Kentucky Personal Injury Blog

Communication and action key during labor and delivery

A woman in labor needs monitoring and assistance from those around her. Advances in medicine have evolved to make birth a much safer event for mother and baby; however, things may still go wrong.

When the situation in the labor and delivery room goes awry, the baby may suffer an injury. The consequences of injury range from temporary bruising to long-term deficiency to death. The most common denominator in birth injuries is miscommunication between the medical team.

Ways to prevent birth injuries

An expectant mother would never want to have her newborn baby suffer an injury — or to be injured herself — before, during, or after delivery. While some problems result from an emergency that medical professionals could not predict, treat, or prevent, some injuries are the result of negligence or medical error.

Understanding the various ways to avoid certain birth injuries is a proactive step that all expectant mothers can take as they proceed through prenatal care and into the delivery room. While not all injuries are preventable, some risks can be reduced with appropriate knowledge and action. 

Motor vehicle accidents raise towing concerns

Kentucky is a beautiful state and, even in the modern era, has been a haven for many who cling to rural living. Sprawling farms and ranches dot the countryside. This sort of life is now assisted by modern technology, and people are able to have the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents are still a major problem, and despite advances in transportation safety, lives are still lost on a regular basis. 

Recently, a vehicle towing a utility trailer -- a common way to haul large loads -- was traveling down a Kentucky road. The trailer detached from the tow vehicle and careened into oncoming traffic. The trailer hit a passenger car, which, in turn, due to impact, hit a minivan.

Birth injuries and medical negligence

Parents expecting their first baby feel joy and anticipation and may daydream about their son's little league trophy or their daughter's science project award. The parents dutifully follow their obstetrician's instructions; the mother attends maternity exercise classes, and the father learns how to coach his wife through delivery. Grandfather opens a college education savings account as a gift for the little one's arrival.

When the ninth month arrives, the couple gently reminds their parents it's OK not to call and check on progress several times a day.

Ronald M. Wilt named to 2019 Super Lawyers list

Every year Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, releases an exclusive list of highly qualified lawyers to recognize professionals across the country for their extraordinary efforts and professional achievement. Ronald M. Wilt was selected to the 2019 Kentucky Super Lawyers list for medical malpractice in Louisville.

This is Mr. Wilt's seventh year on the Super Lawyers list and one of many awards he has received throughout his career. He represents medical malpractice, nursing home abuse and personal injury cases as a managing partner at Wilt & Klausing PLLC.

Ronald M. Wilt named to 2019 Super Lawyers list

Every year Super Lawyers, as a Thomson Reuters business, releases an exclusive list of highly qualified lawyers to recognize professionals across the country for their extraordinary efforts and professional achievement. Ronald M. Wilt was selected to the 2019 Kentucky Super Lawyers list for medical malpractice in Louisville. 

Patient files medical malpractice suit after shocking revelation

Kentucky residents can probably call to mind a personal circumstance in which an illness or injury prompted them to turn to a trusted doctor for help. Medical professionals often provide the best level of care possible to maintain a good reputation with their patients and the surrounding community. Unfortunately, some doctors make poor personal choices, and when their choices intermingle with their job, there is an added risk a patient will suffer as a result of medical malpractice. 

One Kentucky patient is filing a medical malpractice suit after a botched ankle surgery left her in terrible pain, unable to properly recover. The woman had injured her ankle, and after a procedure that was meant to fix the problem, she was certain something wasn't right. A second medical opinion confirmed that a piece of her ankle bone was about to poke through her skin. 

Kentucky Supreme Court abolishes medical panel reviews

In 2017, the Republican-controlled House and Senate backed a law to establish medical review panels in a move towards tort reform. Health providers most likely to benefit from fewer malpractice suits and lower awards endorsed medical panel reviews.

Not impressed with the tort reform team's assurance that the law would sideline frivolous lawsuits and prevent higher costs, Franklin Circuit Court Judge Phillip Shepherd saw the law as an unconstitutional attempt to block citizens' access to the courts.

Holidays bring increase in motor vehicle accidents

Kentucky drivers should expect an increase in traffic as the holiday season approaches. Each year, many thousands of people across the nation travel to visit friends and family. Combined with daily local traffic, motor vehicle accidents occur with greater frequency. 

Recently, the driver of a pickup truck lost control of his vehicle. Though the initial cause of the crash is still under investigation, law enforcement has determined that the driver left the lane of travel and wound up in oncoming traffic. He struck another vehicle as a result. 

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. 

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