If you have a loved one in a nursing home, the last thing you want to consider is that your elder is being neglected or abused. But it happens more frequently than you might imagine.

Ways That a Nursing Home Covers Up Abuse or Neglect

The decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is never easy. You want to feel confident that they are being well cared for. However, that is not always the case. Below are some ways a nursing home may cover up abuse or neglect.

Blaming the Resident

If your loved one is injured, the staff may try to blame them and say they weren’t following the rules or that they fell due to dementia or instability. Staff members may even blame the abuse on another resident. Therefore, it’s essential to watch out for new injuries and ask many questions.

Falsifying Paperwork

The nursing home management may encourage staff members to falsify documents claiming that staff performed routine checks and other duties as expected. They might backdate information if something was skipped or lie altogether.

Failing to Keep Up with Medical Records

Another telltale sign that your elder may not be receiving proper care is that their medical chart is not updated. It may indicate missed medications, skipped doctor’s appointments, and other signs of neglect or abuse.

Not Reporting Abuse or Neglect

Even though nursing homes are required by state law to report any abuse or neglect, often staff members are pressured not to report anything. As a result, nurses or orderlies may continue to do their jobs but fail to take proper action and report the nursing home for infractions because they fear losing their jobs.

Signs of Abuse or Neglect

If your elder shows signs of malnutrition, frequent injuries, infections, bedsores, or changes in their mood or behavior, investigate immediately. When abused or neglected, elders often become withdrawn, depressed, or anxious

Where to Turn for Help

If you suspect your senior loved one is being abused or neglected, contact Baron and Herskowitz for help today.

Sexual abuse is a crime that should not go unpunished. Therefore, it is essential to acquire the help of an experienced sexual assault attorney to help with your case.

What is Sexual Abuse?

Sexual abuse is more than just rape or other violent crimes. It includes any non-consensual sexual act, molestation, and even sexual harassment in the workplace. The offender uses sexual abuse to control another person. When sexual assault occurs within a marriage or domestic partnership, it falls under the category of domestic abuse. 

Sexual abuse is a rampant crime, and 1 in 4 men and 1 in 3 women have reported being the victim of physical, sexual abuse. 

Types of Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse happens in a few different ways. Some common types of sexual abuse include:

Verbal Abuse

Sexual harassment in the workplace is common, but this crime may also happen online, in social situations, and even in the home. For example, when someone uses verbal or written words to convey unwanted sexual content to another, it may constitute verbal sexual abuse. It might include teasing, jokes, explicit sexual language, sexting, unwanted advances, and stalking.

Physical Abuse

Physical sexual abuse includes unwanted contact such as fondling, touching, tickling, kissing, molestation, rape, other non-consensual sex acts, as well as stalking. 

Covert Abuse

Covert sexual abuse usually occurs without the victim’s knowledge. Whenever someone follows another person, observes them privately, stalks them on social media, or photographs them, this is covert sexual abuse. The abuser gets sexual satisfaction from spying on another person. Sometimes this escalates to cyber sexual harassment or worse. 

Overt Visual Abuse

When someone is forcibly exposed to explicit sexual images and ideology, it may constitute abuse. Examples may include sexting, flashing, improper dress at work or home, exhibitionism, and witnessing sexual acts. 

Statistics of Sexual Assault

Sadly, sexual assault and abuse are very common in the U.S. Some shocking sexual abuse statistics include:

Civil vs. Criminal Sexual Abuse Cases

Although sexual abuse is a criminal offense, it can also be prosecuted in civil court. An experienced assault lawyer can help obtain damages for medical treatment related to the assault, psychological trauma, any loss of employment or work time, spousal suffering, counseling, and other reparations related to the case. 

In some cases, you may also be able to sue a third party for their involvement in the sexual abuse or their failure to protect you. For example, a boss or company that did not perform a proper background check before hiring a worker who assaulted you. There are many options to consider, and you can discuss your particular case with your attorney. 

Even if many years have passed, you may still have the option of proceeding legally against your abuser. 

