Covington is in the heart of basketball country, but we know many of our readers also love college and pro football. Readers of a certain age might recall Elbert L. "Ickey" Woods, who played every game of his pro career with the Cincinnati Bengals.
His track record as a neurosurgeon is allegedly one of causing pain rather than alleviating it, of harming rather than helping and of leaving patients worse off than when they came to see him. ThoughDr. Christopher Duntsch has not yet become a topic of national interest, some of our Covington readers might recall the story of the Texas physician gaining notoriety as the so-called "sociopath surgeon."
Everyone makes mistakes, including doctors. Most of their errors are relatively minor and cause little or no harm. However, there are cases of negligence, too, in which the doctors and nurses make mistakes that live on in infamy.
When it comes to medical malpractice, you may not consider doctor-patient confidentiality as part of the equation. But actually, when broken, that confidentiality can become the centerpiece of a malpractice claim, or an invasion of privacy claim. To better understand this, let's take a look at doctor-patient confidentiality and see how this principle of the medical world functions.
Four hundred miles due south of Covington, a jury recently decided in favor of a woman who suffered internal damage during a routine gallbladder operation. The jury agreed that the woman should receive nearly $11 million from the surgical team and medical center where the botched procedure took place.
If you drive south from Covington for 7 hours, you come to Clayton County, Georgia. It is perhaps most famous in fiction as the setting of Tara, the home of Scarlett O'Hara in "Gone With the Wind." The suburban Atlanta county is also where a customer service representative recently waited for three days as a jury contemplated her medical malpractice claims against two surgeons and their practice.
As patients, we put our trust into our doctors, especially when those doctors are about to use anesthesia. After all, as we drift off, we are leaving everything in their control, trusting that things will turn out.
The physical act of love is one of the special ways in which a husband and wife reaffirm their affection, their passion and their commitment to one another. It is one of life's gifts, and to have it taken away or severely diminished by a negligent doctor is almost unthinkable.
Many women who are in labor look forward to the epidural since it offers some pain relief. While many women know that there is a risk of injury because of the epidural, many women still choose to put their comfort in the hands of the anesthesiologist. The trust is that this medical professional will get the epidural done without causing any problems. That isn't what happened in one woman's case.
Anyone who seeks care from a medical professional wants to find out what medical condition is causing their symptoms. They also want to find out a treatment plan for the condition. In every case, the patient has a right to receive proper medical care that is done in an acceptable manner. Some patients might find that their medical case wasn't handled properly. When that occurs in Kentucky, victims of that medical malpractice might opt to pursue compensation. The question then comes up about who should be named as a defendant. The answer to that isn't always easy because there might be more than one person who can be sued for medical malpractice.