A physician from Versailles, Kentucky, has voluntarily surrendered his medical license to the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure (KBML). This action comes after allegations of medical negligence in 2006 that he prescribed controlled substances inappropriately.
In the surrender order between the licensure board and the physician, a consultant for the KBML said the doctor's actions "would be considered gross negligence." This was in reference to how the doctor obtained medical histories before prescribing the controlled drugs. There was also a statement in the surrender order that said the negligence the doctor displayed when collecting a patient's history often resulted in "problematic" diagnoses. Those diagnoses led to patients not getting the proper treatment.
The physician has not been able to practice medicine since 2011 because of problems with his own diabetes. The licensure board said the physician wanted to return to practice medicine last year, but was not able to do so because of the diabetes complications.
The surrender order said that the doctor chose to surrender his medical license rather than fight the medical license board against these allegations. His attorney had no comment.
When a doctor or hospital is negligent, they can be held accountable in a civil action. The key to such a case, though, is determining which individuals or entities to name as defendants in the lawsuit. There are also time limits for filing medical malpractice lawsuits, so it is best to speak with an experienced Kentucky medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible.
A negligent physician is held to a specific standard and when that standard is not met, he or she can held responsible for damages such as wrongful death, pain and suffering, permanent disability or disfigurement or many others. A medical malpractice attorney will ensure your rights are protected throughout the case and work towards getting you a favorable outcome in your case.