Sexual Assault Resources

Victims should always report sexual assault incidents. RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the country’s nationwide anti-sexual violence resource and where to turn for help. They have been in business for 27 years and have helped 3.7 million sexual abuse survivors. They have a toll-free number you can call from anywhere in the U.S. – 800-656-HOPE (4673). The hotline is available 24/7, and you can instantly speak with a live person. 

Sexual assault victims should also hire an attorney experienced in these types of cases.

How a Lawyer Can Help with Your Sexual Abuse Case

Sexual abuse cases are emotionally charged and require compassion and understanding. Your sexual assault lawyer with Baron and Herskowitz will provide you with the utmost confidentiality, privacy, and respect. Whether you need help with a criminal sexual abuse case or a civil lawsuit, we can help with both. We can offer expert knowledge of these types of cases, assistance determining damages, filing legal motions and court paperwork, representing you in court, and providing a buffer for you, as well as assistance pursuing settlements.

If you are the victim or survivor of sexual abuse, we understand how sensitive this matter is to you. Please call us today to discuss your case confidentially in a private setting. We offer free consultations. 

Baron and Herskowitz has undertaken an investigation into the Bose 700 headphones concerning (1) connections issues (supposed to be able to maintain 2 connections at once(; (2) random skipping and distorted sounds; (3) noise-cancelling does not work (4) battery issues (5) terrible sound (6) firmware will not update and a number of other problems. Tech support does not provide assistance and Bose is not supporting warranty claims.

If these circumstances sound familiar, please email us at info@bhfloridalaw.com or directly at jon@bhfloridalaw.com or reach us at 305-670-0101.

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Teen drivers are by far more prone to accidents than adults. The grim statistic shows that car accidents are the leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 15 and 20.

Reasons for Teen Car Accidents

When driving in the car with other teens, the risk of an accident increases considerably. Due to their inexperience, teen drivers are less aware of the dangers of driving, and they cannot correctly evaluate road conditions.

Some of the most common reasons for teen car accidents are:

What to Do After a Teen Car Accident

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a car crash that involves a teenager, contact us for a free consultation to find out about your rights and how to proceed. 

 

Baron and Herskowitz is investigating reports that 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 Ford Mustang vehicles, including the Ford Shelby, experience problems with excessive oil consumption.  Consumers report having to add oil much more frequently than expected.  Burning excessive amounts of engine oil can also lead to problems such as engine damage and engine stalling while the vehicle is in operation.

If you own or lease a 2016, 2017, 2018, or 2019 Ford Mustang and have experienced similar issues, we would like to hear from you. Please email us at info@bhfloridalaw.com or directly at jon@bhfloridalaw.com or reach us at 305-670-0101.

It does not cost anything to get in touch or speak with the attorneys.

Malls and shopping centers are usually jam-packed with lots of cars pulling in and out of large parking lots with pedestrians delicately navigating the traffic to return to their own vehicles. All that chaos is ripe for car accidents and pedestrian injuries.

Who is at Fault?

Typically, malls and shopping centers are owned by corporations, and then each store is leased to individuals. When an accident occurs in a mall parking lot, the question becomes who is at fault. If the driver of the car was being negligent or was distracted when they hit you, they may be legally liable. However, conditions that exist beyond the driver’s control may indicate that the corporation or owner of the store is also responsible for the accident. If any faulty equipment was involved in the accident, a manufacturer may also be liable.

For example, if a car attempts to brake and slides on ice in the parking lot and hits you, the owners of the mall or shopping strip failed to keep everyone safe by putting down ice melt. 

Even if you failed to cross the parking lot in a designated area and were then struck by a car, you still could have legal recourse. 

You may be able to seek compensation from one or all of the following:

Depending on the situation, you may have a situation with more than one responsible party. These things tend to get complicated quickly, and it’s a good idea to consult the experts. 

What to Do if You Have Been Injured at a Mall or Shopping Center

First, get immediate medical attention for your injuries. Second, contact your personal injury lawyer for a consultation and to determine who is at fault. 

