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Pediatric cancer must be timely and accurately diagnosed

Going to the doctor when you think something is amiss with your health is the first step in finding out what is wrong. For parents, there is often a guessing game that comes with determining when something is wrong with your children's health. You count on the doctors to diagnose what condition your child has when there is something that just isn't right.

It is interesting to note that each of a child's life stages has some specific health concerns. For newborns, the most common issue is a birth injury. There isn't much of a chance that the baby will be born with cancer, but it could happen. As the child moves beyond the newborn stage, there is an increased risk of pediatric cancer. In fact, an average of 43 children are diagnosed with cancer each day in this country.

Signs and consequences of traumatic brain injury

Not every person injured in a Kentucky motor vehicle collision is immediately aware of the injuries suffered. A victim may feel capable of going home or may even may even hear from a physician that he or she is able to go home, then experience symptoms later than prompt a return trip to the hospital. Traumatic brain injury may or may not be immediately apparent; either way, such injuries often have long-lasting and even permanent consequences.  

An accident victim who has lost consciousness may have a brain injury. Impact upon collision often involves blunt force trauma to the head. However, a person with a brain injury could also appear in normal condition. The most serious and often life-threatening situations often involve extended periods of unconsciousness.

New tool helps with assessing traumatic brain injury

An injury to the brain can understandably be frustrating, negatively impacting a patient's quality of life in Kentucky. However, scientists have developed a brand-new assessment tool based on the well-known Glasgow Coma Scale, or GCS, in an effort to offer more information about the severity of a brain injury. The tool may also provide more information about the prognosis of patients with traumatic brain injuries.

The GCS made its debut in 1974 to assess impaired consciousness and coma. The scale essentially describes variations in a patient's verbal, eye and motor responses. The scale has been used across the globe by emergency medical technicians, physicians and nurses.

Certain halogen light bulbs are hazardous consumer products

Consumers in Kentucky who have purchased certain halogen light bulbs may be affected by a recent product recall. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, GTC halogen light bulbs by H-E-B are hazardous consumer products that should not be used. These value-priced light bulbs were sold between Aug. 2015 and Dec. 2017.

Officials reported that the halogen light bulbs have the potential to shatter while being used. Fire and laceration hazards are possible with these products. So far, the safety commission has received a total of 14 reports regarding bulbs that shattered.

Anesthesiology errors involving needle in spine spark suit

A woman in another state recently claimed that a medical professional at a naval hospital left an anesthesia needle in her spine after she went through a Cesarean section 14 years ago. She has thus decided to file a medical liability claim against the government, seeking damages. Anyone in Kentucky who is a victim of anesthesiology errors likewise has the right to seek justice through the civil court system.

The woman asserted that she had spent the past 14 years suffering pain in her back and had received multiple misdiagnoses. However, in November of 2017, a CT scan revealed that a needle was lodged in her spine. The needle was three centimeters long and had caused her to suffer permanent nerve damage.

Early intervention is critical in cases of spinal cord injuries

In many areas of medicine, technological enhancements are making a major difference for patients in Kentucky and elsewhere. Fortunately, such advancements can be life changing. This is especially true for such conditions as spinal cord injuries.

Spinal cord injury is similar to other types of medical prognoses in that early intervention is critical. One major determining factor in a patient's outcome is how efficiently he or she receives early intervention after sustaining his or her injury. The sooner a spinal cord injury patient starts to strengthen his or her muscles below his or her injury site, the less damage he or she may sustain. This ultimately leads to a better outcome.

Multicookers recalled due to being unsafe products

Consumers in Kentucky who enjoy using Instant Pot multicookers may be taken aback by a recent recall involving these products. Specifically, Double Insight has recalled 104,000 of its Gem 65 8-in-1 multicookers. These devices were recently deemed unsafe products due to posing a fire hazard.

Multicookers are cooking appliances that are programmable and multi-functional. For instance, they can be used to cook or warm food in a variety of ways. However, the Double Insight devices that were recently recalled feature a manufacturer defect that may cause them to overheat.

Know the basics of personal injury claims after injuries

You may have done everything in your power to avoid the devastating car accident that put you in the hospital, but like other Kentucky residents, you could not control the actions of the other driver. Now, you ended up with serious injuries that keep you from work and cost you in medical expenses, even if you have health insurance. You believe the other party is responsible for your current situation and wonder what to do next.

You have heard of personal injury claims, but do not really know much about them. Perhaps you have never had any need to see the inside of a Kentucky courthouse, and are not familiar with how the process of civil claims works. The fact is that most personal injury claims end up settling without the need to go to court. The parties involved negotiate the terms of a settlement and formalize it with an agreement.

What if forceps use results in birth injury?

The labor and delivery process is miraculous - and dangerous. Although many families give birth to healthy infants, others may experience complications that lead to injury. Medical advances have reduced the risk of these complications. However, in some cases these advances can be the reason for the injury.

One example involves the use of forceps.

What is a forceps assisted delivery? The medical experts at Mayo Clinic explain. Forceps are used to assist in delivery when the labor is not progressing or the safety of the baby is jeopardized. The process involves the use of an instrument that resembles two large spoons. The spoon shaped portions are placed around the infant's head to guide the child as it emerges from the mother.

Looking beyond tomorrow after a devastating car accident

You may not have seen it coming. All you know is that you suddenly felt and heard the violent impact. In the few seconds it took your vehicle to come to rest after a devastating car accident on one of Kentucky's roadways, your life may have changed forever.

Perhaps you suffered a catastrophic injury such as a spinal cord injury, a traumatic brain injury or some other debilitating injury. You may have spent some time in the hospital and may not yet be fully aware of what additional medical care you may require in the future. Even so, your insurance company, or the insurance company of the other driver or both, may have offered you a settlement. Considering the medical bills and time lost from work that you already face, you may be tempted to take it.

When you need help after an injury or accident, talk to the attorneys at Morris & Player PLLC in Louisville, Kentucky.

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