Measure to have malpractice lawsuits evaluated by panels introduced

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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Government agency creates Candor to help patients fight medical malpractice

Medical mistakes in the United States cause the deaths of tens of thousands of patients annually, and even more people incur injuries because of said mistakes. Not every case of harm is caused by negligence. Even when a doctor does everything correctly, the patient can end up with an infection or worsened condition. However, when hospitals do make mistakes, they usually never confess to it.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, an agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services, has developed a plan to combat this issue. The Communication and Optimal Resolution (Candor) program was tested at 14 hospitals in three healthcare systems. Candor aims to support patients, their families, and clinicians after medical malpractice occurs. The idea is that within an hour, medical practitioners will discuss the issues of the case with families or patients. The plan opens up lines of communication so no party is left confused and hurt.

The attorneys at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC have years of experience litigating personal injury cases in Lexington and other areas in Kentucky. We could help you receive the favorable results that you want in your case. Call our offices at (800) 953-2373 to discuss your legal options.

Joan Rivers’ medical malpractice lawsuit settled

The family of 81-year-old comedian Joan Rivers have officially settled the medical malpractice lawsuit they lodged against Yorkville Endoscopy in Manhattan, their attorneys announced on Thursday, May 12. Rivers died on September 4, 2014, one week after she went in for a routine endoscopy procedure at the surgical center on New York’s Upper West Side.

Yorkville Endoscopy and Joan Rivers’ daughter, Melissa Rivers, said they decided to settle the lawsuit to avoid protracted litigation. Yorkville Endoscopy released a statement, claiming “We remain committed to providing quality, compassionate healthcare services that meet the needs of our patients, their families, and the community.” Rivers hosted the show Fashion Police on cable channel E! Entertainment Television and was known for her bluntness and trailblazing stand-up comedy acts.

The attorneys at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC handle medical malpractice suits such as this one because patient safety should be the primary concern of physicians. If you are interested in holding another individual accountable for their negligence in Lexington or another area of Kentucky, get in touch with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices at (800) 953-2373 to discuss your death.

Americans face high rate of misdiagnosis cases

A new study issued by the Institute of Medicine on September 22 showed that most United States citizens will receive at least one wrong or delayed medical diagnosis in their lives, a reality that can often bring about harmful consequences to patients. The report estimated that around 5% of adults who seek outpatient care each year are misdiagnosed. The alarming statistics revealed in the study stress the need for across-the-board changes in the health care industry.

According to IOM committee chairman Dr. John Ball of the American College of Physicians, health care providers such as laboratory workers, doctors, and nurses should seriously consider the significance of patients’ complaints, provide them with the copies of their test results immediately, and present every possible explanation of their symptoms.

Our Lexington attorneys at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC, have the legal understanding and technical experience needed to fight for your rights an pursue your personal injury claim. To discuss you situation with an attorney, call our offices today at (800) 953-2373.