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Mother awarded $50 million in medical malpractice claim

For parents in Kentucky and across the country, the birth of a child is a memorable event full of joy and amazement. However, childbirth is a delicate process that requires extreme care and attention. Negligence or a lapse in judgment by doctors or medical care providers can result in injuries to both the mother and infant. Unfortunately, injuries during childbirth are often suffered for a lifetime. In another state, a mother filed a lawsuit after her son suffered permanent injuries due to alleged medical malpractice during his birth.

According to the lawsuit, the mother's ultrasound results indicated that the infant did not move for nearly six hours while she was in labor. Allegedly, the mother alerted her caretakers that she could not feel her child moving. However, her concerns were ignored, the lawsuit alleged.

Truck accidents: State of emergency declared along busy highway

The interstate highways that criss-cross the state of Kentucky are heavily utilized by commercial traffic. For motorists in smaller passenger vehicles, traveling at high speeds in close proximity to massive tractor-trailers and other large trucks can be incredibly intimidating. Sharing roadways with tractor-trailers is not only daunting, it is dangerous. Officials in Fort Mitchell recently declared a state of emergency due to several truck accidents along a notorious stretch of Interstate 75.

According to reports, four separate truck crashes in a 24-hour span demolished nearly 70 feet of a concrete barrier wall near exit 187 on Interstate 75. Officials say the destroyed wall presents a hazard to the public. Over 500 feet of the barrier wall needs to be replaced, officials said. They hope to accelerate repairs by declaring a state of emergency.

80% of motorcycle accidents are serious

When you look at general car accident statistics, you have a high percentage of wrecks that are not very serious. That is to say, they do not result in injuries or fatalities.

That does not mean they don't matter to the people involved, of course. They are still frightening and traumatic, and they can lead to serious repair bills and property damage. Even a fender-bender can have a drastic impact on your life. But a lot of your low-speed crashes in full-sized cars and trucks are not life-altering events. You get your car repaired and you move on with your life.

Medical malpractice: Even minor surgeries come with risks

Medical technology in the United States has improved by leaps and bounds in just the last 20 years. What were once invasive and difficult surgeries have now become simple and routine. Surgeons in Kentucky and across the country combine their expertise with advanced technology to improve outcomes and save the lives of their patients. When humans are involved, however, the risk for medical malpractice will always be present.

A recent lawsuit in another state claimed that a surgeon's negligence led to a woman suffering extreme injuries in what should have been a fairly routine surgery. The lawsuit said the woman went for a laparoscopic surgery to remove her gallbladder. During the procedure, the surgeon allegedly cut the wrong bile duct and mistakenly cut an artery that delivered blood to the woman's liver.

Protecting your rights before surgery

Modern medical care can offer incredible treatment and recovery from serious, even life-threatening injuries. In many cases, a complicated surgery can repair a patient's body and give them a fresh experience of wellness, at least when surgeons and doctors perform a procedure properly. Unfortunately, well-meaning medical professionals at every level make mistakes that can permanently harm or even kill the people they are working to help.

For many people facing surgery, the possibility of a serious medical error can make it difficult to move forward with a procedure that they need. If you have concerns about an upcoming surgery, there are steps you can take to understand the risks and protect your personal and legal rights in Kentucky before you get to the operating table. A strong legal strategy allows you to focus on your recovery and keeps your rights secure throughout the healing process.

Family awarded $9 million in medical malpractice lawsuit

Without question, physicians are widely considered to be some of the most intelligent and capable members of society. Doctors in the state of Kentucky are required to undergo years of academic and on-the-job training in order to legally examine and treat patients. However, whenever humans are involved, mistakes will happen. When mistakes occur during medical treatment, the patient will suffer the consequences. A family in another state filed a medical malpractice lawsuit after a woman died due to alleged negligent medical treatment.

According to the lawsuit, the woman was experiencing difficulty breathing and had sharp chest pains so she visited a local urgent care clinic for treatment. After being examined, the woman was apparently prescribed antibiotics and told to come back if her conditioned worsened. A short time later, the woman's symptoms became worse so she returned to the clinic, the lawsuit said.

Truck accidents: Deadly crash caused by distracted truck driver

It's no secret that distracted driving is a big problem in Kentucky and across the United States. To safely navigate crowded roadways, motorists must always remain focused behind the wheel. Truck drivers are no exception. In fact, special licenses and hours of training are required just to legally operate tractor-trailers. Losing focus for just a split second is enough to cause deadly truck accidents

According to Kentucky State Police, a recent fatal crash in Frankfort was caused by a distracted truck driver. The crash happened along the westbound lanes of Interstate 64 during the early evening hours. Reports said the driver of a tractor-trailer slammed into the rear of an SUV, causing the tractor-trailer and SUV to impact another SUV. Authorities said the driver of the first SUV was killed in the crash, while two others in the second SUV were injured and transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Should my doctor give me a C-section?

Of all the medical errors that are made, perhaps the ones that cause the most grief are birth injuries. When an infant is injured during or just before birth, the baby's life trajectory is often irretrievably altered.

The might-have-beens that the parents — and later, the children — experience can be heartbreaking. Children who suffered birth injuries may never be able to walk or move freely or may experience lifelong cognitive difficulties that restrict them and their opportunities to thrive and prosper in life.

Nurses who kill their patients

Hospital and nursing home patients depend upon their nurses to render care to them when they are at their most vulnerable point. Far more than the doctors who issue orders to them, nurses are intimately involved in the hands-on care of their patients.

Most nurses enter the healing profession out of a desire to care for others and ease their suffering. But there is a subset of the nursing profession with far more nefarious motives.

Truck accidents: Driver arrested and charged after fatal crash

Tractor-trailers are massive vehicles that can do major damage in an accident. There's a lot more to worry about with these massive trucks than just their size. They are often hauling hazardous materials or flammable liquids which can make them incredibly dangerous. Thousands of victims are killed every year in truck accidents in Kentucky and across the United States. Tragically, most of them are occupants of passenger cars.

A recent crash involving a tractor-trailer in Frankfort claimed the life of a man. The incident happened at night along US-127. According to reports, a tractor-trailer pulled out of a gas station and onto the highway, blocking several lanes of the roadway.

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