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What questions should you ask about staffing?

When you make the decision that a loved one needs to go into a nursing home in Maryland, one of the best things to do is to sit down with a representative from the nursing home. A very important topic to discuss is staffing. It is the staff who will be spending the most time with your loved one and who will directly impact his or her quality of life. To ensure that the nursing home is the right place for your loved one, it can help to know more about the staff.

According to U.S. News and World Report, when you sit down with the nursing home representative, you should start by asking about the staffing ratio. Ideally, it should be low. You want to know that there are enough staff members to give your loved one enough attention and care and to properly be able to do so. A low staffing ratio also tells you the workers are not likely overworked or over stressed. Along those same lines, inquire about the average hours worked. Think of this as if you were the worker. Do the hours sound too high? This can be a red flag.

Rollover crash injures mother and 4 children

Because danger can sometimes be completely inevitable and unavoidable, it is critical that people pay attention when they are driving so they can safely navigate hazards before they turn into a serious threat. Even if they are unable to completely prevent their car from crashing, they may be able to at the very least, keep the accident from being any worse. For many motorists in Maryland, the commitment to drive safely is a priority, but it is still important to plan ahead for the unexpected risks of driving. 

A recent car accident in Homestead, Florida caused serious injuries to a mother and her four children. The family was exiting a parking lot when they were slammed into by another motorist who was presumably not paying attention. The impact caused the victims vehicle to roll an estimated three times. Fortunately, all of the occupants were wearing a seatbelt. The mother later told a news station that she was unconscious when the vehicle came to a stop. The children aged 2, 3, 5 and 10 were all expected to make full recoveries, but remained hospitalized. The cause of the crash is still under investigation and it is unknown if the driver of the other vehicle will face any charges. 

Why is healthcare so expensive?

There is no denying that healthcare costs in the U.S. have risen significantly. Many people in Maryland are even without insurance because costs are so high that they cannot afford it. This is the reality across the country as prices continue to skyrocket, but why are prices rising? What is making the costs so high that many people can no longer afford them?

According to The New York Times, there are several reasons for high healthcare costs that are floated about, but many of them are nothing more than myths. One of those myths is that doctors are prescribing unnecessary services, but that does not pan out when looking at other countries without healthcare cost issues that also do the same thing. Another myth is that too many people are demanding services. The idea of supply and demand is what this myth is about, but, again, this issue happens in other countries, too, and is not making costs rise.

How can I be a better driver?

It’s important for Upper Marlboro drivers to adhere to safe driving practices. However, even seasoned drivers neglect important points from time to time, either by behaving carelessly or failing to follow the pertinent rules and regulations. Business Insider offers the following tips, which can help drivers both new and old.

Be aware of your surroundings

Can you heal completely from a repetitive stress injury?

When you first hear the words, "workplace injury" or "workers' compensation," you probably begin to think about dramatic accidents that result in serious bodily harm. While a majority of workplace injuries are the results of falls or other serious incidents, not much emphasis is placed on injuries that you may experience in an office setting. If you work a desk job in Maryland, you are subject to the risks of repetitive stress injuries. These occur when you are involved in repetitive motions each day such as typing at a computer or talking on the phone. 

While your employer may be unaware of your discomfort, ignoring the problem can only put you at further risk of long-term problems. According to, body parts such as your tendons, muscles and ligaments can be affected by a lack of change to the way you perform your daily tasks. Symptoms of repetitive stress injuries include the following:

  • Swelling or redness on or around the area that is causing you discomfort.
  • Numbness or tingling.
  • A noticeable change in the strength or endurance you have in a certain body part. 

New legislation may prevent truck underride deaths

Because a tractor-trailer has such high ground clearance, it poses a particular risk to people in passenger vehicles in a Maryland traffic accident. Most vehicles absorb impact and protect passengers with crumple zones, seat belts and air bags. However, none of these can be an effective injury deterrent if the front of the vehicle doesn't come into contact with anything.

Forbes notes that in a collision with a truck, the first part of the vehicle that hits may be the windshield. At that point, there is nothing at all to keep the trailer from striking the passengers at a deadly speed. Fortunately, there are safety features that can prevent this catastrophe and make this type of fatality obsolete: underride guards. Designs for strong rear and side guards have already been crash tested and approved by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Manufacturers have made these rear and side underride guards available on new vehicles, as well as designing them to be added to trailers already in use. 

How to Drive Safely in Poor Weather Conditions

Wind and rain storms can pose quite a few risks to Maryland motorists. When faced with inclement weather, drivers must utilize safe practices to preserve their safety as well as the safety of others who share the road with them. If you have questions about how to properly navigate stormy conditions in your vehicle, Travelers provides the following answers.

Driving During Rain Storms

How can I choose a good nursing home for my loved?

The prospect of putting your loved one in a Maryland nursing home can be emotionally trying. This is especially true if you’re concerned about nursing home abuse and neglect, which unfortunately does occur. You can lessen the risk of your loved one being mistreated by choosing a quality facility capable of providing top care. The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services recommends the following advice in this case.  

Ask for Recommendations

Avoid losing precious time in workers' comp cases

At Wilson & Parlett, we are proud to represent Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., workers. We want to be there for you if you were to find yourself left without the resources to maintain a reasonable standard life or worse: unable to pay medical bills. Unfortunately, while it would be impossible to put a time limit on your full recovery, the various jurisdictions we operate within do place deadlines on any legal action you might intend to pursue.

If you were to feel as though you might not be getting every benefit to which you are entitled, it would probably be a good idea to look into your situation as soon as possible. Submitting documents or performing investigations might take time, and time is not a resource the law distributes in abundance. 

Understanding Erb’s palsy

Here at Wilson & Parlett in Maryland, we understand that as an expectant mom, you become enormously excited whenever you think about the approaching birth of your beautiful new child. We also understand, however, that despite the precautions you take during your pregnancy to ensure your developing baby’s continued health and safety, you cannot control every aspect of your baby’s birth and delivery.

Birth injuries represent a possibility over which you have little or no control. For instance, your baby could suffer an injury during his or her birthing process that results in Erb’s palsy. While this injury happens in a scant 0.5 to 2.6 percent of live U.S. births, its results can be catastrophic.

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