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Medical negligence suit filed over Kentucky teen’s death

A civil suit has been filed against a doctor, a nurse and a clinic in Stanford, Kentucky, over the death of a teenager in March 2012. The suit was filed by the sister and parents of a 16-year-old girl who died of a pulmonary embolism after taking birth control pills.

The medical negligence complaint alleges the teenager went to the clinic to get a prescription for the birth control pills in January 2012. She had a history of blood clots and chest pain, but the doctor gave the girl the prescription anyway. In March 2012, the teen went to the clinic again because she felt the pills were causing her complications. According to the lawsuit, the doctor did not take her off the prescribed birth control pills. The complaint alleges that this was negligent on the doctor’s part and the pulmonary embolism was a direct result of this inaction.

The family is seeking an unspecified amount of damages for the death of their loved one, as well as for her mental anguish, and pain and suffering. A trial date has not yet been set.

In cases such as these, an experienced, skilled attorney can help the families of those who have lost a loved one due to doctors’ errors or medical negligence receive financial compensation. This area of the law is quite complex and an attorney can help his or her clients understand how the process works and what options might be available.

Medical negligence cases often name others besides the acting physician, including nurses and hospitals. An attorney would be able to advise what defendants should be named in such a civil suit to ensure that all parties responsible for medical negligence are held accountable. While it can be difficult to cope with the loss of a loved one, knowing there are legal remedies available can help ease other burdens that may have arisen, such as medical bills or funeral costs.

Source: Central Kentucky News, “http://articles.centralkynews.com/2013-04-12/amnews/38499137_1_pills-alleged-negligence-lawsuit,” Todd Kleffman, April 12, 2013

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