Restoring Normalcy After A Slip-And-Fall Accidententry-title

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From motor vehicle collisions to hospital errors, people become hurt in all sorts of ways. Our law firm also knows that people across California may be hurt in a slip-and-fall accident. While many people are familiar with these types of accidents occurring on slick floors in grocery stores, it is important to keep in mind that slip-and-fall accidents take many forms and occur in a variety of locales. If you have been hurt after falling down due to a slippery surface and your daily life has been upended, you should go over all of your options as you try to find a return to normalcy.

Sometimes, employees slip and fall down in a restaurant or another type of workplace accident because of carelessness. On the other hand, someone may become injured after slipping on ice that was not attended to or because of a leaky pipe that was left unaddressed. These accidents may occur in casinos, office spaces, grocery stores, outside of businesses, and in many other settings. However, the pain and challenges that a victim may face can be incredibly difficult, regardless of where and how the accident occurred.

From physical pain to an inability to perform your responsibilities at work, a slip-and-fall accident can spin your life into chaos in many different ways. As a result, you should take action to defend your rights and secure resources that can help you recover. In our personal injury section, you will be able to view even more information related to slip-and-fall accidents.

Overcoming Relentless Emotional Turmoil After A Loved One’s Deathentry-title

Overcoming Relentless Emotional Turmoil After A Loved One's Death

Regardless of the circumstances, the sudden loss of a loved one is never something a person is able to fully prepare for. Every day, many California families are faced with the relentless grief and emotional strain that accompanies an unexpected death of a family member. Overcoming this sadness and regaining a sense of happiness, while often daunting, is achievable with the right help.

It is important for people to remember that suffering from grief is not a negative thing. In fact, it is a very real and normal part of coping with loss especially when it is unexpected. The New York Times defines complicated grief as the following:

  • Invasive thoughts and/or memories
  • Penetrating emotional pain
  • Difficulty finding meaning
  • Denial

The Huffington Post suggests some helpful things people can do in their efforts to effectively deal with a family member’s death. These include the following:

  • Proper self-care: It is imperative that grieving people continue to take care of themselves including eating right, getting enough rest and maintaining their nutrition.
  • Journaling thoughts: A journal is an excellent way for people to effectively express their thoughts in a way that allows release without destructive behaviors.
  • Meditation: People who are suffering may find solace and comfort by taking time to meditate and sit in peace and quiet without any nagging distractions.
  • Enjoy nature: The serenity and beauty of nature can be calming for people suffering from an unexpected loss, and it may provide a mood boost by stimulating neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin. 

Relying on family can provide grieving people with satisfaction and increased self-esteem as they spend time with the people they love.

Trying To Make Custody Work Without A Legal Battleentry-title

New custody trends with working moms

With women getting a strong foothold in the workforce and often becoming the primary breadwinners in some families, traditional child custody outcomes have begun to shift. The “tender years” doctrine that provided for favor towards mothers during custody battles was abolished by most states by 1994, and now working women are finding it a liability to be career focused when they enter into a custody battle. 

A shift in traditional roles has created more stay at home fathers, and more mothers who are becoming involved in careers that can often be demanding. Unfortunately, this shift in trends can significantly affect a mother in the event of a divorce. In a recent article called “Custody Lost” by Sally Abrahms for WorkingMother.com, one woman found out the effects of pursuing her career and how the court now views working mothers in child custody proceedings.  

After a marriage of 10 years, Julie found herself in the midst of a custody battle to keep her children.  She had worked hard for years to support her children while her husband was unemployed and was shocked when he filed for primary custody during their divorce. Throughout the proceedings, her successful career was portrayed as so demanding that she was neglecting her children and that her husband marketable skills had been reduced due to not being in the workforce for five years. While Julie eventually felt confident of the proceedings she was shocked to find that the court had ruled in her husband’s favor and decided that her career might interfere with primary custody.

What are the best steps for making custody work?

Unfortunately long, drawn out child custody cases can occur during divorces causing both the children and the parents to suffer throughout the process. With the changing trend in court custody cases, how can working women find ways to make custody work without suffering the consequences of a devastating court decision?  If you are faced with a possible custody dispute, following the steps below may help get you through deciding custody without a long protracted battle.

