Louisville’s Most Dangerous Areas for Cars, Cyclist, and Pedestrians

In 2013-2014, 16 pedestrians and 1 cyclist were fatally injured by a car, according to the Kentucky State Police. An additional 50 drivers were killed during a car accident. 334 pedestrians were injured in accidents involving automobiles, as were 130 cyclists and 3,800 motorists. A safer Louisville impacts all residents and makes the city a more attractive place for tourists, visitors, and residents.

While accidents happen for many reasons, there were some disturbing commonalities in these fatal accidents. Driver inattention and alcohol abuse were leading causes of accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists. For motorist accidents, drug abuse and cell phone use contributed to a lot of dangerous accidents. In these cases, the driver was clearly at fault and should be held liable for damages, medical expenses and liability to the full extent of the law.

For cyclists, the West Broadway corridor South 2nd Street were particularly dangerous. Cyclists in these areas should pay particular attention to vehicles in an effort to stay safe. East Broadway and the MLK Parkway were leading sites of pedestrian accidents, with many accidents spread throughout the city. Hot spots for motorists included Shawnee Expressway, E. Main St., and Southern Parkway.

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Louisville’s Most Dangerous Roads for Drivers 2013

There are several dangerous roads in the greater Louisville area. If you have to travel around the city, attempt to plan your trips around these nasty stretches of road. Your safety and the safety of your family are well worth taking the long way,  adding a few minutes to your travel time, and avoiding a potential car accident. Before you head out again, keep the following dangerous Louisville roads in mind when mapping your route.

Highway 60, also known as Dixie Highway: This is one of the most dangerous stretches of road in the entire State of Kentucky, but the area of Highway 60 that runs through Louisville, called Dixie Highway, is especially dangerous. Numerous fatalities occurred on Dixie Highway during the 2013 calendar year, due largely to the heavy amounts of traffic, as well as the large industrial trucks and semis that travel this road. These fatalities earned this stretch of highway the dubious “Dixie Die-way” nickname. There were also nearly 300 accidents with injuries on Dixie Highway in 2013.

Poplar Level Road is another very dangerous stretch of roadway in Louisville. In 2013, this road had four fatalities; more than any other stretch of road in the city, and second only to Dixie Highway. There were many more accidents with non-fatal injuries on Poplar Level Road.

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Louisville Bicyclists: Where Are You Most in Danger?

The 2013 bicycle collision statistics are now available, and we have compiled a detailed infographic to help you take them in. Despite some improvements, bicycling remains fairly dangerous on busy Louisville streets. About 130 of last year’s bike accidents involved bodily harm. Compared to 2012, the city reported eight less injuries and three fewer deaths. One bicyclist was killed in a collision during 2013.

Many different factors contributed to these bike accidents. Poor visibility remains a common problem in bike crashes; roughly six out of 10 collisions happened at night. About 20 incidents occurred when someone failed to yield the right-of-way. Meanwhile, inattentive driving caused approximately 33 crashes. Rain or ice played a role in 12 percent of the injuries, and a single crash was attributed to alcohol.

As in any city, some Louisville roads and neighborhoods prove more dangerous than others. Numerous bicycle collisions happened on West Broadway, Dixie Highway and nearby streets. During 2013, the largest concentration of accidents transpired near the city center. Other crashes were scattered throughout the city; somewhat more collisions occurred in the South Louisville area.

If you are a frequent bike rider in Louisville, or anywhere in Kentucky, it is important to know your rights if you are involved in an accident. It can be the difference between having to cover your own medical bills, and getting compensation from the responsible party.

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The Dangerous Areas for Pedestrians in Louisville in 2013

While fewer pedestrians were injured or killed by cars in 2013 than in 2012, much work remains to be done to make Louisville safer for all residents. In 2013, there were 346 pedestrian accidents in the city of Louisville, with 334 of these resulting in injuries and 16 in fatalities. In addition, 48 of those collisions involved property damage. Unfortunately, in many of these cases drivers are, simply, not paying attention and cause serious injury to innocent pedestrians.

In 2012, there were 351 pedestrian accidents in the city, with 305 of these resulting in injuries, but only 6 resulted in fatalities. While the overall number of pedestrian accidents from 2012 to 2013 only decreased by 5 accidents, the number of fatalities decreased significantly.

