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Whispering Pines Lodge’s History of Negligence

By Texas Personal Injury Attorney on February 18, 2020

Recently, the Whispering Pines Lodge in Longview, Texas was fined for not providing immediate action following the reported abuse by one of their residents by a staff member. The abuse was reported on May 13th, 2019, but the nursing home did not contact the police until the next day. This violated Section 483.12 of the Department of Health and Human Services’s rules and regulations regarding long-term care facilities, which was placed into effect across the U.S. on October 4th, 2016. The federal law outlines the steps nursing homes must take to protect residents, which includes instant action when presented with potential danger or abuse. The nursing home has had many more incidents before this most recent 2019 case.

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Posted in: Nursing Home Abuse

How Caregiver Burnout Affects Seniors in America

By Texas Personal Injury Attorney on February 8, 2020

Caregiver burnout is a state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion, as defined by the Cleveland Clinic. Stressed, burned-out caregivers may experience anxiety, depression, and fatigue. This state is often accompanied by a change in attitude toward seniors from positive and caring to negative and uncaring.

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How Social Media Can Affect Your Personal Injury Case

By Texas Personal Injury Attorney on February 4, 2020

Most adults today use some type of social media. It allows us to stay connected with our friends and families and share information and updates about our lives. In very little time, users can relay vast amounts of personal information to large numbers of people.

In some cases, however, social media users post something that comes back to bite them. Speaking specifically, social media posts can impact your case if you are pursuing a personal injury claim for compensation.

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Posted in: Personal Injury

Top Reasons for Truck Accidents in Texas

By Texas Personal Injury Attorney on January 31, 2020

A total of 4,136 people were killed in U.S. truck accidents in 2018, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Many factors can contribute to truck accidents nationwide, from negligent driving behavior to equipment failure to hazardous road conditions. In Texas, the following are the most common reasons for large commercial truck crashes.

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Posted in: Truck Accidents

How to Report Nursing Home Abuse

By Texas Personal Injury Attorney on January 27, 2020

Nursing home abuse occurs in several different forms, including physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, financial exploitation, and neglect. Particularly when it affects nursing home residents with dementia, abuse can be difficult to identify and define and often goes unreported.

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Trial Lawyers vs. Settlement Mills

By Texas Personal Injury Attorney on January 23, 2020

Most personal injury cases settle out of court. It can benefit both plaintiffs and defendants to settle the matter between them and avoid the time, expense, and effort involved in taking a case through trial. Although you may want to settle your case out of court, that doesn’t mean you don’t want a trial lawyer. There is a huge difference in the quality of service provided between a personal injury attorney with extensive trial experience and a personal injury settlement mill.

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What’s Inside a Big Rig’s Little Black Box?

By Texas Personal Injury Attorney on January 19, 2020

The electronic logging device (ELD), otherwise known as the black box, has been congressionally mandated for commercial drivers who are required to maintain records of their hours of service. Exceptions to that rule include drivers of vehicles manufactured before 2000. The black box has become an integral part of trucking. In addition to data regarding the driver’s hours of service, it can provide data on vehicle speed, steering function, braking action, and other vehicle parameters.

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Posted in: Truck Accidents

Federal Government Fines Longview Nursing Home for Sexual Abuse

By Texas Personal Injury Attorney on January 15, 2020

The Whispering Pines Lodge in Longview, Texas has been fined by the Department of Health and Human Services Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services after a nurse was fired for allegedly sexually assaulting a resident on May 13, 2019, based on a Medicare inspection report. The report states that the nursing home failed to immediately respond to the resident’s accusations and contact the police. This delayed response, taking place from May 13-14, 2019, may have placed the resident and other patients in danger of further abuse from the alleged perpetrator.

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Posted in: Nursing Home Abuse

What Is a Medical Variance for Truckers? 

By Texas Personal Injury Attorney on January 1, 2020

In Texas, long-haul truck drivers who hold commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) must pass a medical examination, to perform certain work. The certification of this exam must be on file with the Texas Department of Public Safety, and failing to keep this record current may result in the loss or downgrade of a CDL. Even CDL holders who are exempt from showing a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) medical certification must pass a Texas medical exam before driving in the state. After a downgrade, the driver will be required to take the skills and knowledge exams again before hitting the road.

Why are truckers required to have a certification from a medical examiner? Why does the state take it so seriously?

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Posted in: Truck Accidents

Crush Injuries Can Lead to Even Worse Conditions

By Texas Personal Injury Attorney on December 30, 2019

Crush injuries involve compression of the extremities, which causes swelling of the muscles or neurological disturbances, or both. These injuries occur when force or pressure is put on a body part.

Crush injuries are often sustained when part of the body is squeezed between two heavy objects. This can happen on construction sites, in motor vehicle accidents, and all types of industrial accidents.

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