SKILLED LOUISVILLE MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAWYERS PROTECT YOUR FAMILY AND FUTURE
HELPING FAMILIES MOVE FORWARD AFTER AN ACT OF MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CHANGES EVERYTHING
While medical mistakes are common, not all medical errors amount to medical malpractice. Despite all of precautions put in place to protect patients, preventable medical errors happen far more often than we would like to think. In fact, the statistics are staggering. There were 7,062 reports of adverse actions at Kentucky hospitals over the last 10 years. Tragically, these could have been prevented had it not been for error on the part of a trained professionals you trusted with your life.
With an extensive background in medical malpractice law, the Louisville medical malpractice attorneys at Crandall & Pera Law thoroughly investigate your claim. If there was negligence, we work relentlessly to build a solid case against the responsible parties. With abundant resources and a robust support staff, our lawyers prepare each case with the expectation that it will go to trial, and only settle if our clients are satisfied and approve.
EXAMPLES OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE IN LOUISVILLE
When you put your health into the hands of a medical professional, you expect to get the attention you deserve. Their job is to improve your health; you should never worry that a mistake will make matters worse. Unfortunately, negligence can put your life at risk. Common examples of medical errors our medical malpractice attorneys have witnessed in Louisville include:
- Surgical mistakes
- Diagnostic errors
- Childbirth errors and birth injuries
- Medication errors
- Dangerous drugs
- Defective devices
- Emergency Room errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Nursing home neglect and abuse
While many people fear surgical procedures going wrong, more malpractice claims result from either misdiagnosis or medication errors. Medical errors could be the fault of a physician, nurse, technician, surgeon, or other health care professional. Sometimes, multiple parties are involved. By example, staff members may fail to follow the directions of treating doctors, which could lead to a patient not getting the proper dose of medication or even receiving the wrong drug entirely.
If you suspect you or a loved one has been the victim of medical malpractice in Kentucky, call the Louisville office to speak with one of our medical malpractice lawyers.
HOW SAFE ARE LOUISVILLE HOSPITALS?
A health safety advocate organization, Leapfrog, has developed Hospital Safety Grades, which are assigned to more than 2,600 hospitals across the country twice each year. Hospital safety grade applies national health care performance metrics and uses the results to assign a letter grade representing the hospital’s overall performance in protecting patients from preventable medical errors.
Before you choose a Louisville hospital, you can take a moment and look up their safety score to give you an idea on how they rate under several categories including practices as basic as having a handwashing policy, to how prevalent hospital acquired infections and surgical errors are:
Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital Grade: A
Norton Hospital Grade: B
Clark Memorial Hospital Grade: C
University of Louisville Hospital Grade D
WHAT IS HOSPITAL MALPRACTICE?
Hospital malpractice occurs when an employee of a hospital causes injury to a patient because of negligent medical care or treatment. A hospital employee might be a nurse, an anesthesiologist, a pharmacist, a medical technician or any other staff in the employ of the hospital.
Doctors are usually independent contractors, which means that they are not an employee of the hospitals where they have admitting privileges, so when their negligence harms a patient, the hospital is usually not held liable for the actions of a contractor.
CAN A HOSPITAL BE HELD LIABLE WHEN ITS MEDICAL STAFF CAUSES PATIENT INJURY?
Through a legal principle called hospital vicarious liability, a patient who suffers an injury at the hands of a hospital employee may take legal action against the hospital itself. If it turns out that the employee in question had a prior record of wrongdoing or having harmed other patients and the hospital hired them anyway, the injured patient might sue the hospital for negligent hiring in addition to hospital malpractice.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU HAVE A MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASE?
Some people think that you can just sue your doctor when anything bad happens while you are in the hospital or under their care. In fact, there are elements of medical malpractice which must be met before a patient can sue their doctor, a hospital or a medical professional:
- A doctor-patient relationship existed
- The doctor’s action, or failure to act, breached the accepted standard of care for their specialty
- The patient suffered an injury and consequential damages
- The breach of the standard of care was the direct cause of the patient’s injury
To find out if your injury meets the required elements for medical malpractice, you can schedule a free consultation with a Louisville medical malpractice lawyer from Crandall & Pera Law to discuss your case and receive the best individualized legal guidance about your case.
PROTECTION AGAINST NEGLIGENCE AND MALPRACTICE IN LOUISVILLE HOSPITALS
With Registered Nurses on staff and experienced medical malpractice lawyers, Crandall & Pera Law can offer clients in Louisville the support, guidance and resources they need to start their paths to recovery. You have one year to file a claim, so it is imperative that you schedule a consultation as quickly as possible. Contact the attorneys who fight for you. Please call 877-686-8879 or fill out our contact form to reserve a consultation with a dedicated Louisville medical malpractice attorney.
Our Louisville office is located at 330 N Evergreen Road, Suite 1, Louisville, KY 40243. Please contact us to learn more.