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Elder Abuse Affecting Baby Boomers

The Baby Boomer population is generally defined as those born between the years of 1946 and 1964. In 1957 alone, 4.3 million babies were born. Over the entire span, there were approximately 77 million babies born. That’s one heck of a number. Now we’re beginning to see all those babies reach retirement age.

As this begins happening, the nation is going to see a retirement crisis unlike anything we’ve seen to date. As fast as they came into this world, they’ll be exiting the workplace. This year marked the beginning of the wave, and will be be happening at a rate of 10,000 every day for years to come. Just as this tsunami of humanity is reaching retirement, the U.S. economy is coming apart at the seams. Most younger Americans assume that Social Security is enough to take care of the needs of the elderly. They are quickly learning that is not the case.

So as we begin to find places for our parents or other aging loved ones to live, we also have to keep in mind the risks we’ll be taking in placing them. Many assisted living places around the country are well kept and the patients well cared for. Even with that, it is still imperative to be vigilant about watching for signs of abuse or negligence.

Offenses range from physical abuse to neglect and exploitation. Keeping track of their finances also becomes a concern as predators are looking for any sign of weakness in scamming away their money.

The scope of elder abuse is broad. One can never be too cautious in keeping track of what kind of care is being given to your loved ones.

Posted in Nursing Home Abuse |

Motorcycle Wreck Leaves Champion Fighter Paralyzed

The world of boxing has been fairly shaken up recently with the news that 2-time WBO Welterweight Champion boxer Paul Williams was involved in a motorcycle accident, which has left him paralyzed below the waist.

Williams was known not only for being a Welterweight Champion, but also for being an interim WBO Light Middleweight Champion. The accident, which occurred early on Sunday morning, left the champion fighter with no course of action other than a potential surgery, which will be undertaken on Wednesday.

30-year-old Williams was scheduled to fight on September 15 against the Mexican Super-Welterweight World Champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The incident happened while Williams was travelling through Atlanta to get to his brother’s wedding, and occurred when he was forced to perform emergency maneuvers to avoid a car that turned across his traffic lane, and then avoiding a car in the oncoming lane. Williams was thrown from the bike, and landed directly on his head and back, which severed his spinal cord.

There have been no definitive results released about his condition as of yet, but medical experts do not find it at all likely that Williams will ever return to boxing. As Williams was not conscious at the time of this article, it was also unknown if Williams is aware of his being paralyzed.

The surgery on Wednesday will be to go in and put a protective wall around the upper portion of Williams’ spinal cord, in order to reinforce it and prevent any further damage.

Williams, who was a relative unknown when he outscored bronze medalist Terrence Cauthen and K.O.’ed Alfonso Sanchez in 5 rounds, is currently facing his hardest battle yet.

Posted in Motorcycle Accident |

Fiery Wreck Turns Fatal Right Outside Family Home

A young teenage girl was within sight of her family when tragedy struck, taking the lives of her entire family in a fiery car accident right outside their home.

According to police reports, 16-year-old Tiffany Swift was at home while her family was out for the evening. Upon returning home, the Buckeye Valley family was patiently waiting for an opportunity to turn into their driveway when they were struck at high speed by the driver of a Dodge Durango, unfortunately causing their vehicle to burst into flame with them all inside.

The victims of the incident were Jerry Swift, 33, his wife Seline Swift, 34, their son Jerry Jr., 13, and Jerry Sr.’s uncle, Roger Keasling, 50.

The driver, who has remained unnamed, was immediately taken to a local hospital when paramedic crews arrived on-scene. They did not sustain any serious injuries, and were treated and quickly released.

Police are unsure whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident, or if it was merely a case of being distracted while driving. Police are also unsure why the vehicle burst into flame so quickly, but they are suspecting that there was a mechanical issue with the vehicle. It is currently being investigated.

Tiffany is currently living with her extended family, but they are not sure how they are supposed to proceed. The home the Swift’s lived in had been a family home for generations, and Jerry and Seline had been living in it for 17 years, since the day they were married.

Posted in Car Accidents |

Watch for Motorcycles

Even in the hottest days of the Arizona summers, motorcycles are on our roadways daily. With the cost of gas more often on the rise than in decline, there has been an increase in the number of bikes on the road as well. The National Transportation Safety Board acknowledges motorcycles to be a viable method of travel and we, as drivers, need to be aware of their presence.

