How can a crush injury change your future?

Ohio residents who have gotten into car crashes may be dealing with a wide array of injuries. One particularly severe type is known as a crush injury. Depending on certain factors, these injuries and their complications have the ability to permanently alter your quality of life. 

As stated by Medline Plus, crush injuries can vary greatly in intensity and scope. Defined as any injury in which pressure is applied to body parts for a period of time, a crush injury can be the result of a number of different incidents. In a car crash, the most likely causes of these injuries are related to you being trapped between your car and the ground, or between two or more vehicles. 

Crush injuries have a number of harrowing complications and correlated injuries. This includes bruising, lacerations, fractures or breaks, and the chance of secondary infection. There is also something called compartment syndrome that people with crush injuries may suffer from. Compartment syndrome involves the death or permanent damage of nerves, soft tissue, blood vessels and so on. 

In particularly extreme cases, people who have suffered from crush injuries have been forced to have limbs amputated. This is due to the cell death that occurs when oxygenated blood cannot get to an extremity for a long period of time. Additionally, some people find themselves suffering from permanent nerve damage which can lead to a change in sensation or even your ability to move. 

If you have faced any of these issues because of a crush injury received in a crash, compensation might be a possible option for you to look into. 

Examining drug misuse in nursing homes

When parents put an aging parent or relative in an Ohio nursing home, they trust the staff and management to treat their loved one with care, respect and dignity. Sometimes, nursing home staff misuses drugs to keep residents unnecessarily sedated, betraying that trust.

Human Rights Watch took a deep dive into how some nursing home caregivers misuse and abuse drugs. Knowing illegal resident control methods could help prevent instances of nursing home abuse.

Dementia residents

Usually, patients with dementia are the main victims of nursing home drug misuse. Such patients can become unruly and disruptive, making it hard for nursing home staff to adequately care for them. What is worse is that sometimes, staff members do not have permission from residents or their families before they sedate residents.

Federal regulation violation

When nursing home residents are “chemically restrained,” international human rights law deems it degrading, cruel or inhuman. Despite the federal violation, nursing home directors are not always punished for their misdeeds.

The impact of drug misuse

When nursing home staff overmedicates, or unnecessarily medicates, residents, they can sleep through several meals, notes The Washington Post. Deeply sedated residents often seem comatose, displaying no personality or signs of consciousness to friends and family who visit them.

A lack of government intervention

Even when government inspectors give out citations for drug misuse and abuse, nursing home directors and staff do not always change their ways. One reason for this may be the lack of financial penalties after a facility receives a citation.

The best way to determine the level and type of medication nursing home patients need is through an accurate diagnosis. Nursing home residents and their loved ones also need to know the risks involved with medication.

What is defamation?

Sometimes crime is not obvious. While it is clear when a violent crime occurs, crimes, such as defamation, may be trickier to detect. You may think something is not right, but not be quite sure if it is really breaking the law. That is why understanding such crimes is important. You should know how Ohio law defines a crime such as defamation so you can protect against it if it happens to you or avoid doing it if you ever find yourself in a situation where it could happen.

The Ohio State Bar Association explains defamation includes libel and slander, which are two different crimes themselves. Defamation is when someone puts out information about you that is not true and that could damage your reputation. Libel is when that information is written or otherwise broadcasted whereas slander is when the information is spoken.

With the growth of the internet, people often like to rant about others. If you start writing bad things about people you know or even those you do not, you could face some issues legally speaking. It is huge risk because there are subtle elements of the law that could mean you are in the wrong even if you have proof of the truth.

To prove libel or slander the other person has to show that whatever you said or wrote caused that his or her harm, that it is was a false statement and that someone else heard or read the statement. Now, if you simply state an opinion, then that is freedom of speech and legal. This information is for education and does not constitute legal advice.

Changing schedules and traffic accident risks

During the fall, many people struggle to adjust to new schedules. For example, parents may be having a hard time adjusting to their children’s school schedule, whether they have to wake up earlier to drive their kids to class or leave work early in order to pick their kids up from school or extracurricular activities. People may also work different hours during the fall, and there are many other reasons why schedules change during the fall (and other times of the year). It is important to note that these changes can increase the probability of traffic accidents.

There are a lot of different ways in which new schedules can make someone more likely to cause (or even be involved in) a car crash. For example, these changes can also affect one’s sleep, which may lead to driver fatigue. Someone who is not used to waking up so early may have more difficulty staying alert while they are on the road. People may also drive at different times of day which may carry a higher risk of traffic collisions. Moreover, drivers may be under a lot of pressure due to these changes, which could make them distracted or affect their driving abilities in other ways.

If you were involved in a crash that may have been caused by your schedule changing (or someone else who was adjusting to a different routine), it is important to look into what you can do to recover. If the accident was caused by another driver’s negligent behavior, it may be very important to consider your legal options.

2 things to know about gig work and workers’ compensation

Gig work is becoming mainstream. It is when you work a job in Ohio where you are not an employee. You are an independent contractor. This changes many things about employment that you may rely on, including workers’ compensation.

As a gig worker, you may not have protections that you have always relied on having. You may not get benefits or have the security that you would have as an employee. It can be tough, but gig work also has its benefits, such as being more in control of your earnings and work schedule.

When it comes to benefits, specifically workers’ compensation, there are a few things that you should know and understand. Here is a look at three of them.

  1. The law is unclear

Forbes explains many federal agencies have looked into gig workers and their status in relation to employers. The overwhelming conclusion is that gig workers are an independent business, which would mean they do not qualify for workers’ compensation under their employer. However, these rulings did not come from the Supreme Court or any judge, so states, which run their own workers’ compensation programs, are not bound to follow what they say.

  1. Workers’ compensation qualification is not black and white

One of the biggest issues you will face is that workers’ compensation does not always fall in line like other benefits. While an employer does not have to offer an independent contractor vacation time or holiday pay, it may still have to cover you under workers’ compensation. This muddies the waters and makes knowing if you qualify for benefits even trickier.

So, the bottom line is that should you get while working a gig, you may or may not have coverage under workers’ compensation insurance. Your best bet is to plan for a lack of coverage and have your own insurance in place.

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