Many people injured in pedestrian accidents at malls or shopping centers do not realize that they have any legal recourse and could receive compensation for their medical bills, recovery, and mental suffering. 

By Melissa Angell

Law360 (January 7, 2021, 8:14 PM EST) — A new proposed class action in Michigan federal court alleges that Ford knowingly concealed manufacturing defects in its F-150 vehicles believed to cause an excessively high rate of engine oil consumption, usually manifesting after the vehicle’s warranty period has expired.

A trio of Ford owners sued the car manufacturer Wednesday, alleging that their Ford F-150 vehicles guzzle oil “at an abnormally high pace” and that instead of disclosing the defect, Ford fraudulently concealed it from customers because it favored profits over safety and performance.

“The oil consumption defect constitutes a safety issue because it can cause the class vehicles to run out of engine oil and fail, and as such, Ford had a duty to disclose the safety issue to consumers,” the complaint says.

The suit brought by vehicle owners David Lyman, Timothy Thuering and Vincent Brady says Ford knew about the supposed oil consumption defect since the car manufacturer is required to test its vehicles, which they say would have exposed the defect.

In their suit, the trio take issue with expenses and inconveniences incurred from constantly monitoring and changing their engine oil levels as a result of the consumption defect.

Thuering’s 2018 Ford F-150 vehicle consumed a quart of engine oil for every 1,000 miles driven, according to the suit. Upon assessing the engine’s oil consumption, the dealership concluded that Thuering’s engine was not leaking. After further queries, the dealership later informed Thuering that the vehicle’s oil consumption was considered normal and that guidance from Ford suggested adding an additional quart of oil during each oil change.

The consumers pinpoint the defect to “insufficient piston ring tension,” which results in engine oil moving past the vehicle’s oil control and piston rings to enter the engine’s combustion changer, where the oil is then burned.

“Once in the combustion chamber, oil is burned off rather than returned for further lubrication,” the complaint says. “This not only causes a decrease in engine performance but also decreases fuel efficiency, causes carbon deposits to form, and can damage the engine and various ignition and emission components.”

According to the complaint, Ford issued at least four technical service bulletins to dealerships related to excessive oil consumption in the vehicles, which provide guidance on how to repair Ford vehicles and respond to customer complaints.

The bulletin’s fourth version proposes the installation of a new engine oil level indicator known as a dipstick, which changes the engine oil and the oil filter. But the new dipstick uses a wider “normal operating range,” which the consumers argue does not fix the defect, saves Ford repair costs and is used “to mask the oil consumption problem.”

“This change means that a dipstick reading that was once at or below the minimum fill line, previously requiring an engine replacement, and perhaps caused customers to become alarmed or concerned with excessive oil consumption, is now considered normal and within Ford’s acceptable parameters,” the complaint says.

The F-Series brings in a hefty sum for the car manufacturer — roughly $50 billion of Ford’s annual $160 billion in sales is derived solely from sales of the F-Series truck as of 2018.

On average, Ford sold 900,000 F-150 vehicles per year over the last three years, according to the complaint.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received numerous complaints about the oil consumption defect citing concerns over vehicle safety, the suit says.

The consumers seek to establish a nationwide class of those who purchased or leased Ford’s F-150 vehicles in addition to three subclasses of California, Ohio and New York residents who purchased or leased the class vehicles. In their suit they request a monetary award to repair or replace the class vehicles and want Ford to repair, recall and replace the class vehicle.

Ford faces accusations of negligence, breach of warranty and violating an array of local statutes.

The suit launched Wednesday would not be the first against Ford over the F-150 model.

In 2019, Ford was sued over accusations that it overhyped its fuel economy in its F-150 and Ranger pickup tricks, which turned into a sprawling multidistrict litigation against the carmaker.

Counsel for the proposed class and representatives for Ford did not immediately respond to Law360’s request for comment Thursday.