The Arizona Department of Transportation statistics show approximately 3,000 motorcycle accidents in 2011. Those accidents are broken down into peak days and hours as well. Saturdays were the peak days for motorcycle accidents and the peak hour for those accidents resulting in fatalities was between 2 and 3 pm.

Statistically, the number of motorcycle accidents increased minimally between 2010 and 2011, seeing only an increase of just over 6 percent. The number of fatalities however, increased by a whopping 55 percent.

The majority of accidents were with other moving vehicles, though there’s no distinction in the numbers of what happened each time. It could be any number of distractions either by the motorcycle operator or the driver of the other vehicles. Cell phones, radios, passengers all can cause a driver of any kind of vehicle to take their eyes of the road if even for a moment.

That moment can mean the difference between safety and disaster.

Keep an eye out for motorcycles. Arizona has many sunny days perfect for riding. There’s bound to be a bike somewhere near you at any given time.

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Father’s Day Car Accident leaves 1 dead, 2 injured

A devastating accident in Phoenix left one person dead and two children injured.

Around 2 p.m. on June 17, 2012, police suspect the woman was turning into an apartment complex located near Van Buren and 59th avenue. Her red Nissan was rear-ended by a male driver in silver Chrysler sedan. The male driver recalled he unintentionally veered into the turn lane and struck the woman’s vehicle. The initial accident caused the vehicle to spin into oncoming traffic where the vehicle was involved in a second collusion. Witness to the accident tried to assist the passengers in the Nissan while they waited for medical personnel to arrive.

The children in the vehicle, ages 5 and 8, were believed to be unrestrained. The children were taken to St. Joseph hospital. One of the boys had a fractured leg and the other is still in critical condition. The female driver in the Nissan had to be extracted from the wreckage and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The police department does not believe the driver in the Chrysler was intoxicated or impaired. The driver of the second car that struck the Nissan was taken to the hospital but is not thought to have life-threatening injuries.

Posted in Automobile Accident |

Distracted Drivers as Accident Magnets

Driving is something that is, for the most part, taken for granted. The average driver is utterly confident in their skills as defensive drivers who can react in a moment’s notice to avoid any circumstance that would come their way.

If that were the case there would rarely be motor vehicle accidents at all. Motor vehicle accidents happen at a rate of nearly 11 million per year just in the United States. It is estimated that driver distractions account for 2.2 million accidents, or roughly 20 percent.

A driver can be distracted by any number of things from the radio to cell phone to other people in the car. Lately though, the rash of texting drivers has caused the distraction mode to sky-rocket.

AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety notes that “drivers spend more than half their time behind the wheel engaged in distracted behavior. Eating, smoking, adjusting music, and rubbernecking can be as distracting as texting, e-mailing or talking on a cell phone.”

While most of us recognize cell phone distraction as a danger, it seems that most of us still can’t seem to put the phone down long enough to drive. One in four teen drivers admit to texting while driving. Research has shown that the act of just dialing a phone while driving can increase the chance of accident by three times. When texting, the numbers explode by a 23-fold increase of a crash.

As of May 2012, text messaging is banned for all drivers in 38 states, the District of Columbia and Guam. Ten states have instituted a ban on hand-held cell phones for all drivers, making it a primary offense.

Posted in Texting While Driving |

Nursing Home Abuse: Don’t Let it Happen to Your Loved One

When our beloved elders are no longer able to care for themselves and we are not equipped to give them the best care, we turn to professionals for help. That can be a very scary place to be in life, so it’s best to know what to look for to be sure they are well cared for.

Nursing home abuse can come in so many forms, one really has to be aware of what the dangers are and how to look out for them. Obvious signs are simple – is the place clean and do the patients seem to be well cared for? Pop by for an unannounced visit before you place your loved one in any given facility to see what they look like when they’re not prepared for your arrival and a tour. This will give you a more accurate view of how things normally look.

Once a place has been chosen, be sure to keep open and frequent communications with the staff and your beloved to alleviate some of your worries. It can be difficult if your loved one is experiencing any level of dementia, so you may have to do some regular body scans to be sure they are well cared for.

Be sure to look for restraint marks, bed sores, cleanliness of their clothes, and bedding. See to it that they are eating properly and are hydrated. Keep an eye out for bruises that look as though they may have fallen out of bed or in the shower.

