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Lexington Kentucky Personal Injury Blog

Is your child prepared to take a car to college?

Your child wants to have a car at college next year. Whether you've given in and agreed to let them take one of the family cars or they've bought their own, it's only normal to have some worries. You can't watch them as closely as you do when they're driving around Lexington.

However, you can give them some advice that will help keep them safe. You've already had the "no drinking and driving" and "no texting and driving" conversations. It never hurts to keep reminding them. Here are some other pieces of advice to give your child for driving in an area largely inhabited by college students.

Staying safe if you're caught on the road in a thunderstorm

Summer thunderstorms can hit quickly and intensely. They're often accompanied by lightning, hail, winds and storm clouds that make even the sunniest day suddenly dark.

It's best to avoid driving in them if possible, but we can't always do that. If you find yourself on the road in a thunderstorm and can't stop somewhere safe and wait it out, here are some important things to remember to help stay safe.

How do you know if you're suffering from PTSD after a crash?

If you were been involved in a serious car crash, you likely focused on your physical injuries in the initial days. Then you may have begun to notice how it impacted you emotionally. Depending on what happened, you may have feelings of anger, nervousness and guilt (even if the crash wasn't your fault).

It's not uncommon for people to keep replaying the crash over and over in their mind and to have dreams (or nightmares) about it. It may be difficult to even get in a car again, let alone behind the wheel. It may be hard to focus on work or just daily tasks.

Surgical mistakes and other reasons for malpractice claims

When you go to the doctor or head to a Kentucky hospital for some type of medical treatment, you assume that you will receive quality care and support from a knowledgeable professional. Sometimes, however, the care patients receive falls below a certain standard, and innocent people can suffer additional types of medical complications as a result. In some cases, this is grounds for a medical malpractice claim.

Malpractice incidents can be confusing for the patient who may be unsure of what happened and how the doctor or care provider may have played a role in resulting mistakes. This is particularly true for patients who underwent a type of surgical procedure and woke up to an unexpected outcome. Surgical mistakes are the second most common cause of medical malpractice claims.

New treatment for brain, spinal cord injuries shows promise

Researchers are always looking for new and better treatments for traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) as well as spinal cord injuries caused by car crashes, other types of accidents and strokes. Now scientists in the United Kingdom (UK) say they're seeing positive results in lab animals from an antipsychotic drug used to treat schizophrenia.

Trifluoperazine (TFP) has been shown to prevent fluid from getting into the central nervous system and causing swelling. This swelling (edema) often occurs in the brain and/or spinal cord after an injury or stroke. The pressure caused by the swelling can cause serious damage and sometimes is fatal.

The in-car systems designed to keep you safe

One of the biggest threats to motorist safety is distracted driving. With the popularity of smartphones and infotainment systems that come standard in many vehicles, there are more things to take a driver's attention than ever before. That is why many vehicles are now also coming with certain features that could help keep you safe.

Automakers are working to make vehicles safer than ever, and that means helping drivers help themselves. Many people are unable to resist the temptation of picking up their phone while behind the wheel, even though most are aware of the increased risk. No matter what safety features come in a vehicle, distraction is still dangerous and significantly increases the chance of a collision that could leave innocent people harmed.

What are the most common causes of medical mistakes?

Medical errors are among the leading causes of death in this country. Many of our readers likely have heard this before. However, "medical errors" is a pretty broad term.

The causes of medical errors can involve technical failures, like the malfunction of equipment or medical devices, including implants. However, the most common causes of medical errors often involve human malfunctions, so to speak.

How does not wearing a helmet impact a lawsuit after a crash?

The most important protective gear that anyone who gets on a motorcycle -- as the operator or passenger -- can wear is a helmet. The chances of suffering a brain injury in a motorcycle crash triple when a person isn't wearing a helmet.

Many states have mandatory helmet laws. However, Kentucky repealed its universal helmet law more than two decades ago. Currently, only those who are under 21 or have had their motorcycle license for under a year are required by law to wear a helmet.

Who can you hold liable for medical malpractice?

When you're in the hospital, whether it's for a same-day procedure or an extended stay, you're cared for by a team of medical professionals. It may seem like an ever-changing group, and you may lose track of who was doing what.

When something goes wrong that causes harm, it may be difficult for patients and their families to determine who can -- and should -- be held liable if they're considering a malpractice action. That's just one way that experienced attorneys can help. They can investigate and work to determine whether there was indeed malpractice and who should be named as a defendant in any lawsuit.

If you face having a C-section, you may want to know the risks

When you found out you were pregnant, you probably imagined it ending as millions upon millions of other births do -- with a natural birth, a healthy baby and a healthy you. The majority of your pregnancy may have supported this wish, but when it came time to give birth, something changed.

Your doctor may have known ahead of time that you would need a C-section, or it could have come as a surprise to everyone during your labor. Even though you will go through the process in order to make sure your child is born unharmed, you still need to know the dangers and risks you face during this procedure.


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