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Truck accidents result in six fatalities in Kentucky

Any motor vehicle accident can result in serious property damage and physical harm. Truck accidents especially can be damaging for anyone involved due to their larger size in comparison to other vehicles. Sadly, a recent accident in Kentucky involving two tractor-trailers and two other vehicles resulted in multiple fatalities.

All four vehicles were traveling north on an interstate that was under construction. At a point in the construction zone where I-65 reduced its lanes, the traffic had slowed down and the vehicles were stopped. The first tractor-trailer involved in the collision was stopped with the other two vehicles behind it. Reportedly, the second tractor-trailer did not slow to a stop and crashed into one of the vehicles.

Seek a second opinion to prevent living with misdiagnoses

It's hard to be sure if the reason you're not feeling better is because your doctor made a mistake or because a treatment simply isn't working. Some conditions may not respond to treatments created for others. For example, if your doctor believes you have epilepsy and treats you for it but the reality is that you're having mini strokes, then you won't get the results you want from the treatments.

Misdiagnoses can be a problem for patients who have symptoms that are hard to pin down. It can mean taking drugs that don't work or struggling with a condition when they shouldn't have to. One of the most common kinds of illnesses that is misdiagnosed is a mental health condition.

Nissan defendent in products liability lawsuit for brake issue

Car accidents occur in Kentucky on a regular basis and can result due to driver's negligence, weather conditions or other outside factors. A mother and her two young children were killed in an automobile accident when a man veered into their lane and crashed into them. The driver was charged and determined as negligent, but evidence exists that there may have been a software problem with the brakes in his vehicle. Nissan North America Inc. is in the beginning stages of defending the brake system in their vehicles in a products liability lawsuit against the company. 

The man, who was 74 years old at the time of the accident, drifted into the victim's car lane and struck the victims. The mother and her two young daughters were all riding in a minivan and did not survive the accident. According to the accident reconstruction team, the older man may have sped up as he crashed into the victims. The male driver suffered a broken hip and suffered serious head trauma injury as well.

Medical malpractice: Man left in hallway untreated for hours

When residents in Kentucky contact emergency services for medical assistance, they anticipate prompt evaluation and treatment of their symptoms. Unfortunately, some patients may not receive adequate care as quickly as expected. Sadly, a man in another state died after he was allegedly left in a hospital hallway for three hours without receiving necessary medical evaluation and treatment. His family has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit seeking more than $15,000 for their financial and emotional losses.

The 49-year-old man's family reports that he was suffering extreme pain in his abdomen, chest and neck. They requested the assistance of an ambulance to quickly get him medical evaluation and treatment for his symptoms. Upon arrival at the hospital, the facility had no room for him in the rooms of the emergency department, and he was placed on a stretcher in the hall. Reportedly, the man complained that he suffered the maximum level of pain that can be documented, but allegedly nurses did not document his extreme level of pain.

3 hazards and your drive on the Fourth of July weekend

If you're heading out on the Fourth of July and plan to spend some time on the road, there are many different hazards you could face. From busy roadways to firework displays, it's important to know which hazards to look out for.

By knowing which hazards you may run into, you can prevent serious injuries in car crashes. Here are three different hazards you may come across this busy holiday weekend.

Man files medical malpractice lawsuit for loss of hand

Kentucky residents that seek treatment for a heart attack likely do not imagine that it could result in the loss of a limb. Unfortunately for one man in another state, he is now short five fingers and his hand. He has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctors who handled his care, and he is asking for $100 million for his pain and suffering. 

The 40-year-old man's ordeal began with a heart attack. During the process of getting treated for his heart condition, he became ill with pneumonia. Although a heart attack and pneumonia are certainly serious health conditions, the pneumonia turned into a more serious life-threatening infection. In order to monitor the man's fragile condition, doctors determined that he would benefit from a special arterial line. The line would allow doctors to more accurately control and monitor his blood pressure.

Chiropractor accused of medical malpractice in model's death

Many Kentucky residents seek treatment and advice from chiropractors on a regular basis. As with any medical specialty, unfortunate mistakes can occur. Anytime a mistake does occur, it has the potential to harm a patient. Recently, a wrongful death medical malpractice lawsuit has been filed in another state, alleging that a model's spinal adjustment by a chiropractor resulted in her fatal injury.

The 34-year-old Playboy model visited a chiropractor for a spinal adjustment, and after treatment, she expressed pain, dizziness and weakness. Although, she sought treatment at an emergency room the same day for her symptoms, she did not survive. According to the coroner's report, the adjustment likely injured an artery in her neck. The injured artery then resulted in an infarction or a stroke due to lack of blood flow to her brain.

Crashes in construction zones: The 3 local dangers

In the summer, it's no secret that the roads in Kentucky and Ohio need work due to the hot-and-cold temperatures throughout the fall and winter months. Potholes, cracks and other issues result in construction that closes down lanes of traffic and results in congested roads.

One of the things that can be a significant danger to drivers, whether they're in cars or on motorcycles, is loose gravel. When new roads are laid or when construction takes place, gravel, dust and other loose debris cover the roads. This debris is a serious risk. Here are a few things to look out for when construction is going on in the area.

Lightning safety: Tips for a safe ride on your motorcycle

Summer is here, and that means it's time to brush up on your motorcycle safety tips. One that you may not keep in mind is the risk of getting hit by lightning. Storms that pass through Kentucky and the Ohio Valley have the potential to have extreme winds and hundreds of lightning strikes.

Each of the strikes hits something, whether it's ending in a grassy field or striking a lightning rod. Unfortunately, driving in a storm can result in your being struck. Of course, lightning isn't the only danger. Conditions including high winds or hail can also result in a serious collision and terrible injuries.

Surgeon's overlapped surgeries may result in medical malpractice

When patients in Kentucky consent to surgery by their chosen surgeon, they expect to have careful monitoring and focused care throughout the surgery. Unknown to many patients, some surgeons may overlap their surgeries, leaving trainees to monitor the patient as the head surgeon moves on to another patient. While this is an accepted practice in many hospitals, an anesthesiologist in another state has filed a lawsuit for what she considers to be excessive overlapping and double booking of surgeries. She is hopeful the lawsuit will institute changes to protect patients and prevent unnecessary medical malpractice.

The lawsuit alleges that one orthopedic surgeon's group overlapped surgeries on a regular basis and may have falsified hospital records regarding the amount of time they spent in each surgery. Patients were not made aware of the overlap or that their surgeons were often not present for long periods of time, leaving trainees in charge instead. The lawsuit highlights multiple cases over a five year period that may have violated the rules of Medicare and Medicaid. According to the rules of Medicare and Medicaid, surgeons must be present for all critical portions of a patient's surgery, but the lawsuit alleges that in some cases trainees were alone for critical portions of the surgeries.

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