Health care professionals go through long and rigorous training and tests before earning a license which will let them practice their profession, which is treating illnesses and keeping people in good health. To be able to continuously provide the best care, though, these health experts still continue to attend programs and further studies to learn more about what the best doctors have already known ahead of them.
For the same purpose of providing the highest quality of care to patients, owners of different types of medical facilities, especially big and reputedly good hospitals, make sure that they have only the best doctors, dedicated and highly-qualified nurses, medical technicians and other hospital staff, and modern medical devices that will help improve and hasten service, diagnose illnesses correctly and provide timely treatment.
To a number of health care professionals and hospitals, the above statements are facts; to others, though, providing quality care remains to be a goal that they are yet to perform or achieve. The failure to provide the quality of care that patients are entitled to is verifiable through the thousands of medical malpractice cases which, in 2010, claimed the lives of 180,000 Medicare patients (figure from the Office of Inspector General for Health and Human Services). This number, however, is far from reality, according to a study that was published in the Journal of Patient Safety. According to the study, the number of deaths could very well have been between 210,000 and 440,000 since so many cases were never reported.
Patients have the right to accurate diagnosis, timely treatment, correct medication and safe surgical procedures, if ever one becomes necessary. In quite a lot instances, however, patients rather end up suffering harm than receiving the treatment that he/she direly needs. The reason? Medical malpractice; and its most common cause is hospital negligence.
Medical malpractice is totally preventable, no question about it. Yet, despite the many mistakes already committed and the harm these have caused in patients, the same errors are still committed in hospitals: giving a patient the wrong medication or the wrong dose of medicine; performing a surgery that is actually not necessary; operating on the wrong part of the body; subjecting the wrong patient to surgery; accidentally leaving a s surgical instrument inside the body of a patient; amputating the wrong limb; causing infection due to use of unsterilized surgical instruments; incorrect dose of anesthesia; failure to properly monitor a patient; and so forth.
People who suffer greater or new health problems due to hospital errors (committed by doctors, nurses or any other hospital employee) should pursue legal actions. While a lawsuit may entitle a person to receive compensation from the liable party (doctor or hospital), it will also help bring to the open the mistakes still being committed and maybe help protect anyone else seeking medical care from careless healthcare providers.
Victims of medical malpractice can seek the help of a Louisville lawyer for assistance with injuries that arise due to hospital negligence or other harmful mistakes made by hospital staff.
Never has a town taken to culture as a business center to an altogether new level quite like Austin has. More than just promoting local businesses, Austin, Texas promotes and cultivates “weirdness” to the point that their slogan is “Keep Austin Weird.” As a result, this capital has become home for world renowned events that attract thousands of tourists every single year. Not that that has ever stopped Austin before as their reputation as the party central dates back all the way to the 19th century. A few wars and an economic depression later – they’re still growing strong.
One such event that Austin plays host to is to the Formula 1 race, marking its capability to be able to shelter that big of a crowd as in 2012 alone, more than over a hundred thousand people were in attendance, via the Circuit of the Americas. That is not the only racing event that this town can hold as it is also currently the home of other events such as Moto GP, ESPN’s X Games, Tudor United SportsCar Championship sports car series, and so much more.
The interests also vary as with Moto GP coming along in just a few weeks’ time, increasing the demand for moto gp limo service, as just a few weeks prior was the South by Southwest festival. Many music acts have found themselves on this most coveted stage, with names such as KISS, Nine Inch Nails, Kanye West, Drake, Lil Wayne, Maroon 5, and Kelly Clarkson as only a few among that most prestigious list.
So if you find yourself in Austin, Texas – you might find that you are just exactly where you are meant to be and exactly where you are meant to be. Remember to keep with the town slogan and enjoy the time that you have while visiting!
There are many complications that come with life – bad decisions that you end up regretting later on, missed opportunities creating infinite what ifs that you might reflect on later in life – and these are about as natural as growing up as puberty is. However, there are some instances wherein some complications are just unacceptable. One situation as such is that of abuse.
However, many victims of abuse do not end up filing legal action against their abusers out of fear. This is either due to being intimidated or out of fear or ignorance of what is within their rights. Sometimes, the victims are simply not in a place to fight back. An example of this kind of situation is that of nursing home abuse.
The elderly that need to be in a nursing home are no longer capable with caring for themselves and are now dependent upon external care. It is a difficult decision for any family involved but if the lifestyle of the family cannot cope with caring for their older relatives, sometimes nursing homes are the best available option. After all, according to the website of Abel Law Office, nursing homes are required to hold themselves in a higher standard of care in order to support and properly care for the people in their responsibility. This includes sufficient, well-trained staff as well as an equipped, capable facility.
