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Some birth injuries may lead to cerebral palsy

When most people think of cerebral palsy, they think of its congenital form. This refers to improper development prior to labor. There is, however, a small subset of patients whose symptoms manifest as a result of birth injuries and complications during delivery.

Past studies have indicated that about 5 to 10% of cerebral palsy babies were not at risk prior to birth. It is not uncommon for unexpected problems to occur at delivery, but mishandling from the hospital staff can exacerbate the issue, leading to this incurable disease.

The difference between negligence and medical malpractice

Needing medical attention can be a frightening experience. Though most Kentucky residents expect their conditions to get better after seeing medical professionals, they may find themselves feeling worse off than before. Unfortunately, some doctors, nurses or other medical staff members could act negligently and cause significant issues for patients, which could lead to medical malpractice claims.

It is important to remember that negligence does not always equal malpractice. It can certainly contribute to malpractice, but typically, in order for malpractice to have occurred, the medical professional would have had to violate the standard of care. The standard of care refers to acceptable medical treatment that reasonable health care professionals would take in similar situations. If a doctor's or other medical professional's negligence resulted in unacceptable treatment or otherwise violated the standard of care, malpractice may have occurred.

Pedestrian victim of motor vehicle accident

Summer is right around the corner, and Kentucky roads will be busier than ever. In addition to increased vehicle traffic, drivers should also be on the lookout for persons on foot. There are any number of reasons a person may be walking on the side of the road, and when a pedestrian becomes the victim of a motor vehicle accident, the result is often serious injury or death. 

There are many roads that are not specifically designed for pedestrian traffic. When there is no sidewalk or a crosswalk nearby, pedestrians often walk down the shoulder of the road. Drivers on busier highways may not expect pedestrian traffic. 

5 reasons infants may experience oxygen deprivation during birth

Few things are more exciting than welcoming a new baby into the world. Whether having your first child or a subsequent one, you want your baby to be as healthy as possible. Unfortunately, though, birth injuries are probably more common than you think. Oxygen deprivation during birth is one such injury. 

Chances are good that both you and your baby will leave the hospital without incident. Yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, roughly seven out of every 1,000 deliveries results in an injury to the child. If you want to prevent oxygen deprivation during birth, you should understand some of the common reasons it occurs. Here are five of them: 

Summer travelers beware: motor vehicle accidents a possibility

This time of year, many hard-working Kentucky residents look forward to planning summer travel. The school year is coming to an end, and it can be nice for families to take a break and get out of the house, even if it is just a trip to a local pool or park. Drivers should be aware that, even on a fun day, a driver must use caution and try to avoid motor vehicle accidents

Recently, a pickup truck that was part of the fleet of a local fire department was on the way back from providing assistance at an emergency. The driver of the vehicle, for reasons still unknown, crossed the center line. He hit an oncoming vehicle. 

Maternal mortality rates on the rise across the nation

When you prepare to give birth at a Kentucky hospital, you are likely most concerned with delivering a healthy baby. You would be wise to also consider the risks you face as a mother during delivery. Sadly, the maternal mortality rate in the United States continues to rise, even though medical advancements are underway all the time designed to make the process of delivering a child safer and easier for everyone.

According to Psychology Today, about 700 American women die every year because of pregnancy-related issues, which can include any number of problems or health issues that develop during pregnancy, or within one year of the end of a pregnancy. Some American women, however, are more likely to die due to pregnancy-related causes than others.

Motor vehicle accidents: Breakdown on the bridge

Drivers dread the moment a vehicle breaks down. Cars and trucks can become disabled for myriad of reasons, and, sometimes, with no warning. When such a scenario unfolds while driving, people in the vehicle are at risk. If a driver must exit his or her vehicle to deal with mechanical issues, the possibility of motor vehicle accidents increases. 

Recently, a Kentucky driver and a passenger were unable to get their vehicle started. The malfunction occurred on a busy bridge, and it was not very light outside yet. The pair opened the doors and attempted to push the vehicle to safety. 

Birth defect statistics and prevention tips

As an expecting mother, you are likely feeling a mixture of excitement and anxiety. While you cannot wait to bring your baby into the world, you may also worry about potential complications. Birth injuries and defects are possible, which is why awareness and prevention are vital.

Knowing the statistics about birth complications and understanding how to best prevent these from occurring will help you be prepared and have peace of mind. Read below for some helpful information on the occurrence of birth injuries in America and what you and your health care team can do to have a healthy baby. 

Will increased speeds lead to more truck accidents?

Kentucky drivers might have to admit that even an experienced driver can get a bit nervous when traveling on the highway, with large semi trucks whizzing by. It can be nerve-wracking to try to maneuver in between the huge vehicles at highway speed, and drivers know that truck accidents have the potential to be fatal. The sheer size and weight of the vehicles involved can be intimidating, and a recent change may increase the risk of truck accidents

Many of the interstates across the state now have an increased speed limit. Previously, 65 mph was the standard. Now, the speed limit has been increased to 70 mph, and those big, fast-moving trucks are going to be traveling even faster. 

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