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Kentucky Attorney General Moves to Protect Residents at an Eastern Kentucky Nursing Home

Published on Jun 13, 2011 at 12:59 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

Elder abuse comes in many forms. Sometimes it is physical and sometimes it is financial. Last week, a Letcher County Judge moved to protect the residents of the Golden Years Rest Home when he issued a temporary restraining order preventing the home from selling any of its assets. In his order, the judge found that the personal funds of many of the nursing home’s residents were stolen and that the home continues to act in a manner harmful to its residents despite a number of civil administrative and criminal proceedings. Last year, the Attorney General’s office obtained the indictment of its former administrator on 74 counts for theft of over $500,000 in state and federal funds.

Whether your loved one has suffered from physical or financial abuse at the hands of a nursing home and/or its staff in Kentucky, you should seek the assistance of an experienced nursing home abuse attorney in Louisville.

Woman Injured in Herrington Lake Boating Accident

Published on Jun 8, 2011 at 5:12 pm in Personal Injury.

A 59-year-old woman from Louisville suffered injuries recently when she fell out of a boat on Herrington Lake and was cut by the boat’s propeller, according to an article in The Lexington Herald-Leader.

The woman and two friends were boating on Herrington Lake when the boat struck an underwater object, possibly a submerged log. The woman and another of the boaters, also a woman, were thrown into the water. The third person on the boat steered the boat toward the swimming women, but got too close, and one of the women suffered cuts from the boat’s underwater propeller.

CPSC Recalls 1 Million Pool and Spa Drain Covers for Incorrect Ratings, Entrapment Dangers

Published on May 27, 2011 at 2:45 pm in Personal Injury.

Ahead of the Memorial Day weekend, the traditional opening of pool season, the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission (CPSC) has recalled nearly one million pool and in-ground spa drain covers from eight different manufacturers. A Louisville personal injury lawyer would want consumers to know that it was discovered the covers were rated incorrectly to control the flow of water through the covers, and may potentially pose an entrapment hazard.

After months of investigation and obtaining thousands of pages of documents, the CPSC found that the suction around these covers can cause children in particular to become trapped underwater. In many instances, the covers had been certified by labs that used faulty standards resulting in the products being distributed throughout the country. No injuries or incidents related to the recalled drain covers have been reported.

With Help from Kentucky Spine Center, Paralyzed Man May Walk Again

Published on May 26, 2011 at 7:33 pm in Personal Injury.

A man who was paralyzed from the chest down in 2006 has been able to stand and even take a few steps, thanks to an electrical stimulator surgically implanted in his spine, according to The Reporter News. Several hospitals and spinal cord injury specialists are working together on the man’s condition, including doctors at the Kentucky Spine Center, and recently published a paper describing the results in the medical journal Lancet.

The man was left paralyzed after suffering a spinal cord injury a car accident several years ago, and there has been no improvement in his condition despite three years of physical therapy. In 2009, his physicians tried implanting a stimulator at the base of his spine. When turned on, the device sends an electrical charge along the spinal cord.

Consumer Organization Urges FDA to Recall Dangerous Bed Handles

Published on May 20, 2011 at 3:14 pm in Personal Injury.

The consumer organization Public Citizen recently petitioned the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), asking the agency to ban or at least recall a certain type of bed handle that elderly or infirm people may use to help themselves get in and out of bed, according to an article in Consumer Affairs. The bed handles have been linked to several deaths, as their users have become trapped, strangled, or injured because of them.

The bed handles are produced by Bed Handles, Inc., which is headquartered in Springfield, Missouri. The manufacturer’s website describes the handles as more safe than other handle designs, because they cannot be raised or lowered and so users cannot get pinched by them. However, Public Citizen notes that the bed handles, which are installed by sliding the bottom of the unit between the bed and the box spring or bed frame, can slide out of place, creating a gap between the handles and the mattress that an elderly or disabled person may become trapped in. Once trapped, a person risks injury or even suffocation. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently issued a sweeping recall of drop-side cribs because infants could be trapped and injured in a similar manner.