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kent county campus injury lawyerA common feature of many college campus organizations is hazing activities that introduce new members into a school’s fraternities and sororities. While these activities are harmless for most students most of the time, hazing often involves copious amounts of alcohol. Combined with students under 21 years old who have little experience drinking and no adult supervision, hazing can end in disaster. If you are a parent of a child who has been injured or killed in a campus hazing incident, you may be wondering if you can take legal action. Read on to learn more and then schedule a free meeting with a Michigan campus hazing injury attorney. 

Is Hazing Legal? 

“Hazing” is a term for the kind of difficult, embarrassing activities that college juniors and seniors often make freshmen and sophomores endure before they are accepted as part of an organization. Although some universities have decided to prevent hazing activities because of their potential dangers, in and of itself, hazing is not illegal as long as it does not involve illegal behaviors. 

The problem with so many kinds of hazing, however, is that many of the behaviors are illegal for everyone involved. For example, the most common type of hazing - forcing younger coeds to drink alcohol until they are willing to do something dangerous or embarrassing - could be illegal on a number of levels. Both the underage drinkers and the adults providing the alcohol are breaking the law. Further, any activities that are sexual or physical in nature could be grounds for criminal sexual assault or battery charges. Unfortunately, hazing can get much stranger and more violent, and in cases like these, students can be seriously injured. 

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Kent County Truck Accident LawyerThe trucking industry is an essential component of the American economy. Goods and materials need to be shipped to locations throughout the United States on a constant basis, and this need has only increased in recent years as more and more people shop for products online. Unfortunately, this has led to increasingly difficult conditions for truck drivers. Drivers are required to spend long hours on the road, and since they are encouraged to deliver cargo as quickly as possible, they may continue driving past the point when they can remain fully awake and in control of their vehicles. 

Driver fatigue is one of the most common causes of truck accidents, and it puts everyone on the road at risk of being injured or killed. Due to current practices in the trucking industry, driver fatigue is an increasing concern. When commercial drivers are tired, they are more likely to miss important details that may help them avoid accidents, and they may experience increased reaction times or other issues that affect their ability to maintain control of their trucks. When drivers become drowsy, they are even more likely to collide with other vehicles, and nodding off for even just a moment can have deadly results.

Conditions Leading to Truck Driver Fatigue

To help ensure that truck drivers can properly control commercial vehicles, they are required to follow regulations regarding their hours of service. These regulations limit the number of hours a person can drive at a time, and they require drivers to take regular breaks and receive sleep between shifts. However, even when drivers abide by all applicable regulations, they are still likely to experience fatigue, especially since non-driving hours that are logged as “sleeping” are often spent loading or unloading cargo, finding a place to park, eating meals, taking showers, and dealing with other issues.

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Kent County Nursing Home Abuse LawyerNursing homes and assisted living facilities provide essential care for many elderly and disabled individuals. When a person resides at a nursing home, this can provide their loved ones with the assurance that their needs are being met. Unfortunately, there are far too many nursing homes throughout the United States that provide substandard care to patients. Nursing home neglect is an issue that can threaten the health and well-being of patients. If a facility’s staff members do not provide the proper care and supervision, residents may experience serious health problems, including malnutrition and dehydration.

Symptoms and Effects of Dehydration and Malnutrition

Many nursing homes struggle with staff shortages. When a facility is unable to maintain adequate staffing levels, or if it has not provided staff members with the proper training, employees may be unable to fully monitor patients’ needs and provide the necessary care. This can lead to malnutrition, in which patients do not eat enough to provide their bodies with the necessary calories or the vitamins and nutrients that will allow them to maintain the proper health. Dehydration may occur if a person does not drink enough water or receive liquids through other sources that will ensure that their bodily systems can function correctly.

A person who suffers from malnutrition may experience symptoms such as weight loss, muscle weakness, fatigue, dry skin, difficulties with concentration, memory loss, depression, anxiety, irritability, and delayed healing of wounds. Without the proper nutrients, bodily systems may cease certain functions, which may lead to additional health issues. Continuing malnutrition may even lead to a person’s wrongful death.

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Kent County Personal Injury LawyerCarbon monoxide is a silent killer. It is odorless and colorless, making it difficult to detect. The symptoms it causes are easily mistaken for mere tiredness. When carbon monoxide is allowed to build up in an apartment building, it can very quickly become deadly. Michigan has laws in place requiring all multi-family homes including apartment buildings to have carbon monoxide detectors installed. Without a working detector, it is nearly impossible for individuals to notice that they are being exposed to hazardous levels of this insidious chemical. 

Sadly, because chemical exposure to carbon monoxide can become fatal before it is detected, many lawsuits related to negligent carbon monoxide poisoning are brought as wrongful death suits. If you were harmed by or lost a family member due to carbon monoxide poisoning, you should contact an attorney to determine whether you may be entitled to compensation. 

What Causes Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Rental Units?

A number of problems, often related to poor maintenance, can lead to a dangerous buildup of carbon monoxide in apartments or other multi-family structures. A landlord can be held liable for the harm their tenants suffer as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning if the landlord was negligent in allowing the poisoning to occur. Problems that can contribute to carbon monoxide poisonings include: 

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Kent County Personal Injury AttorneyWhen your loved ones dropped you off at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center, they probably breathed a sigh of relief, believing that you were finally safe. Being actively addicted to a mind-altering substance can put your life in danger. When you make the bold decision to go to rehab and try to defeat your addiction, you deserve to be cared for in a safe environment. The problem is that the rehab industry is not nearly as regulated as it should be. Anything from a lack of trained medical personnel on hand to inadequate supervision to dangerous conditions in the residential area can put patients at risk. Being injured while in residential treatment can have enormous consequences, and may even trigger a relapse if you experience a lot of pain. If you were injured while staying in inpatient rehab, an attorney may be able to help you recover financial compensation. 

Negligent Rehab Practices That Put Patients in Danger

A lack of regulation in the recovery industry emboldens some shady rehab centers to put profit ahead of patient safety. When you check into a rehab center, you expect to be kept safe while you recover. People who are coming off drugs or alcohol are vulnerable and need a higher level of care than some rehabs are interested in providing. Negligent practices that could endanger you include: 

  • Unmanaged detox - Withdrawal from benzodiazepines or alcohol can be fatal if it is not properly medically managed. Withdrawing from any substance can cause harm and put you at risk for problems like dehydration and falls. During the acute detox phase, you need extensive medical care. It is critical that you are seen by a doctor almost as soon as you check in so that you can be given the appropriate medications. Failing to provide appropriate care at this point can rise to the level of medical malpractice.

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