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Recognize whiplash after a collision

When people are involved in a car crash in Kentucky, they may think they are unharmed because they do not have any broken bones. Some injuries may not always be obvious, though. In the days after the collision, someone may realize that his or her neck hurts from whiplash.

According to WebMD, someone might have whiplash if his or her head snapped back and forth during the collision. This quick rocking motion can harm the neck and make it feel stiff. While some people may want to simply take an ibuprofen or another pain reliever, it can be a good idea to go to the doctor. This is because whiplash can also harm the soft tissue and sometimes an injury may be more severe than people initially think it is. A doctor can typically run a test to see if a ligament or disc in the neck has been damaged. 

Uninsured and underinsured drivers can cause financial issues

Motor vehicles are a source of convenience in modern society. However, they are also a source of great risk. Because they travel at high speeds, the potential is always there for a serious crash. The result could be catastrophic property damage or severe injuries. Some crashes even prove fatal to the occupants of the vehicles involved.

It only makes sense then that the state of Kentucky requires that all drivers carry mandatory liability insurance. You are not allowed to drive a vehicle on public roads unless it has insurance on it. You want to follow the laws. That means that you maintain an insurance policy on your vehicle, in compliance with Kentucky laws.

Top causes of truck accidents and tips to protect yourself

Regardless of the roadway or location, nothing changes the fact that safely sharing the road with other vehicles is of utmost importance.

While driving, you must keep your eyes open for large commercial trucks. These vehicles are often the biggest on the road, meaning that an accident with one of them can result in serious injury or even death.

The dangers of transvaginal mesh

At the Law Office of Richard Hay in Kentucky, we know how devastating a medical error can be. We also know that while surgeons sometimes cannot foresee and warn you against every possible danger of a particular surgical procedure, nevertheless you have the right to sue them should you suffer further pain and injury as the result of the procedure.

You also can sue the manufacturer, distributor and retailer of a medical product should it not work the way in which it should have. Such is what thousands of women have done with regard to transvaginal mesh. As Women’s Health Magazine explains, transvaginal mesh is a strong, web-like material that surgeons began using in the early 1990s to treat pelvic organ prolapse, the condition that causes your bladder, rectum or uterus to descend from your vagina. Transvaginal mesh supports these organs much better than your own tissue, but it poses numerous health risks.

Beware: Hands-free cellphones not always safe

It is no surprise that using a cellphone while driving is extremely dangerous for motorists and everyone else on the road. It is so dangerous in fact, that many states prohibit drivers from using hand-held cellphones. Although Kentucky has yet to initiate such legislation, people use both hand-held and hands-free cellphones while driving. Hands-free cellphones are marketed as being a safe alternative to hand-held devices. Yet, studies show that this may not always be the case.

A study released by AAA found that the amount of cognitive distraction caused by talking on a hands-free cellphone was close to the amount caused by speaking on a hand-held cellphone. Researchers discovered this after measuring the amount of cognitive distraction drivers’ experienced while they were engaged in other tasks while operating a vehicle. Participants were asked to listen to the radio, talk to a passenger in the vehicle, maintain a conversation using a hand-held cellphone, talk using a hands-free cellphone, listen to an audio book and create an email using voice-activated technology.

Can a moderate blow to the head really harm you?

Whether in a car accident, a contact sport, or in everyday life, any blow to the head is cause for concern. Even if a victim does not lose consciousness or show immediate symptoms, he or she may still need immediate medical attention to assess any damage, and may require months of treatment to deal with a mild brain injury.

In car accidents, victims may not realize they suffered a blow to the head, and may have difficulty remembering the accident very well at all. The brain often chooses to obscure these memories to protect the victim, even when the accident does not affect the brain. If the victim does experience a blow to the head, he or she may suffer many more symptoms than expected.

Can defective auto parts contribute to crashes?

When residents of Kentucky like you get involved in a car crash, there can be many different contributing factors. One factor that can be overlooked is the possibility that faulty auto parts were involved. At the Law Office of Richard Hay, we carefully examine all angles of what may or may not cause an accident, including defective parts from the auto manufacturer.

Design defects can contribute to the potential of injury in a crash scenario. These defects can come in many forms. Some of the most commonly affected parts of a car include:

  • Seatbelts
  • Door latches
  • Air bags
  • Seat design

Kent recalls hot dogs and sausages

Michigan food producer Kent Quality Foods issued a recall for a significant amount of hot dog and sausage products recently, over concerns surrounding misbranding and a potential allergen that is not properly documented on the packaging. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, the products contain soy, which is a known allergen to many.

The company identified the problem while it was conducting inventory. One of the spice mixtures used in a number of their products notedly contains hydrolyzed soy protein, which may cause dangerous reactions in those who are allergic to soy. However, many of the products that may contain the spice mixture do not list soy on their labels.

What are the three types of defective products?

If you are a Kentucky consumer injured by a defective product, you may not realize that you have the right to file a lawsuit against the product’s manufacturer, assembler, wholesaler and retailer to recover the cost of your medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. As FindLaw explains, a defective product is one that does not meet the ordinary expectations of the consumers who buy and/or use it.

Products liability law varies from state to state since there is no federal standard. In addition, Kentucky and other states have commercial statutes containing product liability warranty rules that are modeled on the Uniform Commercial Code.

Produce supplier recalls fresh greens

If you recently picked up some fresh microgreens at the grocery store, you may want to check the "best by" date closely. A microgreens producer in Canada recently issued a recall on produce possibly carrying potentially lethal bacteria.

Greenbelt, the company producing the microgreens, put out the warning soon after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) adjusted some of their product's best by dates. A significant amount of the microgreens currently on the market in grocery stores may have sold with faulty dates placed on them, increasing the chance that consumers could eat them and fall ill, potentially lethally.

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