The most dangerous parts of the city for pedestrians in 2013 were W. Broadway, Bardstown RD, Dixie Highway, and many areas downtown.

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Lawsuits Allege Unnecessary Heart Surgeries at Ashland Hospital

surgical malpracticeRecent medical malpractice lawsuits were filed against doctors at the King’s Daughter’s Medical Center in Ashland. The lawsuits, which were filed in state court, alleged that the doctors at the aforementioned medical center misrepresented the severity of patients’ heart conditions in an effort to justify surgeries. The doctors then installed stents in these patients’ and benefited from federal healthcare programs. The lawsuits were brought against the hospital, as mentioned earlier, but they also named physician Richard E. Paulus and several medical practices.

What should these malpractice cases mean to you?

The cases listed above were brought about due to a certain kind of malpractice incident in which alleged doctors abused their power as physicians and led patients to believe their condition was worse than it was. However, there are many other medical error incidents that take place each and everyday in America. To learn more about the most common types of malpractice incidents, read below:

Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose

The case just mentioned above could fall under this category of malpractice. In many cases, misdiagnosis or a delayed diagnosis can negatively affect the patient’s survival rate.

Surgical errors

This type of medical error usually involves a surgeon operating on the wrong limb or a surgeon damaging a body part of organ during the midst of a surgery.

Anesthesia errors

These mistakes usually happen when anesthesia drugs are administered wrongly.

Child birth errors

Many common child birth errors include giving the mother a prescription that harms her baby or mistakes during or right before the birth of a child.

Prescription drug mishaps

Prescription drug mistakes often involve a patient being given an incorrect dosage, the wrong medication or defective drugs. Other incidents have occurred when a prescription is illegible or possible complications with the medication are not anticipated.

What can you do if you or a loved one have been injured due to medical malpractice?

If you or your loved one have experienced a medical malpractice error that has left you permanently injured or caused stress or emotional turmoil, you could be entitled to compensation.

Why you should seek compensation?

You deserve compensation to replace your lost wages or to pay for your ongoing medical needs due to your injury. To find out if you have a case, contact the medical malpractice attorneys at Meinhart Smith & Manning PLLC for a free consultation of your legal options as soon as possible.

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Fighting Back for Your Child After Daycare Abuse or Injury

daycare abuseNearly every child has to deal with occasional bumps and scrapes, but sometimes kids come home from daycare with injuries that never should have happened. These injuries happen for a number of reasons. There may be a lack of supervision caused by either inattentive staff or the inability of the daycare center to hold up proper staff levels. Or sometimes, a child comes home with an injury due to abuse.

Abuse By a Daycare Worker

Scott County District Court Records describe an incident that occurred back in August of 2013, where a two year old girl suffered a broken clavicle after being roughly handled by a daycare worker in Georgetown, KY. The center’s policy indicates that an incident that causes injury toward a child be documented as soon as possible after it occurs, but this didn’t happen. It was only after the child’s mother took her to the hospital, and surveillance video was viewed that the truth was revealed.

The video showed a daycare worker harshly moving a chair away from the child and standing her up, resulting in the child falling, the suspect convinced a coworker to report that the child had fallen on her own.

Not only the the daycare center cause the child’s injury, but they did not take action to see that the child was treated, and attempted to cover the injury up. Still with all the evidence, it was two months after the incident before the worker was arrested.

As devastating as this experience must have been for the child and her family, there are plenty of other cases of daycare abuse and neglect that aren’t prominent news stories, but those experiences are still upsetting to the families that experienced them.

Injuries That Can Occur at Daycare

In addition to abusive situations, a child may fall, choke or be hurt by another child due to lack of supervision. They may suffer infection or more serious effects from their injuries because staff members don’t have the proper first aid training. At times a child’s allergies aren’t given the attention they deserve. Children are allowed to play with dangerous toys or playground equipment where continued use by children causes illness or injury.

If you suspect that your child’s daycare is causing illness or injury, or is not taking reasonable steps to prevent accidents from happening, it’s important to discuss your concerns with an injury attorney, especially when the day care center is less than forthcoming about what is happening.

Sometimes finding any daycare for your child can be a challenge, but at the very least your child needs safe and nurturing care. Parents often have amazing intuition when it comes to their children. Don’t ignore this intuition. Fight for your child today by contacting the attorneys at Meinhart Smith & Manning to discuss your legal concerns.

