Deputies at the Graves County Sheriff’s Office in Kentucky reported a two-vehicle collision that occurred at the intersection of Kentucky Route 339 North and Kentucky Route 121 North last Sunday, January 15. The accident, which occurred around 5:30 in the afternoon, resulted in the death of one individual and injured two others.
The deceased victim was identified as 52-year-old Mayfield, Wisconsin resident Kristie Wiggins. According to preliminary investigations, 60-year-old Mayfield resident Larry Wiggins was headed southbound on KY 121 North in a 2006 Buick when he collided with a 1991 Dodge pickup that was headed north on KY 339. The truck was driven by 50-year-old Patrick Wilson.
Kristie Wiggins, who was a passenger of the Buick, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident while Larry Wiggins was hospitalized for the treatment of his injuries. Wilson, on the other hand, was ejected from his vehicle and had to be taken to Vanderbilt Hospital for the treatment of his critical injuries.
The Kentucky Senate Health and Welfare Committee approved Senate Bill 4 on Wednesday, January 4, which state Senator Ralph Alvarado sponsored. The bill seeks to have lawsuits against doctors or health care practitioners evaluated for merit by panels of medical providers before plaintiffs can file them under Kentucky courts.
After this hearing, Alvarado said, “I know of one Louisville law firm that has filed at least 100 nursing home lawsuits and settled most of them. To take that to court and fight it costs more than to just settle it. But now the legal climate in Kentucky has become so toxic that doctors practice defensive medicine just to protect themselves.”
Under SB 4, a four-member panel of the state Cabinet for Health and Family Services will review written evidence related to the complaint of malpractice. The panel is expected to issue a decision regarding the complaint’s merits within six months of its receipt of the claim.
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