Jun 1, 2019

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The Twilight Years

No matter how wealthy or healthy a person is, we all age. As Benjamin Franklin once said, death — and, consequently, for most people, aging is the one constant in life. The only other facet of modern society that is as prevalent is taxes.

For some, old age is a fantastic period of life. Most people are retired or work fewer hours in their twilight years. And with that extra time, many older Americans create memories with their spouses, their children, and if possible, their grandchildren! I know that family time was important for my grandparents after they retired, at least.

An additional reason that old age could be a favorable period of someone’s life could be financial security. After a lifetime of hard work and saving money, older people are finally able to use their 401K, Roth IRA, or other financial savings account earnings to travel, vacation, or spend money on leisurely activities. And that is great, especially if their life was marked with dedication or a great work ethic.

Sadly, another prominent feature of older age is not as pleasant: health problems or chronic health conditions. While advances are made every day in science laboratories around the country, it is still a fact of life that people in their later years disproportionately suffer from conditions like diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, and so many more. As a society and a human race, we might one day be able to find a cure or treatment for all of these issues — though this is unlikely. Even if so, the hypothetical day we might find these cures or develop these treatments (or find the Fountain of Youth!) is not a day anytime soon.

So what is a person to do if they are or the older, loved one they oversee has been diagnosed with a chronic condition with no end in sight? Well, there are a few courses of action. Obviously, a person can stay in their home or current place. But this is really only best for people if they are willing and able to physically take care of themselves and their responsibilities like paying bills.

Another course of action is to put a person in a nursing home if they are unable to take care of themselves. Nursing home attendants can help change linens, administer medications, ensure residents follow their treatment plans and other medical interventions. But nursing homes also provide a sense of community and belonging to older residents that may not have close relationships with family members. In other cases, residents that are widows or widowers may use a nursing home community to spark relationships with people in the relaxed years of their lifetime.

But nursing homes are not without their flaws or risks. People who are guardians of injured or vulnerable elderly citizens should take precautions when beginning the nursing home enrollment process. According to the Jurewitz Law Group, every year there is a considerable number of nursing home abuse cases. People in the twilight years of their life deserve a safe place to live, so look at the reputation of the home first!

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Mar 21, 2015

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Distracted Driving is Deadly

Many car accidents happen for the most innocent of reasons. There has been such grim attention paid to drunk driving that people tend to be relaxed about texting, talking on their mobile phones, eating, applying makeup, or even changing the radio station. However, any kind of distracted driving can lead to an accident. It only requires a few seconds of inattention for it to happen.

The thing is, there are laws against drunk driving but not for the above causes of distracted driving. This may be because it is possible to get physical evidence of driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence. There are field sobriety tests, breathalyzer, and blood tests to confirm if a driver is unfit to drive. What kind of evidence can you get for changing a CD at the time of an accident?

This makes it harder for a Des Moines car accident lawyer to prove a case of negligence against a defendant who was texting, for example, at the time of an incident in Iowa. Unless the defendant admits to it, or allows the lawyer access to phone records, then that is pretty much it for the easy route. According to the website of Spiros Law, P.C., at the most, the victim of distracted driving will be able to get some compensation for medical expenses, but this will still depend on the circumstances.

It seems unfair but that is how the system works. A layperson with no legal background will have practically no hope of getting compensation without good legal representation. If you are in this situation, your best move is to consult with a car accident lawyer in your state.

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Mar 19, 2015

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Statistics on Accidental Injuries and Deaths in the US

People have accidents all the time, and in many cases they result in serious injury or death. The numbers amply attests to this. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regularly publish statistics on accidental injuries and deaths in the US. It is based on data from the US Census Bureau, and the latest data available is for 2013.

According to the CDC, there were 31 million people admitted for emergency medical treatment for accidental injuries in 2013. There were 130,557 deaths resulting from accidental injuries broken down into 30,208 for unintentional falls, 38,851 from unintentional poisoning, 33,804 from motor vehicle accidents, and 27,694 from other causes. Death due to accidental causes ranks 4th as the leading cause of death in the US.

Many of those who sustain injury in an accident and survive may be facing extended medical treatment, temporary disability, and perhaps permanent medical problems as well. The repercussions can be life changing. In most cases, health insurance covers most of the medical bills, but not all, and those that are not covered by any insurance at all suffer the most. It adds insult to injury when the incident is completely preventable, and occurred solely because of the recklessness of another party.

Fortunately, US law protects victims of negligent behavior. However, as Madison, Wisconsin personal injury attorneys are well aware, proving that another party is liable for one’s injuries is not an easy task. It requires extensive legal knowledge and extensive experience to present a personal injury suit effectively.

If you sustain serious injuries because of a negligent accident, you do not have to suffer it in silence. Find an experienced personal injury lawyer in your area and get compensation for the damages you sustained.

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