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Posts tagged "negligence"

Are drunk drivers always at fault in an accident?

Every year, thousands of car accidents involve drunk drivers, and many people believe that a drunk driver is always at fault in an accident. Unfortunately, this is not always true. If you recently experienced a car accident with a drunk driver, it's important to fully understand the facts of your accident, especially if you suffered an injury.

Distracted driving: A major problem throughout the United States

You were traveling down the road when you looked up to see another driver crossing your path. The driver crossed the center line and was heading straight for you. You honked and tried to swerve, but there was no way to avoid the accident.

What should people take away from a recent talc-cancer case?

Back in August, we outlined an important issue affecting women all over Kentucky and the country. For those who have not read our blog post, the issue at hand is the concern that frequent use of talc powder could be responsible for the large number of cancer cases we are seeing in our country. Talc deposits, as you may not know, may naturally occur near asbestos deposits. Some believe that cross contamination is occurring -- contamination manufacturers are failing to catch.

Can an adult child sue for wrongful death after a parent dies?

While it's often said that parents will do anything for their children, the same is true with children who often feel a role reversal once they reach adulthood themselves. This instinct to protect our parents is strong and most commonly crops up when one parent dies, leaving the other to cope with their loss.

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.

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.

Medical malpractice and outpatient surgery

Kentucky residents might have heard of Joan Rivers' death following a routine outpatient throat surgery. Following her death, federal officials found several safety violations at the outpatient site, including failing to weigh Rivers before administering anesthesia and performing a surgical procedure on her that she had not consented to receive.

Action taken to eliminate paperwork requirement for truckers

Truck drivers in Kentucky and throughout the rest of the U.S. are no longer required to file the amount of paperwork once expected of them. According to U.S. Transportation, a rule that took effect on Dec. 18 waives the daily pre- and post-trip inspection paperwork, only requiring truck drivers to file the necessary reports if any equipment or safety issues are discovered.

What is a traumatic brain injury?

Kentucky drivers may be interested to know that traffic wrecks are a leading causes of traumatic brain injury cases nationwide. The seriousness of a traumatic brain injury cannot be overstated. Individuals who suffer brain injuries may potentially face living with disabilities and other adverse effects that require continuous, costly and specialized medical care for the rest of their lives.