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Five steps to keep you safe from medical malpractice

Medical malpractice troubles patients and their families not only in Louisville, Kentucky, but also across the rest of the country. In order to educate people about how they can keep themselves safe from incidents of medical malpractice, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has provided some preventive measures that patients and families can adopt when availing treatment. These basic steps are known as the Five Steps to Safer Health Care.

The first step is to ask the health care provided questions whenever a patient or family member is in doubt about any particular treatment or procedure. Next, it is important for patients and families to be fully aware of all the medications that are being or have been taken and all the procedures that have been performed. They should also let the health care providers know about any allergies and side effects that the patient is suffering or may have suffered from.

Caps on Non-Economic Damages

In recent years, some states have passed laws to set limits on how much money a plaintiff can recover in non-economic damages. Non-economic damages allow an injured person to recover money for unquantifiable injuries such as waking up every day with pain that prevents you from enjoying life or emotional distress caused by your injury. Because the right to a jury trial in civil cases is a constitutional right in many states, plaintiffs have challenged many of these laws as unconstitutional.

Accident caused by tractor-trailer kills 42-year-old man

Being involved in an accident can be hard for both victims and their families as they not only have to deal with the pain and suffering but also various financial challenges. The situation can be worse if the accident involved a semi-truck. One such incident recently occurred on Kentucky Route 55, about 90 miles south of Louisville.

According to news reports, a 42-year-old man was killed after his vehicle was hit by a truck hauling a trailer. Reports say that the victim was parked at a construction site when the driver of the truck hit the vehicle, causing it to overturn and hit a third vehicle. Luckily, the occupants of the third car were not injured. However, both the victim's car and the other car caught on fire as a result of the collision.

Hospital negligence claims and its various legal elements

In the aftermath of an injury or illness, the top priority is to avail the best possible medical treatment. Usually, people trust hospitals to provide them this care. Sadly, hospital stays have proved to be a dreadful experience for many people owing to the negligence they suffered while they were admitted.

According to Kentucky laws, hospital negligence is an offense. In order to hold the hospital accountable, the petitioners must prove the following basic elements that are grounds for almost all medical or hospital negligence cases: duty, breach of duty, cause in fact, proximate cause and damages. A successful compensation claim is usually based on the establishment of these five elements.

Who can be held responsible for a birth injury?

When something happens to a child, the parents are the most distressed. Matters can be worse if the parents see that their child suffered an injury at the time of birth. In many cases, unfortunately, birth injuries are the result of medical negligence. In those cases, the parents may be entitled to claim compensation from the parties responsible for the negligence, per the provisions contained in Kentucky laws.

Many parents often have a question regarding who they can hold responsible for a birth injury that their child suffered. Those parents should know that legal action over a birth injury can be filed against several parties that may have been involved in the birth procedure and the birth injury. Examples would include the hospital, the hospital staff, the physicians and also pharmaceutical companies.

Recognize the signs of nursing-home abuse

Deciding to move a loved one to a long-term care facility or nursing home is never an easy choice. But when they can no longer care for themselves and you cannot adequately care for them, a nursing home is the best choice. When you pick a nursing home, you're placing a great deal of trust in the staff that they will treat your loved one as you would.

That's why it's so shocking when we hear nightmare stories about nursing homes that neglect or abuse their residents. If you've had to make the difficult choice of rehoming your loved one in a care facility, there are some things you can look out for to make sure they get the best care possible.

Preventing Motorcycle Accidents In Kentucky & Indiana

With spring quickly turning into summer, it is motorcycle season. It is especially appropriate, then, that May has been designated Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month by groups like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The goal of the month-long campaign is to raise awareness about the problems motorcyclists face on the road and to discuss what each of us can do to improve safety. In today’s post, we’ll share some basic but important information about motorcycle accidents and injuries.

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