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Falls reportedly lead to nursing home resident's death

A woman in another state recently claimed that a nursing home did not provide her husband with adequate care. As a result, he reportedly suffered from several falls, which ultimately led to his death. The woman has therefore decided to file a lawsuit against the facility -- a move that individuals in West Virginia likewise have the right to make if they lose their loved ones to nursing home negligence.

According to the woman's lawsuit in the out-of-state case, the woman found her husband to have been injured on multiple occasions at the nursing home due to falls. For instance, he reportedly experienced bruising and swelling around his head and face. According to the suit, the woman discovered wounds on other parts of the man's body as well.

Pottery wheel kits, strollers among recalled dangerous products

The recent recalls of several products may impact consumers in West Virginia. One of these dangerous products is a pottery wheel kit. Meanwhile, another recently recalled product is a stroller.

More than 260,000 Creatology pottery wheel kits have been recalled. These blue kits, featuring 16 pieces each, were sold on the Michael's website and in the art and craft company's stores between August of 2011 and February of 2018. According to officials, the kit's battery compartment has the potential to overheat, thus posing a burn and fire hazard. So far, injuries have not been reported by those who have purchased the product.

Spinal cord injury caused by car accident may cause pain issues

Suffering injuries to the spinal cord in West Virginia can understandably be both physically and emotionally debilitating. Following a car accident or another type of accident leading to spinal cord injuries, an individual may struggle to operate independently and may also suffer from pain. Regarding pain, a recent study indicated that spinal cord injury patients' pain management should be based on their pain levels and subtypes.

The study involved people who had suffered spinal cord injuries and had experienced pain for six or more months. In addition, these individuals had chronic pain that was moderate or severe. Three subgroups emerged from the analysis -- those with high, moderate and low pain.

Falls may lead to grave injuries at nursing homes

A woman in another state recently claimed that a negligent nursing home caused her to suffer injuries in a fall. She has thus decided to file a lawsuit against the nursing facility, seeking damages. Likewise, nursing home residents in West Virginia who are hurt in falls due to their facility staff's carelessness have the right to seek justice through the civil court system.

The woman in the recent out-of-state case claimed that she fell at the nursing facility back in 2016 and broke her humerus. The fall reportedly required her to undergo surgery. In addition, she allegedly suffered medical complications, such as pulmonary embolism and pneumonia.

Bobby Warner Given the 2018 West Virginia Lawyers and Leaders Award

Warner Law Offices is pleased to announce that Bobby Warner has been inducted into the West Virginia Lawyers and Leaders Class of 2018 by the West Virginia University College of Law and West Virginia Executive Magazine.

Traumatic brain injury may increase suicide risk

People in West Virginia and elsewhere who have suffered head injuries may be impacted by the physical symptoms of these types of injuries, such as dizziness and memory problems. However, these injuries can also cause psychological problems. A recent research study suggested that traumatic brain injury sufferers have a two-times greater chance of dying by suicide compared with those without a history of brain injury.

For the research study, researchers looked at data on over seven million people who lived in another country between 1980 and 2014 and were at least 10 years old then. During this time period, nearly 568,000 -- or nearly 8 percent -- had received brain injury treatment. By late 2014, more than 34,000 of these people had died as a result of suicide.

Dangerous home products include CVS Health nasal sprays

Consumers in West Virginia who use sinus nasal sprays may be affected by a current product recall. CVS Health recently reported that it has recalled its 12-hour nasal mists for sinus relief because these are dangerous home products. The problem has to do with microbiological contamination.

According to officials, the nasal mists being recalled were discovered to have been contaminated with Pseudomonas aeruginosa. This gram-negative pathogen may result in colonization as well as subsequent infection in those who use the nasal mists repeatedly. Unfortunately, this is potentially life threatening in particular patient populations -- for example, in patients who are immunocompromised or suffer from cystic fibrosis.

Several steps are wise to take following slip-and-fall accidents

When people in West Virginia go shopping, they naturally expect to remain safe during their store visits. However, slip-and-fall accidents can easily happen if store owners fail to keep their premises free of hazards. Here are a few important steps to take following a slip-and-fall accident.

The most important step to take after a slip-and-fall incident is to seek the attention of a doctor. The doctor can appropriately document a victim's injuries and provide him or her with an accurate medical diagnosis. In addition, the doctor can provide the victim with the treatment needed to prevent additional damage. Internal injuries, broken bones and concussions are all relatively common injuries related to slip-and-fall accidents.

New Legislation May Help Millions of Americans Who Suffer Due to PFC Contamination

A bill has been working its way through Congress that, if passed, would abolish the use of fluorinated chemicals used at airbases around the country. According to the new bill, entitled the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, per-fluorinated chemicals (or PFCs) would no longer be used in the manufacturing of firefighting foam. PFCs include thousands of different compounds, many of which have not been thoroughly studied. But a few fluorinated substances, including PFOA and PFOS, have been linked to reproductive issues, immune system suppression and multiple types of cancer. The bill passed in the House with a vote of 393 to 13 and now sits in committee at the Senate.

Car wreck claims 1 life, another person injured

A man's life was recently cut short as a result of a West Virginia motor vehicle accident. Now, the man's surviving loved ones are left to grieve over his loss and to question how the accident happened in the first place. Another person suffered injuries in the car wreck.

The car accident took place along U.S. Route 19 at about 3:30 p.m. on a Tuesday. According to authorities, a minivan collided with a small sport utility vehicle. The 30-year-old man who was driving the minivan passed away in the collision. He happened to be a guitarist for a popular local band.

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