Louisville Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Have You Been Injured by a Medical Error? Call (502) 242-8872!
Patients have a reasonable expectation that their doctor provide an acceptable standard of care, make correct decisions and react quickly in the event of an emergency.
When something goes wrong, patients are often left wondering how such a mistake could happen. At Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC, we help people who have been injured by medical malpractice.
If you or someone you know has been seriously injured by an emergency room error, hospital negligence, or a doctor’s negligence, contact our Louisville medical malpractice attorneys.
We offer a free initial consultation to discuss the advisability of filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. Our firm handles all cases on a contingent fee basis - this means you don't pay unless we win.
Medical Malpractice Statistics
Did you know failure to diagnose and birth injuries are some most common medical malpractice cases? Did you know that you have one year to file a medical malpractice claim in Louisville and throughout Kentucky?
Check out our medical malpractice statistics below to learn more:
What Are The Different Types Of Medical Malpractice?
T.V. shows like House and Grey's Anatomy would lead us to believe that all medical errors are big and obvious, but that is not always the case. Many victims of medical malpractice don't even discover the error until months or years later when other symptoms present themselves.
Below are some of the most common forms of medical malpractice:
A delayed diagnosis occurs when a doctor fails to properly identify the signs of an illness or condition in a timely manner. A delay in treatment can cause the patient to endure pain, suffer further physiological harm, and even be fatal. This is especially grievous in cases of cancer misdiagnosis.
Doctors have a responsibility to listen to patients’ descriptions of their symptoms and take their concerns seriously. They must explore all avenues that may explain why the patient is experiencing their symptoms.
When a doctor dismisses a patient’s concerns or does not order the appropriate tests to address their symptoms, the doctor may be held responsible for any preventable illnesses or injuries that result from this negligence.
A birth injury involves harm to a baby before, during, or immediately after birth. Doctors are required to identify potential problems during a woman’s pregnancy or delivery and respond to them appropriately.
During a woman’s pregnancy, her doctor must prescribe the appropriate medications to ensure her health and that of her baby. During a woman’s labor and delivery process, her doctor must monitor the baby for signs of fetal distress and take action to mitigate the issue.
Surgical & Anesthesia Errors
While all surgical procedures come with certain risks, doctors are expected to use their years of education and training to resolve issues when they arise.
Surgical errors can lead to complications, infections, disfigurement, and even death.
Examples of surgical and anesthesia errors include, but are not limited to:
- Unnecessary surgery
- Instruments and devices left in the patient
- Removal of the wrong organ
- Amputation of the wrong limb
- Severed arteries
- Over sedation of an anesthetic
From the wrong type of medication to the wrong dose, patients often receive an erroneous prescription that later causes them harm.
Examples of medication errors include:
- Ordering the wrong drug dosage
- Incorrectly administering a dosage
- Misidentifying the appropriate drug
- Causing an allergic reaction due to drug interactions
Whenever a doctor, medical professional, or healthcare provider makes a mistake that another similarly qualified professional would not, he or she may be held liable for the resulting damage. The Louisville medical malpractice lawyers at our firm are ready and able to help you pursue compensation for those damages.
How Do You Prove Medical Malpractice?
If you were harmed by a medical professional or healthcare facility’s error or neglect, you may have cause to file a medical malpractice claim.
However, to enforce the validity of the claim, you must be able to demonstrate what’s known as the “four D’s of medical malpractice.”
The "four D's of medical practice" are:
- Duty: The doctor had a duty of care to the patient.
- Dereliction: The doctor failed to uphold the duty of care.
- Damages: The patient was injured.
- Direct cause: The doctor’s failure to uphold the standard of care directly led to the patient’s injury.
Due to this required burden of proof, it’s in your best interest to work with an experienced Louisville medical malpractice attorney who can protect your rights while you focus on recovering from your injuries.
Large hospitals and insurance companies have near-limitless resources at their disposal, so trying to take on these entities by yourself if never a good idea.
How Long Do You Have To Sue For Medical Malpractice?
In the state of Kentucky, you have one year to file a legal claim, starting from the date the malpractice occurred. This time constraint, called a statute of limitations, can include all different types of medical malpractice, with few exceptions.
If the medical malpractice resulted in the patient’s death, the loved ones and family members of that individual may have up to two years to file a wrongful death claim against the liable party.
Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim
When filing a medical malpractice claim, you and your attorney will take the following steps:
- Gather copies of your medical records. Your attorney will analyze your medical records and may solicit opinions from other medical professionals.
- Notify medical providers and insurers. Some states require you to complete this step before you can file a lawsuit. You may find that the hospital and insurance company will offer you a settlement during this step. It’s up to you and your attorney to determine whether the offer is acceptable.
- File the complaint. If the hospital and insurance company’s offer is unacceptable, you and your attorney will file the claim, which includes formal allegations against the negligent medical practitioners. At this point, the lawsuit will begin.
If you've been harmed by a medical mistake, Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC can help. We offer compassionate and knowledgeable representation during this difficult time.
Because we handle only a small number of clients at any one time, we are able to offer your family personalized attention to address these issues.
If a delayed diagnosis or other medical mistake has affected your life or the life of someone you care about, please contact our Kentucky medical malpractice lawyers to learn how we can help: (502) 242-8872.
Why Choose Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC?
Our Louisville medical malpractice lawyers are people like you. We know how stressful and scary these situations are. That's why we're here - and we're in the business of changing lives.
At Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC:
- We are backed with over 50 years of experience
- Our senior partner, Tyler Thompson, has been named one of the Top Ten Attorneys in Kentucky by Super Lawyers® Magazine
- We have in-house medical staff to help with your case's preparation and investigations
- Offer free consultations and take cases on a contingency basis
Jury Verdict $20.9 Million
Jury Verdict Against Hospital $18.3 Million
Medical Negligence Settlement $10 Million
Wrongful Death Due To Medical Negligence $9 Million
Severe Brain Injury $8.5 Million
Improper Administration Of Anesthesia $7.5 Million
Medical Malpractice Settlement $5.2 Million
Failure to Diagnose Jury Verdict $4.1 Million
Wrongful Death Due To Medical Negligence $3.5 Million
Wrongful Death Settlement $3 Million
We Have Some of the Largest Verdicts & Settlements in KY
Our Senior Partner is an Inner Circle of Advocates Member
We Have Over 5 Decades of Experience
In-House Medical Staff to Assist in Case Preparation & Investigations
You Won’t Pay Any Upfront Costs
Respected Among Other Firms For Our Reputation in Handling Complex Cases