Monday, September 10, 2012

Nursing Home Abuse

A nursing home has been highly fined for a rape that took place inside. The citations issued to the facility were for two problems, allowing the attack in the first place and then failing to respond properly to prevent similar attacks afterwards. The facility was fined $3,000 and new admissions were temporarily suspended. But the Federal officials have also stepped in. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) noted that the facility provided a “substandard quality of care.” As a result the facility is being fined $6,000 every day until improvements are made which bring the facility up to par. The incident involved an 89-year-old woman with dementia. The resident told her family members that earlier this summer she was raped, she did not know the man who attacked her., family members immediately told staff members. An examination was conducted and the resident was then transferred to a hospital so that a “rape test’ could be performed. The results indicated a DNA sample from the attacker. An investigation was opened by police officers, with staff members, family members, and other residents interviewed. No one has yet been charged with anything. The actual resident was, fortunately, moved by the family into a different facility.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Bullying Leads to Wrongful Death

Bullying is a big topic these days for kids in school. It’s a real problem and many kids are suffering harsh concequences for just being who they are. Many parents feel schools need to get more involved and help prevent bullying happening in their schools. One family is suffering from a tragedy that occurred due to their son being bullied. The Mother of a 15-year-old boy who was allegedly bullied into committing suicide is suing The Greensburg school system for wrongful death. Indianapolis attorney Tom Blessing says the school system is partly to blame for the death of Billy Lucas because they didn't intervene. The wrongful death lawsuit claims Lucas was a target because of his learning disability, ethnicity and because some classmates thought he was gay.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Baby Products Recalled

Those with babies and children, I hope you pay attention to any recalls that come out. This past summer there have been two big recalls of products I own and know a lot of people own. The first one was the popular Bumbo baby seat. This seat is designed for infants who can’t yet sit up by themselves but can support their heads. It allows them more freedom to play. However, as manufactured, the seats lack a safety restraint, and babies can easily and quickly wiggle out of most anything if not properly secured. As made, even when Bumbos are used on the floor, children can be seriously injured. For this reason, consumer groups have pushed from the beginning to have them taken off the market because babies could fall from the seats and suffer serious head injuries, including skull fractures and concussions. The recent recall is to provide a new warning and restraint belt, which Bumbo is offering in a free repair kit. The second recall this summer is the Mother’s Touch/Deluxe Baby Bathers made by Summer Infant, Inc. Manufactured in China, the Bathers allow babies to sit comfortably while getting a bath. However, when the Bathers are lifted or carried, the frame has the potential to collapse and unhinge, dropping the baby from the seat. The CPSC and Summer Infant have received reports of seven falling incidents, five of which involved infant head injuries—including skull fractures and bleeding on the brain. If you have one of these you should contact the company and get the free repair kit.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

School Bus Accidents

School is back in and school buses are on the road. In Minnesota, the school buses make at least 10,000 trips each day statewide. Last year, there were 615 bus crashes resulting in one death and 214 injuries. In the last five years, crashes involving school buses in Minnesota caused 21 deaths, including three children who were outside a bus and hit by other vehicles. Sate law requires drivers stop at least 20 feet away from a school bus displaying red flashing lights or an extended stop arm. Tuesday morning a pair of school bus accidents sent two people to the hospital, neither being children from either bus. The first accident was when a school bus stopped at the bus stop to pick up children and the bus had it’s lights flashing with its stop arm out. “The driver of the car that hit the bus told police that between the sun in her eyes and a fogging window, she didn’t see the bus prior to crashing.” Another accident was when a car and school bus collided. One person in the car was taken to a medical center.