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Side Effects of Testosterone Supplements and Boosters

testosterone-side-effectsMany men seem to be looking for a quick fix to what they feel are problems related to aging. They turn to testosterone supplements believing that will solve all their physical problems. Over the last few years, sales of testosterone supplements have grown dramatically. By 2012, the use of prescription testosterone had grown into a $1.6 billion dollar business and is still growing. Millions more are spent every year on testosterone supplements that are purchased over-the-counter (OTC) without a prescription.

There are legitimate health reasons for some men to receive these supplements. They are under medical care, have symptoms that warrant the supplement and tests reveal they indeed have low testosterone levels.

The vast majority of men who are taking the supplements hoping to improve their sexual performance as well as increase their physical endurance and energy levels are not under medical care. They have not even had their testosterone level actually checked. They succumb to advertisements about improving their libido and purchase the over-the-counter hormone supplement.

Whether testosterone supplements are prescribed by a doctor or purchased OTC, there are side effects that need to be considered. Some can be life-threatening.

Testosterone Booster and Supplement Side Effects

There are a number of side effects caused by testosterone supplements. One three year study was conducted that involved 8,000 men who all had confirmed low testosterone levels and were given prescription supplements under physician supervision. Results revealed that there was a 29 percent increase in strokes, heart attacks or death in those who used supplements. A few other common side effects include, but are not limited to, the following.

  • There is a high risk of liver damage when taking OTC oral testosterone supplements.
  • Both prescription and OTC supplements increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
  • Digestive problems such as nausea, vomiting and decreased appetite are common.
  • Jaundice due to liver problems.
  • Memory problems and mental confusion.
  • Muscle pain and twitching.
  • Headaches.

Testosterone Can Cause Existing Ailments to Worsen

In addition to side effects, there are some medical conditions for which supplements are not just dangerous, but may exacerbate the condition leading even to death. For those who have any of the following medical conditions, they absolutely should not take testosterone.

  • Diagnosis of any cancer, particularly prostate cancer. Testosterone stimulates the growth of cancer.
  • Any bleeding disorder.
  • Diabetes.
  • Liver or kidney disease.
  • Any history of heart problems.
  • Any condition for which steroids have been prescribed

If you or a family member have suffered side effects you believe are attributable to prescription or over-the-counter testosterone, you need the advice of attorneys who have experience dealing with harmful effects of hormone replacements. Call the office of Meinhart Smith & Manning PLLC of Louisville, KY for a consultation.

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Injuries to the Mother During Labor or Delivery

labor-and-deliverHaving a baby is among the most exciting, painful, and over all exhausting ordeals a woman and her family can go through. Nine months of preparation go into preparing for a new little person to join the family, and in some cases preparation begins even sooner. Every woman should expect a certain amount of pain during the labor and delivery process, but after several months of care doctors and hospital staff should know enough about the woman’s medical limitations.

But these limitations are not always looked at closely enough. Often hospitals move forward as if everything is “normal” even when the writing is on the wall for something to go wrong. Instead of being proactive to prevent excess pain or distress to the mother and/or her child. They are reactive toward anything that happens out of the ordinary, which can result in medical staff going to extreme measures to deliver the baby and this can have extreme effects of the mother’s recovery from the birth or her ability to have more children in the future. Here are some of the things that may happen when doctors and other medical staff fail to identify problems during pregnancy, labor, or delivery.

Uterine Infections

There are various signs that a woman may have a uterine infection, among them are fever and early labor. These infections are caused by bacteria and can be treated with intravenous anti-biotics. When these are not identified, both the mother and child are at risk for health problems up to and including death,

Negligence in Inducing Labor

There are a handful of reasons why doctors choose to induce labor rather than waiting for it to happen on its own. Many of these are sound, such as when a woman has gone more than two weeks past her due date, or there are signs that continuing the pregnancy might pose problems to the mother’s or child’s health. Negligence can happen through unnecessary induction, or by failing to induce when the need is there. Labor may be induced by a variety of methods, such as hormonally or by breaking the water. Mishandling a labor induction can cause infection or uterine rupture and future infertility.

