SUV slams into restaurant in Kentucky, injures several people

Not many people expect anything dramatic to happen when they go to a restaurant for a meal, but several people in a Denny's restaurant in Louisville got quite the surprise when an SUV slammed into the building, crashing through and injuring 10 people. An investigation into this incident is ongoing.

According to reports, the incident occurred on May 8 in the evening hours just before midnight. When the SUV slammed into the restaurant, it reportedly went about 10 feet deep into the building. The driver of the SUV was among the 10 people who were injured in this car crash. Fortunately, all of the individuals who were injured -- the driver, customers and Denny's employees -- are expected to survive. However, several of the injured victims required medical treatment and were transported to a hospital for care.

After divorce, these co-parenting tips can help

As you go through a divorce, you'll want to do whatever it takes to provide your child or children with a safe and comfortable environment. While this is a lot for you to take in at once, it's important that your child is always in the best possible situation.

After divorce, you may find it difficult to get things in order in regard to co-parenting. Even with a parenting agreement in place, it's safe to assume you'll face some challenges every now and again.

Know your options after a car accident

Any Kentucky resident who has ever been in a car accident knows how jarring the experience can be, even in simple "fender-benders" that don't involve significant damage to the vehicles or injuries for the people involved. Now, imagine being in a truly catastrophic car accident. The anxiety, medical issues and insurance discussions can make things even more complicated.

Car accident victims in serious crashes have the immediate concern of getting the medical treatment they need in order to put themselves on the path toward full recovery. But, in the worst-case scenarios, victims may suffer permanent disabling injuries that will alter their lives forever. Every crash is different, and the medical treatment that the victims will need can vary greatly. The one constant, however, is that medical bills tend to pile up.

What do you need to know about medical malpractice?

When Kentucky residents go to the doctor, they expect to receive the best treatment. However, the unfortunate reality is that this isn't always the case. Sometimes, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals make mistakes. And sometimes those mistakes have dire consequences. So, what do our readers need to know about medical malpractice?

Well, for starters, it is important to understand that the doctor-patient relationship creates a duty owed by the doctor to the patient. The medical professional's duty is to provide the correct and competent treatment that the patient requires. If this duty is breached, a medical malpractice lawsuit may be a valid option.

The basics of divorce in Kentucky

Society has become fairly comfortable with the fact that many marriages will eventually end in a divorce. The reasons for a divorce can be as varied as a person can imagine: infidelity; domestic abuse; financial problems; disagreements about children; or even just as simple as no longer "getting along" with a spouse. In Kentucky, like all other states, it is state law that dictates the divorce process.

Anyone who is thinking about filing for divorce in Kentucky should have at least a basic grasp of the law that will be in play during the divorce process. For starters, in order to pursue a divorce filing in a Kentucky court, at least one of the spouses involved in the case must be a resident of Kentucky. Or, if one or both of the spouses is a member of the military, then one of the spouses must have been stationed in Kentucky for at least 180 days.

Understanding child custody determinations in Kentucky

Child custody is a primary concern for many divorcing parents. Child custody can be an understandably emotional concern for divorcing couples which is why it is helpful to understand how it is determined and in what ways it may be determined. Child custody concerns include physical and legal custody of the children and a determination of which parent will have each type of custody or if they will share it.

In some situations, the divorcing parents may be able to agree to a child custody arrangement between themselves, while in others they may need the family law court to help them reach a child custody arrangement. Both physical and legal custody can be sole or shared. If one parent has sole physical custody, the other parent will likely have visitation. If the parents share legal custody, they will make important decisions for the child together, such as medical care, schooling and religion, but if only one parent has legal custody, the will have to make those decisions for the child themselves.

Dog bite attacks can leave lasting scars, especially for children

A lot of people in Kentucky have dogs, and most of them are responsible pet owners. They feed their animals, take them to the vet when they are sick, and provide adequate space and exercise for them. They fence in their yards or use a leash or tie system that allows the animal to be outside without endangering others. Sadly, not everyone is so responsible.

Some people let their dogs run loose on public lands, from sidewalks to parks. Other pet owners may not properly train their dogs. Either of those scenarios could easily result in an innocent person suffering a dog bite attack. When that happens, the dog's owner becomes liable for the damage the animal causes.

Deadly boating accidents often caused by alcohol

Brandenberg, Kentucky, sits right next to a body of water, the Ohio River, and there are many people in the Meade County and broader area around Louisville that are likely looking forward to traveling to one of Kentucky's many waterways in order to relax and have some fun as the weather gets warmer. Boating in particular is a great way to enjoy the upcoming months of late spring and summer.

Just as is the case with traveling on the road, however, those who choose to operate motorboats and other watercraft need to exercise appropriate care and caution. It is an unfortunate fact that each year, hundreds of people die in boating accidents, and thousands more get significantly hurt.

Child custody and taxes

Many parents choose to raise a child even though they are no longer together as a couple. Whether this occurs as a part of a divorce or simply between unmarried individuals, it is always wise for both parents to take the time to create fair parenting and custody agreements. Not only do these agreements help both parents understand each other's expectations and priorities, they ensure that parents think through important parenting issues they may otherwise neglect.

One of the most important issues you and your child's other parent should specifically address is the distribution of physical custody of the child and how to share or not share the tax benefits of claiming the child as dependent.

The importance of standard of care in med mal cases

Residents of Brandenburg, Kentucky, may have heard the phrase standard of care thrown around by doctors and other medical professionals but may have only a vague idea of what that phrase means.

It is in fact a very important phrase when a patient has an unfavorable medical outcome, as one of the key questions after a bad outcome in the medical world is whether a doctor acted consistently with the standard of care. If the answer is no, then the patient will likely be able to get compensation for his or her losses via a medical malpractice action.

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