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Covington KY Legal Blog

Driving while feeling under the weather is a dangerous choice

Catching a cold or coming down with the flu can be a major inconvenience. Life doesn't stop just because you feel sick. Many adults feel compelled to go to work while sick. They may also have to transport their children places and meet other obligations.

The pressure to keep performing even while under the weather can lead people to underestimate the impact that their current medical condition could have on their driving performance. Just because you know you can muddle through your day at work while sick does not mean that it is safe for you to drive yourself to the office or transport other people.

Defective jack stands may lead to products liability claims

Individuals in Kentucky and elsewhere may be impacted by a recent product recall -- the second of its kind by Harbor Freight in 2020. The product being recalled is a three-ton jack stand. Unfortunately, sometimes, defective products like these cause injuries to consumers, which is grounds for dangerous products liability claims.

The jack stand that is being recalled was designed to help automotive workers to support the cars they are working on. According to Harbor Freight, the stand has a defect related to welding. Unfortunately, this defective stand was actually released to replace another stand that ended up being recalled in early 2020 as a result of a manufacturing defect.

Failing to make a proper diagnosis can be medical malpractice

Patients in Kentucky and across the country rely on the knowledge and expertise of medical professionals. Successful medical treatment is a step-by-step process that requires doctors and providers to be thorough and meticulous. If one step is missed in any part of the treatment process, the patient can suffer permanent or fatal injuries. Even something that seems minor, like misreading a test result, can be considered medical malpractice and have disastrous implications.

A man in another state filed a lawsuit after he suffered a stroke and was sent home after a doctor allegedly failed to properly diagnose his condition. The man said he visited the hospital with complaints of stroke-like symptoms. According to the lawsuit, the man was evaluated by the defendant, who ordered an echocardiogram and a CT scan.

Why should truckers check load securement?

Truckers have a responsibility to ensure that the cargo they're hauling makes it the destination without any issues. Not only is this important from a business standpoint, it's also critical from a safety standpoint. Load securement must be handled properly to ensure that cargo remains in place throughout the haul. When this isn't done as it should be, serious issues can occur.

The United States Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration set the North American Cargo Securement Standard to help keep people safe throughout the continent as they drive around these big rigs. In order to be subjected to the standards, the commercial motor vehicle must travel across state lines and have a gross vehicle rating of 10,000 pounds.

Medical malpractice: Surgery errors can prove fatal

When any Kentucky resident visits a medical center for a surgical procedure, he or she trusts that the operation will unfold as planned. Surgery patients place their lives in the hands of capable surgeons and have faith that these professionals will use their expertise to make the procedure a successful one. However, there are always underlying risks with any surgery, no matter how minor the procedure may seem. Tragically, errors or medical malpractice during surgery can result in the death of the patient.

A lawsuit filed by a widower in another state claimed that his wife's death was caused by negligence during a surgical procedure. The lawsuit said the woman visited a hospital with breathing problems and was diagnosed with excessive fluid surrounding her right lung. Allegedly, the woman's medical providers ordered a surgery without obtaining an informed consent from her or her husband.

Make safe passes to avoid truck accidents

Interstates across the state of Kentucky are constantly bustling with travelers, and large tractor-trailers make up a large percentage of the overall traffic. Traveling at high speeds on a crowded interstate highway next to these massive trucks is enough to rattle even the most experienced drivers. Truck accidents need to be avoided at all costs. Trying to pass a tractor-trailer is something that can be particularly intimidating. Here are a few tips on how to safely pass a tractor-trailer.

When approaching a tractor-trailer, drivers should always be aware of the truck driver's blind spots. Tractor-trailers have blind spots on all four sides of the vehicles. When attempting to make a pass, do not linger in these blind spots longer than necessary. The biggest blind spot for a truck driver is on the right side of the vehicle, so always pass on the left and do so in a quick but safe manner.

These types of medication errors could be medical malpractice

As a patient in a hospital or under the care of a doctor, you trust your medical provider's recommendations. You may be given prescriptions to treat your ailments, or you may have medication manually administered without having full awareness of what drug you are being given.

While the majority of medication benefits the patient greatly, helping to either treat their illness or manage the uncomfortable symptoms, there can be times when medication is given in error. This could lead to serious consequences, sometimes leading to an allergic reaction or an accidental overdose. In many cases, a doctor or hospital could be held liable for medical malpractice if a medication error occurs. The following are some of the common causes of medication errors that could lead the patient to make a successful medical malpractice claim.

Medical malpractice contributes to thousands of injuries per year

Not many people are aware that negligent medical care is a leading cause of death and injury in Kentucky and across the United States. Any missed step during medical treatment can mean serious injury and even death for the patient. No patient is exempt from medical malpractice. A woman in another state filed a lawsuit after alleged negligence led to her suffering heart problems.

The lawsuit said the woman was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer and began seeing an oncologist who prescribed her a medication called doxorubicin. According to claims, cardiology tests are usually performed prior to administering this medication, but the oncologist gave the plaintiff doxorubicin without conducting an echocardiogram test. Over the next few months, the plaintiff experienced troubling symptoms including a rapid heartbeat and dizziness.

Do you know the two most dangerous invisible crash injuries?

In the aftermath of a major motor vehicle collision, most of the injuries you suffer will be pretty obvious. Broken bones could prevent you from putting pressure on your limbs, while spinal cord injuries could prevent you from moving at all. Lacerations and painful contusions will also be obvious right at the scene of the crash, even if the bruising isn't visible yet.

It's important to understand that even if you aren't bleeding, you could still have injuries that require medical attention following a serious car wreck. Familiarizing yourself with the two dangerous invisible injuries that people can suffer in a car crash can help you get the diagnosis and treatment you need for a quick recovery.

Medical malpractice can occur in any procedure

In just the last two decades, health care technology in Kentucky and across the United States has seen tremendous advancements. Many surgical procedures that used to be difficult and invasive are now considered routine. This advanced technology, combined with the expertise of surgeons and physicians, has led to improved outcomes and many lives saved. However, there is always a chance for medical malpractice in any procedure.

A lawsuit filed in another state alleged that the negligent care caused a woman to suffer eye injuries. According to the lawsuit, the woman had a procedure to remove cataracts in her eyes. A little over a month after her procedure, the woman returned to the surgeon for an emergency visit with complaints of blurred vision, tearing and a sensation that a foreign object was stuck in her eye, the lawsuit said. The woman claimed she was diagnosed with corneal edema and prescribed a topical anti-inflammatory medication.

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