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Alleged medical malpractice of nursing home claims woman's life

When humans are involved, mistakes will inevitably be made. Unfortunately, when errors or negligence occur in the medical field, the patients are directly affected. Some patients in Kentucky, especially infants and the elderly, may require day-to-day care. Negligence or delays in care could result in injury or even the death of the patient. When negligent care results in the injury or death, a medical malpractice lawsuit can be filed.

Recently, a lawsuit was filed against a nursing facility in another state after negligent care allegedly resulted in the death of a woman. According to the suit, the woman was admitted to the nursing facility because she required daily care. Allegedly, the woman suffered many injuries during her stay at the facility.

Medical malpractice: It’s time to begin your case

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people die as the result of a medical error. With this in mind, it's imperative to keep a close eye on your medical team at all times.

Unfortunately, you can only do so much to protect yourself. At some point, you need to put your trust in others, hoping that they know what to do to help you feel better.

Avoid winter accidents with these motorcycling tips

With warm days every so often throughout the winter in Kentucly, it's no surprise that you want to hop onto your motorcycle and ride. Riding in the winter has a unique set of dangers, some of which include poor weather conditions, like ice and snow.

There are other risks, too, though. For instance, when you're traveling on a snow-covered road, you probably don't expect to see a motorcyclist. Unfortunately, that thinking is common in the winter, and that could cause you to end up in a winter accident.

Trucking trauma: Avoiding a semicrash in the winter

Ohio and Kentucky are both prone to winter storms, and with those storms come a risk of traffic accidents. When the weather warms and cools above and below freezing, it's not uncommon to drive on wet roads during the day and frozen roads covered with sheets of ice at night.

The problem with this is that many drivers aren't familiar with how to drive in these conditions. This leads to people slowing down significantly when there's no need, while others hit their brakes so often they're likely to cause a crash.

Misdiagnoses may be considered medical malpractice

It goes without saying that the correct diagnosis is often one of the first and most important steps when it comes to successfully treating ailing patients. When Kentucky residents seek medical attention, they place their lives in the hands of doctors and trust that those doctors will provide the best care available. A misdiagnosis may delay life-saving treatment or, in some cases, may mean that the patient receives no treatment at all. Failing to diagnose or misdiagnosing a disease can often be considered medical malpractice.

Recently, a young girl in another state died after she was misdiagnosed with the flu. Reports say that the girl was throwing up and suffering from flu-like symptoms. The girl visited a doctor and was diagnosed with influenza. According to reports, she stayed home for a few days hoping for an improvement in her symptoms, but her condition only worsened. The girl's family took her for a follow-up doctor visit, and it was discovered that her oxygen levels were low.

Medical malpractice: alleged wait for surgery causes death

Kentucky residents have access to some of the best medical care available in the country. Despite this, medical malpractice continues to be one of the leading causes of injury and death. Often, diagnosing and treating a disease or ailment in a quick, efficient and timely manner is the most important thing when it comes to the survival of the patient. Tragically, a man in another state died due an alleged delay in treatment and his family has filed a lawsuit.

The lawsuit asserts that the man suffered from abdominal disease and was rushed to the emergency room by ambulance in excruciating pain. After waiting for two hours in the emergency room, a specialist confirmed that the man had suffered a puncture of his small bowl and needed emergency surgery, according to the claim. The family claims the hospital contacted the on-call surgeon who said he would come to the hospital as soon as possible.

Failing to diagnose is a form of medical malpractice

A timely and correct diagnosis can be the most important step in the survival of the patient. Timing can be the most critical aspect in treating certain diseases. Unfortunately, delaying or incorrectly diagnosing diseases often results in permanent injury or even the death of the patient. Although patients in Kentucky have access to state-of-the-art care and technology, doctors and other providers can make mistakes. Failing to make an accurate and timely diagnosis can be considered medical malpractice.

Recently, a patient in another state filed a complaint against a health clinic after medical providers allegedly failed to diagnose an illness. According to the complaint, the woman visited the clinic complaining of pain in her right calf but was sent home. Months later, she visited the clinic again with the same symptoms, the suit says.

Patient care suffers with nursing shortages

Doctors may get the accolades for the dramatic saves — the open-chest heart massages, the delicate brain tumor removals — but it's the nurses who are in the trenches keeping patients alive until the next shift takes over.

But what happens when the expected relief doesn't arrive? Nurses are supposed to carry on, regardless, without ever letting the quality of patient care slip.

Widow claims medical malpractice caused husband's death

Its no secret that there is a certain amount of risk involved with any surgical procedure. These days, technology and more stringent patient safety measures in Kentucky and across the country have greatly reduced the risk for injuries during surgery and other medical procedures. However, physicians, surgeons, and other medical workers are human, and humans will make mistakes. A woman in another state lost her husband due to alleged medical malpractice and she has filed a lawsuit.

According to the lawsuit, the man was admitted to the emergency room with abdominal pain. The plaintiff claims her husband's abdominal pain increased, so he underwent surgery the next day to treat the condition. The day after the surgery, the man's pain intensified, and he came down with a fever and chills, the lawsuit says. The woman claims her husband's condition only worsened and he became hyperglycemic and also contracted the infectious disease Clostridium difficil.

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