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Q:How do I choose a reputable Florida pharmacy?

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A: There is pharmacy on almost every corner in America. Whichever you choose, there could be anywhere from two to thirty pharmacists on hand at any time-all prone to human error. Keep the following things in mind when searching for a West Palm Beach pharmacy:

  • Location and Hours. This might seem the most obvious way to choose your pharmacy, but it’s only the first step. Make sure your pharmacy is near enough to your house that you could get prescriptions in an emergency and that they are open consistently in case you need medication in the middle of the night.
  • Personal Service. When you fill a prescription, watch the pharmacy staff at work. Are they focused and attentive? Do they leave callers on hold or people waiting in the drive-thru line? Do the techs remember your name and ask about your prescription or medication changes? Do they verify your identity?
  • Proper Staffing. Ask questions at the pharmacy desk. How many pharmacists are there? How many techs? Try picking up your prescription at a different time of day than when you dropped it off, taking note of the staff changes, and if the same techs are working-they could be pulling longer hours, and be more prone to mistakes.

Contact West Palm Beach Accident Attorneys

No matter which pharmacy you choose, there is never an excuse for Florida prescription errors. If you have suffered as a result of improper medication, call the experienced West Palm Beach accident attorneys at Fetterman & Associates today at 561-845-2510.

Q: My boat was damaged by the BP oil spill. Is it covered under the OPA?

BP Oil Spill ClaimA: If you have sustained any damages as a direct result of the BP oil spill, you may be eligible to submit a claim. For example, if your boat was damaged, you may submit a claim which covers the loss due to the destruction of your property or the cost of restoring your boat to its pre-spill condition.

Information you must provide in your BP Oil Spill Claim:

  • Proof of ownership of the boat
  • Proof that the boat was damaged
  • Value of the boat both before and after the damage
  • Cost of repair, or replacement if repair is not a viable option

There are many different instances in which a claim can be filed under the OPA. For a list of circumstances in which you may file a claim, contact a BP oil spill attorney at Fetterman & Associates at 561-845-2510. Our oil spill lawyers are experienced in filing all types of BP oil spill claims to ensure you receive the compensation to which you are lawfully entitled.

Q: The doctor that recently operated on me, told me that he has to re-do my operation. Could this be an example of malpractice?

Example of MalpracticeA: Operations or medical procedures are not always 100% successful. The fact that the desired result is not obtained does not mean that there has been malpractice but may be the result of a known possible complication or outcome of the procedure. For a medical result to be considered malpractice it would depend on whether the doctor fell below the standard of care of other doctors in the same field and whether that falling below the standard of care caused injury. That determination requires a review and evaluation by a medical expert.

Q: Will I have to pay anything to hire a lawyer for my accident case?

A: Most, if not all, lawyers who represent personal injury victims, do so on what is known as a contingent fee basis. A contingent fee means that there is no attorney fee unless and until the lawyer obtains money for you. When that occurs, the fee is a percentage of the amount the lawyer obtained for you. In most cases, the lawyer also pays the expenses of pursuing the case which are then deducted from the recovery obtained for you. Call Fetterman & Associates today at 561-845-2510 for free consultation.

Q: What is the best medicine for treating type-2 diabetes in Florida?

A: If you’re taking Actos for type-2 diabetes, you’re probably wondering if the benefits are worth all of the potential side effects. Most drug companies are still looking for the “silver bullet” for diabetes-but the truth is, the best medication for diabetics may not be a medication at all.

Patients using Actos to control blood sugar in Florida may actually benefit more from vegetables than a pill. A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that a structured diet and increased exercise were actually more effective at controlling diabetes than diabetes drugs.

This study revealed a few startling facts about type-2 diabetes medications in West Palm Beach:

  • Actos may lower diabetic symptoms, but has also been linked to life-threatening side effects such as heart failure, bladder cancer, osteoporosis, bone fractures, fluid retention and kidney failure.
  • By increasing activity and reducing calories, nearly 60% of diabetes sufferers reported improved symptoms-and the only side effects were muscle aches and pains.
  • The generic drug metformin, when combined with proper diet and exercise, slowed diabetic development by about 30%. The only side effects were mild gastrointestinal discomfort.

The benefits of the diet and exercise trial were consistent across both genders, all age groups, and ethnicities, indicating that the treatment is safe for everyone-and most importantly, there are no dangerous side effects. If you have suffered painful side effects while taking Actos in Florida, we can help get you the compensation you deserve. Call Fetterman & Associates today to speak with an experienced West Palm Beach personal injury attorney.

Q: Is my mother at risk of identity theft in a Florida nursing home?

A: With the rapid increase in technology, you are right to worry about someone stealing your personal information. The elderly are especially at risk, and identity theft in nursing homes is unfortunately quite common.

A few reasons your relative could be a victim of Florida ID fraud:

  • Access to information : Identity thieves don’t need much to steal your information. A driver’s license, passport, social security number or account information can be enough to open a credit card or apply for a loan in someone else’s name-all items which caretakers have access to.
  • Technological gap : Due to their advanced age, many residents are unfamiliar with technology. They may expose too much personal information online or over the phone, trusting that the caller is reputable and not a senior scammer coaxing bank information out of the elderly
  • Trust in authority : The elderly are forced to put their faith in people charged to protect them, such as nursing home attendants, administrators, police and doctors. Some merely assume the authorities are infallible, or are mentally impaired and cannot rationally comprehend the betrayal or injustice being done to them.

