Covington Medical Malpractice Attorney
Medical malpractice is a type of wrongdoing in the medical field that can compromise a patient’s treatment and prognosis. It describes the preventable negligence or a breach of duty of care by a health care provider that injures a patient. Despite owing strict duties of professional care to patients, many people in the medical industry are guilty of malpractice. If you or someone close to you has injuries from suspected medical malpractice or medical negligence, contact the Covington, Kentucky attorneys at Hendy | Johnson | Vaughn | Emery for a free consultation. Call our local line at (859) 578-4444 to speak to a medical malpractice lawyer directly.
Why Clients Choose Us
- We have extensive experience in personal injury law as our exclusive focus.
- We have outstanding past results, including multimillion-dollar outcomes for malpractice claims.
- We are prepared to take your case to trial if we cannot reach a settlement.
- We prioritize open communication, honesty and personalized case strategies for clients.
- We represent clients in Covington, KY on a contingency fee basis, with zero upfront fees.
How to Identify Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice describes the incorrect, negligent or wanton treatment of a patient by someone in the health care field. The at-fault party, or defendant, in a medical malpractice claim could be a physician, surgeon, dentist, nurse, pharmacist or another health care practitioner. It could also be the facility itself, such as a hospital or emergency center in Covington. Medical malpractice can refer to the unintentional mishandling of a patient’s case as well as willful actions done despite knowing the risks to a patient.
You might be the victim of medical malpractice if you have injuries, an illness, an infection or the death of a loved one due to someone’s failure to meet the medical industry’s accepted standards of care. Signs of malpractice can include miscommunications, medical device malfunctions, misinterpreted test results, delayed diagnoses, failure to refer a patient to a specialist, refusal to treat a patient, poor follow-up, surgical errors, birth injuries, prescription mistakes, and a dangerous or unsanitary premises.
Medical Malpractice Laws in Kentucky
In general, if a prudent health care practitioner could have prevented your injuries or damages, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit against a defendant. If you believe you have a claim in Kentucky, act quickly, as you only have one year from the date you discovered (or a prudent patient reasonably would have discovered) your injuries to file. One year from the date of injury discovery is the typical statute of limitations on medical malpractice claims in Kentucky, with a statute of repose of five years from the date of the actual wrongdoing.
In 2017, Kentucky lawmakers reformed the state’s medical malpractice laws to change how the courts handle these cases. The updates led to a new requirement for plaintiffs: an official complaint filed with a medical review panel. As an injured patient, you or your lawyer must submit your proposed lawsuit to a panel of experts that will review the evidence connected to your case. The panel will then, within 30 days, issue an opinion on whether you have grounds for a claim. The attorneys at Hendy | Johnson | Vaughn | Emery can help you fulfill this and all other requirements for bringing a medical malpractice claim in Covington.
Contact a Covington, KY Medical Malpractice Lawyer You Can Trust
You do not have to go through a medical malpractice claim alone as an injured patient or surviving family member. Our Covington, KY medical malpractice lawyers can work with you through each phase of a settlement or lawsuit. We may be able to obtain compensation for your medical expenses, lost wages, attorney’s fees, travel costs, pain and suffering, and other damages. Discuss the possibility of a claim with our local lawyers today. Call (859) 578-4444 or contact us online 24/7 to schedule a free consultation.