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california nursing home neglect lawyerNursing home residents are among the most vulnerable. People who live in nursing homes are typically unable to care for themselves. They may depend on staff for their hygiene, meals, toileting, and all other activities of daily living. Unfortunately, these individuals are often affected by age-related mental incapacity like dementia, which can make it impossible for them to effectively communicate to loved ones that they are being neglected. It is up to the nursing home resident’s visitors to notice the signs of neglect and take action. The harms associated with nursing home neglect can be devastating for already-vulnerable older adults. If you suspect that your loved one is being neglected in their nursing home, it is important to take action right away. Tahmazian Law Firm, P.C. is dedicated to holding negligent nursing homes responsible and to keeping vulnerable seniors safe and protected. 

What Forms of Nursing Home Neglect Are Most Common? How Can I Spot Them?

We place our elderly loved ones in nursing homes because we want them to be well cared for by professionals. Sadly, understaffing and other issues can lead to these vulnerable people not having their basic needs met in a timely manner. Some types of neglect that nursing home residents may face include: 

  • Lack of hygiene - Residents should be regularly bathed, and diapers should be changed promptly. Teeth should be brushed or dentures cleaned. Bedsheets should be changed when soiled or on a regular basis. If your loved one looks or smells as if they have not been bathed recently, or if you always seem to find them wearing a dirty diaper or lying in soiled sheets, it should arouse your suspicions. 

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Los Angeles product liability lawyerIf you are like many adults who take pride in their car, truck, or SUV, you probably make vehicle maintenance a top priority.  Checking the oil and other fluid levels, ensuring that your tires are aired up and the tread is not too worn, and taking your vehicle in for regular tune ups may be a standard part of your routine. However, when defective design or manufacture of an auto part is to blame for a malfunctioning vehicle, there may be nothing the driver could have done to prevent it. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident, and you believe that defective tires were to blame, you may have a valid product liability case.  

History of Faulty Auto Parts

Many people still remember when the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company was forced to conduct one of the largest recalls in U.S. history. Defective tires installed on Ford pickup trucks and SUVs were associated with accidents causing over 800 injuries and 270 deaths. Firestone eventually recalled a staggering 6.5 million tires and the Ford Motor Company recalled and replaced approximately 13 million of the defective tires. Ford faced over $600 million in lawsuits as a result. Unfortunately, tire recalls are not limited to just these companies. Just recently, Alliance Tire Americas issued a tire recall after it was discovered that the tread may separate from the casing during use. Flaws in the design and manufacture of tires can cause the tires to malfunction and put the lives of drivers, passengers, and pedestrians at risk.  

Pursuing Compensation When a Tire Defect Causes You to Be Injured in a Car Crash

Sidewall tire blowouts and other tire malfunctions can cause accidents that lead to traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, internal organ damage, other catastrophic injuries, and death. If you or a loved one were involved in an accident and a defective tire may have been to blame, speak to an attorney experienced in auto defect cases. A product liability claim may allow you to collect compensation for the damages caused by the accident. You could receive compensation for your past and future medical expenses, disability, reduced employability, lost income, pain and suffering, and more.

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Los Angeles product liability lawyerAnyone putting a product on the market has a responsibility to make sure that the product is reasonably safe. Unfortunately, unreasonably dangerous products do still sometimes end up in the hands of consumers. There are a number of reasons this can happen. Sometimes the product is badly designed in the first place. Other times, there was an error in the manufacturing process that rendered the product unsafe. Finally, sometimes it is the lack of instructions or a warning label that makes a product dangerous. 

Whatever may have gone wrong and caused you to get hurt, there are a few steps you can take right away. An attorney may be able to help you recover financial compensation. 

What Should I Do if a Dangerous Product Hurts Me?

If a product you are using seems unreasonably unsafe and you get hurt as a result, you will want to contact a lawyer sooner rather than later. Products liability cases can be quite complicated, with a lot of disputed facts and multiple legal issues. Here are some steps you can take right after the accident: 

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glendale premises liability lawyerFrom high-rise, luxury condos to downtown studios, apartment buildings are supposed to be reasonably safe for their occupants and guests. Unfortunately, not all landlords or property managers make safety a priority. From failing to repair an obvious source of danger, to failing to warn tenants about a hazard, to simply ignoring a housing code violation, negligence by a building manager can put a lot of people at risk for injury. If you were injured due to an unsafe condition in an apartment, you may want to speak to a qualified premises liability attorney to determine whether you could be eligible to receive financial compensation. 

What Common Dangers Can Injure People in Apartment Complexes?

Renters have limited control over the safety of the premises. They are not able or expected to make most repairs, especially in common areas. The landlord or property manager has a much higher degree of responsibility to maintain safe conditions. Look out for:

  • Staircases - Poorly maintained or designed staircases are a common source of serious injuries. Missing or loose handrails, as well as poor lighting or uneven, loose steps, can cause falls. 

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Causes of Falls in Hospitals

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shutterstock_505011655-min.jpgHospitals are supposed to be safe places where people go to get better. Unfortunately, some inpatients wind up in worse shape after they are injured in a fall. People fall in hospitals for a variety of reasons, ranging from medication to physical therapy equipment failure. Many of these falls can be prevented by a careful hospital. Some causes of falls fall under premises liability, but others can amount to medical malpractice if the fall was directly related to the patient’s care. The law there is nuanced, and a lawyer will need to evaluate the facts of your case. Either way, if the hospital’s carelessness caused your fall, you may be entitled to receive compensation. 

What Are Some Common Causes of Preventable Falls in Hospitals?

Sadly, the patients who are most vulnerable and most likely to suffer serious injury from a simple fall tend to be the most likely to fall. Elderly patients are at particularly high risk of being admitted to a hospital and then suffering a major injury, like a broken hip, after falling. Reasons patients may fall include: 

  • Lack of precaution - When patients are at risk of falling due to age, medication, injury, or other medical issues affecting balance and gait, hospitals should use appropriate precautions to prevent that patient from actually falling. Appropriate precautions may include bed alarms, bed rails, not allowing the patient to walk without assistance, or making sure an assistive device like a walker is within reach. Call lights should also be kept within reach, as patients may fall out of bed struggling to reach them. 

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