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Hospital faces three lawsuits for cerebral palsy

When a woman is pregnant, she has dreams of giving birth to a healthy baby. In some cases, that doesn't happen because of events that are beyond anyone's control. In some cases, however, a baby that could have been born perfectly healthy is born with medical problems because of decisions made by the health care team. Three families are suing a hospital for medical malpractice in the delivery room.

The lawsuits allege that medical malpractice while the women were in labor caused their babies to have cerebral palsy. The three lawsuits total almost $100 million altogether.

Family sues for hospital negligence leading to woman's death

When you learn that a loved one has passed away, you usually start going through the grieving process as you begin to go through life without that person by your side. Now, imagine that you learned a loved one was deceased only to learn later that the person was wrongfully pronounced dead and then died in the morgue freezer. You would be very upset. For one family, that is exactly what happened to their loved one. This family's story of hospital negligence might interest our readers in Kentucky.

The incident happened White Memorial Medical Center. The 80-year-old woman's family claims that she was prematurely declared dead, placed in a body bag and taken to the morgue. The family's attorney says that an expert told the judge that woman was alive in the freezer when she woke up because of the cold. She allegedly tried to fight her way out of the body bag and freezer, but ultimately froze to death. She suffered facial injuries and a broken nose as a result of her struggle.

Medical negligence verdict handed down by Kentucky jury

Having gastric bypass surgery to help you lose weight means accepting certain risks associated with the surgery. Patients do, however, have the right to expect that the surgeon caring for them will do everything possible to avoid those risks. One recent medical malpractice case in Kentucky raises serious questions about the care and marketing of these procedures.

A jury returned a verdict late on March 25 against the Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital in connection with the death of a woman that occurred on Jan. 13, 2010. Jurors had to decide if the hospital negligently marketed the bariatric program. It also had to decide if the hospital was negligent in allowing a surgeon with questionable complication rates to continue operating. It was also asked to determine if the consumer protection laws in Kentucky were violated by the hospital. Finally, it was asked to determine if the surgeon was negligent in his care of the woman who died.

Alex Rodriguez: Failure to diagnose injury led to surgery

When anyone goes to the doctor with an injury or in pain, he or she expects that the medical team will do tests to help determine what is wrong. Once the testing is done, most people want to know what the diagnosis is. They also want to know the treatment plan. Alex Rodriguez claims that didn't happen when he suffered from a hip injury in 2012. Kentucky residents who are familiar with Rodriguez's career might be interested to learn about the newest development in this legal battle.

Rodriguez filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a hospital and a Yankees' doctor claiming that their failure to diagnose a hip joint tear on his left side led to further injury. He had an MRI in October of 2012, which showed the tear. He claims that the doctor didn't tell him that. As a result of the misinformation, Rodriguez continued to play baseball. That made the injury worse and led to him needing surgery in January of 2013.

11-year-old lawsuit alleges hospital negligence, wrongful death

Getting proper medical care is something that everyone expects. When medical care isn't properly given, injury or death can occur. A recent wrongful death and medical malpractice case that has been going on for 11 years might interest Kentucky residents. The case recently ended with a jury awarding $1 million to the plaintiff.

The case involves a 71-year-old patient who died on Oct. 28, 2002. She was undergoing a coronary artery bypass surgery. According to the complaint, the anesthesiologist failed to get consent to use a Swan-Ganz catheter during the procedure. It also alleges that he didn't properly perform or monitor that catheter.

Inmate dies, family files medical negligence lawsuit

Getting arrested and going to jail when you have medical conditions is almost like having to gamble for your life. You are unable to make appointments for yourself to get the treatments you need. You are totally dependent on the jail medical staff to take care of your needs. A recent lawsuit filed in the Jefferson County Circuit Court in Kentucky shows just how dependent inmates truly are when they are incarcerated.

The lawsuit, which was filed against Corizon and the Metro Corrections director, claims that medical negligence led to the death of an inmate. The inmate died on July 24, 2012, after being in the custody of Metro Corrections for a mere 27 hours. The woman, who had congestive heart failure and liver failure, didn't receive her medications while she was in the jail's custody. Metro Corrections allegedly overruled three medical providers regarding the woman's care.

Kentucky doctor faces allegations of unnecessary surgeries

Patients who have to see a heart doctor likely expect that the doctor will determine the best treatment to deal with the complaint or condition that necessitated the appointment. In most cases, that is what happens. In other cases, the heart doctor might put profits before patients. That is what some patients are claiming in a lawsuit against a retired Kentucky heart surgeon.

More than 500 plaintiffs are represented in two civil cases that claim they underwent "medically unnecessary and harmful cardiac procedures" by the surgeon at King's Daughters Medical Center. The lawsuits claim that the defendants misrepresented cardiac conditions to justify procedures. They claim the procedures were done so the defendants could bill for the procedures. The allegations includes negligence and gross negligence, unjust enrichment, negligent hiring, fraud, lack of informed consent and other allegations. The plaintiffs are seeking court costs and attorney fees, loss of earning power, unspecified compensatory and punitive damages and a jury trial.

Kentucky family blames doctor errors for man's death

Many surgeries, like gastric bypass operations, are often life saving. Unfortunately, there are instances in which these surgeries can end up horribly wrong. In the case of one 75-year-old Kentucky man, a gastric bypass went well, but the chief of surgery at an out-of-state hospital says the aftercare the man received was lacking.

The patient presented on April 9, 2010, with complaints of abdominal pain and vomiting. A digestive tract blockage was discovered, which necessitated the surgery. The surgery was performed on April 17. A C.T. scan done on April 20 didn't show signs of a leak. The man's condition deteriorated and the surgeon ordered another C.T. scan on April 24. That was the scan the surgeon failed to check himself. It is also the scan in which the radiologist, who is not listed in the civil lawsuit, failed to mention that "free air" was present in the abdominal cavity. The surgeon says the radiologist's failure to mention the "free air" was a mistake and that he didn't have a reason to not believe the board-certified radiologist's report.

Kentucky man charged with murder in insulin overdose case

Elderly residents are some of the most vulnerable people we have in the country. When it becomes necessary to place a loved one in a nursing home so he or she can receive necessary care, you expect that your loved one will be cared for in a nurturing and responsible way. Sadly, that isn't always the case. One certified medical technician is facing a murder charge in connection with the death of an elderly patient under his care.

The incident occurred in July of 2007 when the defendant allegedly gave an 86-year-old woman a fatal dose of insulin. The defendant called police to confess to the murder of the woman.

Nursing homes in Kentucky face stiff fines for care violations

The state of nursing home facilities has been dire according to reports from health and family services associations. Random and unplanned inspection visits have resulted in the observance of severe deficiencies and the imposition of heavy fines in attempts to improve quality of care.

One facility in Louisville visited by the state found five violations that placed many residents of the home in danger. These included giving residents wrong dosages of medications and no effort to correct this situation.