Does Your Elder Care Facility Do a Good Job?
For most of us, the seniors in our lives are among our most loved and cherished individuals. Unfortunately, as they get older and their health deteriorates, we are not always able to provide the level of care that they require. When this happens we look for the best nursing home, or other care facility, where they will be comfortable, well taken care of, and closely monitored by professionals. While this should, and usually does, mean a better quality of care, that is not always the case.
Statistics show that almost one-third of all nursing homes and elder care facilities have received complaints of elder abuse or neglect. What is even more alarming is that many cases of abuse go unreported altogether. We place our elderly in these facilities to address their needs and protect them, yet this doesn’t prevent thousands of injuries and deaths each year as a direct result of abuse and neglect.
Don’t Let Facebook Wreck Your Chances in Court
The advent of the Internet has made information posted about anyone or anything almost instantly available to web searchers. But while the internet is a wealth of information, literally at your fingertips, it can also backfire on a person. Take social media, for example. Facebook is just one of the social media outlets that people use to share, communicate, and sometimes even to vent. But Facebook can also be used against you, particularly in legal matters. If you are involved in a court case, you need to be aware of how Facebook can damage your case.
Once a comment is posted on Facebook, or any one of dozens of social media venues, it is out there for anyone to see. In a court case, you have to be careful about what you say and to whom you say it, as it can and will be used against you if the situation dictates.
A Nightmare Waiting to Happen
Being in an automobile accident is never fun. But being in an automobile accident with someone who isn’t insured is a nightmare. Now, you have to go after the person in court, trying to recover at least a portion of what is rightfully owed to you. While you would probably like to see the person incarcerated for their behavior, you know that they won’t be able to work while they’re in jail, making the prospect of recovering damages even more complicated. It’s a lose-lose situation. What do you do? You should immediately add uninsured motorist coverage to your insurance policy, if you don’t already have it, so that you’re prepared for just such an incident.
With uninsured motorists involved in a large percentage of the accidents on California’s roads, you have to take the initiative to make sure that you’re protected, since they won’t. Uninsured motorist coverage does just that. It provides protection in the unfortunate event that you are involved in an accident with someone whose liability limits are lower than yours. This especially applies if they have no coverage at all, which according to statistics, occurs with one in every seven drivers.
Child Victims of Dog Bites
With the number of children bitten by dogs steadily on the rise, states have been forced to create and enforce statutes that specifically pertain to dog bite cases. In California, dog owners are held responsible for the actions of their pets and are, therefore, subject to strict liability if their dog attacks a child. The animal does not have to have demonstrated a tendency to attack; one instance is all it takes.
California Civil Code section 3342 applies to dog bites. It states that the dog’s owner shall be held liable for any damages or injury suffered by another in the event he is bitten by the owner’s dog. Since the liability is automatic, it doesn’t matter if the victim is a stranger to the dog’s owner, a friend, or even a family member. All dog bite cases are treated in the same manner.