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May 2015 Archives

How can I prove medical negligence in Kentucky?

If you have suffered an injury due to a medical professional’s mistake, you are entitled to pursue legal action. According to the Kentucky statute of limitations, you have one year from the date of the event, the date you discovered the injury or the date the injury should have been known to you to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Know whom to hold accountable in product liability lawsuit

If you have had the unfortunate experience of suffering due to a defective product, you are not alone. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission estimates that millions of people in Kentucky and across the country are injured every year due to a range of items, from dangerous pharmaceuticals to defective children’s toys to poorly constructed amusement park rides. At Gary C. Johnson, P.S.C., we know that these cases can quickly grow complex as there may be several parties on the hook for your injuries.

Distracted driving leads to fatal truck accident in Kentucky

There are certain laws by which drivers of all vehicles must abide. Commercial drivers in Kentucky often have a stricter set of laws governing their actions. These regulations are put in place to prevent deadly truck accidents from occurring. When truck operators break the rules, the results can be tragic, as one recent incident illustrates.

Alcohol and boating can be a deadly combination

As the weather warms, more and more people will be hitting the lakes and rivers in Kentucky to enjoy the sunshine. While water activities can be great for relaxing or even exercising, they are not without risk. In fact, they can be deadly when proper precautions are ignored. As the U.S. Department of Transportation notes, 15 people died in a fatal boating accident in Kentucky in 2000, the year for which the most recent data is available.

What damages are available in a wrongful death claim?

If you have had the terrible experience of losing a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, you may have some legal recourse in Kentucky. According to state laws, you have one year from the date of death to file a wrongful death lawsuit as long as you have been named by a court to be the personal representative to the decedent’s estate. Only the person who has been appointed can file the suit on behalf of the spouse, children or parents of the deceased.

The link between insomnia and fatal car accidents

Most people in Kentucky know that getting between seven and eight hours of sleep at night is an essential part of functioning well during the day. There have been a number of studies related to drowsy driving, but few that take a look at the effect insomnia can have. Recent research has revealed just how problematic insomnia can be, especially when it comes to operating a motor vehicle. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society published a study that links symptoms of insomnia with an increase in the number of fatal car accidents.

Researchers say drivers take big risk with 2-second glance

Drivers in Kentucky who take their eyes off of the road for just two seconds could be taking a serious risk, according to a new study that was conducted by the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety. The researchers found that a two-second in-vehicle glance increases the chances of a driver getting into an accident by impairing their ability to react to potential road hazards.

Healthcare culture discourages reporting errors

Almost 200 thousand people die each year in the United States due to preventable medical errors. Yet, only a very small minority of clinical staff challenges colleagues who make mistakes. Kentucky practitioners who make an error once may make the same mistake again unless someone speaks up. However, the culture of silence in the healthcare field discourages confrontations, potentially putting patients at risk.