What you need to know about arbitration agreements at nursing homes

Placing a loved one in a nursing home is never an easy decision, but family members may feel relieved knowing that their loved one is safe and secure.

Unfortunately, bad things can happen to residents in nursing homes. Abuse, neglect or sexual assault of residents is, sadly, not uncommon.

Worse, in some nursing homes, the legal rights of victims may be limited because of something they signed in the admissions contract.

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Firefighters and cancer: What precautions should be taken?

Firefighters have dangerous jobs – in more ways than one.

Researchers from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health found that firefighters have a higher-than-average risk of developing cancer.

A total of 30,000 firefighters were involved in the study. Researchers found that firefighters were more likely to be diagnosed with respiratory, digestive and urinary system cancers. They were also found to be twice as likely to develop mesothelioma than the general population, most likely due to exposure to asbestos in firefighting.

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6 tips to keep your teen driver safe on the road

Getting a driver’s license is an important milestone in the life of a teenager. It’s also a time when many parents’ stress levels skyrocket.

Driving can be dangerous and young people can make poor decisions.

As a parent, how can you allow your teen to enjoy this newfound freedom while at the same time keeping him or her safe? According to experts, teens whose parents discuss driving expectations with them in advance are less likely to take unnecessary risks.

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Being a designated driver doesn’t have to be a drag

The designated driver is an underappreciated role. But designated drivers serve an important purpose: To ensure that friends arrive home safely after a night of drinking.

Drinking and driving can have devastating consequences. The possibility of getting a DUI/OVI, getting into an accident or getting seriously injured should be enough to keep anyone from drunk driving.

But according to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, 3,637 people in Ohio were killed in drunk driving-related crashes in Ohio between 2003 and 2012.

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How safe are infotainment systems in cars?

In today’s technology-driven world, many people can’t go an hour without checking their emails, text messages or otherwise using their phones.

Perhaps the most important time of the day to be free from these distractions is when operating a motor vehicle. Distracted driving caused 3,477 deaths and 391,000 injuries in 2015 alone.

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Social Security Disability application tips

ssd sosMany people who are disabled and unable to work rely on Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Those individuals had to go through the SSD application process, which can be discouraging, to say the least. The vast majority of initial claims are denied. In fact, only 34 percent of initial claims are approved.

If the applicant chooses to pursue an appeal, that process can take a long time to complete – months or even years. And there are no guarantees that the claim will be approved at the reconsideration stage.

So what can applicants do to increase their chances of success?

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App pays passengers and bystanders to report distracted driving

There are two types of drivers in the world: Those who engage in distracted driving and those who don’t.

For those who don’t, it can be frustrating – even infuriating – to see other drivers texting while driving, talking on their phones while driving, and engaging in other dangerous behavior behind the wheel.

But there is little for the drivers and passengers to do when they see a distracted driver.

That is, up until now.

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Why won’t the insurance adjuster call me back?

By William J. Price

insurance adjusterEvery plaintiff has the same complaint: “The insurance adjuster will not call me back.”

It’s not unusual, and the adjuster is not making the matter personal.

Your case is classified as a claim, and adjusters do not call people back due to the volume of claims. An efficient and diligent adjuster handles hundreds of claims and typically receives dozens of phone calls each day. All companies have a policy of returning phone calls within 24-48 hours, but most adjusters will never meet this deadline.  Continue reading “Why won’t the insurance adjuster call me back?”

Aging parents and driving: Keeping your loved one safe

Aging parents and drivingAs an adult with aging parents, you might be concerned about their continued safety behind the wheel. You know that being able to drive is a huge source of independence. The choice to give up their driving license should not be taken lightly.

How do you know if it is the right time?

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