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Are you familiar with these commonly misdiagnosed conditions?

Imagine a situation in which you visit your doctor to discuss what you consider to be a serious medical concern. If you hear that it's nothing major, you're sure to walk out of the office feeling better about yourself.

Unfortunately, just because your doctor says you don't have a major ailment or illness doesn't make it true. There are a variety of commonly misdiagnosed conditions, including the following three:

  • Cancer: Not only is cancer commonly misdiagnosed, but when this happens it can result in additional health-related concerns. The longer you go without treating your cancer, the greater chance there is of it spreading to other parts of your body. Some types of cancer are more commonly misdiagnosed than others, such as lung and breast.
  • Heart attack: Sharing symptoms with other less serious ailments, such as indigestion, can lead to the misdiagnosis of a heart attack. Your medical team should run all the necessary tests to determine if you're suffering from a heart problem, or something that's not nearly as serious.
  • Stroke: The symptoms of early onset stroke, such as weakness and dizziness, are often associated with other ailments, such as the flu. Just the same as a heart attack, your doctor should run tests to determine if a stroke is a possibility.

Trucker fatigue and the ELD rule

Even if they have never been involved in an accident, people who live in Kentucky know that motor vehicle accidents can and do happen on a rather regular basis. While a good number of accidents may not cause serious harm to any people, other accidents change lives forever in the blink of an eye. Lifelong injuries and disabilities or even fatalities impact not only those directly involved but their family member, friends, employers and more.

When it comes to accidents in which a semi-truck or other commercial vehicle is involved, fatigue is one factor that has received a lot of attention in the last few years. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration enacted a new rule a few years ago that reduced the maximum number of hours a truck driver could work in a single work week and in a single workday. The rule also outlined requirements for break times each week and each day.

Professional drivers and distracted driving

Commercial vehicle drivers in Kentucky spend so much time on the road that they may think nothing of multitasking behind the wheel. However, distracted driving is dangerous for both drivers and passengers, and it is important for professional drivers to minimize these distractions.

Some commercial vehicle drivers may think they are not distracted if they are not on their cellphones. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that cellphones are not the only sources of distractions. People also take their attention off the road when they use their navigation system, change the radio station and eat or drink. However, cellphone use behind the wheel is also dangerous. People may easily drive the length of a football field if they look at a text message for five seconds. It is important for professional drivers to take distracted driving seriously because it can sometimes result in fatalities. In 2017, distracted driving resulted in the deaths of 3,166 people.

How your doctor jumping to conclusions could hurt you

Anyone who has worked the same career for some time typically develops a strong knowledge base related to their profession. For example, the barista at your favorite coffee shop probably remembers your regular order, even if you prefer your latte with no foam and double espresso. However, they could run into issues if they assume that everyone who wants a no foam latte prefers that extra shot of espresso.

The same kind of mental trap can happen to medical professionals. When they see people presenting the same kinds of symptoms day after day, they may tend to associate those symptoms with particular conditions or lifestyle choices. Unfortunately, that can lead to a physician making an assumption about the underlying cause of symptoms that fails to rule out the actual condition causing their issues.

How can truck driver fatigue impact you?

Kentucky residents who share the road with truck drivers also may experience some of the unique risks associated with trucks. Today, we at the Law Office of Richard Hay will examine the impact of fatigue on truck drivers and how it can in turn impact you.

First of all, any fatigued driver is going to be a dangerous one. Exhaustion seriously impairs a driver's ability to function. In fact, driving while sleep deprived can actually be comparable to driving while under the influence in terms of how badly your reflexes, attention, and thought process can be affected. Drivers are less capable of stopping themselves from getting into crashes and more likely to make the mistakes that can lead to them.

Does the flour in your pantry have E-coli contamination?

With fall headed toward Kentucky at full speed, many people are finally getting back into the kitchen after spending the whole summer grilling out or avoiding the oven and range. Before you dust off your favorite recipe for cake, sourdough or homemade fried chicken, you need to double-check and make sure that the flour in your pantry is okay, as there is currently a massive recall of commercial flour.

Flour is essentially just ground wheat berries, typically with part of the plant removed to improve shelf stability and longevity. For the most part, flour is shelf stable and a great resource that allows individuals to cook a variety of foods on demand.

What should know about defects and recalls?

If you rely on your car to get you around Kentucky, it's important for that vehicle to be safe to drive. Unfortunately, cars and car parts can suffer from manufacturing defects that are dangerous enough to result in auto recalls.

FindLaw takes a look at some of the most frequently asked questions related to auto recalls. For example, when is a recall necessary? According to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, there are minimum requirements set for the important parts of a vehicle, including the steering, brakes, tires, and lighting. Pieces that protect you from harm or death are also regulated, like safety belts and airbags. These standards apply to anything made or sold in America. Recalls are therefore necessary if there's a safety-related defect in the regulated auto parts that cause it to fall below these standards.

Bus collides with truck in Rockcastle County

An accident involving a large truck can be devastating, no matter how many people were involved. However, it is even more terrifying and dangerous when a truck crash involves another large passenger vehicle, such as a bus. With many large trucks and buses traveling along Kentucky’s highways, serious accidents sometimes occur.

One such accident happened in August in Rockcastle County. According to a report from Insurance Journal, a truck collided with a Greyhound bus on Interstate 75 that was on its way from Atlanta, Georgia, to Cincinnati, Ohio. There were not many details about the accident, but one bus passenger said others in the bus were thrown forward by the impact. The bus’s right side sustained significant damage, and 17 people were hospitalized in unknown condition. It was unclear whether the truck involved was a big rig, but it was reported to have been flipped onto its side.

Could the costs of your crash exceed the available insurance?

Like every other state in the country, Kentucky has laws controlling how people drive, limiting their ability to do so under certain circumstances. Driving is a privilege, not a right, and adults must comply with the law in their state if they want to operate a motor vehicle on public roads.

One of the conditions for you legally driving on public roadways is obtaining a license for yourself as a driver and registering and licensing your vehicle. However, you also need to carry liability insurance on your vehicle or the state won't let you drive legally. If you drive without insurance, you are subject to ticketing and liable for any damage you cause at the wheel.

Dangerous baby sleepers could put your infant at risk at daycare

As a new parent, you know how difficult it can be to get your baby to go to sleep. There are numerous products available that allow your baby to sleep in a comfortable position while still close to you. Unfortunately, not all of these products are as safe as you might assume they are.

Recently, a popular kind of inclined sleeper with a coated metal base and a fabric cover got recalled because of its connection with numerous infant deaths. Unfortunately, as many parents do not register baby products, parents may continue using these sleepers without realizing that they are putting their babies at risk.

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