Try to focus on parenting, not on the divorce

When discussing with your ex how you will tackle the custody and visitation schedule, make sure you focus on what is best to do as parents and leave out the disagreements that led you to the split.  Discuss your child’s schedule, school routine, and other issues that would affect where they should hold primary residence or what visitation schedule will work best to cause as little disruption as possible in their lives as possible.

Don’t use the children as leverage

Emotions can be extremely heated during a divorce, and one of the easiest ways to hurt the other parent is by withholding their ability to see or spend time with their child. Just because the relationship did not work out between you and your spouse does not mean that each parent’s relationship with their child should not be able to succeed.  While it may be hard to always keep a happy face when around your children, learn to at least be cordial to each other when they are around and make sure you do not resort to making them messengers or information gatherers during the divorce.  

Is mediation a good option?

While what led to your divorce may seem like there is nothing you will be able to agree on, when it comes to your children, it is worth putting in some effort.  Many parents are now testing out the waters of mediation before moving to a court child custody case.  It is important to remember that odds are the best person to be a partner in raising your children is your ex so trying to work out a visitation or custody schedule during mediation can not only make things go quicker and smoother but will often be less stressful on the children.

The vital phrase to remember is “hope for the best, but plan for the worst.”  Despite your best efforts, there may be no way to avoid a child custody court case, so it is essential to be prepared from the beginning. 

Prepare Your Teen For A Car Crashentry-title

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No matter how much parents in California want to believe that their teen drivers will be safe when on the road unsupervised, accidents happen. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teen drivers have a three times higher risk of being killed in a crash than drivers 20 years old and older. Per mile they drive, those who are ages 16 and 17 are three times more likely to be in a crash than drivers 18 and 19 years old.

Although a lack of skill may be one of the major contributors to the higher rates of crashes and fatalities, even the most responsible driver could be in a collision. KidsHealth.org points out that knowing what to do in the event of a motor vehicle accident is important for teens. The impact often leaves drivers shaken and unable to think clearly, but parents can help teens overcome these initial overwhelming sensations with some preparation ahead of time.

The first step is to take a moment to breathe and take stock of the health status of everyone in the vehicle. If possible, the vehicle should be moved out of the way of oncoming traffic. A teen’s vehicle should have an emergency kit in it that includes some kind of visibility aid such as flares or warning triangles to alert other drivers to the disabled car. These should be set up immediately following the accident, if possible, whether the vehicle is unable to be moved or it has been pulled over to the shoulder of the road. 

Immediate medical emergencies require a 911 call. If everyone seems to be okay, the teen should notify police, and then get the other driver’s license number, and contact and insurance information. He or she should take pictures and get witness contact information, as well as ask for a copy of the police report. The teen should not apologize for the accident or in any other way admit fault or accept the blame while at the scene of the collision.

Even if a teen is not injured, he or she may still feel emotional, anxious or angry in the days that follow. Parents should watch for these symptoms and others that may indicate that a teen needs to speak to a doctor or therapist about psychological trauma relating to the accident.

California Nursing Home Sued For Discharging Resident Illegallyentry-title

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There are many forms of nursing home abuse that may take place in a California long-term care facility. Physical abuse, mental abuse and sexual abuse are three that residents should never be exposed to. Facilities are inspected for violations that lead to harm, but sometimes, fines are not enough to force compliance.

According to a recently filed lawsuit against a California nursing home, a resident was neglected, abused and sexually harassed during her time at the facility. Not only that, she claims she was discharged without adequate notice and without a plan for continuing care. This last action is not an isolated incident, as the California Department of Public Health has issued three citations to the nursing home in 2017 for the same infraction.

Before a California nursing home can discharge a resident, it must give a 30-day notice along with the exact date that the discharge will occur. This provides the resident or his or her family member to appeal the discharge or find a new living situation. The facility must make sure that the resident has a safe place to go, and that the new location has the ability to accommodate the resident’s health needs. The transfer must be “safe and orderly.”

When an elderly person sustains an injury, or psychological or emotional harm because of abuse or neglect at a nursing home, family members may be able to hold the responsible parties liable for the ensuing medical bills and pain and suffering. Many people seek the assistance of an attorney in filing a claim against a long-term care facility.

Source: Fresno Bee, “This nursing home sent her back home where cockroaches and maggots had attacked her,” Barbara Anderson, Nov. 3, 2017