Kentucky Personal Injury Blog

Seatbelts may not prevent ejection during motor vehicle accidents

When it comes to vehicle safety, wearing a seat belt is one of the simplest and most important steps a person can take to stay safe in the event of a crash. Kentucky law requires all motorists and vehicle occupants to be properly restrained in a seat belt or car seat. Seat belts are designed to keep a person in the safest position possible during motor vehicle accidents, but being buckled up is never a guarantee that serious injury or death can be prevented. 

Recently, a Kentucky road became the scene of a serious accident that ended in injury and death. An SUV came to a sudden stop, and the driver immediately following swerved in an attempt to avoid a collision. Unfortunately, the driver was not able to keep the vehicle on the road, and the vehicle began to roll as it entered the grass next to the shoulder. 

What you need to know about pre-eclampsia

As an expectant Kentucky mom, you likely view your health and that of your developing baby as your top priority. If so, then you should see your OB/GYN frequently during your pregnancy. Keep in mind that (s)he needs to monitor your pregnancy’s progress and be on the lookout for any potential problems and/or complications

Pre-eclampsia represents a fairly frequent pregnancy complication that could pose catastrophic health risks for both you and your baby, up to and including death. It occurs as a result of two things: high blood pressure, aka hypertension, and protein in urine, aka proteinuria. If your family has a history of hypertension, be sure to tell your doctor at your first prenatal visit. (S)he may prescribe medications to control your blood pressure during your pregnancy. (S)he will also check your blood pressure during each of your prenatal visits. As for proteinuria, there is no way to diagnose it without doing a urinalysis. Your doctor therefore likely will request you to give him or her a urine sample at each prenatal visit.

Birth Injuries: Dangers of HELLP on maternal health and mortality

When you hear about pregnancy and childbirth in Louisville, the first things that often come to mind are joy and happiness at the thought of a new life coming into the world. Very rarely do you hear about birth complications that endanger an expectant mother’s life. While there are many beautiful things about pregnancy, there is also another side to consider - birth injuries and complications.

If you are thinking about starting your family or are expecting a new addition, you pay close attention to your physical and emotional health and well-being. You should also learn about complications that can occur during pregnancy and childbirth that could affect you and your unborn child, such as HELLP or hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, low platelet count. To better understand the risks of the condition, check out one woman’s story.

What is placental abruption, and how does it affect your baby?

If you live in Louisville and are currently expecting or plan to sometime in the future, it is essential for you to take some time to consider the risks. Though you see and hear about celebrities and random women who seem to have uneventful pregnancies, it is not uncommon for some women to experience rare complications that can result in fetal distress and death. 

What is placental abruption? 

Undetected issues contribute to high maternal mortality rates

In the field of medicine, the rare death of a patient is an unfortunate reality. But in the obstetrics field, where patients are typically young and healthy, the rise of maternal deaths and morbidity highlights a growing issue.

New procedure for medical malpractice lawsuits

In Kentucky and elsewhere, many thousands of Americans that have been injured by a doctor. Medical malpractice laws are meant to provide legal recourse for people that are suffering because a medical professional was negligent. The state has recently been buried in a backlog of such claims, and it has enacted new policies to try to weed out claims that may not be successful in court. 

A new Kentucky law requires those seeking to file a medical malpractice claim to submit their case to a review panel prior to filing a formal claim court. The panel is tasked with deciding if a case has enough merit to proceed to court. Opponents of the law hope that it will be ruled unconstitutional, arguing that it creates a delay of justice for injured people. 

Church service interrupted by motor vehicle accident

There is a risk of getting into an accident whenever someone ventures out onto Kentucky roads. A motor vehicle accident is not only dangerous to the occupants of vehicles involved in one; it can also cause injury to people that are not in a vehicle at all. Recently, a terrible accident caused serious injury to people attending a church service, who likely never expected that they would be harmed. 

This past Sunday, the 6 p.m. service was just underway at one of the oldest churches in Kentucky. As the faithful assembled inside, they had no idea that disaster was about to strike. Police say a man was driving at speeds more than double the posted limit and began to lose control of his vehicle. 

Motor vehicle accidents claim young lives

Kentucky drivers would likely admit that the fear of being in an accident is a legitimate concern, and they do their best to stay safe and alert while driving. Even when precautions are taken and seatbelts are worn, motor vehicle accidents can still claim lives. Especially on highways where a large number and variety of vehicles travel together at high speeds, the risk of accident fatalities increases. 

Recently, a van full of passengers, including three children, was making it's way through Kentucky when it struck a tractor-trailer. The incident occurred on Interstate 79. The driver of the van and two of the children were killed as a result. The third child suffered serious injuries. The children became innocent victims with no control over the situation. 

Trucks, cars and handheld devices could spell trouble

There are certain warning signs that a big rig is about to become a danger to you and the drivers around you, but some problems cannot be seen.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has laid down strict laws about truck drivers and their use of cellphones. However, truckers do not always follow the rules, and you would not know if a disaster were about to occur because of a few seconds of cellphone use.

Thrill seekers beware, rides causing serious personal injury

Kentucky is a state that is certainly no stranger to the summer heat. When the thermometer begins to climb, families get creative when looking for ways to beat the heat. Summer is in full swing, and many people may be considering a trip to a local fair, water park or amusement park in search of a cool way to cool off. One thing many people never consider is the serious risk of personal injury they face at such parks. 

Two years ago, a small child was decapitated by a water slide that had a fatal design flaw. The incident drew attention to an industry-wide shortage of safety checks and procedures. Unfortunately, people are still being seriously injured each year at these places, which are often responsible for their own safety checks. 

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