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Family wins $29.5 in medical malpractice suit

According to recent statistics, negligence in healthcare is the third leading cause of death in the United States. There are anywhere from 80,000 to 100,000 deaths each year across the country due to medical negligence. Even though Kentucky is home to exceptional medical care, mistakes still happen and can be detrimental to patients. A woman in another state died due to alleged medical malpractice, and her family was recently awarded almost $30 million from a lawsuit they filed.

The woman visited a medical center to get a CT scan procedure. According to the lawsuit, the contrast dye used for the scan caused her to have an allergic reaction. Allegedly, the woman went into shock and lost consciousness.

Woman files medical malpractice suit against OBGYN

Luckily, residents in the state of Kentucky are privileged to have access to some of the best medical care available in the country. Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals across the state are required to have years of academic and on-the-job training in order to treat and care for patients. Although education and technology has improved by leaps and bounds, mistakes are still made at an alarming rate in the medical field. When medical malpractice happens, the lives and well-being of patients are directly affected.

A woman in another state filed a lawsuit that alleges negligence caused her to need a secondary surgical procedure. The woman claims that she was pregnant and had a miscarriage. According to the complaint, the woman underwent a procedure to remove an unborn fetus.

4 critical facts about motorcycle accidents

Motorcycles are synonymous with summer, freedom and the open road. They're loved by people of all age groups, all across Kentucky. They really give you that feeling of exploring and experiencing the ride in a way you never can in a car.

In short, riding a motorcycle is about far more than getting from Point A to Point B. It is about the experience. It is about the lifestyle. It gives you something you just cannot find anywhere else.

Medical malpractice: Surgeon hit with $6.8 million judgement

Tragically, negligence in the medical field continues to be one of the leading causes of death and injury, not only in Kentucky, but across the United States. A medical malpractice lawsuit that was filed in another state recently resulted in a judgment of $6.8 million. The lawsuit was filed against an experienced surgeon after a woman died from a simple procedure to repair a hernia.

Reports indicate that the surgery was a laparoscopic procedure, which is less invasive than other forms of surgery. According to the lawsuit, the hiatal hernia surgery involved tightening an opening in the diaphragm of the patient, which prevented the stomach from moving.  Apparently, the surgeon used tacks to hold mesh in order to close the opening in the diaphragm. The lawsuit said that this was a known risky procedure, as the tacks could potentially reach the heart of the patient.

Truck accidents: Safety measures are needed on dangerous highway

Due the massive size of semitrailers and other commercial vehicles, these rigs have the potential to be significantly more dangerous than other vehicles on the road. Semitrailers are harder to stop and less maneuverable than smaller vehicles, which are often factors in truck accidents. It is also not uncommon for truck drivers to lose focus due to their long and exhausting driving schedules. Several commercial vehicle accidents along Highway 101 in Kentucky between Scottsville and Smiths Grove have prompted authorities to increase safety measures.

This dangerous stretch of road has seen eight commercial vehicle wrecks in less than a year and three within the last two months, according to Kentucky State Police. Residents who live in the area say that increased safety measures are needed. A representative from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet reiterates the residents' concerns and says that trucks are not supposed to be using the road. The representative says that semitrailers can use roads such as Highway 101, but only up to 15 miles off an interstate or state-designated route.

Can a trucking company be blamed for an accident?

When a truck is involved in an accident with another vehicle, the consequences can be devastating. It is likely that serious injuries will occur since trucks have such a large potential to cause damage.

However, liability in truck accidents is not often simple, and while the other vehicle or the truck could be blamed for causing the accident, it could also be possible for the trucking company to be blamed for an accident between one of their trucks and another vehicle.

Electronic logging could reduce trucker exhaustion on the road

Getting behind the wheel while very tired can be quite dangerous. In fact, depending on how long it's been since drivers have slept, exhaustion could impact their ability to drive as severely as an illegal amount of alcohol in their bloodstream. Most people already know the potential dangers of drunk driving, but those same people may not consider fatigued driving as serious of a concern.

Driving tired is dangerous enough when people in typical passenger vehicles do it. When the people in control of massive commercial trucks choose to drive while exhausted, however, the people on the road in smaller vehicles are the ones who have seriously increased risk of injury or death.

Woman suffers permament brain damage due to medical malpractice

Across America, thousands are injured or killed each year as a result of negligence during medical procedures. These days, things like cosmetic procedures are very common and almost routine. However, even the most minor procedures have the potential to permanently injure patients in Kentucky when safety regulations are taken for granted. A doctor in another state was recently accused of medical malpractice after a patient ended up with permanent brain damage.

The physician that was sued specializes in cosmetic surgery. According to reports, the patient consulted with the physician about Botox and anti-wrinkle treatment for her upcoming wedding, but was convinced to also get liposuction. Eight hours into the procedure, reports say that the patient's heart stopped and the office called 911 because it was not equipped to handle this type of emergency.

The dangers of forceps delivery during the birthing process

Every obstetrician would prefer to see his or her patient give a natural birth as long as the natural birth happens safely. However, in some cases, the baby could become tangled up or trapped in the birth canal.

A trapped baby and a delayed birth could endanger both the mother and child, and if a doctor becomes concerned, he or she might use forceps to assist the delivery. Although necessary in many cases, the use of forceps comes with risks and dangers. As such, it's vital that doctors only use them when no other safe delivery options are available.

Mother and son awarded $1.3 million in medical malpractice suit

Kentucky is home to some of the best health care facilities in the country. However, medical malpractice still occurs at an alarming rate. In another state, a woman and her son were awarded $1.3 million from a lawsuit that was filed after alleged negligence injured the woman's son.

According to the lawsuit, the boy was admitted to the defendant's facility when he was only a month old. Records say the boy had a fever of over 102 degrees but did not have any other symptoms. The child was given fluids intravenously by medical staff, the lawsuit said. Allegedly, the IV was inserted incorrectly in the child's hand, and instead of the fluid entering the child's bloodstream, the fluid seeped into the surrounding muscle and skin. 

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