Archive for August, 2020

Treating Injuries During Quarantine

Quarantine may have prevented you from venturing out as much as you once did, but injuries are still a possibility. If you sustain an injury during quarantine, you may need treatment. Depending on the situation, you may choose from one of four approaches to treatment.

If it is a medical emergency dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

Injury Treatment Options

1. Seek treatment virtually.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, virtual treatment has become a much more popular option among people who don’t need emergency medical services. A virtual doctor’s appointment will allow you to talk to a medical professional over video chat. You may be asked to show the doctor or nurse the injured area, and you may also need to answer questions about the injury. At the end of the appointment, you may be given instructions, additional treatment options and/or a prescription for medication.

2. Call a health line.

If you are not able to seek virtual treatment, or if you want to talk to a medical professional about your injuries faster, consider calling a health line for advice. You may be instructed to take steps to treat the injury at home, or you may be advised to make an in-person appointment. In cases of severe injury, you may be told to go to the emergency room.

3. Do exercises at home.

In some cases, you may be able to rehabilitate an injury at home by doing specific exercises. However, you should not attempt any rehabilitative exercises unless you have been advised to do so by a physician. You can also use exercises to reduce the risk of sustaining an injury in the first place.

4. Go to a clinic in person.

Now that facilities are reopening for non-emergent appointments and procedures, you may be able to seek treatment for your injury in person. However, if you are worried about exposure to coronavirus, you should go to the clinic only if no other option is appropriate. If you choose to go to a facility in person, call ahead to make an appointment and/or make sure you will be permitted to see a doctor. Wear a mask while in the clinic to reduce health risks to yourself and others.

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney

If you were injured during quarantine because of someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Injuries can be costly, leading to expensive medical bills, lost wages and more.

If someone else caused your injury, they can be held legally responsible for these expenses. The best way to recover the compensation you deserve for a personal injury is to contact an experienced personal injury attorney for guidance. A qualified personal injury lawyer will be able to review your situation and help you determine whether to move forward with a lawsuit. Your attorney will also be by your side to help you maximize your chances of bringing home a fair settlement. Please contact our firm today to learn more or to schedule a consultation.

My Elder is in a Nursing Home During Covid, Legal Help

Covid-19 has rampaged nursing homes across the country, where vulnerable populations live in close quarters. The pandemic is a challenge for nursing homes to manage, and an emotional and legal minefield for families to navigate. If you have an elder loved one who’s in a nursing home during this Covid-19 pandemic, here are some tips to help manage the situation.

Stay Abreast of State and Local Laws

Nursing homes are generally governed at the state level, although the federal administration is considering demanding testing for all nursing homes and some local municipalities may have their own regulations. At all levels — and especially at the state level — regulations are evolving as the Covid-19 pandemic unfolds

Because the laws and regulations regarding nursing homes change at times, make sure you stay abreast of the state and local laws that could impact the nursing home where your elder is living. These changes can include everything from relaxed or more restrictive shutdown orders, and they certainly include anything that’s specific to nursing homes or assisted living facilities.

In general, you can remain current by monitoring your sate and local news for updates to any changes. Anything significant will likely be reported. If you want to be absolutely sure you’re aware of the current laws and regulations, though, you should check directly with your local health department.

Ask for Documented Policies and Procedures

To learn exactly how your elder’s specific nursing home is managing the risks of the Covid-19 pandemic, ask for a copy of the policies and procedures that are being followed. You might find these online, or you may have to request a copy from the administrative office. If you ask, they should be willing to send or email you their Covid-19-specific protocols.

Verbally finding out about a community’s policies and procedures is somewhat helpful, but that information won’t be terribly useful in the event that you need to seek legal recourse. Written documents that detail policies and procedures can be used to check whether a nursing home is currently complying with all local and state regulations. The documents might also be useful should you ever need to show that the community is guilty of nursing home negligence.

Document the Mistakes You See

As tragic as it would be, everyone who has an elder in a nursing home must consider the possibility that their loved one could be exposed to Covid-19.

If your elder dies of Covid-19 and you want to take recourse against the nursing home, you’ll need to provide evidence of nursing home negligence. One key step to proving this in court is to provide evidence, and the best way to do that is to document what you see that’s wrong.

Get Legal Help from an Attorney

If you need legal assistance establishing nursing home negligence in South Carolina, contact Ryan Montgomery Attorney at Law, LLC.  An experienced nursing home negligence attorney, Ryan is uniquely qualified to help you in your case against an elder’s nursing home.