Lexington Medical Malpractice Attorneys
The doctor-patient relationship is based on trust. When you go to see your doctor or other medical professional because of an illness or disease, you trust that they will do everything to treat you and avoid causing you harm. You also trust that they have the necessary skill to provide the care that you need. If you have been injured as a result of your doctor’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your injury. To find out more information about your rights and how to file a medical malpractice claim, you should speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. If you need a Lexington, Kentucky medical malpractice attorney, Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC can help you.
- Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC is a team of proven leaders in personal injury law serving the injured across Kentucky.
- Since 1986, we have been getting results for our clients, with over $500 million in recoveries that include some of the highest verdicts and settlements in the state.
- Our Senior Partner, Tyler S. Thompson, is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, an invitation-only group of the best plaintiff lawyers in the United States.
- We take more cases to trial than most personal injury firms in Kentucky.
If you are looking for a Lexington, Kentucky medical malpractice attorney who will do everything to secure the results that you need to improve your conditions now and into the future, call Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC today. Your initial consultation is free, and if we take your case, you won’t pay any upfront costs. So call us today at 502-244-7772 to schedule your free consultation.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical professionals spend many years in training because of the nature of their job. Often, they hold the life of a person in their hands, and their skill and experience is the difference between life and death. Apart from the years in training to obtain their license to practice in the medical profession, they must also keep abreast of changes in their practice through mandatory continuing education. Research and medical technology advances can change the practice of medicine and it is important for medical professionals to understand these changes and how it affects the required standard of care for their patients.
When a patient is injured because of the negligence of their doctor or other medical professional, they may be entitled to compensation for medical malpractice. A finding of negligence in medical malpractice means that the doctor’s care for their patient fell below the standard of care required of a doctor with similar skills and experience under similar circumstances.
How to Prove Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice cases often involve complex medical issues that must be resolved using expert testimony from medical professionals with relevant skill and experience in the same area of medicine.
There must be evidence to prove that the defendant doctor owed the victim a duty of care and failed to discharge their duty of care to the patient. The proof must also show that the victim was injured, and the doctor’s failure to treat the patient according to the required standard of care was the cause of the victim’s injury. An ordinary person could not give testimony about the standard of care required in any medical situation. Furthermore, expert testimony in a case will only be relevant if the expert has knowledge and experience in the same specialty of medicine. An expert who is a heart surgeon, may not be the best person to give testimony in a case involving childbirth.
At Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC, we have access to medical experts who assist us in preparing your case and providing convincing testimony for your claim. We also have in-house medical staff that assist us in investigations and determining the strength of your case.
How Much Time Do You Have to File a Medical Malpractice Claim in Lexington, KY?
Kentucky state law limits the amount of time that victims have to file a claim for medical malpractice. The reason for putting a time limit on claims is to ensure that both parties get justice. In the U.S. justice system, a person who is accused of wrongdoing has a right to fair hearing. Meaning, they must be given an opportunity to defend themselves against the accusation. With the passage of time, evidence gets lost or destroyed and memories fade, jeopardizing the defendant’s ability to defend themselves. This is why there are time limits, also known as statutes of limitation, to make a claim.
In medical malpractice cases, the one year time limit starts at the time the injury is first discovered or should have been discovered in the exercise of reasonable care. The only time a victim may be able to avoid this time limit would be if they were an infant or of unsound mind at the time of the injury. In such cases, the one year time limit begins to run once the victim’s disability is removed, or the victim dies, whichever happens first.
How Much Compensation Can a Medical Malpractice Victim Get?
A medical malpractice victim may be entitled to compensation for both economic and non-economic damages suffered as a result of their injury. Economic damages are tangible damages that can be easily quantified with evidence such as bills, invoices, or receipts. Economic damages include past and future medical bills, past and future lost wages, and damaged property. Non-economic damages are intangible damages like pain and suffering, emotional anguish, loss of consortium, and loss of enjoyment of activities. Non-economic damages are subjectively evaluated since they cannot be supported with hard evidence of bills, invoices, or receipts. Our team of personal injury lawyers in Lexington seek maximum compensation in every case and fight for the best possible results for each client.
Contact a Lexington, Kentucky Medical Malpractice Attorney
If you have been injured because your doctor failed to treat you according to the required standard of care, you should speak with a Lexington, Kentucky medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. A medical malpractice injury can have a lasting impact on your life. You do not have to suffer without compensation. Let our team of attorneys help you get the justice you deserve. Contact us for expert legal assistance with your medical malpractice case. Call Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC today at 502-244-7772 for a free consultation with one of our experienced Lexington, Kentucky medical malpractice attorneys.
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