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Evaluating nursing home standards of care with dementia patients

When people are forced to send their loved ones to live in a nursing home, they want to be sure that the nursing home staff in charge of caring for their elderly friends or family members are competent and compassionate. Unfortunately, negligence and other forms of elderly abuse occur in a number of nursing homes in Maryland, and as a result, many elderly residents are emotionally, financially and physically scarred. In an attempt to minimize this problem, nursing home staff members are held to a certain standard of care in the way they interact with and care for nursing home residents.

Are incidents involving large truck accidents on the rise?

As a Maryland motorist, you may be used to sharing the road with tractor trailers on a daily basis. You may believe that the trucker driving next to your smaller vehicle is well-trained and qualified to be operating a massive vehicle. There are, however, a surprising amount of fatal large truck accidents that occur in the U.S. every year. In 2014, 3,744 people were killed in tractor trailer collisions across the nation, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That year, there were 49 truck accident deaths in Maryland alone, making up just over 7 percent of all motor vehicle accident deaths in the state. Although this is a decrease from the 60 fatalities that occurred in 2013, truck accident deaths across the country are expected to increase over the next few years.

Returning to work with a traumatic brain injury

When people receive a traumatic brain injury, it can make it difficult for them to return to work and engage in the same activities that they did prior to becoming injured. Many studies have looked at the rate at which people are able to return to work following a traumatic brain injury, as well as how productive and successful they are at what they do. From mild brain injuries to severe trauma, any type of injury that affects the brain can make it hard to participate in workplace activities, daily tasks and social engagements.

Surgical items left behind in operating sites

Patients who are getting ready to enter the operating room may be nervous about going under the knife. Although meeting with the surgeon prior to the procedure may make you feel more at ease, you still face certain risks and may become the victim of a surgical mistake. In addition to operating on the wrong body part or performing a procedure on the wrong patient, surgical professionals can leave equipment behind in patient’s operating sites. At Wilson & Parlett, we know that the occurrence of these incidents are far and few between, but they are actually more common than you may think.

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