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Share the road with motorcycles

There is nothing like a narrow escape with a vehicle to remind Kentucky residents of the fragility of life. Being safely tucked into a car, truck or SUV may make such an event less stressful. However, if you were riding a motorcycle, it could have caused you to take time to wonder just how motorcycle accidents happen.

The unfortunate reality is that many motorcycle accidents are the result of other motorists simply not keeping an eye out for motorcycle riders. This is why it is important for drivers to stay alert when behind the wheel. For instance, drivers should always check their blind spots for motorcycles, particularly when changing lanes, turning or merging. Another good tip is to increase the driving distance when traveling behind a motorcycle.

Do you think a delayed diagnosis of cancer took your loved one?

Far too many people here in Kentucky and across the country manifest symptoms that they simply cannot explain. Many of the preliminary symptoms that people suffer from can also be explained by other illnesses. Without additional testing, doctors could miss the proper diagnosis. A delayed diagnosis of cancercould rob a patient of the chance at early intervention that could save the patient's life.

Most Kentucky doctors do the best they can for their patients, but we have encountered numerous situations where the doctor acted negligently. For example, the doctor may fail  to order appropriate tests, fail to report test results, fail to take a complete medical and family history, or fail to take symptoms more seriously. Meanwhile, the cancer continues to take hold of a patient's body.

An emergency room misdiagnosis can be deadly

Without a doubt, Kentucky's hospitals are just as busy as many others throughout the country. Emergency room personnel do what they can, but can still make mistakes. An emergency room misdiagnosis could cause your serious harm or even cost you your life.

For instance, failing to correctly diagnose a pulmonary embolism could have severe consequences. This potentially deadly condition in which a blood clot forms in your lungs requires quick and appropriate medical attention. If an emergency room doctor fails to diagnose this condition, you could be left with brain damage or damage to other organs. You could even die.

Why must drivers avoid distractions behind the wheel?

Drivers must ensure that they don't let anything take their mind — or hands — off of operating their vehicles. When they do allow themselves to become distracted, they can cause accidents that can be devastating to themselves and others on the road.

Distracted driving is a very serious issue in this country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that there are around 1,000 people injured and nine killed each day in this country in accidents that involve distracted drivers.

The shocking truth about medical malpractice

Our firm has seen first-hand the devastating effect of medical malpractice. When doctors, nurses, hospital administrators, pharmacists and other medical professionals make mistakes, patients' lives are literally on the line. We've helped victims and grieving loved ones pick up the pieces after birth injuries, misdiagnosis, surgical errors, anesthesiology errors and pediatric malpractice cause upheaval. Our efforts have helped recover compensation, bring about systemic change in medical facilities and give families closure.

Clearly, on an individual basis, medical errors are life-changing. Birth injuries, for example, like Erb's palsy, cerebral palsy, brachial plexus injuries or shoulder dystocia can result in life-long disability, hardship and medical treatment.

Causes of semitruck crashes are varied, most can be prevented

Semitruck drivers shouldn't ever drive the rig if there is any questions as to the safety of their ability to do so. These large trucks can become unsafe for a variety of reasons. No matter what safety hazard exists, there is a chance that it can lead to a serious crash.

When a passenger vehicle is struck by a semitruck, the occupants of that smaller vehicle are at risk of catastrophic injuries. Some might suffer a fatal injury in the crash. In all of these cases, there might be claims made for compensation. Determining the cause of the crash is one necessary step in those instances. Here are some points to consider about semitruck crash causes:

Behavioral changes can occur after a serious brain injury

A blow to the head should never be taken lightly. Even after you receive a clean bill of health from your Kentucky doctor, you or those around you could notice that you suffer from permanent personality and behavioral changes caused by the traumatic brain injury you suffered. Learning to cope with those changes may present you with a challenge.

For instance, you may get angered or irritated more easily at situations that would not have bothered you prior to your injury. You could experience intense mood swings that are difficult for you to bear. You might become more aggressive, which could put you in dangerous and awkward situations. In the alternative, you could experience a lack of emotion.

Did reckless driving cause the death of a loved one?

Life can never be the same when someone you care about is unexpectedly taken from you. Perhaps you were recently shocked and saddened by the death of a loved one, who just hours before had been perfectly fine and talking with you about his or her future plans in life. Sometime later, you may have received a phone call from Kentucky police, informing you that same person had been in a terrible car accident and did not survive.

Among all the thoughts that likely went instantly swimming through your brain at the time were questions regarding who was responsible for the accident and whether it might have been preventable. As you try to gain composure and do what needs to be done to lay your loved one to rest, you learn that he or she was entering an intersection on a green light when a car in the crosswise direction barreled straight through a red light and hit your family member's driver-side door. Now, in addition to your sorrow and grief, you are angry and frustrated as well.

What are the real costs of complex car accidents?

The last few months of the year tend to mark the beginning of the holiday season. Many people in Kentucky use this time as an opportunity to be with family, which often requires traveling over long distances. With many more people on the road and potentially hazardous driving conditions from winter weather, complex car accidents are more likely to occur.

In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control reported that approximately 200,000 car crash victims were hospitalized for their injuries. Over 2.5 million were seen and treated in emergency rooms that same year. It can be difficult to fully comprehend the physical and emotional pain and suffering that these individuals go through, but the financial impact is much more concrete.

Are post-surgical infections due to medical malpractice?

Of course, not all of them do, but many post-surgical infections begin with a mistake either during or after surgery. Even relatively healthy Kentucky patients could contract a serious or deadly infection after a surgery.

When it comes to post-surgical infections, they are separated into three types. A superficial infection, which occurs on the skin where the surgical incision was made, may only require some antibiotics, consistent cleaning and careful monitoring. An infection that begins deeper inside the incision site could affect the muscles and tissue around it. In some cases, the infection affects either the space between the organs or an organ itself. The latter two types of infections in particular can cause a great deal of harm to a patient if not handled properly, quickly and with the right intervention.

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

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