in Pennsylvania and across the nation is to place an elderly loved one in a nursing home. This can be for a number of reasons from an inability to care for the person or due to finances. While most facilities care for their patients well, nursing home patients are extremely vulnerable to various forms of abuse by nursing home staff. It is imperative that families know how to recognize nursing home abuse so it can be stopped.

Philadelphia hit-and-run accident injures police officer

People from all walks of life can become injured in car accident. One moment an individual may be taking their usual drive to work, the next moment they may find themselves on the shoulder of a highway with a wrecked vehicle and an intense pain in their neck. Whether it is a spine, brain. or other type of injury that results from an accident, victims have legal rights, including seeking compensation from those who harmed them. Attorneys are available to help these victims make sense of what their rights are and advise how to best act on them. One man may now need to consider his legal options.

New Jersey Task Force to Investigate the Prevention of Sexual Assault on Campus

The state of New Jersey has created a new task force dedicated to the investigation and prevention of sexual assault on campus. The members of the 12 person panel will include representatives from law enforcement, colleges and the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Read more.

A look at medical malpractice cases

Philadelphia residents likely go to hospitals expecting to get treatment that will eventually help them get better. Not many go into a healthcare facility expecting to leave in worse shape than when they arrived. Unfortunately, though, this very situation can happen to patients who become victims of medical malpractice. Far too often, healthcare providers act carelessly, having devastating results for patients. When this occurs, victims and their families may wish to pursue a medical malpractice case.

Woman and child injured in Philadelphia car accident

Car accidents can happen to anyone. Unfortunately, there is no way to control the actions of other drivers on the road. Because of this, it is impossible to predict who will become involved in a car wreck. Many times, these crashes are caused by the actions of a negligent driver, and there are many ways in which a driver can act negligently. They can text while driving, drink alcohol before getting behind the wheel, or drive well above the speed limit. Regardless of the type of negligence involved, victims in these types of car accidents may suffer serious harm and should therefore be aware that they have legal rights.

Auto accident statistics show rise from 2014 to 2015

A recent study from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that fatal traffic accidents rose by 8 percent in the first half of 2015. This has led to the administrator of the NHTSA to try and develop ways to lower the number of human errors that are a cause to these accidents.

What are the first steps following a car accident?

Philadelphia residents who have been in a car accident know about the possible confusion that can result following a crash. Yet, many may not know what to do after such an accident occurs. There are often many things rushing through the minds of car accident victims. Sometimes, these victims may experience shock, and this shock might leave them in a state where it is difficult to take action. This is why it is often helpful to know what post-wreck actions are appropriate before a car accident occurs.

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