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A traumatic brain injury could end your professional career

It only takes an instant for an accident to change the course of your life. Maybe you were in your car, headed somewhere. Maybe you were going about your daily work routine. Perhaps you were out shopping. Suddenly, another driver slams into you, a machine at work strikes you or you slip in a puddle of spilled liquid while at the store. All of a sudden, you're dizzy and confused because you hit your head.

Any accident that results in blunt force trauma to the head (any kind of blow or strike) or any situation that shakes your body vigorously could result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Traumatic brain injuries can create short-term symptoms as well as permanent disabilities, depending on the location and severity of the injury.

Are distracted driving or drunk driving accidents worse?

Driver negligence takes many forms, but some behaviors behind the wheel are more dangerous than others. Who would have thought that a time would come when researchers would compare distracted driving accidents to drunk driving accidents in terms of danger and fatalities. You may be among the many Kentucky residents who would be surprised by what the data shows.

Most drivers know that drinking and getting behind the wheel is dangerous and can cause serious or fatal accidents. When you drink, your cognitive abilities decline and your reaction time slows. Your attention to your surroundings diminishes as well. Even when your blood alcohol concentration has not reached .08 (which is Kentucky's legal limit), your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle is compromised.

EpiPen maker accused of neglecting life-threatening malfunctions

EpiPens have been in the news lately, and not for their life-saving properties. From accusations of price gouging to a recall in Singapore over concerns regarding defects, the device has been getting a lot of flak over improprieties and more. Now, there's more potentially bad press on the horizon as the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has accused Pfizer, which manufactures the product for the drugmaker Mylan, of failing to properly investigate accusations of malfunctioning EpiPens, according to a recent story by the New York Times.

According to the FDA, a unit of Pfizer named Meridian Medical Technologies did not properly examine alleged problems with a component EpiPen device, even after numerous complaints surfaced. The problem in question has to do with a part of the device that actually fires and shoots a proper dose of epinephrine, rendering it useless in a life-threatening situation.

Were birth injuries due to a slow or absent response?

Few things are more natural than pregnancy. A woman's body knows what to do, and for the vast majority of women here in Kentucky and around the world, their pregnancies are uneventful -- medically speaking. A certain percentage of women encounter difficulties that put the lives of both mother and child in jeopardy, however. If those conditions are not treated swiftly and efficiently, birth injuries to either or both could occur.

You may have been like most other expectant mothers and contacted your doctor as soon as you thought something was wrong. Often your body will give you some warning of a larger problem to come. If your doctor ignores those signs, it could lead to injuries to both you and your unborn child.

Are there cancer-causing toxic chemicals in talc?

Johnson & Johnson has been making household products for for more than 100 years. Consumers here in Kentucky and across the country tend to trust that the products the company makes will not harm them, but it appears that at least one of its products may contain toxic chemicals that could cause ovarian cancer in women after prolonged use. At least four cases in one state and one recent case in another state resulted in findings that the company's Baby Powder and Shower-to-Shower talc products are dangerous to women.

In the most recent verdict from a court on the West Coast, a 62-year-old woman won her lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson in which she alleged that the talcum powder she used daily since the age of 11 gave her ovarian cancer. She had alleged that the company failed to warn women of this potential danger and ignored studies indicating that the products could be unsafe and are linked to cancer in women. The jury's verdict was for $4.17 million of which $3.47 million is in punitive damages.

Defective medical devices have killed 5 so far

How many Kentucky residents have gone to extremes to lose weight? Many more have trusted their doctors to provide them with a safe treatment to help them on their journeys. If unsuspecting patients receive (and perhaps unsuspecting doctors use) defective medical devices, the quest to lose weight could turn deadly.

Recently, the Food and Drug Administration reported that five people have lost their lives since 2016 after having balloons placed in their stomachs as a weight loss treatment. One of the victims was using the ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System. The other four were all using the same system -- the Orbera Intragastric Balloon System.

Good Samaritans help out at scene of devastating car accident

Many Kentucky residents will rush to help someone in peril without even thinking about their own safety first. These good Samaritans could even end up saving someone's life. In fact, at least one person recently involved in a devastating car accident more than likely owes his life to several people who stopped to help.

Video footage of the crash, which took place on Highway 127, shows several people attempting to help the individuals in a pickup truck that overturned several times before coming to rest in the median. One of the men that was in the pickup was thrown out during the accident. He landed nearly 55 feet away from the vehicle.

Severe and fatal injuries result from single-car crash

It may be both a gift and a curse that many auto accidents here in Kentucky and elsewhere only involve one vehicle. On the one hand, innocent motorists are not involved. On the other hand, those in the vehicle could suffer serious or fatal injuries as a result of the crash.

Both types of injuries occurred in a crash on a recent Thursday involving one vehicle. The car, occupied by its driver and a passenger, went off the roadway and slammed into an embankment. The car then bounced back into the lanes of travel and into the median where it finally stopped.

Police work to determine details of devastating car accident

Regardless of how quickly police respond to calls regarding motor vehicle crashes, they do not always get there in time to save the lives of those involved. In addition, the scene of a devastating car accident can sometimes be so chaotic that identifying who the driver was can be a challenge. This appears to be the case in a recent crash that took place here in Louisville on Herr Lane.

Officers with the Louisville Metro Police Department responded to the scene after receiving calls of a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed at approximately 3:30 a.m. on a recent Sunday morning. By the time officers spotted the erratically moving vehicle, it had reportedly crashed and burst into flames. The condition of the scene did not even reveal the number of people in the vehicle -- let alone who was driving or what caused the crash.

What if your doctor fails to diagnose gestational diabetes?

During pregnancy, many mothers worry about the health of their child as well as their own well-being. That is why it is important to get regular check-ups and bring up any concerns with your doctor. However, what happens if a condition, such as gestational diabetes, goes undiagnosed? Failure to diagnose typically falls under the category of medical malpractice.

Gestational diabetes occurs very often during pregnancy. If your doctor fails to diagnose it and it goes untreated, both you and your baby can suffer multiple medical issues. The American Diabetes Association has seen substantial increases in gestational diabetes during the last 20 years. Some of the reasons include increases in maternal obesity, less physical activity during pregnancy, other instances of diabetes in the family, and higher than usual levels of amniotic fluid. Mothers that are 25 or older also have an increased chance of developing gestational diabetes.

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

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