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Don't wait to act on nursing home neglect

Many families in California want to care for their loved ones as they age, but the time and financial constraints of work and other obligations can prevent them from being able to do so. Instead, families often turn to nursing homes to ensure the continued care of their grandparents or parents. What happens, however, when the staff cause more harm than good? Sadly, nursing home neglect is a reality for some residents.

Nursing home residents who are bedridden are particularly at risk for suffering from negligence or subpar care. If not routinely moved as necessary, bedsores can develop and cause excruciating pain and/or infection. The risk for infection from a bedsore can be especially high if a patient isn't having his or her hygienic needs met.

Spread of bacteria linked to alleged defective medical device

Doctors, surgeons and other medical professionals in California may only be as effective and safe as the equipment or tools that they use. When a defective medical device makes it into the hands of health care providers, patients may be at risk for substantial injury or illness. One such allegedly defective product apparently works well enough but is exceptionally difficult to clean.

Anyone who has watched a medical drama may be familiar with the concept of surgeons and nurses scrubbing themselves with soap before surgery. This need for sanitary conditions during a surgery is no over exaggeration, as this type of behavior helps prevent the spread of diseases and superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics, like the carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae that has been spreading in an out-of-state hospital. Officials now believe that the superbug CRE hitched a ride on an endoscopic tool that wasn't properly sanitized. 

Couple alleges mesh related injury in medical malpractice suit

A medical malpractice case that was initially filed at the state level has since been removed to federal court by the defendants. One of the defendants that participated in the removal is Johnson & Johnson, which cited diversity of citizenship as the reason for the demand. The medical malpractice claim involves the use of a possibly defective medical device and the adverse reaction that it apparently caused for one patient.

The trouble apparently began following multiple procedures in which transvaginal mesh was an integral part of the treatment. Transvaginal mesh, popularly used to treat patients who are suffering from pelvic organ prolapse both in California and across the country, was used to treat both pelvic prolapse and urinary incontinence in the patient. According to the suit, the mesh resulted in painful inflammatory responses in the patient. As a result, she apparently now suffers from ongoing and chronic pain and suffering.

Daughter seeks to stop nursing home neglect after mother's death

When faced with her mother's deteriorating health, one California woman had to make what was most likely an understandably difficult decision -- she placed her mother in the care of a nursing home. Although she initially believed this to be the best move, she now suspects that her mother's death was related to nursing home neglect. Now, she's on a mission to protect other elderly nursing home residents. 

After placing her mother in the nursing home, the woman witnessed several concerning issues such as unsanitary bathroom conditions and clothing that hadn't been laundered. She also believed that her mother's room wasn't the only one not being cared for, and she also suspected that staff members weren't attending to her mother's needs. She reported her suspicions of elder abuse and neglect, prompting an investigation by Department of Social Services in California. DSS reportedly found several causes for alarm, such as unsecured medication, serious time lapses during needed care and even used gloves left on her nightstand. They also discovered that she was not being moved every two hours as she was supposed to, and even up to 12 hours at a time passed before she received any attention.

Car accident victims may have claims against multiple drivers

One person is dead and three others are injured following a tragic accident on Interstate 580. Three vehicles were involved in the car accident, although it initially started out as a single-vehicle wreck. Although California police are still investigating the wreck, they believe that drugs may have played a role in the first wreck.

For reasons that are still unclear, the driver of a vehicle with two occupants lost control and struck a center median at roughly 4:20 a.m. After the initial collision, the car flipped, apparently rolling several times before finally coming to a stop. During this ordeal the vehicle's driver and its passenger -- a 25-year-old woman -- were tossed from the car. The passenger died at the scene. 

Possible defective medical device snapped in patient's leg

Medical implants must be durable and sturdy enough to stand up to a virtual lifetime of use by patients in California and all across the country. A patient from another state claims that her implant was faulty and ultimately caused her more harm than good. She is now seeking compensation against both Zimmer Inc., the manufacturer of the alleged defective medical device, as well as the hospital that implanted it. 

In June 2013, the victim broke her femur so badly that she required extensive surgery to repair the damage. Various cables and screws were implanted during the surgery, including a titanium plate. Months later in Nov. 2013, the victim reported that she felt something snap in her leg, followed by a series of crunching sounds. After being taken to the hospital, it was discovered that the titanium plate had actually broken.

Airman facing military justice for serious auto accident

A single vehicle accident left one airman dead and another two injured. While the driver of the vehicle is being prosecuted for actions that allegedly led to the wreck, the proceedings are being handled by the military justice system and not California officials. However, this does not preclude a victim or his or her family from seeking justice for damages related to a serious auto accident.

Authorities believe that the driver was traveling at an exceptionally high speed at the time of the incident. Although it is unclear exactly why the vehicle began to drift off the side of the road, it is believed that the car's excessive speed may have played a role in the accident. After leaving the road, the car then barreled down the side of an embankment and flipped, injuring all three airmen in the vehicle.

A defective drug injury deserves justice

It might not be much of a stretch to say that scientific research has revolutionized the world of medical treatments. It may seem that now more than ever there are a plethora of drugs for every kind of illness or disease. While many patients in California have benefited from being prescribed the proper medication, ineffective or otherwise hazardous drugs have also wreaked havoc on some people. If you or a loved one has suffered because of a defective drug, you may be able to take action with a product liability suit.

Just as you count on your healthcare provider to prescribe you an appropriate dose of the correct medication, both doctors and patients expect that the medicine manufactured by pharmaceutical companies is both effective and safe. As we all know, the pharmaceutical companies cannot always be counted on. In instances when a drug has serious side effects or undergoes a defective manufacturing process, it's the patients' lives that are on the line.

Family of alleged nursing home neglect victim files suit

Caring for loved ones in their old age can be a difficult but immensely important task for California families. When faced with having to place a grandparent in a nursing home facility, most families hope that they are making the best decision possible. Unfortunately, despite a family's best efforts at placing a loved one in a caring facility, nursing home neglect and abuse can still occur.

One California family may understand this better than many others. After fracturing her leg, an 85-year-old family member was taken to a local rehabilitation center. Shortly after arriving she reported to both the center's staff and her family that she had been sexually assaulted by one of the male employees. Although the claim was investigated, there has been significant confusion concerning the alleged perpetrator, and it's unclear whether he was arrested or if he is still employed at the rehab center.

Wrong-way car accident kills 4, seriously injures 2 others

Head on collisions typically have catastrophic outcomes, leaving family and friends left picking up the pieces of shattered lives. A recent wrong-way car accident on a California road left a total of four people dead. Others survived, but with injuries. 

The wreck occurred at roughly 1:30 a.m. when a 26-year-old man was driving northbound. For reasons that are unclear, a southbound vehicle carrying five passengers drifted across the center line of traffic and into the path of the oncoming car. The two vehicles collided head on, causing at least one vehicle to burst into flames.