Kentucky Personal Injury Blog

Local doctor faces years behind bars for medical malpractice

A Kentucky doctor has been sentenced to several years in prison, but not before he harmed many of his patients. The doctor, a cardiologist, was accused of fraud and medical malpractice. Several of his former patients presented testimony explaining how the negligence of the doctor ruined their lives forever. 

After some initial investigation, it was determined that the doctor repeatedly lied to his patients, telling them that they needed medical procedures that they did not really need. Investigators suspect the scheme was an attempt to defraud insurance providers into paying money for a service a patient did not actually require. Unfortunately, the patients became the victims in the careless plot. 

Nuchal cord and how it may affect an infant

Nuchal cord is a condition that occurs when the umbilical cord wraps around the neck of a fetus or newborn baby. This can result in serious brain damage to the infant because of an insufficient supply of oxygen. This is a severe condition that can have long-lasting effects and even cause fatalities. Disturbingly, this is a common pregnancy complication. According to a recent medical study, approximately 10 to 29 percent of fetuses suffer from nuchal cord.

It is important to know the causes and symptoms that are potentially relevant to nuchal cord.

Birth injury: hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy

Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, also known as perinatal asphyxia, is brain damage that happens when an infant does not receive sufficient oxygen and blood. This is a severe condition that can have long-lasting effects and even cause fatalities. In fact, birth asphyxia accounts for 23 percent of newborn deaths.

It is important to know the causes, symptoms, effects and treatments that are potentially relevant to HIE. Here are the basics facts you should consider if your infant received this diagnosis. 

Understanding hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy

Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy is a condition where the infant does not receive enough oxygen while in the womb. This leads to brain cells sustaining injuries, and it can happen in a variety of ways. Studies suggest that between two and nine out of every 1,000 live births will experience HIE. 

It is vital for providers to recognize the symptoms of HIE well in advance so that treatment can begin right away. Occasionally, the doctor will be at fault for this condition, and in this instance, the parents may want to consider legal action. 

Motor vehicle accidents involving alcohol have high casualty rate

With countless television commercials, posters and other attempts to warn the public about the dangers of drinking and driving, Kentucky law enforcement has made a valiant effort to keep the roads safe for drivers and pedestrians. Unfortunately, people still choose to drive under the influence, and when they do, the risk of serious motor vehicle accidents increases exponentially. Recently, an attempt to cover up a drunk driving crash left a victim's life in limbo. 

Kentucky police found a victim laying in the middle of the road. They quickly determined the person had been struck by a vehicle, and began to question witnesses. The pedestrian was rushed to the hospital for treatment of injuries suffered, and is fortunately expected to survive. 

Placental abruption: Can a genetic test predict and prevent it?

Childbirth is a common occurrence, and through the years, advances in medical practices and procedures have decreased the risks of injury and death to both mother and baby. While great strides in medicine have reduced pregnancy complications, there are still some instances where situations arise that increase the risk of injury or death during childbirth. Placental abruption is one complication that occurs during seemingly routine delivery situations. Breakthroughs may help put this menace on the back burner.

What is placental abruption?

Birth injury case leads to $73.2M award: 3 lessons for victims

A 36-year-old woman experienced serious complications during the labor and delivery of her son. Her child was "unusually large" and became stuck within the birth canal. The infant was without oxygen for 10 minutes. To free the infant, the physician used a vacuum extraction tool to forcibly remove the baby. This led to the tearing of a bundle of nerves in the child's shoulder, permanently injuring his arm. The lack of oxygen contributed to brain injuries so severe the child is unlikely to live independently.

The facts that led to this tragic case provides lessons for expectant parents and victims of birth injuries throughout the country. These lessons include:

School is in and children at risk for motor vehicle accidents

By now, most Kentucky families have settled into their back to school routine. With the first day jitters long past, parents and students may feel like they are finally able to relax and enjoy the new semester. Unfortunately, many children take a bus to and from school, and like the occupants of any vehicle, bus riders are at serious risk of being injured in motor vehicle accidents

Recently, a teen driving a pickup truck crashed directly into the side of a Kentucky school bus. It was soon discovered that the driver had no insurance and did not even have a valid registration for the vehicle. Though all of the students on the bus were surely shaken up, at least 15 students and the bus driver had to be transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of injuries suffered in the crash. 

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.

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