A 2010 government report issued by the Office of Inspector General found that each month 134,000 Medicare beneficiaries experienced adverse events in hospitals with 15,000 experiencing an event that contributed to their deaths. According to the report, physicians found that 44 percent of all events were preventable and that the preventable events were most likely related to substandard care, medical errors, and not properly assessing and monitoring patients. Medical negligence can result in severe and permanent injuries or even death.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a medical mistake in Kentucky, the experienced attorneys at Varellas & Varellas can help you enforce your rights and receive the compensation to which you are entitled - money that can help you pay for necessary medical bills and lost income and can help compensate for disfigurement, loss of consortium (relationship with a spouse or child or parent) and pain and suffering. Our lawyers will handle all aspects of your claim, including gathering all relevant evidence, identifying experts, and pursuing all legal remedies. Call or email one of our lawyers today for a free initial consultation through our Lexington or Louisville offices.
Many types of errors can lead to a medical mistake and medical malpractice, including:
- Medication errors
- Birth injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Items left in body during surgery
- Malfunctioning medical devices
- Equipment failure
- Failure to act on testing results
- Failure to order tests
- Avoidable delay in treatment
- Error in performing a test, operation or procedure
- Performing a procedure at the wrong site or on the wrong patient
Medical Malpractice Insurance to Compensate for Injuries
Injuries can result from the negligence of a physician, hospital, physician's assistant, nurse, doctor, surgeon, anesthesiologist, hospital staff, nursing home, pharmacist, or other medical provider. Just as a responsible person can make a mistake and cause an automobile accident, a well-meaning physician or medical provider can make a mistake and cause a medical injury. Likewise, just as drivers carry motor vehicle insurance to provide coverage for accidents, medical providers carry malpractice insurance to provide coverage for medical errors. The insurance company will have their lawyers working aggressively to prevent you from recovering damages for medical negligence, so you need an experienced team of lawyers on your side to investigate and prepare your case and protect your rights throughout the legal process.
Not all bad medical results are preventable and not every bad result means that someone was negligent. Medical malpractice claims arise when a medical provider has breached the accepted standard of care in the medical community. Our lawyers can help you understand the complexities of your situation and determine your legal options.
Strict Time Limits on Filing Medical Malpractice Claims
Kentucky law specifies strict limitations for filing claims for medical malpractice. Before a claim is filed, the claim must be investigated and experts must be consulted to determine if malpractice has in fact occurred. As a result, it is imperative that you contact one of our lawyers as soon as you determine malpractice may have occurred so that the merits of your case can be determined in time to file the claim within the statute of limitations. Although the time for filing malpractice claims is limited, Kentucky imposes no limit on the damage awards that can be recovered. Thus, injured parties can recover compensation for all injuries suffered in the past and continuing into the future, including medical and hospitalization expenses, physical therapy, prescription drugs, lost earnings, loss of future earning capacity, loss of consortium, pain and suffering and punitive damages.
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For more information regarding medical malpractice claims and a free evaluation of your case, call our attorneys today at 859-252-4473 or 877-634-1519.
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