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Nursing home care often substandard
The most commonly reported problem in nursing homes in the United States is physical abuse of patients. One study indicates that one-half of all nursing home residents experience some form of abuse while residing at a nursing home. Read this article to learn some tips on how to determine whether a particular nursing home may be a good facility for a loved one who needs skilled nursing care.

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Longer trucking hours could be a safety risk
Check out this article about one federal lawmaker’s proposal to increase the number of hours truck drivers are allowed to drive in a week. The proposal would increase the current limit of 70 hours per week to 82 hours. Critics, including fellow legislators, say the increase could contribute to the problem of truck driver fatigue and put other motorists on the road at risk. A poll has found overwhelming opposition to the increase.

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*Safety Focus of New FMCSA Database *
People who live in South Carolina should visit here to read important details about a database being created by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration referred to as the Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse rule. The database is being developed as a means of tracking drug and alcohol test results and refusals as well as arrests or convictions for impaired driving among commercial drivers.

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Impaired driving causes accidents
Young drivers in South Carolina are disproportionately represented in fatal crashes where impairment was a contributing factor. Moreover, one quarter of all alcohol or drug related crashes involve young drivers ages 15 to 24. Read this article to learn what steps parents can take to encourage their teenagers not to drink and then get behind the wheel of a car.

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Gaffney woman killed in hit and run near assisted living facility

On behalf of Patrick E. Knie Law Offices posted in Wrongful Death on Monday, March 10, 2014. 

Residents of assisted living facilities are generally allowed to come and go as they please. They may be asked to sign in and out so that staff members are aware of the residents' whereabouts, but assisted living facilities typically offer residents more mobility than would a nursing home. However, depending on the circumstances of a particular case, negligence on the part of facility staff could still factor into why a resident suffered injuries.

In the wake of a fatal hit-and-run accident, the family members of a Gaffney woman are looking for answers as to why their loved one was taken from them. The 46-year-old woman was reportedly hit by a pickup truck as she walked on the road near the assisted living facility where she resided.

Police later located the 21-year-old pickup driver, whose vehicle was reportedly parked at the Gaffney Inn. He was arrested and charged with fatal hit and run.

Surveillance video at the assisted living facility shows the woman speaking with staff just before she left. She was walking alone at night when she was struck by the vehicle. Nine minutes passed between the time when she left the facility and the time of the collision.

Beyond any criminal charges brought against a hit-and-run driver, families of deceased victims may also have grounds for a civil claim of wrongful death. Such legal action can lead to compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses and lost income the deceased might have provided. Likewise, grieving families should be aware of their legal options in the event that a care provider's negligence resulted in a loved one's death.

Source: FOX Carolina, "Man denied bond in hit-and-run that killed Gaffney woman," Derek Dellinger and Dal Kalsi, March 1, 2014

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