Unfortunately, medical malpractice is much more common than you think. Even though doctors, surgeons, nurses, medical technicians, pharmacists, and others in the healthcare field often provide competent and extremely important services, negligence can and does occur. All it takes is one negligent action from your care team to experience dangerous and even life-threatening consequences. Medical negligence can include surgical errors, misdiagnosis, treatment, not providing proper after-care, and more.
Proving medical negligence can be difficult. You must prove the conduct amounted to negligence and convince the jury of wrongdoing. This is where our firm can help. We unleash our toughest resources of medical specialists and other experts who use modern science and forensic investigation to determine whether medical negligence has occurred and maximize your claim.
Facts to think about
- You have one year from the time you know of a problem to file a claim of medical malpractice in Kentucky
- About 200,000 people die a year from medical errors
- About 12,000 people die a year from unnecessary surgery
- Medical errors are the third-leading cause of death, according to the Washington Post
- Even though some medical negligence claims involve minor injuries, 80% of cases are related to severe injuries or death, according to Harvard Health
- 106,000 patients die each year because of the negative effects of their medication, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association
- 1.5 million people suffer injury from medication errors each year, according to the Institute of Medicine
- Many deaths due to medical negligence are not even reported, as death certificates require the input of disease codes, according to Johns Hopkins University
What is your case worth?
Many factors are taken into consideration when determining the level of compensation you are entitled to. The severity of the injury is the most important factor. Once the severity of the injury is established, we are able to advise the reasonable value of your claim based on our knowledge of the legal system in Kentucky and our years of experience in handling medical malpractice.
What types of damages can be recovered?
- Economic damages
- Medical bills
- Loss of income
- Past and projected future decreased earnings
- Modifications made to home or vehicle to accommodate disability
- Non-economic damages
- Pain and suffering
- Physical impairment
- Non-monetary damages recoverable under the tort law of Kentucky
- Punitive damages, which are meant to deter future behavior and punish the defendant. This type of damage is rare and hardly ever occurs in medical malpractice cases, as Kentucky law stipulates punitive damages may only be recovered if the medical malpractice was willful or grossly negligent and resulted in wrongful death
What should you do?
Contact our law office immediately. Let us help you determine if there is a case and what the best steps forward are. We take a personalized approach — we like to pride ourselves on getting big-city firm results with one-on-one attention to every case. Remember: Kentucky has a strict time period referred to as the statute of limitations, after which you cannot pursue the case. Therefore, it is important to act ASAP.