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Lexington Kentucky Personal Injury Blog

High-risk pregnancy signs your Kentucky OB should recognize

Whether you have several children or are expecting your first, you may be able to relate to those who say that having a baby is an exciting yet stressful time in life. Even if you are already the parent of multiple kids, you can't predict how a particular pregnancy might unfold. Every experience is unique, and various factors may have an impact on your or your baby's health.

Your obstetrician or midwife is, of course, specially trained to watch for signs of maternal or fetal distress. Medical teams can be fast-acting when needed to help rectify a problem situation. Your OB or midwife closely monitors your health throughout pregnancy, which is why it's so important to attend prenatal appointments. Sadly, medical negligence is a serious problem in Kentucky and many other states. If the team to whom you've entrusted your care is negligent, it can result in injury to you or your child.

Why patient hand-offs in hospitals can lead to errors

Patients often get transferred between several departments within a hospital or from one health care facility to another during the course of their treatment for an injury or illness. It's not unusual for a person who has been seriously injured in a car crash to go from an emergency department to an intensive care unit (ICU) to surgery to a hospital room and then perhaps to a rehabilitation facility.

That's a lot of hand-offs between medical personnel and a lot of opportunities for communications breakdowns that can endanger a patient's safety. One survey by the Harvard Medical Institutions' Risk Management Foundation found that about 30 percent of U.S. malpractice suits involved communication breakdowns between clinicians and that these failures were responsible for over 1,700 fatalities over five years.

Did you receive an emergency C-section when you needed it?

Your top priority during labor and delivery is to make sure that you and your baby come through the process safely. Your obstetrician should, too. With as many things as can go wrong during the birth of your child, he or she needs to remain aware of your and your baby's condition at all times.

In some cases, the safety of you and/or your baby becomes so precarious that your obstetrician decides that you need an emergency C-section.

What to do when you encounter an emergency vehicle

It can be startling and even frightening to hear sirens and see flashing lights when you're driving. Whether the source of those lights and sirens is an ambulance, fire truck or police cruiser, you need to get out of the way.

Many people panic and don't know how best to do that. They can end up causing a crash or making an already-dangerous road situation worse. That's why every driver should know what to do when they encounter an emergency vehicle – whether it's behind them, ahead of them or on the side of the road.

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.


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