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Infant’s death in 2010 leads to state complaint against doctor

The death of a child is tragic and is not something easily forgotten. When the cause of the infant’s demise is due to illness, there is always the question of “What more could have been done?” However, when an infant dies because of possible medical negligence, there is anger, grief and an expectation that someone is going to “make this right.” While compensation for such doctor errors cannot replace a child’s life, it can help the family with medical bills, funeral expenses and other needs.

A Kentucky family sought compensation for the death of their infant. According to the lawsuit filed in Boyd Circuit Court, the infant’s osteopath “failed to exercise the degree of care and skills expected of a reasonably competent emergency room physician.” The jury also said that the doctor’s failure to provide the proper care resulted in the baby’s death.

While there was no information on the final outcome of the medical malpractice lawsuit, there are reports that the doctor will now have to answer a complaint filed by the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure. The physician reportedly did not stay with the infant after the baby was intubated. Because the endotracheal tube was not placed correctly, the infant suffocated.

The hearing on the complaint is not scheduled until March next year. There was no word on the possible sanctions by the medical licensing board.

Medical malpractice is more common than many people realize and can have tragic consequences. Those who have been injured by medical negligence or malpractice, or those who have lost a loved one due to the same, have the right to seek compensation for a variety of claims. Personal injury attorneys can help victims and their families understand their rights and options.

Source: kentucky.com, “Complaint, malpractice lawsuit stem from infant’s death in 2010” Valarie Honeycutt Spears, Oct. 14, 2013

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