Kentucky Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Lexington and Louisville lawyers helping when you’re harmed by medical negligence
Injuries caused by medical malpractice are often devastating, sudden, and costly. On top of that, the issues involving medical malpractice are complex. To address these types of claims properly, you must understand not only legal matters, but the science of the medical care as well. Thankfully, when you need comfort and support the most, the attorneys at Wilt & Associates, PLLC will be there for you.
Managing partner Ron Wilt has always had a passion for complex science, family, and medicine. After being awarded a doctoral fellowship to Vanderbilt University, he turned his attention toward law, where he knew he could follow his dreams by advocating for victims of medical malpractice.
We understand that you and your loved ones are already struggling to heal and cope with an unexpected injury. We speak loudly for those who have been wronged by irresponsible medical caregivers. Accountability leads to fewer mistakes and better patient care for everyone in Kentucky. Our goal is to arm our clients and their families with the tools they need to get back to living. We want our clients to realize the best version of their new normal. To do so, we doggedly pursue full and fair compensation. Contact our attorneys in Lexington or Louisville today.
How can we help today?
- What is medical malpractice and how do I prove it?
- What are common errors that lead to Kentucky medical malpractice claims?
- What is the value of my Kentucky medical malpractice claim?
- How long do I have to file a medical malpractice claim in Kentucky?
- How can your Kentucky medical malpractice lawyers help?
- Do you have a medical malpractice attorney near me?
What is medical malpractice and how do I prove it?
Medical malpractice and negligence cases are different from traditional Kentucky personal injury cases in that the injured party (or plaintiff) must show several elements to prove malpractice occurred. Without this evidence, it can be difficult to get the answers you need to recover from the damages you’ve suffered. Our attorneys work to prove:
- That you and your medical professional had a doctor/patient relationship. This means that you must show the court that the defendant treated you as part of a formal professional relationship. If the doctor being sued did not treat you directly, a doctor/patient relationship likely does not exist.
- That the physician or practitioner violated a standard of care and therefore acted negligently. That means that the doctor made a mistake that the average healthcare provider acting with care would not have made. That includes leaving medical tools behind during surgery, amputating the wrong limb, and failure to correctly diagnose you, among others.
- Finally, you need to show that your doctor’s negligence resulted in injury and harm. To prove this, you will be required to provide evidence of the cause of injury and that you are not responsible for the injury.
Proving medical negligence can be difficult and complex, especially when you’re recovering from a severe injury or illness. For this reason, you should always involve a qualified medical malpractice attorney. We will examine your case to ensure you meet all the legal requirements for proving a Kentucky medical malpractice claim.
In addition to physicians being held accountable for their medical errors, surgeons, nurses, certified nursing assistants, anesthesiologists, physician’s assistants, obstetricians, pediatricians, gynecologists, and even the hospital can be named liable in a medical malpractice lawsuit if they failed to uphold the medical standard of care expected of them as members of the medical community.
What are common errors that lead to Kentucky medical malpractice claims?
Some common errors that result in medical malpractice claims include:
- Leaving surgical instruments in a body cavity
- Giving the wrong medication
- Giving the wrong dose of medication
- Not ordering appropriate tests
- Not taking a patient’s medical history
- Not providing follow-up care
- Failing to treat a patient
- Misdiagnosing a patient
- Making a mistake during surgery
- Discharging a patient prematurely
- Misinterpreting medical test results
- Operating on the wrong part of the body
- Performing unnecessary surgery
- Birth injuries, such as placental abruption, uterine rupture, shoulder dystocia, and cerebral palsy
Medical malpractice can lead to permanent and catastrophic consequences, like spinal cord injuries, paralysis, traumatic brain injuries, wrongly amputated limbs, and wrongful death.
Our law firm takes medical malpractice in Kentucky very seriously. We limit how many cases we take on so we can give them each personal time and attention. If we take on your medical malpractice claim, your best interests are our top priority. We put all our skills and resources to work to maximize your potential award.
What is the value of my Kentucky medical malpractice claim?
If you or a loved one suffered harm from medical negligence or malpractice, you have the right to seek compensation for your financial and physical suffering. Potential economic damages include your loss of income, diminished earning potential, and, of course, healthcare and medical expenses and equipment.
What’s more, you can also include personal and emotional losses (non-economic damages) in your suit. These could consist of your pain and suffering, lost quality of life, emotional struggles, strained family relationships, loss of household services, and more.
The good news is unlike many other states, Kentucky does not have a cap on the amount you can recover for your non-economic damages, which allows you the opportunity to recover full compensation for your losses. The malpractice attorneys at Wilt & Associates want to help.
How long do I have to file a medical malpractice claim in Kentucky?
Medical malpractice lawsuits, like all personal injury claims in Kentucky, need to be filed within one year of the injury or accident in question. This deadline is known as the statute of limitations.
If you did not learn of your injuries until a later date, the clock will start from the date of your diagnosis. Keep in mind, however, that Kentucky has a five-year statute of repose, which requires that any medical malpractice claim be filed within five years of the error occurring. If the statute of limitations or repost runs out, you likely no longer have a case.
Fortunately, when you work with an attorney in a timely manner, you won’t need to concern yourself with this deadline, as your lawyer at Wilt & Associates will do everything possible to get your claim filed with more than enough time to spare to hold the doctor, hospital, pharmacy, or any other party responsible.
How can your Kentucky medical malpractice lawyers help?
We’ve seen firsthand how traumatic and challenging medical malpractice lawsuits are. But with hard work, determination, and the ambition to succeed, you, too, can be awarded the compensation that is rightfully yours. Here are some of our former clients’ success stories.
STROKE | MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE
HYPOXIC ISCHEMIC ENCEPHALOPATHY
CARDIAC ARREST | ANESTHESIA ERROR
It is a tragedy when a medical professional of any kind — whether a surgeon, physician, nurse, midwife, or other technician or specialist — makes a mistake and harms someone because of negligence. The experienced Kentucky medical malpractice lawyers at Wilt & Associates can advocate for your rights.
Do you have a medical malpractice attorney near me?
Wilt & Associates has offices in Louisville and Lexington:
If you are too injured or ill to travel to us, we can arrange a phone or video conference. We also make hospital visits when necessary.
Talk to our Louisville and Lexington medical negligence lawyers
Are you ready to move forward with a medical negligence lawsuit? Or, do you have questions about your potential case? If so, an experienced Kentucky medical malpractice lawyer at Wilt & Associates is ready to assist you with your claim. We’ll do everything possible to obtain maximum funds for your suffering. When you are ready to take action, please call 502-253-9110 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation. We maintain offices in Lexington and Louisville, and proudly serve clients throughout Kentucky.
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