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Crowded Kentucky roads make car accidents almost inevitable

Roadways across the state of Kentucky are becoming more crowded. With so many vehicles sharing roads, car accidents become almost inevitable. These days, just going for a short drive can potentially result in a serious accident. Unfortunately, not all drivers are as focused as they should be behind the wheel. Distracted driving has become a real problem on roadways throughout the United States.

A recent accident in Pulaski County resulted in injuries to two people. The accident reportedly involved three vehicles and occurred during the morning hours at the intersection of Highway 70 and North Highway 27. According to reports, the driver of a Honda traveling west on Highway 70 pulled into the path of a northbound Chevrolet.

Medical malpractice is a leading cause of injury in America

Modern technology and stringent safety regulations have made surgical procedures safer than ever before in Kentucky and across the country. However, safety regulations only work if surgeons and other health care providers follow these rules. Any deviation or lapse in judgment can result in permanent injuries to the patient, even death. A man in another state filed a lawsuit after alleged medical malpractice left him with lifelong injuries.

The man said he went in for a routine knee replacement surgery but experienced problems with constipation after the procedure. The lawsuit says a nurse incorrectly administered an enema that caused the plaintiff trauma and complications, but the trauma went untreated. Allegedly, the man's condition worsened and he was admitted to the intensive care unit. According to the lawsuit, more issues were discovered and the man required an emergency diverting colostomy surgery, which was performed without the man's consent.

What are some signs of nursing home abuse?

There comes a time in someone’s life that their loved ones may have to make the decision of putting them in a nursing home. This is not an easy decision to make and you want the best care for your parent(s) or grandparent(s). Even though a nursing home has its benefits, abuse is a prevalent issue among facilities nationwide.

As older people are frailer, they are less likely to stand up to abusive behavior. They may not be able to hear or see as well as they could before, putting them at a disadvantage among younger staff members. While signs of abuse can overlap with a weakened mind, it is important to know how to recognize abuse in nursing home facilities.

Drunk driving is a main cause of fatal car accidents

Unfortunately, driving while under the influence of alcohol continues to be a very real problem across the state of Kentucky. Its common knowledge that driving while intoxicated is one of the most dangerous things a person can do and will almost certainly lead to car accidents. Despite this, thousands of people will choose to drive drunk. Those who get behind the wheel while intoxicated endanger the lives of all those around them.

A recent accident in South Williamson left one driver dead and another facing very serious charges. The accident happened during the evening hours along U.S. 119. According to reports, a northbound vehicle crossed the median of the highway into oncoming traffic and struck another vehicle.

Young mother files medical malpractice lawsuit after procedure

The birth of a child is a moment of joy and amazement for parents. A delicate and often complex procedure, childbirth happens on a daily basis in most hospitals throughout the state of Kentucky. Amazingly, skilled and highly trained doctors and nurses make this complicated procedure look routine. However, as with any medical procedure, one seemingly minor missed step can turn into major complications later. A mother in another state claims she was forced to undergo a cesarean without anesthesia, and she recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit.

In what she describes as something out of a horror movie, the young mother says that doctors cut into her despite claims that she had not been given any anesthesia. According to the lawsuit, the woman's blood pressure dropped, and her doctor was unable to find the baby's heartbeat. The lawsuit says the doctor then ordered an emergency C-section.

Husband dies due to alleged nursing home abuse

Nursing homes or extended care facilities were developed for those who are not able to live by themselves. These facilities provide the daily care that is most vital in the survival and recovery of patients, who are most often the elderly. Deciding to place a loved one in a nursing home can definitely be a difficult decision for Kentucky families. Although nursing homes were put in place to provide nurturing care, nursing home abuse can lead to permanent injuries and even the untimely death of residents.

Recently, a lawsuit was filed by a widow in another state after alleged negligent care in a nursing facility led to the death of her husband. Allegedly, the man broke his hip in a fall and was admitted to a nursing home for extended care until the man could make a recovery and move back home. According to the lawsuit, workers at the facility failed to take care of him.

Study: Having zero infections less common for hospitals in 2017

Infections can have major impacts on hospital patients. So, how common hospital infections are is a major safety issue.

Unfortunately, it appears that last year saw a drop in how common it was for hospitals to report zero incidents when it comes to five common types of infections. These five are:

  • Catheter-associated urinary tract infections
  • Central line-associated bloodstream infections
  • Clostridium difficile
  • MRSA
  • Surgical site infections related to colon surgery

Finding a nursing home that you can trust

After a loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse, you may be fearful of placing them in another facility. But, as much as you care for your elderly loved one, you know that a nursing home is necessary for them to get the assistance that they need. Luckily, there are reputable care facilities out there. Here are some tips to find a nursing home that you and your loved one can trust to keep them safe.

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