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January 2017 Archives

Texting may be blocked while driving

Mississippi residents may be interested in a lawsuit filed in January 2017 against Apple. If the lawsuit is successful, Apple would be required to install software on its phones that would prevent the user from texting while driving. The plaintiffs argue that this would help to prevent accidents caused by distracted drivers.

Revised nursing home rules give residents more control

Mississippi residents who have family members living in nursing homes may be interested in learning that following a revision of federal rules, their loved ones may be able to be more involved with their own healthcare. According to a director at the advocacy group Consumer Voice, the rule revisions could transform the care that nursing home residents receive.

Enforcement of arbitration ban is halted

Mississippi residents who have filed suits or plan to file suits against a nursing home for negligent care or abuse should know about a regulation update recently issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The agency has postponed the enforcement of a rule that prohibits nursing home centers from requiring patients to enter into obligatory arbitration agreements in advance of a dispute.

Liability for borrowed vehicle accidents

If an individual borrows a vehicle and subsequently causes an accident, there may be a question of who can be held liable for the damage that results. Mississippi motorists should be aware that if their vehicle is lent to someone who later gets into an accident, they may be held financially, and in some cases criminally, responsible.

What can I do to protect my loved one from nursing home abuse?

Nursing home safety is a major concern for many people in Mississippi. Nursing home abuse and negligence claims are on the rise. There is a lack of resources to properly train and hire properly qualified personnel, leaving your relatives at risk of neglect, abuse, injury and even death. To keep them from becoming a statistic, you should learn how to protect your loved one from abuse.

NHTSA asks phone makers to help stop distracted driving

In December 2016, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration published a new proposal as Phase 2 of its Driver Distraction Guidelines. The guidelines, which were aimed at cellphone manufacturers, suggested that phones be equipped with a driver mode to stop car and truck drivers from using them while they are traveling on roads in Mississippi and around the country.

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