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Personal Injury

Bedsores: Potentially serious, infection-causing wounds

There are mistakes that happen in nursing homes, like failing to check on a patient regularly or neglecting duties to a patient who is immobile. Usually, missing one check-up isn’t the end of the world, and the staff takes steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again. However, when patients go without care for a more significant length of time, that’s when the real trouble starts.

Clergy abuse has cost the church an estimated $3 billion

The unsettling but all-too-common revelations of sexual abuse find Pennsylvania as the latest of Catholic dioceses and archdioceses to face charges. This occurred when the state’s attorney general announced findings by a grand jury investigation of sexual abuse by 300 predatory clergy involving 1000 victims who were children. The only thing more disturbing than these terrible acts is the fact church officials sought to systematically cover it up over the last 60 years, often rewarding those who successfully did so.

Fireworks injuries on the rise

The July 4 holiday is now past. Unfortunately, it was not a safe one for everyone. While it will be months before comprehensive numbers on fireworks-related injuries are released, eight people lost their lives in 2017 (double the number of 2016) with another 12,900 (up from 11,000) injured bad enough for a trip to the emergency room. About two-thirds of fireworks related injuries each year occur between mid-June and mid-July with more than one third of the victims under the age of 15.

Pressure sores: The stages to watch for

Pressure sores, which are also known as bed sores, develop quickly and have the potential to lead to serious infections and death. These sores, which could develop into open, seeping wounds, occur when a person sits or lays in one position without moving for too long in most cases. Other times, the sores develop when the skin rubs against the bone or is pulled.