Whether it’s broken bones or burglary, we don’t like to think of anyone in our family becoming a victim. Unfortunately, the people we love who are the most vulnerable to attacks are the ones who cannot take care of themselves. If your relative was a victim of financial abuse at the hands of a caretaker, get the help of a trusted West Palm Beach nursing home abuse attorney by calling Fetterman & Associates today at 561-845-2510.

Q: Is my father at risk of a fall in a Florida nursing home?

A: Unfortunately, yes. Just because your family member is in an assisted care facility is no guarantee against serious falls. In fact, it may be more likely. The Center for Disease Control recently reported that 75% of nursing home residents fall every year-about twice the rate of seniors living in the community.

Why do these falls happen? Florida nursing home facilities are understaffed, and residents can sometimes go hours without a checkup from a staff member. If your relative slips in the shower in a disreputable nursing home, there is a very real chance he or she could wait hours until help arrives.

When an elderly person falls, it is especially serious. Due to the degeneration of the human body, the muscles weaken, causing mobility to become less stable. Depth perception and declining vision can cause your relative to misjudge distances, like the depth between steps on a staircase.

Lastly, the frailty of the elder’s bone structure can cause much more damage than in a young person, often resulting in broken hips and torn ligaments. A younger, healthier person might repair these in time, but a senior’s body lacks the ability to repair serious injuries and may not recover.

There is no way to avoid the risk of a fall-but there are precautions you can take to reduce the chances, giving your loved one respectful and responsible care. If your loved one has experienced a fall or any type of nursing home abuse in West Palm Beach, call Fetterman & Associates today.

Q: Could the Nursing Home Be Held Liable for Malnutrition or Dehydration?

A: Nursing homes have a legal responsibility to ensure proper maintenance and monitoring of vital issues such as hydration and nutrition. Nursing home negligence can contribute to or cause malnutrition or dehydration in a variety of circumstances, including:

  • Shortage of staffing (causing residents to go without nourishment or hydration for extended periods)
  • Failure to properly train in nutrition programs or implement hydration strategies
  • Failure to properly monitor nutrition or hydration

If your loved one has experienced serious health issues arising from dehydration and malnutrition due to nursing home negligence, the facility or nursing home could be liable.

Due to the complex but highly serious nature of these situations, it is critical to be armed with the knowledge and expertise you need to ensure the safety of your loved one. Contact a West Palm Beach nursing home abuse lawyer at Fetterman & Associates to speak to an experienced nursing home neglect attorney. They will help you sort through the confusion and emotional duress to determine the best course of action.

Swift Action Could Make a Life or Death Difference

If you suspect that your family has been a victim of West Palm Beach nursing home abuse or negligence, the life of your loved one may depend on your taking action.

If your family member has experienced medical problems arising from dehydration due to nursing home neglect, contact Fetterman & Associates.

Q: Is my loved one in an understaffed nursing home?

A: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently reported that 90% of nursing homes do not have enough employees to provide proper care to their patients. Since the nursing homes can retain more profits by paying less to its staff, employees are often underpaid, causing a high turnover rate. The remaining employees are overworked as a result.

The best Florida nursing homes are often the ones that pay fair wages to staff, enabling them to stay at the home for long periods of time. Patients are more comfortable with longtime staff members, giving them a sense of familiarity that greatly increases their comfort level. Staff members that have worked for longer than a year are also finely attuned to their patients’ individual needs, allowing for more personalized care and are more likely to notice differences in their patients’ health and behavior.

The best way to ensure your nursing home is taking proper care of your loved one is to visit often. Pay attention to the staff. How many times do employees come into the room during your visit? Do they call the patient by name? If your loved one is lucid, ask him or her about the staff. Does he or she have concerns? Is he or she ever left alone for long periods of time? Is he or she left alone at mealtimes, where choking is a common occurrence? Is the staff verbally or physically abusive?

If your loved one has reported abuse in a Port St Lucie nursing home facility, we can help. Call Fetterman & Associates today at 561-845-2510.

Q: Can a West Palm Beach nursing home be liable for emotional and psychological abuse?

A: The weakened mental and physical state of the elderly can sometimes make them easy targets for emotional abuse from stressed workers in short-handed, understaffed Florida nursing homes.

Emotional and Psychological Abuse

There are many ways in which emotional and psychological abuse occurs in West Palm Beach nursing homes. Emotional or psychological elder abuse is defined as: “Inflicting mental pain or distress on an elder person through verbal or nonverbal acts”. Because there is often no physical evidence of emotional abuse, it is critical to stay on guard to the common signs of emotional and psychological nursing home abuse.

Nursing homes have a legal responsibility to ensure proper care of elderly residents, and to exercise reasonable care to ensure that staff is properly trained and supervised. If your loved one has experienced psychological or emotional abuse at the hands of a nursing home staff member, it could constitute nursing home negligence; the facility might be liable.

What You Should Do

Due to the complex but highly serious nature of these situations, it is critical to be armed with the knowledge and expertise you need. An experienced West Palm Beach nursing home abuse attorney will help determine the best course of action to protect the rights of your loved one.

If your loved one has experienced Emotional and Psychological Abuse in a Florida nursing home, contact Fetterman & Associates at 561-845-2510.

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