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Medical malpractice suit involving young girls draws attention

It's common knowledge that physicians are some of the smartest and most capable members of society. Kentucky patients trust that their doctors will give them the appropriate treatment to bring about healing and recovery. Successful medical treatment is a process, and patients can experience major complications if any step is missed during their treatment, no matter how minor the mistake may initially seem. Tragically, medical malpractice continues to be one of the major causes of injury and death in the United States.

A lawsuit involving a children's hospital in another state has gained national attention. According to claims, a young girl was mistakenly held in the hospital for many months. The girl, who was 14 at the time, was being treated for a mitochondrial disease known as Tufts, the lawsuit said. This disease usually causes muscle and nerve issues.

The most dangerous road is the mile closest to your home

If you are like most adults, you probably have specific routes that you travel to work and other obligations each day. You may take the same streets habitually, leading you to feel comfortable and safe driving in those areas. However, what you feel is a false sense of security based on your familiarity with those roads and not on the statistical danger you face.

Although you may not worry about a crash right around the corner from your house, that is statistically where you have some of the worst risk for a collision. Your sense of comfort with familiar roads could prevent you from adequately watching for other vehicles, pedestrians and even animals in the street that could cause a crash.

Tips for filing a medical malpractice claim

When a person seeks medical treatment, he or she usually assumes that they are safe and taken care of. However, humans will make mistakes, and medical mistakes happen more than most people realize. In Kentucky and across the United States, medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death. For those who have been affected by medical malpractice, here are a few things to consider before pursuing legal action.

A physician cannot be held liable if he or she had no responsibility to care for an individual, so duty of care must be first be proved. It is also important to remember that a case can't exist without proof of negligence, so it must proved that a medical provider breached the standard of care. Those who are filing a claim must also be prepared to prove that any problems were the result of negligence and not a preexisting condition.

Is there a difference between malpractice and negligence?

The practice of law is very precise. For instance, in legal documents, the words "may" and "shall" are not interchangeable in any way. Both can lead to entirely different legal outcomes, depending on the situation.

Such is also the case with the laws that deal with medical malpractice and negligence. Are they different or are they the same thing?

Medical malpractice claim ends in a substantial settlement

When Kentucky residents visit a doctor with an illness, they place their lives in the doctor's hands, and trust that the doctor will use his or her knowledge and expertise to make the correct diagnosis. Even these days, it is not uncommon for a physician to misdiagnose a condition or illness. A misdiagnosis can lead to permanent injuries or even the death of the patient. In another state, a medical malpractice case ended in a substantial settlement.

The lawsuit was filed after a woman died, allegedly after her doctors failed to diagnose her cancer. According to the lawsuit, the woman was experiencing severe abdominal pain and underwent surgery to repair a stomach ulcer. During the surgery, according to the lawsuit, a biopsy was taken and sent to one of her doctors. Allegedly, her providers said biopsy came back benign and noncancerous.

Do you know how to avoid a snowy interstate pile-up?

Recently in the news, there have been several stories about injuries and deaths from interstate pile-ups. While these types of multi-vehicle crashes can happen during any season when it gets foggy, they are especially common in winter due to icy and snowy weather conditions.

How to avoid these type of collisions

Over $1 million awarded to husband in medical malpractice lawsuit

It goes with saying that the death of a loved one is an event that no person wants to experience. Losing a family member is hard enough, but when a loved one's death is the result of medical malpractice, the experience can be traumatic and absolutely devastating. Doctors and medical professionals in Kentucky are required to perform their duties to the best of their abilities and treat patients with care. Unfortunately, these days, this doesn't always happen.

A man in another state filed a lawsuit after his wife died due to alleged negligence during her medical care. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff's wife had been experiencing painful headaches and sought treatment at a medical center. The suit said the woman's doctors attributed her headaches to caffeine intake, did not order any further tests and sent her home.

Truck accidents: 2 people hurt in interstate crash

Tractor-trailers, also referred to as 18-wheelers, are massive vehicles and it can be quite intimidating to share the road with these big rigs. Because of the size of these big rigs, Kentucky motorists should always give them plenty of room and try to stay out of the blind spots of the truck driver. Unfortunately, due to the high volumes of traffic on highways and interstates, truck accidents are almost unavoidable. Tragically, crashes involving tractor-trailers are more likely to be fatal.

A recent crash near Walton resulted in injuries to two people. The accident involved a tractor-trailer and a van, and happened near the I-71/I-75 split. Photos from the crash scene show the van pinned underneath the trailer and smashed up against a concrete barricade.

What to do when auto accident injuries arise after the fact

When you experience an auto accident, it is a great relief to shake off the surprise of the incident and find that you did not suffer any serious injuries. Modern vehicles often include sophisticated safety features that make it much safer for drivers and passengers to go through a car accident, but many injuries can still occur without victims recognizing them.

It is common for accident victims to begin feeling pain from a car accident injury several days after the initial impact, which is often frightening and confusing. These are known as delayed pain injuries. If you believe that you have delayed pain injuries from a recent car accident, you can take steps to protect yourself and your rights.

Dentists can also commit medical malpractice

It's safe to say that most people don't like going to the dentist. For many, a dental visit is associated with painful procedures like filling cavities and extracting teeth. Just like medical patients, dental patients in Kentucky place their lives in the hands of dentists and trust that these professionals will treat them with an acceptable level of care. However, many people are unaware that dentists, like physicians, can commit medical malpractice. A lawsuit filed in another state alleged that a young girl suffered permanent injuries as the result of a botched dental procedure.

The girl was 12 years old at the time of her procedure and went in for a seemingly routine extraction of her wisdom teeth, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit said four of the girl's teeth were pulled and one was surgically uprighted in the procedure. After the procedure, the girl allegedly experienced swelling, blistering, bruising and numbness on the left half of her tongue. After a follow-up visit, the girl was referred to a nerve injury clinic where testing showed she had significant loss of sensory perception, the lawsuit claimed.

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