October 2018 Archives

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. 

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.

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.

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