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Concussion Injuries in an Accident

By O’Brien Batten & Kirtley, PLLC |

Motor vehicle collisions and slip-and-fall accidents can cause many forms of injury, but few are as potentially dangerous as injuries occurring to the head and brain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that approximately 30% of all deaths resulting from injuries involve a form of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Concussions… Read More »

Two Teens Fatally Injured in Head-On Crash

By O’Brien Batten & Kirtley, PLLC |

A recent accident in Gallatin County left two people dead and two people hospitalized with serious injuries. Investigation into the accident is ongoing, but authorities believe speed was a factor in the fatal car crash. The accident occurred around 4:00 pm on the afternoon of March 4, 2017. A 20-year-old Cincinnati resident was driving… Read More »


Preliminary Reports Find 2016 One of the Deadliest Years in a Decade

By O’Brien Batten & Kirtley, PLLC |

The safety research nonprofit National Safety Council (NSC) has recently released a new report detailing increases in traffic-related deaths in 2016. The report presents grim findings on roadway safety, though the reasons for the jump in deaths remains unclear. Last year, safety experts were concerned to find that 2015 was the first year in… Read More »

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Federal Regulations on Nursing Homes Undergo Substantial Overhaul

By O’Brien Batten & Kirtley, PLLC |

Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have recently benefitted from numerous important improvements in their rights and protections under federal law. The Department of Health and Human Services has recently enacted numerous new rules that will provide substantial changes to the operations of all nursing homes that receive federal funding through… Read More »

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Medical Error Cited as Third-Leading Cause of Death in Recent Study

By O’Brien Batten & Kirtley, PLLC |

Like anyone, doctors can be prone to carelessness, laziness, or ignorance when on the job. Yet unlike most other professions, these traits can result in lethal harm to others should any errors go uncorrected. While stories of doctor errors leading to permanent or fatal harm to patients are by no means uncommon, it appears… Read More »


Manufacturer of Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant to Pay Out $240M Settlement

By O’Brien Batten & Kirtley, PLLC |

The maker of a hip implant that has caused painful injuries to thousands of patients has recently settled with hundreds of plaintiffs. The manufacturer will pay a total of $240 million to these individuals, all of whom are based in California and Georgia, and most of whom were forced to have painful surgery to… Read More »


Patient Misidentification Can Result in Harm to Patients

By O’Brien Batten & Kirtley, PLLC |

Keeping track of what symptoms patients are experiencing, a doctor’s notes on their condition, and which tests and procedures are indicated can be a challenging facet of work in a bustling medical facility. In fact, a new study shows that record confusion and patient misidentification can have serious negative consequences for the victims of… Read More »


New Federal Rules Will Limit Commercial Vehicles to Slower Highway Speed

By O’Brien Batten & Kirtley, PLLC |

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have each proposed new rules that would make speed limiters mandatory on all commercial vehicles weighing 26,000 lbs. or more. The speed limiters would bar trucks from traveling faster than 60, 65, or 68 mph, depending on the version of… Read More »

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Injuries to the Brachial Plexus in Infants

By O’Brien Batten & Kirtley, PLLC |

Despite being one of the most common medical procedures handled by any hospital, birth can be a complex, traumatic procedure, both for the mother and the infant. There are hundreds of ways that a birth can go wrong, and just as many injuries that an infant could suffer in the process of being born…. Read More »

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Major Verdict against Chain of Nursing Homes with Numerous Locations in Kentucky

By O’Brien Batten & Kirtley, PLLC |

After three tragic death of residents, a nursing home chain is facing a $5.5 million verdict for its negligence which was found to cause the most recent of those deaths. The company has been the subject of numerous complaints, has a history of health and safety violations, and is currently facing charges from the… Read More »

O'Brien Batten & Kirtley, PLLC is located in Lexington, KY and serves clients in and around Lexington, Keene, Nicholasville, Versailles, Midway, Georgetown, Wilmore, Paris, Bourbon County, Fayette County, Jessamine County, Scott County and Woodford County.

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