Missouri nursing home patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia are at a high risk for injuries related to their condition. Nursing homes are required to comply with an appropriate standard of care to prevent the risk of harm to these vulnerable patients. A patient with dementia may experience symptoms such as confusion, delusions, agitation and...

It's finally summer and Kansas City area residents are enjoying the warmer temperatures and warm-weather activities like swimming. For parents of young children, it's important to ensure that a child understands water safety rules and is supervised at all times while playing near or in a swimming pool.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 3,500 people...

Until recently, many people didn't consider a concussion to be a serious injury. This dismissal was due in part to the fact that concussions are extremely common with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimating that roughly 2.5 million Americans suffer concussions every year.Falls and motor vehicle accidents are among the leading causes of brain injuries. Sports-related concussions...

At some point, many Kansas City area residents will be forced to make decisions about the wellbeing and living arrangements of an aging parent or relative. In some cases, the physical and cognitive impairments that often come with age make it unsafe for a parent to live independently. While some adult children may try to care for a parent...

Many Kansas City families visit amusement parks during the summer months for fun, excitement and thrills. However, amusement parks can also be very dangerous when they are packed with people.Just last week, at least three accidents occurred at amusement parks throughout the country, leaving numerous people injured. In one accident, two people were injured -- one seriously -- at...

Initiatives to have electronic health records used by hospitals and other health care providers have given rise to a behavior called alert fatigue. Many health care workers in Missouri and around the country tend to ignore the numerous warnings that pop up while using electronic health records, especially when entering information about medications. Many of the alerts are associated...

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word accident as referring to "a sudden event (such as a crash) that is not planned or intended and that causes damage or injury." For an individual who suffers injuries as a direct result of an accident in which he or she did not cause or contribute to, negligence is an issue that must...

Missouri surgical patients may want to take note of the findings in a recent Mayo Clinic study on the causes of some surgical errors that are called 'never events" because they are not supposed to occur. The researchers examined 69 never events that took place out of 1.5 million procedures that had been performed at the facility over a...

In previous blog posts, we've discussed the potential dangers large commercial trucks pose to drivers and passengers of much smaller personal vehicles. In an effort to prevent motor vehicle accidents involving commercial trucks and the inevitable debilitating and fatal injuries that frequently result, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has imposed numerous regulations and restrictions on the trucking industry.FMCSA...

Every parent wants to protect their child from suffering any pain, harm or injury. Of course, as much as a parent may want to, a child cannot be contained in a bubble and it's inevitable that bumps, bruises and more serious injuries will occur. As a child grows, he or she is also likely to spend more time away...