November 2017 Archives

Additional trailers make large trucks more dangerous

Seeing one tractor-trailer swaying on the highway may make a fellow Kentucky motorist nervous. However, when there are two or three trailers on the same truck, it may be even more nerve-wracking to try to pass. There is good reason for extra caution: These combination vehicles are actually more dangerous.

Social media and car accident claims

There are many factors that can come into play when someone takes their case to the courtroom after a car accident or files a claim with their insurance company, such as whether the person who collided with them was under the influence of alcohol. However, some people do not realize that certain behaviors, such as sharing information online, can also affect the outcome of a case. If you were hit by a negligent driver and are struggling to recover, we know that you should take all aspects of your situation into consideration, such as not sharing potentially damaging information on social media sites.

Kentucky insurance rules and how they affect you after a crash

Many people look at car insurance as an expensive obligation, when, in fact, it helps protect them. While insurance can't stop an accident from happening, it can minimize the impact a crash has on your life, if you have the right coverage. Liability insurance offsets the financial risk associated with driving.

Can income sources reduce Social Security disability benefits?

When you cannot hold a job in Kentucky because of a disability, you rely on certain income sources to keep you afloat financially. Some of these are independent and not affected by other income sources, but some may be reduced based on the combined total. In the case of Social Security disability benefits, whether the amount is lowered depends on the particular source of income.

NURSING HOME ABUSE

Nursing home abuse is underreported according to an ongoing U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Inspector General audit. There is a federal law that requires calling the police when incidents occur, but only about 28% of serious abuse cases are reported by nursing homes. The full report is due out in 2018.

Nursing home residents' rights: Freedom from restraints

Kentucky nursing home residents may have trouble controlling their own movements, and this may be one of the reasons that their families entrusted their care to a skilled nursing facility. However, Medicare.gov notes that with some exceptions, the law prevents nursing home staff from using physical restraints or medication to keep a person from movement or access to his or her own body. Before any restraint can be used, it must be determined as absolutely necessary for the resident's own safety or that of others.

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