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The Louisville medical malpractice attorneys at our firm are here to help if you or someone you love suffered harm due to negligence on the part of a medical professional or facility. We serve all of Kentucky in these complex cases. Although these cases are notoriously complicated and technical, our attorneys have over 36 years of combined legal experience, including a considerable amount of time spent handling cases such as these.

In fact, Attorney Paul A. Casi, II is frequently invited by his peers to lecture at seminars and conferences related to medical negligence and medical malpractice. His knowledge in this field is widely recognized and respected by his peers and opponents alike.

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What Is Medical Malpractice?

Whether you are in need of emergency medical treatment or are seeing your doctor for a routine check-up, you deserve to receive standard care. We place our trust in medical professionals and facilities to take the appropriate steps to properly diagnose and treat the many varied illnesses and injuries we may encounter in our lives. When these people and facilities are negligent or commit wrongful acts, we can suffer life-changing consequences.

Medical malpractice may be defined as a medical professional or facility’s failure to provide proper care, based upon accepted standards when this failure causes injury to a patient. There are many different types of medical malpractice, and it can affect a patient of any age or health.

Do I Have a Medical Malpractice Case?

Not every unsuccessful surgery or undesirable outcome from the hands of a medical practitioner is medical malpractice. For a medical malpractice claim to be viable certain qualifications must be met, these are:

  • Doctor-patient relationship
  • Negligence on part of the doctor
  • The negligence led to a specific injury
  • The injury led to specific damages

A doctor-patient relationship essentially means there was an agreement of hire between you and a doctor. This rule prevents individuals from filing a suit against a doctor they over-heard or had no direct communication with. Typically, if a doctor is seeing you and treating you, a doctor-patient relationship is simple to establish.

Next, it must be proven that the doctor engaged in negligent behavior. Medical practitioners are required to provide “reasonable skillful and careful” care to their patients, which means they are not accountable for never making a mistake. Instead, the standard of care is defined as providing an appropriate “duty of care,” or what a reasonable and skillful medical provider should have done in the same scenario. This is why medical experts often testify in medical malpractice cases, to establish what the duty of care should have been in a specific situation and if the medical provider acted outside those boundaries.

Last it must be shown that the doctor’s negligence led to your specific injuries, in other words, you must prove that the doctor’s negligent actions caused your specific injuries and that they were not acquired somewhere else. Likewise, the injury must have specific damages associated with it such as pain and suffering or additional medical expenses.

Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice

All states put a time limit on how long an injury victim has to file a claim, called the statute of limitations. If an individual files a claim outside of this time period they will most likely be ineligible to do so thus losing their right to compensation. The state of Kentucky has one of the shortest statutes of limitations.

In Kentucky, you have one year from the date of your injury to file a medical malpractice claim. If your injury was not discovered right away, you have one year from the date of reasonable discovery to file, however, the claim must be filed within five years of your injury.

What Damages Are Available in a Medical Malpractice Claim?

There are three types of damages available in a medical malpractice claim, economic, non-economic and punitive. Each category of damages seeks to compensate for a different aspect an individual suffers as a result of an injury. Unlike some states, Kentucky has no limit, or cap, on how much compensation can be awarded in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Economic damages, also called special damages, compensate for more quantifiable damages such as medical expenses, future medical expenses and days missed from work. Non-economic damages, or general damages, compensate for more abstract suffering such as pain and suffering, mental anguish and possible future earning potential.

Unlike other damages which seek to compensate the victim, the purpose of punitive damages is to punish the negligent party. Generally, in order for punitive damages to be awarded, it must be proven that the medical practitioner knew their behavior would cause harm.

Our Louisville medical malpractice lawyers can handle claims involving:

  • Birth injuries
  • Failure to diagnose cancer
  • Failure to diagnose a heart attack or stroke
  • Failure to diagnose or treat infection
  • Other failures to diagnose
  • Misdiagnoses
  • Delayed diagnosis
  • Medication errors
  • Emergency room negligence
  • Nursing malpractice
  • Surgical errors
  • Unnecessary surgery
  • Anesthesia malpractice
  • Plastic surgery malpractice

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