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How to reduce elder abuse by choosing a good nursing home

Recent advances in modern medicine has led to the improvements in our overall general health. One of the benefits of those advances is that the average American now living longer. Unfortunately, some of the diseases associated with advanced age, such as dementia, require constant supervision and care by others.

Many children with mentally incapacitated elderly parents are not equipped to provide adequate care for their loved ones. As a result, an increasing number of assisted living and skilled nursing facilities have come into the marketplace seeking to fill that gap.

Donovan Webster faces DWI charge after fatal accident

No driver ever wants to have to deal with charges of driving while intoxicated, but that is the reality some people face. No matter what the circumstances are surrounding a drunk driving charge, the fact remains that the person facing charges has the right to learn about the evidence against him and to defend himself against the charges.

A recent accident in Charlottesville, Virginia, is one that shows that nobody is immune to facing DWI charges. The accident involved Donovan Webster, the award-winning author. He was involved in an accident that killed a 75-year-old man.

Truck accident kills 1, injures 2 children in Virginia

In Virginia, one man has been pronounced dead and two children have been treated for injuries after they were involved in a multi-vehicle crash. The truck accident took place in Ashland, Virginia, on Route 1. The 41-year-old man who died in the crash was from Caroline County.

Police have reported that their preliminary investigation showed the man's vehicle stopped legally in the left southbound lane of Route 1. He was attempting to make a left turn into a business, but he was struck from behind by a 1998 Ford van in the same lane.

Fight over vehicle leads to assault and battery charge

Norfolk Police say that a 25-year-old woman may have been drunk when she assaulted a man who was reportedly trying to keep her from moving a pickup truck. A captain with the Norfolk Police Division says that officers from his department were dispatched to a Norfolk residence on Aug. 8 at 5:21 p.m., after receiving a call about a man and a woman in a heated exchange outside of their home.

Officers arrived at 119 E. Phillip Ave. and quickly made contact with the man standing outside of that residence. The man admitted to arguing with his girlfriend and explained that the altercation had been over her attempt to remove his pickup truck from their home's driveway. According to the man, his girlfriend became upset by his actions and allegedly struck him repeatedly and scratched him on his face, neck and right arm. The man also presented them with a pair of broken eyeglasses as evidence of the alleged assault.

Veteran's Affairs med centers reviewed for medical malpractice

If you have a loved one in a nursing facility or even a local veteran's hospital in Virginia, you want them to receive only the best care. Unfortunately, medical malpractice at one Brockton Veterans Affairs facility in Massachusetts has brought the medical center under fire again.

In this case, a veteran who was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic had reportedly been given an inappropriate amount of medication for a number of years before his death at the VA medical center. This allegation was brought by a psychiatrist working for the medical center. That same medical provider claimed that there were at least two other cases of neglect that federal investigators were able to substantiate.

Driver facing charges for car accident that injured pedestrian

Pedestrians who are crossing the roadways are essentially asking drivers to be patient with them as they cross the road. These pedestrians are usually careful to make sure that they are crossing the road at an appropriate place and at an appropriate time. In most cases, these pedestrians don't have any intention of slowing down drivers who are hurrying about their daily tasks. It is still important for any driver who is nearing a pedestrian on the roadway to take appropriate action by slowing down to avoid hitting the pedestrian.

A woman who was walking across Beach Road in Chesterfield is in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle. The woman is a former Chesterfield Board of Supervisors member and was the first female to be named as chair of the board.

Information for Virginians on nursing home staff negligence

Arguably, some of the most difficult decisions a person will ever make are related to the placement of their parents in a nursing home. The tough decision usually comes after family members realize that they simply don't have the resources, training or time to adequately care for parents suffering from dementia and other ailments associated with advanced age.

Thankfully, there are facilities staffed with medical professionals trained on how to properly care for the special needs of the elderly and infirm. However, the nursing home industry has its share of bad apples just as any other for-profit enterprise. Greed, poor training and more often simple apathy and laziness account for incidents involving nursing home staff negligence.

Motorcyclist struck and critically injured in Virginia

In a recent crash in Roanoke, Virginia, a motorcyclist was badly injured when he collided with an SUV. As is the case with many motorcycle accidents, the SUV allegedly pulled out in front of the motorcyclist, causing the accident. The crash shut down the roadway while police investigated.

The Roanoke police's spokesman reported that the accident took place at approximately 4:15 p.m. on Northside High School Road and Peters Creek Road. It's believed that the motorcyclist, who was driving south on Peters Creek Road, struck the vehicle as it pulled out in front of him. Weather did not appear to be a factor, as police did not describe anything out of the ordinary.

Car accident caused by driver running red light, police allege

Paying attention to everything going on around you can sometimes be difficult while you are driving. When you are unable to watch it all, there is a chance that you will get into an accident. Those accidents can be devastating for those involved. One Virginia man is now facing charges for a traffic accident that claimed the life of one victim.

The man allegedly ran a red light while driving his Nissan Sentra on Old Bridge Road. He then slammed into a Ford Explorer that was making a left turn during a green light. Two children were ejected from that SUV. One of them died.

Police go to the wrong house, Virginia man opens fire

After police showed up at the wrong house and apparently did not announce themselves, they were shot at by a man in Virginia. That man is now facing charges. However, he says that his actions were just what he felt he had to do to keep his family safe.

According to the man, he and his wife heard noises behind their house. She heard them first and told him that she thought there was a person in the yard. They then heard someone trying to open the door.

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