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Arizona Construction Site Safety Attorneys

By Breyer Law Offices on December 8, 2016

Arizona Excavator SafetyIf you were involved in an Arizona construction site accident and sustained serious injuries you’re going to want to know what to do and who to turn to for help. The trouble is that when you’re hurt on the job you expect your employer to help you and to do whatever is necessary to help you make a full recovery, but this isn’t always the way that it goes. In fact, in many cases, construction workers who are injured on the job find that their employers are less than helpful, may try to make the accident appear to be the worker’s own fault, and that even workers compensation paperwork becomes an insurmountable task. To make matters more difficult you may find that your employer wants you back on the job immediately following your accident and that may not be possible, putting you in an even more difficult situation where you’re unable to earn a living wage and your job may be replaced, giving you less work when you do finally make it back to the job site, if you make it back before the end of the contract for the current job. But you don’t have to deal with all of this frustration and suffering on your own. Working with a skilled personal injury attorney can help you to make it through your recovery more smoothly, more quickly, and with more help.

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Emotional Abuse Found in Nursing Homes in Phoenix

By Breyer Law Offices on December 6, 2016

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office launched the Taskforce against Senior Abuse (TASA) in efforts to heighten awareness and enforcement of many types of abuse directed toward seniors, one of which is emotional abuse. Their Elder Abuse Information and Training Guide defines it as follows: “Psychological/Emotional Abuse: infliction of mental pain, anguish, or distress through verbal or nonverbal acts such as name calling, insulting, ignoring, threatening, isolating, demeaning and controlling behavior.”

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Improper Wound Care in Nursing Homes

By Breyer Law Offices on December 2, 2016

Arizona Nursing Home NeglectNursing facilities provide a variety of personal care services that are necessary for day-to-day activity such as getting in or out of a bed, bathing, using the bathroom, getting dressed, and eating. These facilities also provide many medical care services or skilled care, which is to be performed by those with the necessary skills and training. One common function of skilled care involves wound care, which may involve pressure sores, ulcers, burns, surgical entry sites, fistulas, tube entry sites, and tumor erosion points. Wounds, in simplistic terms, are a failure in the protective properties of the skin. When management of a wound is necessary, the physician will order the process of treatment to be executed by the facility.

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How to Tell If a Phoenix Nursing Home is Understaffed

By Breyer Law Offices on November 30, 2016

Arizona Nursing Home AbuseAll nursing homes operating in the State must be licensed and meet state quality standards. Nursing homes that receive federal monies must also comply with federal certification standards. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) oversees long-term care facilities nationally, as those two programs fund the majority of the facilities. Many nursing homes struggle to maintain staffing levels necessary to provide timely and quality care.

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What to do if you Suspect Neglect in a Loved One’s Nursing Home

By Breyer Law Offices on November 28, 2016

Arizona Nursing Home AbuseIn February 2016 the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and US Department of Health & Human Services published a study on long-term care. Nursing homes are institutions within the long-term care industry, which is poised for unprecedented growth in the US. The number of Americans that will be over the age of 65 is projected to increase from roughly 40 million in 2010 to roughly 88 million in 2050. The increase in older Americans is occurring at a time when family size is decreasing and more women are employed full-time, which potentially results in the decrease of the available traditional family caregivers, and bolstering demand for external providers to care for the elderly.

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Staying Safe This Black Friday: Premises Liability

By Breyer Law Offices on November 25, 2016

Arizona Premises LiabiltyWhen you’re out shopping for the best deals in town this weekend, you’ll be thinking about how to score the next big deal and whether you set up your route for the day in the most effective way, but you probably won’t be thinking about staying safe this Black Friday, or what happens if you’re injured in one of the stores in which you are doing your bargain hunting. But what does happen if the unthinkable occurs? If you are injured in the store in which you are shopping, who is liable for your injuries? Is the store liable? Is the person who caused your injuries liable? Are you liable? In the rush and the hullaballoo of the shopping frenzy that will surely happen on Black Friday weekend (and starting even days before) there’s a risk that you could be injured. And the best way to protect yourself from both injury and from the worst parts of its aftermath is to know what you are dealing with, how to avoid it, and who really holds liability for your pain and suffering.

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Posted in: Premises Liability

Staying Safe This Black Friday: Pedestrian Safety

By Breyer Law Offices on November 24, 2016

When you’re out chasing the greatest deals of the season, you’re focused on finding the gifts you showed up for, getting in the checkout line, and getting out of the store before the crowd busts through at full force; but, if you really want to keep the day as stress-free as possible, you also have to focus on staying safe this Black Friday and exercising important pedestrian safety actions that will keep you from becoming the victim of a serious accident. Although you may not consider your safety in terms of being a pedestrian, you’ll spend a great deal of time pounding the pavement while you are walking back and forth between the car and the stores at which you’re scoring great deals on awesome gifts, while you are standing in lines outside of stores that open early, and while traversing outdoor malls or walking from store to store in areas that are near to each other in order to avoid moving your vehicle. Read through these pedestrian safety tips and incorporate them into your Black Friday plan of attack to keep yourself and your shopping mates safe at all times.

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Posted in: Pedestrian Accident

Staying Safe This Black Friday: Driving Safety

By Breyer Law Offices on November 23, 2016

Arizona Auto AccidentThe auto insurance industry indicates the day after Thanksgiving as one of the most dangerous driving days of the year, so staying safe this Black Friday and practicing keen driving safety skills is as important to nabbing the best deals on toys and gifts as scanning the Black Friday ads ahead of time online. According to Progressive Insurance, 34% more car crashes happen on Black Friday than on the surrounding weeks; reports from the insurance agency indicate that 12.5% of Black Friday claims involve rear-end collisions, while more than 11 percent of claims are filed for crashes involving a parked car. If you’d rather increase your savings than your insurance rates, you’ve got some studying to do, and it shouldn’t just be of your favorite stores’ Black Friday ads. Check out these important tips for staying safe on the road this Black Friday.

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Who is Liable for Wrongful Death in Phoenix Nursing Homes?

By Breyer Law Offices on November 22, 2016

Recently there have been quite a few wrongful death cases filed against nursing homes across the US. With the “baby boomer” generation entering their older years, the long-term care population is soon going to spike. The laws and policies regarding wrongful death claims against nursing homes have some variations among the states, including who associated with the deceased is able to file a wrongful death case. Wrongful death is defined in AZ Statute as being someone’s death resulting from wrongful action or neglect. Further, if the deceased were still alive, they would have qualified to bring a personal injury suit seeking damages. The AZ Statute states that a suit for wrongful death can be entered in the name of the surviving spouse, child, parent, guardian, or if none exist, the representative of the deceased’s estate.

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How to Spot Elder Malnutrition in Nursing Homes

By Breyer Law Offices on November 18, 2016

Malnutrition is when the body has nutritional deficiencies. Ordinarily, those who consume a balanced diet will receive the majority of the nutrients needed. Our bodies require various vitamins and minerals which are critical to disease prevention. Most nutrients aren’t naturally generated within the body; therefore, must be sourced elsewhere. Many foods available in the grocery aisle are said to be “fortified” by adding in nutrients that our systems require.

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