Every day, thousands of medical patients in Kentucky place their lives in the hands of capable physicians. These patients trust that they will be cared for and given the best treatment available. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. Medical malpractice has become one of the leading causes of death and injury in the United States. A woman in another state lost her life to alleged medical malpractice and her husband was recently awarded over $3 million after filing a lawsuit against a hospital.
According to the lawsuit, the woman was a patient at the hospital and received a total of four spinal injections for lower back pain over the course of a few months, the lawsuit said. Not long after her last injection, she visited the emergency room in extreme pain, according to claims. The lawsuit said the woman was diagnosed with epidural abscess in the emergency room.
The plaintiff claimed that, over the course of the next year, his wife endured at least eight surgeries to treat her infection, some of which included the removal of spinal discs. Allegedly, the woman also contracted meningitis while at the hospital. The man said his wife eventually died in the hospital at the age of 60. The plaintiff was awarded $3.6 million in the lawsuit.
The vast majority of doctors and nurses in the state of Kentucky are highly trained, experienced professionals. However, they can still make mistakes, putting the life of the patient directly at risk. Kentucky families who have suffered loss due to medical malpractice could benefit from discussions with an experienced attorney. A successfully litigated claim could result in a substantial monetary award to help struggling families with end-of-life expenses.