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July 2016 Archives

Thousands of veterans' brain injuries may have been misdiagnosed

The Department of Veterans Affairs has been at the center of some very troubling stories over the past few years. Of course, everyone remembers the findings about long wait times for health care and falsified records at some of the VA medical facilities.

Facing dangerous semi trucks on West Virginia roads

Semi trucks and other commercial vehicles play an important role in our state's economy. As these trucks comprise such a large part of the transportation system, ordinary motorists must often drive alongside or near these vehicles almost every day. Unfortunately, truck accidents do occur and may result in catastrophic injuries when smaller automobiles collide with such a formidable obstacle.

What are the rights of West Virginia nursing home residents?

As you might imagine, residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities in West Virginia are supposed to have the same rights as every other human being. Unfortunately, senior citizens and infirm patients are some of the most vulnerable residents of the nation. This makes it all too easy for other parties to harm them or violate their rights, even in an ordinarily safe nursing facility. To put a clear point on the rights of these residents and prevent nursing home neglect and abuse, the government enacted the Nursing Home Reform Law in 1987.

Study looks at link between brain injury and Alzheimer's

A traumatic brain injury can impact a person's health long after the immediate symptoms have faded. More and more former professional athletes have come forward to discuss the neurological and mental health problems they've had long after their playing days were over. Families of those who passed away, such as football great Frank Gifford, have had their loved ones' brains autopsied to confirm that they did indeed suffer from the progressive brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, more commonly known as CTE.

West Virginia can be a dangerous place to work

No one who lives in and loves West Virginia would ever dispute the advantages of working in our bountiful state. As a leading provider of many of the nation's industrial needs, West Virginia offers workers a rich employment landscape. However, a place offering such a bounty of valuable resources and plentiful employment opportunities does not come without risks to workers.

Responding to elder abuse and neglect in West Virginia

It is hard for a person to imagine a time when he or she will be the one providing care and/or making medical care decisions for a parent. However, many people in West Virginia are currently facing this reality. In many cases, family members make the decision that the best place for their loved one is in a nursing home or other type of long-term care facility. For these people, it is necessary to be able to recognize and respond appropriately to instances of elder abuse and neglect.

Cosmetic surgery procedure leads to brain injury

There are a variety of reasons why a person in West Virginia might undergo surgery. For some, they need surgical intervention to improve or prevent a medical condition while others elect such an action to improve their self-esteem. While there are risks associated with any type of surgery, those risks are likely increased if medical care professionals do not respond appropriately to medical emergencies that arise. Unfortunately, one out-of-state woman claims that her daughter suffered a brain injury during a breast augmentation procedure.

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