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What are signs of nursing home abuse and neglect?

When you have a loved one living in a nursing home, it is very important to be an advocate for this person and make sure that he or she is getting the proper care. Below are some possible indications of neglect towards nursing home residents.

-- Decubitus ulcers

Businesses must hire safe drivers for trucks, company cars

Businesses with employees driving company cars and trucks should take every precaution to ensure that the people they place behind the wheel are responsible and safe drivers.

If they don't already, companies should develop guidelines using Motor Vehicle Records to screen all potential drivers. These records indicate the driving history of each licensed individual and are available through the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles. Business owners will need to know the prospective driver's date of birth, driver's license number and home address.

Reopened investigation into Dodge, Jeep sun visors

In the past few years, United States automakers have been in the news for a series of product recalls after multiple cases of malfunctioning vehicles resulted in numerous injuries to and even deaths of American consumers.

The most recent case to draw the media's attention involves sun visors on Dodge and Jeep automobiles. The federal government has reopened their investigation into the malfunctioning visors after there were reports of some catching fire. The visors had already been recalled for repairs.

Product recall of all Blue Bell ice cream sold in 23 states

Louisianans love their Blue Bell ice cream that has been a southern staple and cool comfort food to generations who grew up enjoying the sweet treat.

But thanks to a nationwide recall of their whole line of products all the way back to 2010 due to an outbreak of listeria, they will have to forgo their favorite dessert for now.

How can I survive a head-on collision?

It's possibly the scariest scenario on the road -- a head-on collision with another car. Recently, more than 5,200 individuals died from injuries they suffered in head-on collisions in a single year.

The best option is to avoid a dangerous encounter in the first place. Below are some tips to keep you safer on the roads.

What are the medical requirements for commercial drivers?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's main goal is to prevent injuries and fatalities from occurring that involve commercial motor vehicles. When big rigs collide with smaller passenger cars, the results can be devastating, which is why it is so essential that the driver behind the wheel is medically fit.

Below are some pertinent questions and information regarding the FMCSA medical requirements for commercial drivers.

Res ipsa loquitor and medical malpractice

If you have ever pursued a medical malpractice case against a negligent medical provider, you may have heard the term res ipsa loquitor used in court. The term is Latin and means "the thing speaks for itself."

Under the doctrine of res ipsa loquitor, this rule of evidence applies in medical malpractice cases when a reasonable lay person must be able to surmise that an injury to or worsened condition of a patient is obviously the result of a medical provider's negligence. There is no requirement for direct evidence regarding the defendant's actions and behavior.

Vital facts about seat belt use and car collision safety

Car crashes cause the most deaths among people who are 1 to 54 years of age. In 2012, in the United States, over 2.2 million adult motorists and passengers required treatment in emergency rooms due to car accident injuries. Interestingly, the best way to prevent motor vehicle accidents and injuries is the simple act of putting on a seat belt, but millions of Americans fail to use their seat belts every single day.

According to some estimates, over $50 million medical costs and losses relating to time unable to work were the direct result of car accidents. While these crash-related statistics do not rule out people who use seat belts -- and seat belts of course are not 100 percent foolproof -- seat belts do dramatically reduce instances of injury and death related to car accidents.

Dangerous products cause injuries, result in litigation

A New Orleans woman filed a suit late last year in Orleans Parish Civil District Court over injuries she suffered when her car's airbags suddenly deployed without warning. Her lawsuit is assigned to Division I.

Named defendants are Ibrahim's Autoplex LLC, General Motors Corporation and General Motors LLC. According to her petition, she bought a 2005 Pontiac Grand GT in January of 2012 from Ibrahim's Autoplex.

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