Some signs are available in order to detect if some things about a certain nursing home are a bit off. If the workers there are a bit more aloof and secretive than most (say that they refuse to answer certain aspects of their care), then that is cause for suspicion. Evidence of physical trauma is also immediate cause for more than just doubt but also due legal action as that is warranted as nursing home abuse, which is a subset of personal injury law.
If you or someone you know has a relative who has been unfairly made a victim of abuse of this nature, do not hesitate in seeking expert legal help at once!
Cracks, fissures, unexplained debris, water damage. These are all indications that a structure’s integrity has been compromised and that the building may collapse at any time. A construction company or contractor bringing people in to work on such a building should take the time to determine whether it is safe to work in and not let pressure to get the job done supersede this duty of care.
But that is what happened on a demolition job in Harlem, where one worker inside the building which was already showing significant cracks was crushed when the floor above him suddenly collapsed as he was working on a wall with a sledge hammer. The 69-year-old worker sustained severe head injuries and died instantly as the building literally fell on him. The contractor had known about the cracks, and had already been cited for the lack of safety gear worn on the work site. Not that a hardhat would have been of any use to the unfortunate worker, who should not have been working in the building in the first place.
Such accidents are not uncommon in the construction industry, and with New York City cutting down on its building inspection budget, more are likely to occur. It is estimated that with the current number of construction sites in the city, it will take the remaining inspectors more than 100 years to thoroughly inspect each and every site.
It is the responsibility of contractors and the construction companies to make sure that their worksites are safe for workers as well as the general public even if they are not inspected by the city regulators. It is just more practical because when a worker or member of the public is injured or killed because of a preventable accident, they are liable for it.
If you have been seriously injured in a construction accident, chances are you are eligible for compensation. Find a good New York construction accident lawyer and make your claim.
Discrimination is one ill human behavior that has affected the working environment for so long. It has caused deep emotional injuries in so many victims, as well as ruined their lives, simply because they have been perceived as, or believed to be, different, weaker, (sometimes) dangerous, or just not preferable or likeable due to their race, color, language, accent, style of dressing, ideology, physical appearance, religion, behavior, and so forth.
In the US, discrimination in the workplace is a major persistent issue faced by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), an agency formed by the US Congress in 1964 for the enforcement of the stipulations of Title VII the Civil Rights Act. This Act or ordinance is aimed at creating a more equal society by prohibiting any form of discriminatory practice and behavior in the workplace based on nationality, race, religion, color and sex; it encompasses all employment-related decisions from employment screening, to hiring and retention, and covers all firms, whether educational institutions, state and local governments, or private companies, that have 15 or more employees.
An additional employment screening and hiring concern that the EEOC has witnessed develop for the past two decades is the questioning of a job applicant on the possibility of having been convicted in the past or a background check for a possible criminal record and then using the information gathered to reject the applicant. Though this may be a clear form of discrimination, the EEOC cannot hold an employer liable for violating the law unless the use of the applicant’s past criminal record can be proven as only a front to cover the real basis of the rejection, such as race, religion, and so forth. One actual example on this involves a case wherein an employer rejected the application of an African American due to his criminal record, but hired a White applicant who has a comparable criminal record.
Background checks are made by companies to make sure that they get to hire the right people for the job – which means people with the right qualifications, skills, attitude and behavior. Although much greater weight is given to qualifications and skills, considering an applicant’s behavior is equally important, especially if the job requires meeting and dealing with people directly, like a customer service job, watering, delivery service, etc. This is because liability for any wrongdoing an employee commits while doing his/her job can be passed on to the employer, who can be accused of negligent hiring, that is, for hiring individuals who they should have known were prone to displaying violent or dangerous behavior.
To avoid discrimination, as well as to avoid ending up hiring someone who poses an unacceptable risk, the EEOC formulated a three-part test that employers can use whenever considering an applicant with a past criminal record:
- The gravity and nature of the conduct or criminal offense
- How long ago was the crime or the conviction
What is the actual nature of the work the applicant is applying into, where is the work to be performed, the amount of supervision the applicant, once accepted, will receive, how much interact with others is required by the job, and so forth.
In its website, Cary Kane LLP explains that inquiring about arrests or conviction during a job application and interview can only be done by employers in government agencies, the Port Authority or enforcement agencies. Those in private companies definitely are prohibited by the law from making inquiries regarding criminal records, much more from using these as ground to deny one’s application. In the event of an infraction of the Civil Rights Act by an employer then Cary Kane LLP, is one law firm that can guarantee competent representation in a discrimination case.