Medical Malpractice Attorney in Louisville, Kentucky
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional’s act or omission results in a patient’s injury or death. Even with advances in science and technology, mistakes by physicians do happen and might rise to the level of medical malpractice. Doctors, other medical professionals, hospitals, government-run health care facilities or any such combination can be held accountable for their actions in such cases with the help of an experienced medical malpractice attorney.
Medical malpractice is an umbrella term that covers a wide variety of injury, including:
- Hospital errors and negligence
- Physician errors
- Surgery errors and anesthesia errors
- Misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis
- Birth injuries
- Lack of Informed Consent
- Paraplegia and quadriplegia due to medical negligence
- Medication errors
- Prescription drug dosage mistakes
- Cancer misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis
- Brain injuries
Medical malpractice lawsuits are complex, time-consuming and costly to pursue. Building a case against a doctor requires precise knowledge about the standards in the industry and medical terminology in addition to a strong legal foundation. Prior to founding The Haden Law Office, Attorney Haden defended doctors, hospitals and medical corporations in medical malpractice cases throughout the state. Later, he represented injured people in many medical malpractice cases for a successful plaintiff law firm in Louisville. This experience working on both sides of the law provided Attorney Haden with valuable insight into the medical industry and the lack of care often given patients by doctors and hospitals. The experience also solidified his commitment to safe, responsible healthcare.
If you’re like most of our medical malpractice clients, you have many questions you’d like answered. Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about medical malpractice cases in Kentucky.
What has to be proven in a typical medical malpractice case?
Four things have to be proven in order for a patient to recover against a healthcare provider in a typical medical malpractice case.
The first requirement is the healthcare provider owed a duty to the injured person. This is usually established by showing a provider-patient relationship.
The second requirement is to show the healthcare provider acted negligently. This is proven by evidence that the healthcare provider did not exercise the appropriate care in providing treatment. In order to prove this, expert testimony is typically required.
The third requirement is to demonstrate the patient sustained substantial injuries.
The fourth and final requirement is that the healthcare provider’s failure to exercise appropriate care in providing treatment caused the injuries sustained. As before, expert testimony is almost always required to prove this aspect of a medical malpractice case.
Who can I sue for medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice lawsuits can be brought against any healthcare provider who was involved in providing healthcare services to you and whose failure to meet the standard of care caused injury. This typically includes, but is not limited to, physicians, hospitals, nurses, physical therapists and hospital technicians.
How do I know if the injuries sustained may be as a result of medical malpractice?
Expert consultation is nearly always required to determine if the injuries sustained were caused by the failure of a physician or hospital to exercise appropriate care. We also consult with experts to determine the nature and extent of the victim’s injuries. If you suspect medical negligence, Louisville medical malpractice attorney Chris Haden can help.
How much compensation can I recover for my injuries?
As with all types of personal injuries, the amount of compensation a person is entitled to recover is entirely dependent upon the circumstances of each case. Generally, the more severe the injuries, the greater the compensation a person is entitled to. This includes consideration of pain and suffering, permanent disabilities and loss of enjoyment of life. Other factors that impact the amount of compensation include medical costs and lost wages.
How long does a medical malpractice lawsuit take?
A number of factors affect the length of time it takes to resolve a medical malpractice case. These include the nature of the injuries involved, the type of medical procedures involved and the location where the suit is filed. Despite those varying factors, medical malpractice suits typically take at least two years for a full resolution. Some cases will settle prior to trial, reducing the time to resolve the claim. A full trial may add months or years to the time it takes to resolve your claim.
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If you or a loved one has suffered a medical malpractice injury due to the negligence of a Kentucky doctor, hospital, or medical provider, please contact The Haden Law Office. We will review your case at no charge.
Representing victims of medical malpractice and their families across Kentucky
The Haden Law Office is proud to represent victims of medical malpractice throughout Kentucky, including Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green, Owensboro, Florence, Georgetown, Henderson, Elizabethtown, Ashland, Pikeville, Frankfort, and Paducah.