In 2017, the legislature of Kentucky approved The Medical Review Panel Act. This required every potential medical malpractice case to be passed through a review panel before it could be heard in court. Three physicians would vote whether the case really involved substandard care. While not binding, their opinions — which could be used in court — could have a chilling effect on any case.
A former Owensboro nurse is facing a medical malpractice suit. She is accused of providing incorrect treatment to a man who later died of a heart attack in November 2016. His widow named the nurse as the defendant in a lawsuit.
Some of the most serious medical errors suffered by patients involve prescription medications. These errors include being given the wrong medication, either in a facility or when filling a prescription. Sometimes, patients are given the wrong dosage, perhaps by a nurse or other hospital or nursing home staffer who misreads the instructions. In other cases, patients are given a medication to which they're allergic or that interacts negatively with something else they're taking.
We often hear about student football players suffering heat-related injuries and illnesses during their late summer practices. However, runners, although they don't have the heavy uniforms and padding, are also at risk of succumbing to the heat.
People often assume that when they are injured at the beach, they have no one to blame but themselves -- or at least that there's no one they can hold legally responsible if their injuries require medical treatment or they incur other financial losses as a result. That's not always the case.
In 2013, seven employees of a Louisville cable company, Charter Communications, were fired for violating company policy. It was unfair and based on a misunderstanding. Shortly afterward at a Charter employee conference, however, a company speaker implied that the fired workers were thieves. Also, the company failed to respond to an anonymous internal ethics complaint about the presentation at the conference.
Kentucky has some of the most beautiful lakes in the country, so many Kentuckians take to the water on warm, sunny days to relax and enjoy time with friends and family. People often believe that boating on a lake is considerably safer than in the ocean. However, crashes and other incidents can occur in any body of water where you've got water vessels.