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October 2014 Archives

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.

Informed consent guide

Kentucky residents may not be aware of what defines informed consent. Informed consent means that a patient is made aware of the consequences and possible complications that may result from medical care they are given. What legally qualifies as informed consent differs from state to state. However, there are some commonalities. The American Medical Association has summarized some of the basic information that a doctor should communicate to a patient. This information includes the diagnosis, if it is known; the recommended treatment and its risks and benefits; alternative treatments, if available, along with their risks and benefits; and the risks and benefits of receiving no treatment.

How common are wrong-site surgeries?

While surgical patients in Kentucky may share national concerns about wrong-site and wrong-person surgeries, statistics from a 2009 study suggest that only one in 112,000 procedures tend to involve these kinds of errors, known as WSPEs, which are also nicknamed "never events" since they are fully preventable medical errors that often result in serious personal injury or even death. The Joint Commission has released Universal Protocol for all hospitals to follow to prevent such errors, but hospitals and surgeons are not always effective at adhering to these policies.

How medical device recalls work to protect consumers

Kentucky residents who rely on medical devices may be interested in reading about the how a recall of those devices works and what their options include. First, whenever a medical device becomes hazardous to health, defective or both, the responsible party must issue a recall of the product in keeping compliant with Food and Drug Administration regulations. A recall does not necessarily mean that a consumer is no longer able to use the product, but the product may need to be adjusted. For example, if a pacemaker has been recalled due to a potential sudden failure, the manufacturer usually alerts doctors to communicate with their patients about the risks involved in keeping it in place versus taking it out.

Costs of car accidents

Car accidents in Kentucky create many costs, the greatest of which is the human life that is lost. According to a nationwide study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 33,561 people were killed in car accidents in 2012. On average, this number means that about 92 people died in the United States each day in 2012 as a result of a car accident.

Bard to pay $21 million in first big vaginal mesh settlement

Some Kentucky residents may be interested to know that C.R. Bard Inc. recently agreed to settle more than 500 lawsuits that claim the corporation's vaginal-mesh implants damaged women's bodies. Authorities reported that the agreement marks the first mass settlement reached over the New Jersey-based company's implants.

Filing a wrongful death claim in Kentucky

Under Kentucky state law, family members who have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another person have the right to pursue compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. Kentucky residents may find it helpful to learn more details about this process, such as who can file the claim, what damages the plaintiff can expect to recover and the deadline for filing.