As part of this investigation, Baron and Herskowitz needs to hear from F-150 drivers to learn more about the problem and to determine whether a defect is to blame. If your truck is burning through excessive amounts of oil, we want to hear about it. Drivers may be able to get their money back for repairs and related expenses. Please email us at info@bhfloridalaw.com or directly at jon@bhfloridalaw.com or reach us at 305-670-0101.

 It does not cost anything to get in touch or speak with the attorneys.

Anyone who had oil consumption issues with their Ford F-150.

Baron and Herskowitz is investigating whether a class action lawsuit can be filed on behalf of owners and lessees of Ford’s F-150. Truck owners are complaining their trucks are consuming oil too quickly and in some cases, require new engines.

 As part of this investigation, Baron and Herskowitz needs to hear from F-150 drivers to learn more about the problem and to determine whether a defect is to blame. If your truck is burning through excessive amounts of oil, we want to hear about it. Drivers may be able to get their money back for repairs and related expenses. Please email us at info@bhfloridalaw.com or directly at jon@bhfloridalaw.com or reach us at 305-670-0101.

 It does not cost anything to get in touch or speak with the attorneys.

No matter how severe or minor, car accidents are no fun. If you are involved in a car accident, regardless of whether or not you are at fault, follow the steps below to minimize your risk and facilitate the best possible outcome.

Assess the Situation

Is anyone hurt, and does anyone need medical attention? If so, get help immediately. If no one is hurt and it appears there is only property damage, call the police to report the accident and stay where you are. Never leave the scene of an accident, or you could face criminal charges.

Protect the Area

If you can, pull off to the side of the road to a safe place. Put up cones or flares to keep other traffic away and direct them around the accident until the police arrive.

Document Everything

Even before the police get there, you can take pictures of everything. If you see witnesses nearby, get their contact information, and ask if they saw what happened. You might want to audiotape or videotape those conversations (with their permission, of course).

Give a Complete Report to the Police

Tell the police all the facts as you know them. However, do not admit guilt, and if you are not sure of something, be honest and tell them that. The police may have you come down to the station to fill out a formal report, or they may take one there at the scene.

Swap Information with the Other Driver

Be sure to get the other driver’s contact information and insurance company details. You may need these to get your automobile repaired. If they agree, take a picture of their driver’s license in case you need it later for legal purposes.

Contact Your Personal Injury Lawyer

If you are unsure of the circumstances or someone was seriously injured during the accident, be sure to contact your personal injury lawyer to ask for assistance with the next steps. It’s too important not to ask questions now before things escalate. Protect yourself with one quick phone call. 

 

The holidays can feel like a crazy time rushing around to get things done before getting together with family and friends. It’s also a high time for car accidents. There are a few reasons for this.

Weather Conditions

Colder weather and ice create more dangerous road conditions. Even high winds and low visibility can make driving unpredictable and scary. 

Impaired Driving

The holidays mean parties, and parties often lead to alcohol and drug use. More people are apt to drive while impaired around the holidays and potentially get into a car accident. From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, impaired driving accidents spike each year. You do not want to be one of them. 

Distracted Driving

Another issue that intensifies during the holidays is distracted driving. With so much on your mind, it’s easy to take your eyes off the road or be lost in thought, which can cause a car accident. Texting, driving, and even phone calls are some of the top distracted driving behaviors responsible for serious car accidents, including those with fatalities. Distracted driving combined with worsened weather conditions is a recipe for disaster.

More Traffic on the Roads

During the holidays, traffic increases, and congestion may be a more common occurrence. The more traffic on the roads, the higher your chances are of a car accident. Hurried, frustrated, late drivers often do unsafe things to get where they are going, and you could be at risk if you are on the roads along with them. 

Where Can I Turn if I Suffer an Accident Around the Holidays?

The consequences of a serious car accident can be devastating, such as a life-altering injury or even death. If you or someone you love is involved in a car accident around the holidays this season, you need a personal injury attorney you can trust. Contact Baron and Herskowitz for a free consultation today.