August 13, 2020

What Happens when a Doctor’s Error Causes a Death in Kentucky?

Mistakes in the healthcare industry are unlike those in other fields of work. This is because when a medical professional makes a mistake, it can cost a patient their life. When this happens to a loved one of yours, you may be wondering what you can do about it. Medical negligence that results in death could mean that a wrongful death lawsuit is warranted. 

Read on to learn more about some of the most common doctor’s errors that have caused patient deaths and the things you need to know about filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the liable physician in Kentucky.

Physician Errors That Result in Death

Under certain circumstances, even a seemingly minor medical error can result in the death of a patient. Some of the most common types of medical mistakes that have caused patient deaths include:

Kentucky Wrongful Death Lawsuits

If a physician’s error caused your loved one to die, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit to hold them accountable for their negligence. Once probate court has named the personal representative of the decedent’s estate, that party can then file a lawsuit against the physician with the assistance of a qualified Kentucky wrongful death lawyer. 

Claims must be filed within one year of the death in order to be heard by the courts. If the lawsuit is successful, the representative of the estate will use the award to cover funeral and burial costs, the costs of the lawsuit, and the decedent’s medical expenses. 

What remains will be for the benefit of the surviving family to provide restitution for things such as lost earning capacity, loss of companionship and love, loss of guidance and support, and other damages. 

Get Help from a Kentucky Wrongful Death Lawyer

Don’t let your loved one’s negligent physician get away with it. Hold them accountable for your family member’s death by filing a lawsuit against them. An experienced Kentucky wrongful death lawyer at Wilt and Thompson, PLLC, may be able to help. 

Schedule a free claim review so we can learn more about the circumstances of your case. We can be reached through the convenient contact form below or by phone at 502-253-9110.