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The link between understaffing and nursing home abuse and neglect

Placing your parent or loved one in the care of someone else is rarely easy, but the process can be less emotionally taxing on everyone if you feel confident in your choice of nursing home or continuing care facility. Unfortunately, understaffing is a serious problem that, per NursingHomeAbuseGuide.org, affects more than 90 percent of American nursing homes. While understaffing is a problem for those who work in such environments and have to perform extra duties and spread themselves thin, it also poses a threat to facility residents.

Should you worry about a residential gas explosion?

Gas explosions are usually associated with industrial locations, chemical plants and the like. The nature of these places make them highly susceptible to explosions, yet residential areas also come with the risk of gas exploding and causing a fire. Distribution pipes bring natural gas to residences, and defects in the pipes or applianc es can lead to a blast. Apartment residents are more likely to suffer harm as the proximity to other apartments allows for the explosion to affect many. Learn the signs of a potential gas explosion, what to do to prevent it and next steps if it happens to you.

4 things to look for in a personal injury attorney

When you become injured in an accident, you do not want to call just any personal injury lawyer whose number you find. Who you hire will affect the outcome of your case, so you need to decide carefully the attorney to represent you in a settlement negotiation or trial. Look for the following four qualities as you search for the right personal injury lawyer to help you with your claim.

What to do if you are being tailgated

Tailgating is a type of aggressive driving that often causes serious accidents on the road. If you notice you are being tailgated, you should be aware that you are at risk. Another factor to consider is that a driver who is engaging in this behavior is likely to be impaired or angry and may step up the aggression. Some drivers tailgate simply because they are inexperienced or not paying attention to their surroundings. While they may not be aggressive, they still present a risk. Colorado has a particularly high rate of tailgaters, so it is important to watch out for red flags on the road.

How to enjoy the party and still drive sober

Whether it is beer, wine or an assortment of trendy cocktails, alcohol is served in various forms at most adult parties, and especially at New Year's Eve celebrations.

You and your friends are looking forward to a great evening, but if you are the driver, you have a decision to make: enjoy a drink or two, or abstain? Becoming involved in an auto accident seems unlikely. On the other hand, you never know what might happen down the road - literally.

Why you should speak to an attorney before an insurance company

One of the things everyone is advised to do after a car accident is exchange insurance info with the other driver. What many people don't realize is the importance of speaking to an attorney before ever calling the insurance company. Insurance companies make a profit by trying to offer you as little as possible in a claim. You should never speak directly to the other driver's insurer, but even your own insurance company will be looking for the lowest possible offer they can give you.

Here are the biggest reasons you should always consult an attorney first.

Collapsing seats a problem in rear-end accidents

When you buy a new vehicle, you expect that everything will be top of the line when it comes to safety features. You want to trust that the automaker would not release a vehicle that would perform poorly in an accident and potentially subject you to an increased risk of injury in a crash. However, some of the vehicles that are being driven on area roadways may have flaws that could lead to serious injuries in rear-end accidents.

In many passenger vehicles, the rear seat backs collapse when struck from behind. This means that the seat does not keep its structural integrity, and those who are occupying those seats could become much more severely injured in an accident. 

4 tips to make driving a motorcycle safer

Motorcycles can be fun to drive. Unfortunately, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, motorcyclists are at a significantly increased risk of an accident over vehicle drivers, by almost 30 times. As an individual gets older, it may be even more difficult to stay safe on the road as reflexes slow down, eyesight weakens and bones become brittle. Still, many cling to the excitement and thrill they feel on the back of a bike, and there are ways to drive defensively and make sure you are more visible to motorists on the roadway.

Wet weather safety tips

In Colorado, the weather conditions are often less than desirable. Snow, ice and rain all contribute to hazardous driving conditions. It's important that you stay alert when you're behind the wheel. The Federal Highway Administration reports that approximately 22 percent of all crashes every year, about 1,259,000, are weather related. These conditions include rain, sleet, snow, fog, severe wind and blowing debris, or even wet or snowy and slushy pavement. The biggest number of accidents occur during rainfall or on wet pavement. Here are some tips to help you stay safe behind the wheel.

Purvis Gray Thomson, LLP, recognized by peers as one of the "Best Law Firms" for 2017

We are extremely proud to announce that our firm, Purvis Gray Thomson, LLP, has recently received a prestigious honor, being named as one of the "Best Law Firms" for 2017 by U.S. News & World Report. Attorneys from throughout the country, as well as the Denver metro area, were asked to rank law firms for their legal skills and expertise. 

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