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Adults Are Key to Preventing Playground Injuries

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School’s out for summer, and kids are bursting to get outside and hit area playgrounds. No surprise then that June is a particularly dangerous month for playground injuries. Before you let those kiddos loose, learn how adults are the key to playground safety with tips on equipment, clothing and safe behavior. Click her to read the Newsletter Read More >>

Bikers, Walkers Threatened By Increase In Distracted Driving

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April showers have given way to May flowers, encouraging walkers and bicyclists to get out and enjoy the weather. Long walks and leisurely bike rides can be a perfect way to soak up the sun, but busy streets with distracted drivers can be an accident waiting to wreck a lovely day. Unfortunately, when drivers are distracted, pedestrians and bikers often pay the price. This month, you should know Read More >>

Do You Know the Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse?

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Choosing nursing home, assisted living or in-home medical care is complicated, difficult and often an emotional process. The last thing on your mind is the possibility that those responsible for the care of some of our most vulnerable citizens would abuse or neglect their patients. But it does happen all too often, which is why you should know the signs of elder abuse and how to find quality care Read More >>

U.S. Justice Department Joins Lawsuit That Alleges United Healthcare Overcharged Medicare For Their Advantage Plan Customers

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After a five year Department of Justice Investigation, The DOJ unsealed a lawsuit on February 16, 2017.  UnitedHealth Group and affiliated health plans are accused of overcharging Medicare by hundreds of millions of dollars and possibly billions. The suit alleges that the plans were claiming that patients were sicker than they really were. It alleges that UnitedHealth has inflated its plan Read More >>

Office of the State Long Term Care Ombudsman

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The Ombudsman Program is an effective advocate and resource for older adults and persons with disabilities who live in nursing homes, assisted living and other licensed adult care homes. Ombudsmen help residents understand and exercise their rights to good care in an environment that promotes and protects their dignity and quality of life. The Ombudsman Program advocates for residents by Read More >>

Proposed Law on Medical Malpractice and Nursing Home Abuse May Hurt Your Family

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It's already hard enough in many states to hold accountable those responsible for medical errors at nursing homes, clinics and hospitals. But a new bill now before the U.S. Congress will make it even harder, and in some cases impossible, for any American to pursue justice when injured by substandard health care. Given that credible studies show more people are killed and injured each year by Read More >>

Recent Spike in U.S. Traffic Deaths Reverses 40-Year Trend

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For the past 40 years, the grim death toll from crashes on America’s roadways has been on a downward trend. But we hit a major roadblock in 2015 when the number of people lost in crashes jumped 7.2 percent from 2014, the largest percentage increase in 50 years. Preliminary reports for 2016 look even worse. You should know what’s driving this dangerous u-turn in highway safety and how you can Read More >>

Oversharing Online Can Cost You Your Job … and More

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For better or worse, social networks give us a platform to share literally everything on the Internet. In today’s ever-connected, oversharing world, you should know the risks to your job, health and family from ill-advised online behavior. Click here to read the Newsletter Read More >>

Three Charged in Negligent Death of Nursing Home Resident

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Two nurses and one aide were charged with negligence and causing the death of an 81 year old ventilator dependent resident at A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility. They allegedly failed to respond to alarms when the resident was disconnected from the ventilator. This is another example of Nursing Home Abuse.  Bedsores, Falls, Fractures and Negligence are common occurrences at many nursing Read More >>

Presenting America’s Top Safety and Justice Stories of 2016

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Are you making all those lists and checking them twice? Gifts? Holiday cards? Party invitations? New Year’s resolutions? Well, here’s one more for you courtesy of the American civil justice system: safer products and services. This past year we’ve been following several stories of dangerous products or unfair practices that threaten the health, safety and legal rights of all Americans. Think Read More >>