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What should I know about my space heater before I use it?

Winter is fast approaching, and like many Missouri residents, you may be taking your space heater out of storage or preparing to purchase a new one. Whether you plan to take the chill off these early fall days or use your space heater throughout the winter, you should understand the safety hazards associated with these small appliances.

How high do burn classifications go?

Burns are classified according to severity. Generally, people know about first, second and third degree burns, with third degree burns as the worst. However, the burn scale actually goes higher. People are not aware of more severe burn levels because they are not common. Still, this does not mean that a workplace accident or another unexpected calamity in Missouri cannot inflict severe burns that go beyond the third degree.

Falls kill about 1,800 U.S. nursing home residents annually

Placing a loved one in a Missouri nursing home is almost always difficult, but the transition may prove easier if you have confidence in the level of care he or she will receive while a resident there. Unfortunately, though, nursing homes are often hotbeds for accidents, injuries and fatalities, many of which stem from falls. At Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we know that older adults are more likely to fall in nursing homes than many other residential environments, and we have helped many people who suffered fall-related injuries, or had loved ones do so, pursue appropriate recourse.

Dogs deemed aggressive may have more rights, according to MO bill

It does not matter whether the dog is a chihuahua or a mastiff – being bitten can be frightening as well as harmful. However, there is more of a focus on larger breeds when it comes to legislation controlling dangerous dogs, since big dogs can cause much more harm when they attack. Even so, many dog owners in Missouri and elsewhere feel that breed-specific legislation is unfair and stigmatizes entire breeds, when not all dogs of those certain breeds are vicious.

Injuries that may result from plastic surgery

What sets plastic surgery apart from other forms of surgery done in Missouri is that plastic surgery is often viewed as an elective and unnecessary procedure. However, the fact remains that plastic surgery, no matter the motivation behind it, should be conducted with the appropriate care or serious personal injury may result. According to Heathline, there are a number of health problems that can result from plastic surgery, and it is important to be aware of them.

Brain injuries may cause cognitive damage

If your loved one has just been through an auto accident or experienced a Missouri workplace injury, pay attention to how your relative reacts to outside conversation, follows outside stimuli, or how long it takes for your loved one to conduct ordinary household activities. Should your loved one experience problems with these activities, it is possible your relative may have suffered cognitive damage.

Recognizing signs of nursing home abuse

As someone who has a parent or other elder loved one living in a Missouri nursing home or similar type of continuing care facility, you probably want to believe that your family member is receiving the highest quality of care and attention while there. Unfortunately, however, this is not the case at many American nursing homes, with many facility residents nationwide experiencing emotional, physical or financial abuse at the hands of those entrusted to care for them. At Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we know all too well just how common abuse and neglect are at today’s nursing homes, and we have helped many people who feared their loved ones were suffering seek answers.

How understaffed nursing homes endanger residents

Entrusting someone else with providing care for an elder loved one is always difficult, but it can prove far easier if you have confidence in the quality of care your loved one is receiving at his or her new Missouri residence. Unfortunately, however, understaffing issues plague many American nursing homes and continuing care facilities, and when such residences have inadequate staff, facility residents typically suffer the consequences. At Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we have seen firsthand the link between nursing home understaffing and insufficient care, and we have helped many residents and family members of residents who suffered injury at nursing homes pursue appropriate recourse.

Bed sore risks for nursing home residents

Leaving an elder loved one in the care of someone else is never easy, and you may know this all too well if you have ever had to place a parent or other family member in a Missouri nursing home or continuing care facility. Unfortunately, nursing home neglect is alive and well in America, and when nursing home residents do not get the level of care they deserve, serious consequences can result. Bed sores are one common consequence associated with nursing home neglect. At Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we recognize that bed sores can lead to potentially life-threatening complications, and we have helped many clients whose loved ones developed bed sores because of insufficient care pursue appropriate recourse.

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