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Lawsuit blames medical malpractice for complications

When those in Kentucky seek medical treatment, they place their lives in the hands of doctors and surgeons with the understanding that they will be treated with great care. Unfortunately, this does not always happen as medical malpractice has become one of the leading causes of death and injury in the United States. Any mistake made during medical treatment directly affects the patient and can cause a lifetime of pain and suffering.

A couple in another state filed a lawsuit over claims that negligence during a procedure caused the husband to suffer complications. The husband says he sought treatment for knee pain and went in for a total knee replacement surgery. After the surgery, the man experienced significant swelling in his knee as well as extreme pain, according to the lawsuit.

Incorrect dianosis is a common form of medical malpractice

When it comes to treating any ailment, a correct and timely diagnosis may be the most crucial step for a positive outcome. Any delay or incorrect diagnosis can have disastrous effects for patients and families. Although Kentucky residents have access to some of the most advanced healthcare technology in the world, this technology is basically useless if a proper diagnosis is not made. A woman in another state filed a claim citing medical malpractice after a surgeon allegedly removed an organ by mistake.

According to the lawsuit, the woman was in a car accident and underwent a procedure to fuse bones in her lower back. The lawsuit claimed that a surgeon mistook the woman's kidney for a tumor and removed it. Allegedly, the surgeon who removed the kidney was not performing the actual surgery and was only supposed to cut the woman open.

Over-prescription of pain medication is a serious concern

Narcotic painkillers are undoubtedly one of the greatest advances of modern medicine. It wasn't that long ago in human history that individuals would be administered homemade tinctures or alcohol to control the pain of serious conditions or even surgery.

Narcotic painkillers provide relief to those struggling with serious injuries, severe illness and the after-effects of invasive medical care, such as surgery. Unfortunately, narcotic painkillers are also a leading cause of addiction and overdose deaths. In fact, people in the hospital could accidentally administer too much narcotic painkiller to a patient, potentially endangering their lives.

Multiple truck accidents result in roadway closures

Interstate highways across the state of Kentucky are heavily traveled and frequently congested with traffic. Commercial vehicles such as tractor-trailers make up a large percentage of the traffic that utilizes these convenient roadways. Driving 70 mph along a crowded interstate highway close to one of these large trucks is enough to intimidate experienced drivers and novices alike. Recently, several truck accidents were reported on Kentucky interstates during a rainy morning.

A crash involving two tractor-trailers happened on Interstate 75 near Fort Mitchell. The two trucks reportedly collided with each other, causing a spill. According to authorities, HazMat crews were called in to clean up a large fuel spill. One woman was injured and hospitalized, reports said. All southbound lanes of Interstate 75 were closed for about seven hours.

Lax medical care isn't ever acceptable

Patients deserve to have medical care that meets or exceeds the standard of care. This is different in every case, so you can't base your expectations on what happens to someone else even if your situation seems exactly the same.

When a patient isn't served according to the standard of care, they can suffer harm since their condition might be allowed to worsen. In these cases, seeking compensation can be in order so patients should work diligently to learn of legal channels to pursue claims of medical malpractice.

The effects of medical malpractice can be disastrous

The state of Kentucky has strict health regulations and safety codes to ensure the protection of all those who seek medical treatment. The majority of doctors and nurses across the state are well-trained, highly skilled professionals who perform their duties with precision and care. However, what can be done when a patient is harmed due to a mistake or lack of care? This is considered medical malpractice, and families have the option to take legal action.

A family in another state was recently awarded over $5 million from a lawsuit that a widow filed after the death of her husband. Reportedly, the man was a veteran and sought treatment for psychiatric problems. That lawsuit said that, after speaking with providers, the man was transported to the emergency room with a high risk for suicide.

3 safety tips for sharing the road with semitrucks

As a resident of Covington, you have probably found yourself driving too close for comfort around large commercial trucks. You may have even had a few close calls and been within inches of being side-swiped by an 18-wheeler.

Sharing the road with large commercial vehicles such as semis, and even buses, is dangerous for smaller cars and trucks since these bigger autos generally have larger blind spots, longer stopping distances and much less maneuverability.

Family seeks $4 million in medical malpractice suit

Although not widely publicized, negligence during medical care is one of the leading causes of death and injury in the United States today. These days, patient safety is the number one priority for doctors in Kentucky, but accidents will still happen. When mistakes are made during medical care, the patient suffers the consequences. A woman in another state died from what her family believes was negligent care and they have filed a medical malpractice lawsuit.

According to the lawsuit, the woman was not properly diagnosed which led to her untimely death. The lawsuit claims that the woman's doctor failed to remove a polyp from her intestines in 2013 and again three years later. Allegedly, this led to her being diagnosed with colon cancer this year.

Truck accidents are more likely to be fatal

Interstates and highways across the state of Kentucky are heavily utilized by commercial traffic. Thousands of semitrailers criss-cross the state 24 hours a day. However, these big rigs can be very intimidating to those in smaller passenger vehicles. Due to their massive size, any collision with a semitrailer can result in very serious injuries. Unfortunately, deaths in truck accidents are on the rise in the United States

A recent accident near Corbin involving two commercial trucks claimed the life of one man. The crash occurred during the morning hours on Highway 3041. Reports indicate that the driver of a westbound power truck collided with a semitrailer that was headed east

The unique risks and challenges of riding a motorcycle

If you've never ridden on a motorcycle, then you have no idea about the unique risks and challenges faced by these motorists. Nothing compares to the direct experience of riding a motorcycle with the wind in your hair along a winding country road in Kentucky.

This kind of experience will teach you two important things: (1) riding a motorcycle is one of the most enjoyable experiences you'll ever know and (2) you're at all times at risk of dying when you get on a bike: Much of these risks relate to the many irresponsible and inattentive car drivers with whom you're sharing the road.

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