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Road rash has the potential to be a serious injury

As a motorcyclist, you probably know that road rash can be a result if you fall off your bike. Road rash occurs when the friction from the road or ground rubs off parts of the skin. Typically, lower-impact accidents result in less road rash, while high-speed friction can tear away large portions of skin.

While road rash is usually something that will heal without major complications, there are some issues that could arise if the injury is severe. In serious cases, road rash injuries may require skin grafts or surgery to close wounds and prevent scarring.

Dental patients may also suffer from medical malpractice

Dentists in Kentucky are required to treat their patients appropriately and with an acceptable level of care. Patients who require dental work often undergo complicated procedures, so they place their trust and their lives in the hands of dentists. However, errors or negligence during a dental procedure can leave patients with disfigurement and other substantial injuries. Many people may be unaware that dentists, like physicians and other medical professionals, can be held accountable for medical malpractice

A family in another state filed a lawsuit after a dental practice allegedly used unsterilized tools on their 9-year-old son. According to the lawsuit, an employee from the dental clinic contacted the boy's mother 10 days after the boy's visit. Allegedly, employees admitted that they did not properly follow procedure when sterilizing their tools and the child was at risk for an infection.

Medical malpractice during surgery can result in death

Although thousands of people undergo surgical procedures every day across the country, there is risk involved with any surgery. In order for a surgical procedure to be successful, surgeons and providers must be meticulous and adhere to guidelines. Any missed step, no matter how minor, can have devastating effects for patients, including death. In Kentucky, medical professionals who deviate from the accepted standard of care can be held accountable through a medical malpractice lawsuit.

A lawsuit filed by a widow in another state alleges that her husband's death was the result of negligence during surgery. According to the lawsuit, the husband underwent an ileostomy reversal, which is a procedure to rejoin parts of the patient's colon. The lawsuit said the man was discharged from the hospital only a few days after the surgery.

How to handle post-traumatic stress after a car wreck

Car wrecks can have long-term side effects. In addition to the physical and financial tolls, you may find yourself suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder after a collision with another vehicle. You might have nightmares about the crash or have trouble simply getting behind the wheel again. Perhaps the thought of driving across Covington is enough to bring on anxiety or maybe you just avoid getting on the highway at all costs now.

Post-traumatic stress can manifest in multiple ways with various levels of severity. However, no matter how seemingly mild or severe the symptoms, there are things you can do to improve your well-being and regain control of your life. Here are a few ideas to cope with your emotions after a motor vehicle collision.

Medical malpractice: Patient dies soon after being discharged

These days, hospitals and medical facilities in Kentucky and across the country are constantly packed with patients and filled to near capacity. Attempting to treat as many patients as possible can leave doctors and nurses overworked and exhausted. Due to high patient volumes, its not uncommon for providers to push for patients to be discharged, which can lead to medical malpractice.

A lawsuit filed in another stated alleged that providers ignored troubling signs and wrongly discharged a patient, leading to her death. According to the lawsuit, the woman visited the emergency room with breathing troubles, kidney failure and complications from diabetes. Allegedly, providers gave her a narcotic and released her. The lawsuit said the woman went into cardiac arrest and died while in the waiting area right after being discharged.

An incorrect diagnosis is considered medical malpractice

When it comes to successfully treating a medical condition, the first and most important step is a correct diagnosis. A disease cannot be treated if it is not properly diagnosed. Patients in Kentucky trust that their physicians have the wisdom necessary to provide the necessary treatment. In a recent medical malpractice lawsuit from another state, doctors allegedly failed to diagnose a serious condition and the patient suffered the consequences.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff visited the hospital with complaints of advancing weakness in his legs and arms. The man claims he was hastily examined, prescribed a sedative and sent home. Allegedly, the man was unable to walk but his providers discharged him anyway.

Did giving birth affect your ability to bond with your child?

Giving birth should be a beautiful experience that allows a new life to enter the world safely. At the same time, the labor process requires expert medical attention and can be life-threatening to both the baby and the child. If you have recently given birth and experienced complications, you may have felt that this has affected the relationship with your child.

If you were psychologically affected by the birthing experience, it is possible that you are suffering from postpartum Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD can include feelings of constant anxiety, depression, and panic attacks caused by certain experiences that you associate with the traumatic event.

Truck accidents: Woman dies after colliding with tractor-trailer

Large commercial vehicles are always present on the interstates and highways that wind across the state of Kentucky. Large trucks such as tractor-trailers are an economical, convenient and quick way to ship goods and merchandise throughout the United States. Unfortunately, these huge trucks can be very dangerous to motorists in smaller passenger vehicles. Since these trucks are so massive, any accident involving a tractor-trailer has a greater chance of being fatal. Truck accidents are responsible for thousands of deaths and injuries every year in America.

Two commercial vehicles were involved in a recent crash on a major traffic route in Louisville that claimed the life of a woman. The accident happened during the morning hours along Interstate 264 at Breckinridge Lane. Police said the crash involved three vehicles: a garbage truck, a minivan and a tractor-trailer. 

Always wear a helmet when you ride your motorcycle

Most motorcyclists know the importance of wearing a helmet, but only around 34 to 54 percent still opt to use this important safety tool. In Kentucky, only owners of motorcycles who are over 21 years old and have had their motorcycle operator license for a year have the option of riding without one. Still, it is a good idea to always ride with one to protect your head.

Anyone on a motorcycle should also ensure they are driving safely and wearing other gear that will minimize the chance of injury if you are involved in an accident or thrown off your motorcycle.

Medical malpractice in nursing homes can be deadly

As loved ones age, they can be stripped of their independence and may be unable to safely live by themselves. Long-term care facilities, better known as nursing homes, were created to provide around-the-clock care for those who are unable to live alone. Without question, deciding to place a loved one in a nursing home is a very difficult decision for Kentucky families. Tragically, it is not uncommon for elderly patients to be subjected to medical malpractice in these facilities.

A man in another state filed a lawsuit after his father died, allegedly due to negligent care in a nursing home. According to the lawsuit, the father was placed in the facility in March and by June he was dead. The lawsuit asserts that the man developed a urinary tract infection and a kidney injury while at the facility.

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