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While outbreaks of COVID-19 in nursing homes across the country are in the news–and have been for months—it’s important not to lose sight of other dangers which can affect seniors. Nursing home abuse and negligence in nursing homes in Hialeah, Homestead and other communities, for example, continues to be a concern.

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In fact, nursing home abuse and negligence may get worse during the COVID-19 pandemic for a few reasons:

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Thanksgiving is coming up soon, and this year it will be slightly different as many residents of Homestead and South Florida are deciding whether to reduce exposure by limiting get-togethers. To have a safe Thanksgiving, you may wish to use masks, practice social distancing, and reduce family circles or gatherings. Some Hollywood residents are choosing to host their celebrations outside, to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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In addition to avoiding the spread of COVID-19, there are other steps you will want to take to make sure your Thanksgiving is a safe one:

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Right now, many people are working from home because of the COVID-19 pandemic. While working from home can be a pleasant switch from your regular routine, it also comes with its own dangers, especially if you’re not used to working from home and have not set up a space for you to work safely.

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Use these tips to set up a safe environment for working at home:

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Election day is just around the corner, and no matter what your affiliation and your political stance, safety is important to consider. Personal injuries can and do occur on election day. People are breaking from their usual routine, emotions are running high, people may be traveling to unfamiliar locations in Hollywood or their communities to vote. All these factors can contribute to trip and fall accidents, slip and fall accidents, car crashes and more.

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No matter how we vote, have a safe election day with these tips:

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At this time of year, many children in Hollywood and across South Florida look forward to trick-or-treating on Halloween. At this time, many parents are looking for costumes. Unfortunately, each year children are injured by unsafe costumes. Costumes can lead to burn injuries, skin breakouts, eye injuries, trip and fall injuries, and more.

There are ways to create fun and enjoyable costumes while keeping your kids safe from injuries:

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The risk of misdiagnosis, medical malpractice, and now exposure to COVID-19, are serious concerns for anyone who is going to a clinic or hospital for medical care. Of course, we all see medical experts to get better and to get quality medical care. Unfortunately, negligence, recklessness, and even mistakes in a medical setting can result in serious complications, injuries, and even fatalities.

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As a patient, you have rights. You also have the ability to reduce your risk in a few key ways:

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Right now, some medical appointments in Hollywood and South Florida are being taken virtually in order to help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus and to protect the patient’s health. Telemedicine can happen through videoconferencing apps and over the phone. Telemedicine can be a great alternative in helping you avoid exposure while still allowing you access to medical knowledge and expert care. However, there are some challenges with telemedicine which you should be aware of.

Since virtual care providers do not see you in person, they may not notice some symptoms which are evident when they are in the same room as patients. Telemedicine appointments can also be brief and since this is a new form of communication to both patients and some doctors, communication between doctors and patients can be different. In some cases, this can impact care.

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Medical malpractice claims in southern Florida are intended to help protect patients who have been injured due to the recklessness and negligence of medical professionals. Medical malpractice claims arise when someone is misdiagnosed, incorrectly treated, or suffers another issue caused by recklessness or negligence. If you have a doctor-patient relationship and a doctor causes injury through their actions, you may have a claim.

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Right now, medical malpractice claims are more complex. With the COVID-19 pandemic, some patients believe they have contacted COVID-19 in a hospital or clinic setting. However, they don’t always know whether they have a strong claim. In addition, with hospitals sometimes overrun and with patients worried about the coronavirus, some patients find that their care is being delayed or is being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. They, too, wonder if they have a legal claim.

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This year, some parents are choosing to homeschool their children to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. While this can mean a lowered risk of sports injury and at-school injuries, it doesn’t mean that virtual school is without risks. Homestead students still face:

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