Surgeons who operate on people have a duty to make sure that they remove all instruments and items from the patient when the surgery is done. When these medical professionals fail to take the steps necessary to ensure this is done, the patient is the one who suffers. When medical instruments and other items are left inside a patient and cause the patient harm, the patient has the right to seek compensation from the medical professional for medical malpractice or hospital malpractice. A recent case involving a Kentucky plastic surgeon is one that highlights this very issue.
Placing your trust in doctors is something that many people do on a daily basis. Most people trust that the extensive training these medical professional receive has taught them how to save lives and treat medical conditions without causing more harm to the patient. When any medical professional makes a mistake, it can lead to lasting effects for the patient. When the medical professional makes an error in the operating room, a patient's life can be forever changed. Kentucky readers might be interested in knowing about a case in which an unauthorized procedure in the operating room has taken away a vital part of the patient's anatomy.
Imagine going to an orthopedist to get help for your knee, only to find out that you need your knee replaced. Now, imagine that you go ahead with the surgery, only to end up having more problems than you did before the surgery. That is exactly what happened to one Kentucky woman.
Trusting a surgeon when you go into surgery is something that some people do automatically; however, there are some instances in which that trust isn't warranted. Kentucky residents might be interested to learn about a case in another state in which a woman went into have a hernia operation and ended up with a punctured colon.
Many Kentucky residents think nothing of having to get blood drawn, since it's such a routine procedure that complications are uncommon. However, one woman developed an abscess, which lead to an infection that required antibiotics and multiple visits to the emergency room. She has filed a hospital malpractice lawsuit for the damages she suffered.
By now, most Kentucky residents have probably heard about the children who died at an out-of-state children's hospital because of fungal infections caused by the linens used at the hospital. Three of the five families who lost children because of the fungal infections have filed lawsuits against the children's hospital. The case brings an important question to light. That question pertains to who is responsible for the contaminated linens.
Going into the hospital or seeking care at a doctor's office is usually done with an expectation of getting help for something that is bothering you. In most cases, that is exactly what happens. There are other cases, however, in which patients are harmed while they are being cared for by medical professionals. When harm occurs, the shock of the situation and the effects of the harm might make it difficult to respond appropriately to the situation. Kentucky residents should be aware of what to do in the event of they are harmed at the hands of a medical professional.
Going to the doctor's office to get care for a heart condition means putting your life in the hands of the medical professional who sees you. Sadly, some of these professionals don't always have the patient's best interests at heart when they recommend treatments for some conditions. Two recent lawsuits claim that doctors at King's Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Kentucky, did unnecessary heart procedures on patients just to make money.
Seeking medical care is an exercise in trust. You put at least some trust in the professionals you see during your examination and treatment. Unfortunately, there are some people in the medical field that don't always act ethically or responsibly. When this occurs, the patient often has to file a complaint about the inappropriate actions of the doctor or other medical personnel. If one group has its way, people who have complaints against their doctors or other medical professionals might have a new system to go through to lodge those complaints.
Kentucky residents may have heard of a case where a Pennsylvania hospital was named in a lawsuit after the death of a newly graduated medical doctor from a blood clot in her brain. The legal action charges the medical facility with hospital malpractice after it allegedly committed a series of errors that were compounded due to negligence and a staffing shortfall. The young Pennsylvania woman died a little more than two weeks after receiving her medical degree from The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton.