Kentucky Personal Injury Blog

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. 

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:

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