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You Could Be Responsible For Your Parent's Unpaid Nursing Home Bills

Did you know that you could potentially be responsible for your parent's unpaid nursing home and assisted living bills? This may be a scary thought, but in many states with filial support laws, many families are faced with this problem. 

 According to a recent Forbes.com article, filial support laws were originally derived from 16th century New England's "poor laws" and, at one time, 90% of the states had such laws.  Now 29 states still have filial support laws on the books, including Pennsylvania.  Although throughout time many of these laws were not exercised, they are being enforced at a higher rate more recently.  Many people that this is due to the rising and extended cost of healthcare for the elderly. In one recent Pennsylvania case, a nursing home successfully received over $90,000 in payment from the son of a resident who was unable to pay for her care and fled the country.

One of the ways in which Pennsylvania assesses the ability to apply filial support laws is when the elderly parent has been abused or neglect by their care-providing institution, such as nursing homes or assisted living facilities. It also assesses whether the child of the non-paying parent has the financial resources and ability to pay the providing institution all or part of the bills.

In cases of elder abuse or neglect, it is very important to consult with a lawyer before making any decisions that may result in large legal and/or financial ramifications.  Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving western and central Pennsylvania who takes cases for older Pennsylvanians who have been abused or neglected.  For more information on his Altoona, PA area practice, please call his office at 814-946-4100 or visit  his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com.  Attorney Stoehr takes cases in Blair and the seven surrounding counties. 

Want to know more? Check out the original Forbes.com story here.

The Most Dangerous Time Of Year To Drive May Surprise You!

If you had to guess, when do you think is the most dangerous time of the year to drive? Most people would probably guess the winter season in general or the Thanksgiving weekend. However, the statistically most dangerous time of the year to drive is the month of August, especially on Saturdays.  We are not that far out of August, which means that we are still potentially in peak time to be vulnerable to a serious accident!  Tuesdays and Wednesdays are statistically the safest times to drive, especially during the day.   Does that make sense with your own experiences? 
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, time of day is also a critical factor for accidents.  Perhaps unsurprisingly, about half of fatal accidents occur at night, and have a 2-3 times higher fatality rate per mile traveled than during the daytime. There is also a much higher rate of both alcohol-related crashes and people not wearing their seatbelts at night.  Interestingly enough, surveys show that 75% of drivers think that they are safer than other drivers on the road.  That is obviously not the case!
Have you or someone you know recently been involved in a car accident?  Did they feel that it wasn't their fault, but are still battling some significant pain or injury? For those who have recently been in a car crash, it is important to closely monitor the body's response to injury.  This is especially true if you suspect that you have sustained a significant head injury.  If your car accident was not your fault, it may also be time to seek legal action.   If you or a loved one has recently been in a car accident due to the fault of another, please contact Altoona, PA area personal injury attorney Doug Stoehr to set up an initial, free consultation.  His law office can be reached by calling his firm at 814-946-4100.
Background information taken from Forbes.com

Forbes Tackles Elder Abuse

How much do you know about recognizing and preventing elder abuse? Forbes.com just addressed this issue, which can be found by clicking this link.  According to their article, there are 5 main ideas to focus on when combating elder abuse--awareness, brain health, caregiving, economics, and resources.  To learn more, please visit their news article!

Attorney Doug Stoehr is a personal injury lawyer serving western and central Pennsylvania.  He takes cases for older Pennsylvanians who have been abused or neglected.  For more information on his Altoona, PA area practice, please call his office at 814-946-4100 or visit his website at http://www.stoehrlaw.com.  Attorney Stoehr takes cases in Blair and the seven surrounding counties.

 Pennsylvania also has an Elder Abuse Task Force, which holds the mission to examine allegations of individuals who cheat, deceive, and/or abuse older Pennsylvanians.  To report a potential case of elder abuse, please call their reporting hotline at (866) 623-2137.

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