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Medical Malpractice

What is medical malpractice?
What should I do if I have been the victim of medical negligence?
How do I prove medical malpractice?
Is there a time limit on when I can bring a medical malpractice case?
What are examples of severe damages necessary to bring a Medical Malpractice case?
How do I pay for a lawyer in a medical malpractice case?

Q: What is medical malpractice?

A medical malpractice case is a type of professional negligence claim that is brought against a physician, medical staff, or medical facility when they fail to provide the level of care that can reasonably be expected for a patient’s condition. This could include
misdiagnosis, lack of diagnosis, surgical errors, medication errors, or even death. Due to the complexity and expense of researching a medical malpractice case, the injuries sustained must be significant and the medical negligence must be proven as the direct cause of
those injuries.

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Q: What should I do if I have been the victim of medical negligence?

Seek medical attention immediately. Report instances of medical negligence to the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure. Document the injury by taking photos. If applicable, photograph the scene to document the conditions that contributed to your injury. Try to get the names of the medical personnel involved in your care who contributed to the negligence, then call an experienced medical malpractice attorney to review your case and get the compensation you deserve.

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Q: How do I prove medical malpractice?

Winning medical malpractice claims can be difficult. You must prove your care was below the standard that can be expected for your condition. That usually involves extensive research and hiring expert witnesses to show what an experienced professional in the same field would have done under the same or similar circumstances.

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Q: Is there a time limit on when I can bring a medical malpractice case?

Each state has different laws regarding the statute of limitations on a medical malpractice claim. In Kentucky, you generally have one year from the date you knew or should have known the negligence occurred to bring a case. Determining that date with certainty can be difficult, so it is important go get an experienced lawyer as soon as possible if you suspect medical negligence.

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Q: What are examples of severe damages necessary to bring a Medical Malpractice case?

        • Failure to diagnose major illness (such as cancer, stroke or heart attack)
        • Improper diagnoses
        • Birth injuries
        • Brain damage
        • Surgical/anesthesia errors
        • Medication errors leading to death or permanent damage
        • Lack of informed consent
        • Treatment against a patient’s wishes
        • Wrongful death
        • Limb loss
        • Injures that prevent future employment or lost earning capability
        • Injures that reduce quality of life and affect daily activities

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Q: How do I pay for a lawyer in a medical malpractice case?

The Law Firm of Flora Templeton Stuart works on a contingency fee basis. That means we only get paid from your recovery in a medical malpractice case. Contact us for a free consultation.

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