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When Is a Missed Diagnosis Considered Medical Malpractice?

Published on Dec 12, 2019 at 7:43 pm in Medical Malpractice.

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When you aren’t feeling well, you go to the doctor to get answers and recommendations. So what happens if your doctor says you’re fine, but you still feel sick? If you start feeling worse even though your doctor claimed you were healthy, then you could have a medical malpractice suit for a missed diagnosis on your hands. You trust your doctor to accurately diagnose you, so when they don’t, the results could be deadly.

What Are the Similarities Between Child Abuse and Elder Abuse?

Published on Nov 26, 2019 at 8:09 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

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When individuals think about those most at risk for abuse, children come to mind first. This is probably because of their age and the lack of agency that comes with being young. There is, however, another large group of the population that is at risk for abuse—senior citizens. Elder abuse is a prevalent issue, especially in nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

Despite drastic age and status differences, there are similarities between child abuse and elder abuse. Being both major medical and societal concerns in the United States and all over the world, it’s important to have an understanding of why the abuse happens, its effects, and what can be done to protect victims and those at risk.

What Does “Loss of Consortium” Mean?

Published on Nov 14, 2019 at 7:41 pm in Wrongful Death.

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If you’ve recently lost your spouse as the result of someone else’s negligent actions or inactions, you may have grounds to file a claim. Doing so would seek compensation to cover your loved one’s end-of-life expenses, in addition to helping you maintain financial stability.

There are a number of factors that go into deciding the value of a wrongful death claim. Some of them are calculable with dollars and cents, others are not. One of the most common noneconomic damages is loss of consortium. Let’s take a look at what that is and what payment can do for a family.

The Dangers of Poor Oral Hygiene in a Nursing Home

Published on Oct 31, 2019 at 3:12 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

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When you trust the care of your loved one to a nursing home, you expect only the best care to be provided. Some long-term care facilities provide just that, but sadly, not all of them supply optimal care for all of their residents. In fact, the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) reports that 95% of nursing home residents they interviewed had experienced neglect or witnessed another resident be neglected.

When residents aren’t being neglected, staff is typically more focused on other health problems that might seem more pressing than dental hygiene. Even if patients have dental insurance or complain of pain, many staff members at nursing homes are not prepared to address dental health problems. But in the elderly, poor dental health can cause a quick decline in overall health.

What Qualifies as a Personal Injury in Kentucky?

Published on Oct 24, 2019 at 1:00 pm in Personal Injury.

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If you’ve been injured in an accident you believe was caused by someone else’s actions, you may have grounds to file a personal injury claim. Understanding what qualifies as a personal injury in Kentucky is the first step to determining if you have a valid claim. The lawyers from Golden Law Office can examine your situation and help you determine how to proceed.

How Often Are Seniors in Nursing Homes Left Unmonitored?

Published on Sep 26, 2019 at 1:01 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

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When you trust the care of your loved one to a nursing home, you expect they’ll receive the same level of care that you would give them. Plenty of other people think the same way. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are 1.3 million residents in United States nursing homes.

Even though amazing care is expected, that’s not always what is enacted in these facilities. There are high rates of neglect in long term care facilities, according to The United States Department of Justice. Even still, neglect is underreported in elder care. Nursing home abuse and neglect can be hard to spot, but unfortunately, it’s a common occurrence, even in Lexington.

How Long Do Hit-and-Run Cases Stay Open For?

Published on Sep 19, 2019 at 1:23 pm in Car Accidents.

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A car accident is frustrating enough on its own when you’re the victim. But when another driver crashes into you and flees, also known as a hit-and-run, you know you’ve got an even more grueling process ahead of you. If the driver is not found immediately, the police will likely open an investigation to see if they can find the responsible driver who fled the scene. If you’re injured and are considering your legal options, getting in touch with an attorney may be a good idea at this time.

There are many factors to consider when a case is opened against a driver who fled a hit-and-run scene. The first of which is time length. Here are some things to consider when trying to decide whether to open a case after your accident:

What Qualifies as a Permanent Injury in Kentucky?

Published on Sep 12, 2019 at 1:28 pm in Personal Injury.

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There are a number of uncertainties that coincide with an accident. The most pressing is often when you’ll be able to return to your normal way of life. Unfortunately, some accidents result in catastrophic or permanent injuries. When this is the case, it’s important for personal injury victims to know that they have options when it comes to paying for medical bills and handling the significant changes they’re facing.

In Kentucky, accident victims have the right to seek compensation for their injuries. If the injury is considered permanent, which impacts a person’s ability to return to work, the compensation they’re eligible for could cover medical expenses, the future cost of care, and more.

Understanding what qualifies as a personal injury in Kentucky is important if you’re seeking compensation for one. Our lawyers can explain the relevant laws to you and help you build a claim, so you can move forward.

What You Need to Know About Driving in Kentucky Work Zones

Published on Sep 5, 2019 at 12:54 pm in Car Accidents.

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In the South, road work doesn’t just happen in the summer. Since Kentucky rarely sees snow or extreme cold, we’re able to work on our roadways almost year-round. Work zones are dangerous for workers because there usually aren’t hard barriers protecting them. This makes workers more vulnerable in the event of a car accident because there’s nothing between them and reckless drivers.

But work zones aren’t just dangerous for workers. Drivers are just as much at risk to be injured in a car accident in a work zone. Whether you’re a local or just visiting Lexington, you should know the laws and precautions to take when driving through Kentucky work zones.

What to Do If Your Brakes Malfunction While Driving?

Published on Aug 29, 2019 at 1:34 pm in Car Accidents.

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Lexington is full of charm and has plenty of scenic routes. Unfortunately, though, car crashes can still happen even in the most picturesque locations. In Kentucky, about 800 people die in car accidents each year, as reported by the Insurance Information Institute (III).

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), around 20% of car accidents are caused by brake-related problems. Whether your brakes need to be replaced or were faulty, you never expect them to completely fail and potentially cause a car collision. Brake failure can be deadly, so it’s important for you to know what actions to take if you find yourself in that situation.

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