Failure to Identify Problems with the Placenta

The placement of the placenta is very important during pregnancy, labor and delivery. Two conditions in particular may cause problems. Placenta previa, where the placenta is in front of the fetus and blocks the cervix or placenta acretia where the placenta detaches from the uterine wall

Failure to Consider C-Section

While most babies are delivered vaginally, there are times when it is necessary to consider a c-section. This might be because the baby is larger than average, there’s an infection present, or the baby is breech. Vaginal or rectal tearing or uterine rupture is possible if a mother is expected to deliver vaginally under these difficult circumstances.

No one expects labor to be easy, but in most cases it shouldn’t be dangerous. If you believe you experienced unnecessary pain or complications because of the mismanagement of your labor and delivery, an injury attorney can help you investigate the possibility of medical negligence and will work toward getting you and your family the compensation you deserve.

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Your Kentucky Medical Malpractice Case Could be Effected by a New Law

medical malpractice lawsProposed changes to Kentucky’s malpractice law are poised to impact thousand of malpractice cases. The law in question has passed the Kentucky Senate, but still needs to pass the House.

Behind the New Malpractice Law

Last week, the Republican-led Senate passed the law, which mandates that an independent panel of medical experts would have to review any proposed malpractice claims against health care providers before such claims could legally be pursued in court. Proponents of the bill claim that it will streamline the claims review process, stop meritless malpractice suits and prevent health care providers from leaving the state of Kentucky. Democrats counter that the measures will impact average people trying to seek legal aid from a malpractice situation.

The proposed independent review panels would consist of three medical experts, one chosen by the Plaintiff in the malpractice case and one chosen by the Defense. The third member would be chosen by the first two. If the three-member panel found that standards of care were indeed violated, the malpractice case could continue. The panel would not render any legal findings in the case, limiting their jurisdiction only to merit. The panel also would not disclose the rationale behind its decision. Supporters of the bill include the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and many of Kentucky’s major health care providers. The bill’s opponents include AARP.

What This Means for Your Legal Action

If the law passes, this means major changes for malpractice suits in Kentucky. As you move toward a medical malpractice case, a qualified malpractice attorney can help you rehearse the facts of your case, gather your evidence, and review and respond to any discovery requests made by the other side. The attorney can handle much of the evidence-submission and reporting on your behalf. Should the case need continuance, as can happen, your attorney can review and request it on your behalf. This leaves you free to go about you daily business while knowing that your case is in good hands. Should the new law pass, we’ll post more information about what this means for your Kentucky malpractice case.

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Recall of ISIS™ HVT™ Tracheal Tube Announced by Teleflex Medical

The Teleflex ISIS HVT Tracheal Tube Cuffed with Subglottic Secretion Suction Port was the first convertible endotracheal tube put on the market. Its design met the needs of both patients who required long-term and short-term ventilation. Unfortunately, issues have been brought to the attention of Teleflex about their product, which led to them to voluntarily recall the product.

What can go wrong with the ISIS HVT tube?

There were many complaints about the tracheal tube regarding its propensity to kink during use. If a kink occurs during the process of using the tube, it can cause a patient to have inadequate ventilation, which can lead to serious injuries such as anoxia and hypoxic injury.

What kind of recall was issued?

According to the US Food and Drug Administration, the recall was a Class I recall, which means that there was a reasonable probability that the use of the product would cause adverse health consequences or even death. Teleflex took the initiative to issue their recall via a letter to their US customers on January,6th, 2014. Customers who already have the product should discontinue its use and return unused product to Teleflex Medical.

Why should individuals be concerned about the recall?

Most individuals will not have dealings with a medical device such as listed above. However, when an individual does have a need for such a product, usually in an emergency situation, they expect the products being used on them to save their lives, not compound their problem. Therefore, it is important medical products are safe to use.

What is product liability and how does it relate to product malfunctions?

When a product has malfunctioned and resulted in an injury, a product liability suit can be issued. This will give the injured party or their family the resources necessary to get the medical help they need and will even compensate for missed wages in many cases. Aside from benefiting the victim, bringing a product’s problems to the forefront can prevent other people from becoming victims of the same issue.

If you or someone you love have become injured as a result of a product malfunction, you could be entitled to compensation. To find out if you qualify, contact an experienced attorney who deals with product liability cases.

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