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Nursing Home Victims Face Roadblocks To File Suit

Nursing home victims and their loved ones have always faced challenges when filing lawsuits against negligent caregivers and institutions. Building a case can be difficult, emotional and time-consuming.

And, now, they will face even greater obstacles. State lawmakers implemented a new roadblock for nursing home victims earlier this year and it is hindering victims’ ability to seek judicial relief.

Verdict Alert | Railroad Ordered to Pay Over $21 Million to Injured Engineer

According to the American Association of Justice, an engineer for BSNF Railroad was working where tanker cars filed with casinghead gasoline, a very toxic and volatile product from oil fracking fields, were being coupled together. The cars vented poisonous gas exposing the engineer to the dangerous fumes. He developed severe neurological symptoms and has lost the ability to walk at age 53. He also has difficulty speaking and swallowing.

Indictment issued almost a year after fatal car crash

Losing a loved one in an accident is one of the most devastating events that can befall a family. Along with the emotional pain and grief, there may be many unanswered questions as to what led to the tragic car crash. One Kentucky family may have a few of their questions answered now that an indictment has been issued against the driver purportedly responsible for their loss.

The recent indictment comes almost a year after the car crash that caused the death of a 22-year-old college graduate. A 19-year-old man has been taken into custody after the indictment was issued. He is facing several charges, including manslaughter in the second-degree and wanton endangerment.

Car Accident | Do I need to hire a lawyer?

"A person that represents himself has a fool for a client" - Abraham Lincoln. Many people who were injured in a car accident, often try and handle their case themselves before contacting a personal injury lawyer. This often results in mistakes that cannot be undone.  needalawyer1-e1506499583637.jpgWhether it is your own insurance company or the adverse driver's carrier, you are risking your financial and physical well-being by taking them on without an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side.

BREAKING NEWS: Supreme Court of Kentucky rules against automobile insurer

In a long-anticipated opinion, the Supreme Court has ruled against the automobile insurance industry putting to end a controversial tactic to deny you, the policyholder of utilizing PIP benefits.gavel.jpg

Can you explain how no-fault insurance works?

A recent Google visitor to our firm asked this common question from Kentucky drivers who are involved in a car accident. Kentucky law requires drivers to purchase and maintain car insurance. Kentucky is a "no-fault" state. No-fault takes the form of "personal injury protection" (PIP) benefits, which pay up to $10,000 for medical bills, lost wages and similar "out-of-pocket" costs resulting from the policyholder's car accident injuries. These benefits are referred to as "no-fault" as they are paid regardless of who caused the accident.p_price_auto_policy_494087582.jpg

Questions to Ask When Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

We all know the stereotypes. Pop culture has formed a less-than-flattering image of some lawyers that only look out for easy cases to make a quick buck. That reputation hurts the vast majority of the profession, who actually do have their clients' best interests at heart.

Injured from a Fall? Know Your Legal Rights

The secret to a successful personal injury practice may rest equally on the cases that are accepted and those that are not. The vast majority of serious injury cases do not present with the four sides of the perfect square necessary for success-liability, causation, damages and coverage-completed and aligned. We, as lawyers, analyze the cases, identify the problems and find practical solutions. If the client does not have a clear liability case, we must figure out rather quickly whether there are both the facts and the legal theories which will support recovery. This difficult initial decision is particularly challenging when it comes to premises liability cases.fall-sign.png

Preventing Deer Collisions

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According to the National Highway Safety Administration, there are approximately 1.5 million deer related automobile accidents each year in the United States. Kentucky experienced a very wet July and August this year. Those months are usually high stress periods for Kentucky's deer population. Because of the change in weather patterns, it is expected Kentucky's deer population will increase this fall. "October, November, and December account for more than half of all reported deer-vehicle collisions," said Deneatra Henderson, chief engineer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Madisonville office. Here are some tips from the Cabinet as we enter this busy season:

Deciding when to put a loved one in a nursing home

There is a lot of negative stigma behind putting a loved one in a nursing home. Some of it is well-earned since they are notoriously short-staffed and often do not give their staff the training they need. Other homes strive to provide quality care when family and friends simply can’t.

That stigma, however, can cause you to feel guilty when it you are caring for a loved one and considering putting them in a nursing home. There are times, though, when a nursing home is what is best for both you and your loved one.

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