When a person seeks medical treatment, he or she usually assumes that they are safe and taken care of. However, humans will make mistakes, and medical mistakes happen more than most people realize. In Kentucky and across the United States, medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death. For those who have been affected by medical malpractice, here are a few things to consider before pursuing legal action.
When Kentucky residents visit a doctor with an illness, they place their lives in the doctor's hands, and trust that the doctor will use his or her knowledge and expertise to make the correct diagnosis. Even these days, it is not uncommon for a physician to misdiagnose a condition or illness. A misdiagnosis can lead to permanent injuries or even the death of the patient. In another state, a medical malpractice case ended in a substantial settlement.
It goes with saying that the death of a loved one is an event that no person wants to experience. Losing a family member is hard enough, but when a loved one's death is the result of medical malpractice, the experience can be traumatic and absolutely devastating. Doctors and medical professionals in Kentucky are required to perform their duties to the best of their abilities and treat patients with care. Unfortunately, these days, this doesn't always happen.
It's safe to say that most people don't like going to the dentist. For many, a dental visit is associated with painful procedures like filling cavities and extracting teeth. Just like medical patients, dental patients in Kentucky place their lives in the hands of dentists and trust that these professionals will treat them with an acceptable level of care. However, many people are unaware that dentists, like physicians, can commit medical malpractice. A lawsuit filed in another state alleged that a young girl suffered permanent injuries as the result of a botched dental procedure.
Doctors and clinicians in Kentucky and across the United States have an obligation to uphold a certain standard of care. Successful medical treatment is a meticulous process that requires focus from all medical staff and professionals. If any step is missed in this process, the lives of patients are directly put at risk. During surgical procedures especially, if the environment is not sterile, the risk of infection increases dramatically. A recent medical malpractice claim filed against a facility in another state alleged that a large number of patients may have been exposed to deadly infections.
Every day, medical patients in Kentucky place their lives in the hands of skilled and capable physicians and nurses. Patients and families trust that these skilled medical professionals will perform their duties to the best of their capabilities and conduct the appropriate tests and/or evaluations required for successful treatment. However, humans will make mistakes and when mistakes are made by medical providers, patients suffer the consequences. A medical malpractice claim filed in another state alleged that negligence by medical staff left a woman with permanent brain damage.
For parents in Kentucky and across the country, the birth of a child is a memorable event full of joy and amazement. However, childbirth is a delicate process that requires extreme care and attention. Negligence or a lapse in judgment by doctors or medical care providers can result in injuries to both the mother and infant. Unfortunately, injuries during childbirth are often suffered for a lifetime. In another state, a mother filed a lawsuit after her son suffered permanent injuries due to alleged medical malpractice during his birth.
Medical technology in the United States has improved by leaps and bounds in just the last 20 years. What were once invasive and difficult surgeries have now become simple and routine. Surgeons in Kentucky and across the country combine their expertise with advanced technology to improve outcomes and save the lives of their patients. When humans are involved, however, the risk for medical malpractice will always be present.
Without question, physicians are widely considered to be some of the most intelligent and capable members of society. Doctors in the state of Kentucky are required to undergo years of academic and on-the-job training in order to legally examine and treat patients. However, whenever humans are involved, mistakes will happen. When mistakes occur during medical treatment, the patient will suffer the consequences. A family in another state filed a medical malpractice lawsuit after a woman died due to alleged negligent medical treatment.
When a person falls ill, the first step that he or she takes is usually visiting a hospital or primary care physician. Patients in Kentucky place their trust and lives in the hands of licensed and capable medical providers, and it is expected that these professionals will uphold an acceptable level of care. Unfortunately, medical professionals do not always perform their job duties as expected. A man in another state filed a medical malpractice claim after providers allegedly switched his samples and failed to make the correct diagnosis.