As we age, we revert back to a state of dependency on someone to be our advocate. Be sure to stand firm in advocacy and report any possible discrepancies.

Posted in Nursing Home Abuse |

Recall on 485,000 Ford SUV’s

Ford is recalling close to 485,000 Escapes and Mavericks to fix the gas pedal. The gas pedals can stick and can cause an accident. This will be the third recall for Ford Escape vehicles in two weeks. 11,500 new 2013 models were recalled a week ago  because fuel lines can crack and leak gasoline, causing a fire. Just a few days before the 2nd recall, Ford recalled 10,000 2013 Escapes to fix carpet padding that could get in the way of braking.

The latest recall affects vehicles from the model year 2001 through 2004 that are powered by 3-liter V-6 engine with cruise control. The cruise control cables can catch on the plastic cover on top of the engine and cause the gas pedal to stick.

Consumer group, Center for Auto Safety, accused Ford of knowing about the issue since 2005, but not taking any action until the government began to investigate. In 2004 about 590,000 Escapes and Tributes were recalled to fix an accelerator cable defect, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration think that the repairs could have damaged the cruise control cable.

The NHTSA is also investigating the 2001-2004 Mazda Tribute, which were built  on the same assembly line as the Escape.

Ford says, if you do experience a stuck throttle, firmly apply the brakes without pumping the brake pedal, shift to neutral, steer the vehicle to a safe location, shut off the engine and put the vehicle in park as soon as the vehicle is safely stopped.

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Pregnant Woman Killed in Car Crash

A Volvo flew through the intersection killing a pregnant woman and amazingly the baby is still alive. Medical officials at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center delivered the pregnant woman’s baby successfully, although the baby was in critical condition.

Witnesses that came out to help said they knew it was a bad crash, some heard the pregnant woman screaming for someone to help her boys. Staff Sgt. Chance Stahl, an Army medic, said that he heard the screeching tires and then the crash. He immediately ran over to the pregnant woman to help but there was nothing he could do.

Karlisha Randolph was a passenger in her mothers 2001 Suzuki SUV with her 2 boys, ages 7 and 2, when a 1997 red Volvo ran a red light at the intersection of 39th Ave and Dunlap when the accident occurred. Before the crash, the Volvo had hit a city bus on 35th Avenue and Dunlap and was fleeing when he ran a red light and broadsided the Suzuki, causing it to roll over. The 21 year-old driving the Volvo slammed in to a wall. Randolph’s boys and mother did not have serious injuries.

The suspect, 21 year-old, who’s name has not yet been released, was hospitalized and will be booked on numerous charges when he is released from the hospital. Police believe he was impaired at the time of the accident.

Randolph’s uncle, Cory Boston, has taken in her 2 sons and is awaiting news from the hospital about the baby boy. Boston says the family has not named the baby yet.

Posted in Automobile Accident |

Dog Bites Can be a Costly Affair

We love our dogs in this country. We build parks for them. We dress them up in clothing, jewelry, sunglasses, and hats. We have birthday parties for them. A woman in Phoenix, whose dog went missing, offered $10,000 for the return of said dog. Dogs become part of the family.

But there also can be another side to the dog story. What happens when the dog/human relationship doesn’t go the way of the American Dream? It can often end in tragedy for both human and dog.

Dog bites are far from uncommon, but the compensation for such bites seems to be less common than one would think. Dog bite losses exceed $1 billion each year. Statistics show that each day, there are about 1,000 dog bites in the U.S. that require emergency room care. These injuries can range from minor cuts and abrasions to lacerations and cranial/facial reconstructive issues. Persons can be scarred, maimed, or disfigured in any number of ways. Yet, of the approximately 850,000 victims of dog bites annually, merely 15,000 to 16,000 will seek payment from homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policies.  That equates to about one third of one percent of the attacks.

Often times, the injuries occur to young children as they are most likely to provoke an attack. Perhaps the dog is startled, in pain, or feels threatened in some way. Dog owners are sometimes ignorant of how to properly care for or train their canine companions. The most common occurrences happen in a normal social situation, and generally on the dog owner’s property. Most severe injuries occur with children under the age of 10 and often include facial trauma. There can be hospital stays and lifelong results to these injuries. 

Any number of situations might provoke a dog bite from an otherwise friendly pet.  Regardless of the provocation, there are still costs associated with such injuries.   Compensation for those injuries is available.

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