Nursing Abuse Lawyer Says: Widespread Abuse Can Be Stopped Find a Nursing Home Abuse/Neglect LawyerWritten by Margaret Wommack
It is always painful to part with a loved one, particularly a family member who is ill, but millions of Americans find that they cannot care for needs of their relations and are forced to find a nursing home in which they can live. The selection of a good nursing home that will attentively care for their needs can be difficult, and many are misled into choosing wrong home. It is estimated that around 35,000 elderly people die prematurely in nursing homes every year due to neglect or abuse. And while many will blame themselves for selecting wrong nursing home for their elderly loved one, fault lies entirely with nursing home operator, who should be held accountable.
Nursing homes are obligated to have enough staff members to provide all of care listed in plan. The Nursing Home Reform Act requires nursing homes to “provide services and activities to attain or maintain highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being of each nursing home resident in accordance with a written plan of care.” However, nursing homes frequently ignore this responsibility of theirs and residents are not cared for. Neglect of this sort includes not being assisted to toilet, being left in bed to develop bedsores, malnutrition, dehydration, being over or under medicated, not being properly cleaned, and generally being ignored. This neglect, both intentional and unintentional, causes serious injury that could result in premature death of resident.
Mesothelioma HelpWritten by Margaret Wommack
According to National Cancer Institute, mesothelioma is a malignant cancer of pleura, peritoneum, and pericardium (the sacs lining chest, abdominal cavity and heart). Malignant mesothelioma has been linked to asbestos exposure, and those exposed to more asbestos or for a longer duration are likely to have more intense cases of mesothelioma. People stopped using asbestos in insulation materials in 1970s, so with 20 to 50 year latency period between exposure and acquisition of mesothelioma, many are just now discovering that they have cancer.
People usually come into contact with asbestos through construction jobs or clothes of family members working on construction sights. Asbestos is an insulation material used in pipes, boilers, cements, plasters, joint compounds, fireproofing spray, firebrick, gunnite, furnaces, roofs, floors, ceiling tiles, transite siding, brakes and clutches. Thus, construction workers most exposed to asbestos include insulation intallers, boilermakers, plumbers, pipefitters, steamfitters, plasterers, shipyard workers, those in Navy, electricians, mechanics, bricklayers, millwrights, carpenters, steel workers, and maintenance workers. Sites with largest concentration of asbestos include shipyards, power plants, refineries, paper mills, manufacturing plants, foundries, and construction sites.