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Man dies from heat after being left outside at nursing home

When people in Fulton County make the difficult decision to place a loved one in a nursing facility, there is an expectation that the staff will adhere to a reasonable standard of care. Of course, in a best case scenario, the care will exceed minimum expectations, and the elderly or ill will be treated as if they themselves were the loved one of the nursing home staff. However, it's an unfortunate reality that nursing home neglect occurs, and it's important to know what to do when it does happen.

An allegation of nursing home negligence has been lodged against a facility after an elderly patient died. He had been left out in the sun during a very hot day for hours. The man, age 90, had a sunburn, and his temperature had risen to 105 degrees. One nurse had checked on him and left him outside in spite of the heat. The three nurses who had been responsible for the man's care were dismissed. The nursing home has been fined in the past for negligence and abuse.

Fatal accident claims life of motorcyclist

Drivers of conventional vehicles and motorcyclists must make a concerted effort to share the road in Fulton County. While the majority operate their vehicles within the law and safely, there are times in which an accident is unavoidable. With motorcycle accidents, the natural state of a rider places him or her in jeopardy. There's little protection available in the event of an accident which can easily escalate its severity leading into a fatal accident.

Police were called at approximately to investigate a two-vehicle accident. A Nissan Altima was on the eastbound side of the roadway when the driver tried to turn. It subsequently crashed into a motorcycle that was heading south. The 41-year-old male motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. There were no other injuries. The investigation into the fatal accident is ongoing.

Medical professional negligence can affect Fulton County patients

When a person or a person's loved one requires a surgical procedure in Fulton County, the procedure itself and the issue it's designed to correct are usually the main focus. However, there are other factors that must be considered when a surgical procedure is planned and underway. The number of people who are negatively affected by medical professional negligence is high and can lead to injury, death and significantly higher medical expenses. These mistakes happen frequently and wind up costing massive amounts in insurance and liability payments as well as harming patients.

Some of the mistakes that are made include wrong-site surgery and the surgical error of leaving a piece of equipment inside a patient after the surgery has been completed. In the years 1990 to 2010, there were almost 10,000 of these incidents and others. The amount that it cost to compensate people who were injured by these errors totaled $1.3 billion. The numbers are believed to be higher because 90 percent of those who were subject to these mistakes didn't receive indemnity payments. The number of mistakes each week is believed to come close to 80.

Truck making U-turn causes fatal motorcycle accident

Motorcycles and trucks in Fulton County must share the road to ensure the safety of both. Of course, that is the ideal. It does not always come to pass that way. With motorcycle accidents, there is a significant chance of major injuries and death because of the vulnerability of the rider. In some instances, these accidents happen because a driver is committing negligence and failing to obey the rules of the road.

An accident between a motorcycle and a truck led to the death of the motorcyclist. The truck driver is now facing charges for second degree vehicular homicide. The accident happened at approximately 9 a.m. as the truck driver was heading south in the far right lane of the road. He attempted to make a U-turn and went into the path of a 46-year-old motorcyclist who was also heading south. In trying to stop, the motorcyclist skidded for more than 160 feet before crashing into the truck. He was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead later that day.

Legal help in pursuing compensation for medical malpractice

When a person goes to a doctor in Fulton County with a health issue or simply to receive a checkup, one of the last things they're expecting is to be a victim of medical malpractice. A doctor or medical professional's error can take many different forms, from a mistaken diagnosis to a failure to diagnose. Either can result in a worsened medical condition by placing a patient in a position where he or she is receiving treatment that they didn't need or didn't get the medication or care that could have cleared up the issue.

No one believes that a doctor is making an error purposely, but they do happen through negligence or an inadvertent mistake. Medical expenses can be accrued and rise exponentially due to such medical malpractice. Having a medical condition that forces a person to visit a doctor and being told that it's nothing serious is a relief. If, however, the problem doesn't go away and it's later discovered that the condition was actually something that had to be taken care of, the mistake could lead to long-term damage or a fatality.

Car accident sends elderly man to hospital with broken bones

An auto accident in Fulton County can lead to severe injuries and massive medical expenses. It can even result in fatalities. While most drivers operate their vehicles safely, there is always the chance for negligence, unfortunate circumstances or a driver under the influence to cause a car accident. Those who are seriously injured will have a great deal to consider after the crash.

Recently, a 68-year-old man suffered injuries when another car ran a red light and crashed into his. The vehicle that ran the red light was being driven by a 23-year-old man who was being followed by law enforcement. He was wanted on a warrant for simple battery. He is facing charges for DUI, eluding police, running through two stop signs and for not wearing his safety belt.

Increasing number of hit-and-run accidents a growing concern

For people in Fulton County, heading out on the road has inherent dangers. While accidents can happen at any time, drivers are at least accorded some semblance of protection by being in a vehicle. For those who are pedestrians or on a bicycle, their vulnerability leaves them in danger of serious injury and even death.

Accidents are bad enough, but if the accident involves a driver trying to escape, it's even worse. A hit-and-run accident isn't only dangerous to the lives and health of those involved; the decision to flee the scene is a criminal act. Unfortunately, in some of these accidents, there is a child involved.

How prevalent is nursing home abuse and neglect?

One of the most difficult and traumatic decisions a family in Fulton County has to make is choosing to place a loved one in a nursing facility. A vast amount of guilt and fear accompanies the admission that a loved one is no longer able to care for himself or herself and the family simply doesn't have the means to provide the necessary support. These feelings are compounded if it is revealed that the loved one was the victim of abuse while at the facility.

It's a dark secret that the number of elderly residents at a nursing home who are mistreated is so high. Studies have indicated that the numbers are staggering. Research from just a few years ago indicates that abuse may frequently takes place without anyone ever knowing about it. Sometimes the abuser is caught and made to face justice. Often, the crimes go unreported.

Child suffers serious injury in rear-end car crash

When driving in Fulton County, it's important that drivers pay full attention to the road and surroundings. Being cautious and obeying the traffic laws is a fairly reliable way to avoid a car accident. However, there are times when an accident is unavoidable, and it happens without warning. It is in these accidents that a person can be seriously injured. Serious injury can result in long-term consequences that can affect a person's entire life. This is especially true when the injured party is a child.

A rear-end crash at an intersection sent a 10-year-old boy to the hospital with critical injuries. The boy was riding in a vehicle driven by a 30-year-old woman when a 78-year-old man driving a Ford F-150 crashed into its rear. The second vehicle subsequently crashed into the car in front of it. The woman was also hospitalized. The accident is being investigated.

Fatal accident claims life of tow truck worker

A fatal accident can happen in Fulton County in any number of ways. It can occur on the road while driving, or even while walking across the street. Regardless of its cause, a fatal injury will have a dramatic impact on the family left behind. Not only will they have to deal with the loss of companionship, but it's possible that their entire financial situation will be turned upside down and that they will be left with no way to support themselves.

A 45-year-old tow truck driver was killed when a car crashed into him as he was loading a disabled vehicle onto his truck. According to the investigation, a Chevy Silverado that was being driven by a 21-year-old man went into the emergency lane on the roadway. It was there that the tow truck driver was in the process of clearing a disabled Pontiac Grand Prix. The tow truck driver was outside his truck when he was hit.