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Parents awarded $26 million in historic medical malpractice suit

The birth of a child is one of the most remarkable and amazing experiences in the lives of parents in Kentucky and around the world. However, when mistakes are made during delivery, what was supposed to be a wonderful experience can quickly turn tragic. Parents in another state were recently awarded $26 million from a medical malpractice lawsuit they filed after a medical center mismanaged the birth of their twins.

The lawsuit claimed that the mother visited the medical center when she was 20 weeks pregnant with the twins due to cramping and spotting. Allegedly, she was seen and sent home by a doctor that was training. A few days later, her bleeding worsened and she returned to the hospital only to be sent home again. When she returned to the hospital for a third time a few days later, she was in labor and one of the babies had already crowned.

Jackknifing accidents with commercial trucks are quite common

You've probably heard the term "jackknife" in relation to a semitruck or similar commercial vehicle. However, have you ever really stopped to think about what this kind of incident is like? These kinds of trucking accidents are common enough to be well-known, but few people really plan and prepare for encountering one when driving on the freeway or highway. Truck drivers may prepare for them, but generally that means harm reduction practices for when they've already lost control of their vehicle.

For other drivers, a jackknifing commercial truck can pose a serious threat of bodily harm. These vehicles are either moving in and out of control or have come to a stop in the roadway, blocking critical lanes of traffic. Depending on weather conditions and the location of the jackknifed vehicle, there is the potential for many more vehicles to end up part of the jackknife accident. The people involved could experience serious injuries and financial losses.

Woman awarded $12 million from medical malpractice suit

In recent years, staggering technological advancements have been made in the field of health care. Modern technology combined with strict safety regulations have made medical procedures safer than ever before. Despite this progress, medical malpractice continues to be one of the leading causes of death and injury in Kentucky and across the country. What can be done when a person is injured as a result of negligence during a medical procedure? A woman in another state filed a lawsuit after allegedly suffering injuries during surgery and was awarded a substantial monetary judgment.

According to the lawsuit, the woman suffered permanent injuries due to the negligence of a doctor. The woman had a history of seizures and made regular visits to the emergency room, the lawsuit said. The lawsuit claimed that the plaintiff's usual treatment was plasma or a vitamin K shot and she was then always discharged.

A rare legal victory for medical malpractice victims in Kentucky

It seems like there has been a lot of legislation in recent years trying to limit medical malpractice and other personal injury claims. These litigation limits have taken a number of forms, including various barriers to litigation and limits on the amount of compensation a plaintiff can receive in certain types of claims.

Although the trend has been for greater limits on plaintiff claims in recent years, Kentucky just scored a noteworthy victory. A recent case in the Franklin County Circuit Court struck down a new law aimed at limiting medical malpractice lawsuits.

Lawsuits could follow candy recall for products liability

Kentucky consumers might assume that products on store shelves are labeled with appropriate allergy warnings. However, a recent candy recall demonstrates that this is not always true. Consumers may wish to follow this potential products liability case in the months to come.

A dark chocolate made by GKI Foods has been recalled due to an omission it its product labeling. Though the product contains milk, the packaging on the product does not say so. The distributor, First Source, and the candy caking company have voluntarily recalled the product. It is distributed to convenience store chains and supermarket in 27 states. The candy, which has been on the market since Jan. 1, 2016, has been sold in grocery store bulk bins and in packages. 

Fall months offer great sights for motorcyclists, stay aware

Many people think that motorcycles are only out during the warmer months of the year, but many motorcyclists enjoy seeing the fall and winter sights from the freedom of being on the back of the bike. All drivers must watch carefully for motorcycle riders to help keep everyone safe and avoid potential accidents.

Drivers who are on the road must make sure that they don't overlook a motorcycle and violate the motorcyclist's rights. Here are some points to remember about motorcycles on the roads during the autumn months:

Products liability cases may follow Fisher-Price recall

Kentucky parents may assume all the products they buy are well tested and proven safe for their children to enjoy. Sadly, however, a Fisher-Price product sold nationwide at several major stores and online was just recalled due a reported fire hazard. Parents who own this product will want to follow this products liability case closely in the weeks to come.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall for several models of Fisher-Price brand infant motion seats. The seat's sway, bounce, vibrate and play songs to entertain infants. The motor that operates these features is said to overheat, which can cause a fire to occur.

Two elements to know in a Kentucky medical malpractice case

People go to medical professionals for diagnosis and to receive acceptable care to make themselves or a loved one feel better. Sometimes, however, health care providers can cause more harm than help. These personnel can cause more injury when they fail to give adequate care or misdiagnose their patients. There are two main factors in a Kentucky medical malpractice case: finding out who was at fault and proving that they were legally at fault. 

Medical malpractice claims can be filed not only against a doctor, they can also be applied to nurses, assistants and any other medical personnel that may have been involved. Hospitals and pharmaceutical companies are not exempt; they can have claims filed against them as well. Once it has been determined who is at fault, a victim may proceed to the final component in such cases. 

Exhaustion can lead to catastrophic commercial vehicle crashes

Driving for work is a dangerous career. Commercial truck drivers often have to be on the road at all hours of the night and during terrible weather conditions. Their industry is one of the most dangerous. However, their work ensures that products and materials are available when and where people need them.

Unfortunately, these massive vehicles also pose a serious risk to others on the roads. Commercial trucks make wide turns, have huge blind spots and take longer to stop than smaller vehicles. Their size and weight can result in massive damage to smaller vehicles and severe or even fatal injuries to the people inside them. That's why their drivers must be in perfect control of the vehicle at all times. When truckers choose to drive while exhausted, they put everyone on the road at risk.

Products liability issue may affect The Home Depot shoppers

Kentucky consumers might assume that a product on the shelves of a big corporation would be properly tested. However, an outlet converter sold at The Home Depot through its stores across the country and online was recently recalled due to possible shock and fire hazards. Those consumers who have purchased this product will want to pay close attention to this products liability case as it unfolds in the following months.

Ningbo Litesun electric, the product's manufacturer, recalled the product due to alleged incorrect construction. The specific model of the outlet converter is LA-05, and it was on the shelves of The Home Depot from February to July of 2017 for approximately five dollars. This converter gave the consumer the ability to change one outlet into three. Shock and fire hazards reportedly are possible when the electric current surges in the wrong direction.

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