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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.

Duck boat accident raises questions about life jackets

Hearts go out to the families who lost loved ones in last week's duck boat accident in Missouri. While accident investigators search for answers about what happened, other experts debate whether life jackets would have saved lives. As tourists continue to plan summer outings on the state's waterways, it is worth taking a look at what industry leaders are saying about life jackets and boating. 

Why slips and falls are no laughing matter

We here at Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, in Lee’s Summit, Missouri, know all too well the serious injuries you can receive when you slip, trip or fall on someone else’s property. Unlike the carefully choreographed pratfalls that comedians take on TV shows and in the movies, a real slip-and-fall accident is nothing to laugh at. Your injuries could result in a long hospital stay, months of rehabilitation and other treatment, significant lost wages and possibly even a lifelong disability.

Hidden summer danger: boat dock electrocution

As Memorial Day weekend ushers in the official opening of summer tourist season, Missouri's lakes will fill with people of all ages out to enjoy a little fun in the sun. For those who who actually get in the water, as opposed to just sitting back and enjoying views of it, a caution about safety is in order.

Causes and symptoms associated with spinal cord injuries

If you are one of many people across Missouri who have ever suffered a spinal cord injury or watched a loved one deal with such an injury, you may know just how much it can hinder quality of life. Spinal cord injuries can be life-changing and even fatal in nature, potentially leaving you or your loved one in need of a lifetime of care. At Kelly, Symonds & Reed, LLC, we recognize how emotionally and financially taxing it can be to deal with a spinal cord injury, and we have helped many clients and their loved ones who suffered injuries because of someone else’s negligence.

Knowing patients' rights can help prevent nursing home abuse

Many families go out of their way to take care of aging relatives. They remodel guest rooms, add access ramps to their homes and welcome their new guests. Some Missouri families may not have the resources for so many adjustments, though, even with an abundance of desire to care for elderly parents well.

When can you sue over a scar?

When you think of personal injury law in Missouri, the first cases that come to mind probably involve slips and falls, auto accident injuries and other common incidents. However, permanent scarring you suffered might also constitute grounds for a lawsuit. 

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