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Update: Surgical error leading to penis amputation case rejected

When you are harmed by a doctor, you have the right to seek compensation from that doctor. It is important that you understand the laws governing medical malpractice lawsuits so you can ensure that your complaint complies with those.

A few weeks ago, we told our readers about a case in which a man alleged that his penis was amputated during a botched circumcision. That case has been tossed out by a judge because it didn't meet all of that state's laws. This update might interest our Kentucky readers since it highlights the very important point of ensuring compliance with the law.

Breech births in Kentucky bring high risk when done traditionally

There are dangers to babies who are born vaginally when they are in the breech position. Doing the procedure this way could lead, in some cases, to a birth injury or to other complications. Despite that, new reports have been indicating that vaginal birth is still being used in quite a lot of cases for breech babies.

For the sake of fairness, it has been shown that the numbers are down from what they were a decade and a half ago. At that time, a study indicated that a c-section would be safer for a breech baby, and more people are using this method today than they were then.

Failure to diagnose claims can be complex in Kentucky

Frequent readers of this blog have likely come across the term "failure to diagnose" while reading posts. While this term seems like it would be fairly straightforward, when it comes to medical malpractice cases, there are several considerations that must be taken into account about the term. This information might be helpful to those in Kentucky who think they have been affected by a doctor failing to diagnose an illness or injury.

A failure to diagnose medical malpractice claim can be difficult to prove in court. This is partially because the patient has to prove that the doctor could have diagnosed the condition but failed to do so in the generally accepted method of diagnosis and treatment. In most cases, proving the failure to diagnose can be done through the use of medical experts.

Kentucky woman sues after sponges left in her leg after surgery

Going to a plastic surgeon is usually done when you want to improve the way you look or to take care of other visual issues, such as scars. What people don't expect when they go to see a plastic surgeon is that they will end up in worse shape after their procedures than they were in before they had the procedure done. One woman who sought the help of a plastic surgeon last year has opted to file a medical malpractice lawsuit after some interesting findings after her procedure.

The patient had a debridement and skin graft done by the surgeon. After the procedure, the woman continued to have pain that didn't decrease. The month after the procedure, the woman had an ultrasound on her left thigh. It was then discovered that sponges were left in her leg.

Surgical error leads to amputation instead of circumcision

Can you imagine going into an operating room thinking that you are only having a fairly simple procedure and then finding out when you come out that the surgeon amputated part of your body? That horrifying scenario is exactly what one man is dealing with right now. Kentucky residents might want to know what happened during surgery to this man.

The man went into the operating room to be circumcised. Instead of the surgeon doing that fairly simple operation, the doctor amputated the man's penis. This man is now having to learn to live without this vital part of his anatomy because of this surgical error.

Hospital negligence claims made against Kentucky hospital

With all the stories about the problems with the Veterans Affairs medical centers providing less than stellar care for veterans, people might wonder when the horror stories are going to stop being the focus of the news. Some Kentucky residents might be wondering if the VA centers in the area are affected by the problems. One family says that the Lexington VA Hospital was responsible for making their father's quality of life go downhill.

In January of 2011, the man started having pain while urinating and difficulty urinating. After finally being admitted to the VA hospital, the man was diagnosed with prostate cancer. That diagnosis was incorrect, according to his family. They also say that he was denied a second opinion. His daughter says that a band used to signal a do not resuscitate order was placed on his arm but that he didn't give permission for that.

Failure to diagnose an infection leads to lawsuit

Strep infections are serious infections that require immediate treatment because of how quickly they can spread. If these infections aren't properly diagnosed in a timely manner and treated accordingly, the infection can get so bad that it can negatively affect a person's body. Kentucky residents might be interested to read about a case of staph that went undiagnosed for so long that a woman had to have her limbs amputated.

This woman's nightmare started in 2011 when the infection went undetected. Because of the failure to diagnose, the woman ended up having to get her arms and legs amputated.

Failure to diagnose meningitis for over a week leads to death

Getting a proper diagnosis for illnesses can sometimes be challenging. When the person who is suffering from the illness is a prisoner, getting a proper diagnosis can sometimes be almost impossible. Kentucky residents might like to learn about a lawsuit recently filed in another state that alleges medical malpractice and negligence on the part of a prison medical staff.

The horrible chain of events started on June 28, 2012, when a prisoner who was serving a sentence for a probation violation complained to prison nurses that he had a headache. He also said that he was vomiting and exhibiting other symptoms. The man had an allergy to Tylenol, so the nurse suggested he drink ice water for his symptoms.

Seniors in Kentucky are being treated poorly says report

As people age, they need more help. That is just one fact of life that isn't likely to change. Unfortunately, for residents of Kentucky who are elderly, getting the help they need just might not happen. Kentucky ranks last or near last in five factors that affect elder care, according to a report by the American Association of Retired Persons.

The report took 26 factors of performance into consideration. It graded all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., in the report. Kentucky didn't fare so well in some of these. In fact, the state ranked 51st in one area, 50th in two areas, and in the 40s in two other areas.

Botched knee surgery in Kentucky ends in $6 million verdict

When a person has knee pain, he or she will sometimes do whatever it takes to get rid of that pain. Surgery is sometimes the necessary step to get the pain to go away. For one Kentucky woman, a knee replacement surgery ended up being the start of a nightmare.

The woman had surgery to replace her knee in January of 2009. The woman developed an infection in the right knee, which was the knee she had replaced. Instead of removing the replacement, the doctor opted to leave the replacement in. He tried two different procedures to get rid of the infection, but those didn't work.