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Worker Killed in Louisville Workplace Accident

Published on Apr 18, 2011 at 12:45 pm in Wrongful Death.

A 50-year-old woman lost her life recently in an on-the-job accident after she was pinned beneath a slab that had fallen, according to a news report released recently by Fox 19 News.

The woman, who worked for a manufacturing company on Produce Road in the Watterson Park area, was trying to move a large piece of granite when the stone fell, pinning her beneath it. Her co-workers found her under the stone and called emergency services. Rescue workers rushed to the scene to release the worker, but they were unable to free her from the slab in time to save her life. According to the report from the county coroner’s office, the woman died of massive blunt force trauma injuries suffered in the accident.

Kentucky State Highway Department Begins Campaign to Promote Driving Safety in Work Zones

Published on Apr 7, 2011 at 5:43 pm in Auto Accident.

The Kentucky State Highway Department is beginning a public safety campaign to raise awareness about the dangers of driving through work zones, according to Fox 41 News.

The campaign aims to prevent some of the thousands of injuries and deaths that occur in the United States each year in highway construction zones. Last year in Kentucky, one person was killed in a work zone while 116 were injured. Across the nation, a person is killed in a construction work zone every 13 hours and someone is injured every 13 minutes.

Investigation Finds Abuse in 18 Percent of Kentucky Nursing Homes

Published on Mar 30, 2011 at 1:52 pm in Nursing Home Abuse.

An investigation into nursing homes in Kentucky found that elder abuse and neglect likely occurred in roughly 18 percent of investigations that involved residents of long-term care facilities in the state, according to Kentucky.com.

In 2010, social workers conducted over 2,000 investigations into allegations of abuse and neglect in a variety of long-term care facilities and discovered that mistreatment likely occurred in 368 of those investigations. However, the actual number of abuse and neglect incidents is probably much higher, since it is often difficult to determine if nursing home residents have been abused due to a lack of evidence and the fact that residents are often unable to describe what happened. It’s also hard to prove abuse allegations among the elderly who don’t live in nursing homes.

Two Employees Killed in Louisville Factory Explosion

Published on Mar 23, 2011 at 11:00 am in Wrongful Death.

Two explosion accidents occurred recently at a chemical factory in Louisville, killing two workers and injuring two others, according to MSNBC.

The first explosion occurred in the furnace department at night, and another explosion occurred a few hours later. Two men were killed and two were injured in the first explosion, while no other workers were hurt in the second explosion. The plant makes calcium carbide products, which are used in metal fabrication and construction. The first explosion involved calcium carbide, a flammable compound.

Pfizer Painkiller Recalled Over Instability

Published on Mar 20, 2011 at 9:34 am in Dangerous Drugs.

A Kentucky defective product lawyer would want the public to be aware that pharmaceutical company Pfizer recalled 100,000 bottles of the painkiller Embeda from wholesalers and retailers in the United States, because it was shown not to meet stability standards. This recall is the latest is a series of product recalls for Pfizer, who purchased King Pharmaceuticals at the end of 2010 for over three billion dollars. Previous recalls included Lipitor and Caverject.

Pfizer claims that using Embeda as prescribed would not pose a safety risk and those patients currently using it may continue to do so for their remaining supply. The recall was ordered by the company after routine testing found that the drug level of one of the ingredients was higher than expected; all dosage forms of Embeda extended –release capsules are subject. Embeda is classified as a CII, or C2 controlled substance, meaning it has a high potential for abuse, however, if the drug is used as prescribed, there should be no serious side effects. Nevertheless, patients who use Embeda should consult their doctors about finding alternate pain treatments until the current issue is resolved.