Frankfort Kentucky Personal Injury Blog

Drowsy driving is impaired driving

Throughout the year and especially during the holiday season, there are efforts to prevent and warn against the dangers posed by a drunk driver in Kentucky. But a fatigued driver poses almost as great of risk of causing car accidents.

Drowsy driving was associated with approximately 100,000 traffic accidents each year, according to a recent report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. These accidents caused over 1,500 fatalities and 70,000 injuries.

Should you take a settlement in a DUI crash case?

No one expects to be in a collision with a drunk driver, but it often happens. As you're on the way to the hospital, you might begin to realize how significantly you've been hurt, feeling broken bones, witnessing bones being set and starting to receive stitches for serious wounds. The emergency team does all it can to help at the scene and during transport, but the reality is that you're going to have a long road to recovery.

If you are hurt by a drunk driver, it's almost certain that you'll have a claim to make against them. This claim can help you get the money you need to cover your care as well as to compensate you for the pain and suffering you've been through. Worrying about money is detrimental to a patient with bigger health concerns, and that's where a settlement may come into play.

State Supreme Court strikes down medical review panels

The state Supreme Court has struck down 2017 law that required those filing a medical malpractice lawsuit to first go before a medical review panel. Only after the review panel signed off on a case was it allowed to proceed.

This is  news for those who believe that the panel, which was supported by the Kentucky Medical Association and was drafted and supported by the Republican-controlled House and Senate, provided a barricade between individuals seeking justice from the court. Now plaintiffs are able to file medical malpractice lawsuits in the Circuit Courts.

Landlord liability for dog bites on their property

Many people in Kentucky own a dog as a pet. These dogs are considered by many to be cherished member of the family. But, occasionally a dog is aggressive and bites another person. In these cases, the owner of the dog may be held liable for their aggressive dog. But, what if a person suffers a dog bite in an apartment complex?

If a person is bit by an aggressive dog it is a traumatizing experience. Not only does the dog cause physical injuries, but a person can suffer emotional distress as well. If the dog attack occurs on apartment grounds, the landlord may be held accountable.

Thanksgiving and the holidays can lead to car accidents

With the holiday season upon us in Kentucky, many people take to the streets and highways in the state. Whether it is traveling to a relative's house for Thanksgiving dinner or driving to various stores on Black Friday, Thanksgiving weekend has many events going on. With the holidays upon us, it is important for Kentucky residents to learn about how they may suffer unexpected injuries, specifically if they are involved in a car accident.

There can be many inherent dangers with Thanksgiving and the holiday season. Thousands of people wind up in the emergency room each year due to car accidents. This time of year there are many drivers on the road who drive after they have been drinking, speed, text while driving or engage in other dangerous driving activities.

Football games and unexpected injuries

Many Kentucky residents enjoy attending football games. Although many know about injuries that football players can face, those who are attending the games also face risks. There are several injuries a person can face when they attend a sporting event.

One unexpected way a person can be injured while attending a sporting event is by using the escalator. A person can fall while using the escalator and be seriously injured or even killed. Weather is another factor in fans getting injured. When it is very hot out, a person can be burned by their seat. Or, when the weather is cold, there is a risk of being hit by falling ice. Finally, other fans at a game can be a risk. They can start fights, hit pedestrians or cause other dangerous conditions.

Understanding full coverage: What it really means for insurance

When you purchase full coverage on your vehicle, that coverage isn't necessarily all-inclusive. Full coverage simply means that you have a combination of coverages that help you protect your vehicle. There is no such thing as "full coverage," to the point that it would completely protect you in every instance.

Full coverage may be required by law if the vehicle is leased or if you're making payments to buy it. Most states require liability insurance once the vehicle is paid off, though you can opt for more coverage. It is your responsibility to make sure your vehicle meets the state requirements.

Is it ever too late to file a lawsuit after a car accident?

When a Frankfort area resident is injured in a car accident due to no fault of their own it can be a scary and traumatizing situation. An injury can lead to thousands of dollars in medical expenses along with emotional trauma. It can be hard to deal with all of these issues, but a victim may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit.

A personal injury lawsuit is a way for an injured person to hold a negligent person responsible for their actions. When a person is injured in a motor vehicle accident, they may not even know they are injured until several days, weeks or even months have passed. However, there is not an infinite amount of time to file a personal injury lawsuit. In Kentucky, a person has one year from the date of discovery of the injury to file a personal injury claim. After this time, the victim loses their right to sue.

Broken backs: What you should expect

A broken back sounds dangerous, and that's because it usually is. A back fracture is when one or more of the vertebrae in the back breaks in some manner. It might be a small, hairline fracture, or it could be completely shattered.

There are 33 bones in the back that protect the spinal cord. While breaking these bones is dangerous, it doesn't necessarily indicate that you'll struggle with paralysis or other injuries from damage to the spinal cord.

Cat bites, like other animal bites, can be dangerous

Many Frankfort area residents have a pet. Pets are treated like members of the family and most of the time are friendly. But, occasionally an unexpected animal attack occurs, which can be both physically and emotionally traumatic. Although it may seem like most animal bites are from dogs, cats can be vicious as well.

Cat bites are different than dog bites in several ways. One is that cat bites can occur from any cat, regardless of how friendly they are. Cats have extremely sharp claws and teeth and often play hard. Cat bites can be dangerous. Their teeth often have bacteria on them that can get injected into a person's tissue and become infected. An infection can usually be treated, but it can also result in even more serious medical conditions for an unsuspecting victim.

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