The Potential Costly Mistakes Of Medical Malpractice In Kentucky
Imagine that you go in for a seemingly simple standard medical procedure, but you develop blood poisoning and gangrene and nearly die. This was the case of Stacey Gallette, a 33 year old woman from Long Island, New York. Specifically, during a laparoscopic removal of an ectopic pregnancy, her surgeon punctured her colon. The doctor's mistake caused a domino effect of circumstances that nearly killed Ms. Gallette and has led to a lifetime of crippling injuries. As a result, Ms. Gallette had to spend 73 days in the intensive care unit where she went into cardiac arrest three times. Not only did Gallette spend an unnecessary amount of time in the hospital, she was also forced to undergo several life altering medical procedures.
In addition to the installation of a colostomy bag, Ms. Gallette also had to have several skin grafts because of a raging blood infection that resulted from the doctor's original act of negligence. Moreover, while she was at the hospital, Ms. Gallette had to take a very strong antibiotic, which caused her to lose her hearing due to the amount of medicine required to treat the infection. At one point, doctors could not control the infection, which led to the amputation of her feet below the ankles. By the 64th day at the hospital, doctors also had to amputate both of her legs below the knee. Overall, these medical complications not only completely changed her life, but also changed the lives of her friends and family. Specifically, her parents are the now the primary care takers of her 13 year old daughter.
At Goeing Goeing McQuinn PLLC, we see the impact of these medical mistakes on the lives of our clients and as such, want to make a difference for you in the event you faced a similar fate. Our Kentucky personal injury attorneys will take the time you need to review your case, evaluate your legal options, and help you to make the best decisions regarding your case. Don't wait until it is too late to seek the legal representation you deserve!
The 411 on Medical Malpractice in Kentucky
Medical malpractice, also known as medical negligence, results from acts or omissions that fall below the industry standard of care for medical professionals. That means the medical professional did not act in a way that another medical professional in his or her like position would act.
In Kentucky, a person who is alleging medical malpractice has only one year(known as the statute of limitations) from the date of injury or death to bring a complaint against a health care provider. A health care provider can be a doctor, nurse, psychologist or any other medical professional. The date of injury specifically refers to the time when a person knows or should have reasonably known that they were injured. If the person who is alleging malpractice is a minor, the statute of limitations does not begin until the person turns 18.
Because there is a short turn around time as to when an injury occurs and when you should file suit, a person considering filing a malpractice claim in Kentucky should act quickly in hiring a medical malpractice attorney. Medical malpractice actions are complicated and the attorney you hire should have the knowledge and expertise to assist you with your potential claim. If you believe that you have been injured as a result of a Kentucky health care professional's medical negligence, contact Goeing Goeing McQuinn PLLC today for a free evaluation of your claim. Please also feel free to visit our website to learn more about our comprehensive legal practice. We look forward to making a difference for you and your family.