Wrongful Death Archives

Keyless ignition fatalities lead to action

The push-button ignition starter is a recent and popular innovation that allows motorists to keep their key-fobs in their pockets. However, this innovation has proven fatal in dozens of cases where people died from carbon monoxide inhalation after they forgot to push the starter button off. While this may be grounds for a wrongful death action, a bill was also introduced in the U.S. Senate addressing this danger.

Medical review panels are a solution in search of a problem

The Kentucky state Supreme Court unanimously declared that the state's medical review panels, which required a panel evaluation of pending lawsuits, were unconstitutional. A constitutional amendment is being considered, which would re-establish these panels. However, medical review panels are not justified and do not improve the system for litigating wrongful death and other medical malpractice claims.

Boating and drinking

Drunk driving is not only a threat onshore and with cars. Drunk boating has also been a major factor in wrongful death in lakes and rivers in this country. It was uncovered that alcohol was the major contributor and the primary factor in 15 percent of fatal boating accident deaths in 2016. There were 4,500 boating accidents and more than 700 deaths in these accidents that year, according to the American Boating Association. People who have a blood alcohol content of at least 0.10 percent are 10 times more likely to be killed in a boating accident than sober boaters.

Medical errors pose large risk of death

For patients and their families, medical malpractice can have devastating and long-term consequences. In fact, evidence shows medical errors could become a major component of wrongful death lawsuits. Approximately 9.5 percent of all deaths in this country can be attributed to medical error, according to a John Hopkins 2016 study.

State Supreme Court strikes down medical review panels

The state Supreme Court has struck down 2017 law that required those filing a medical malpractice lawsuit to first go before a medical review panel. Only after the review panel signed off on a case was it allowed to proceed.

A surgical error can lead to an unexpected death

Many Kentucky residents will undergo surgery during their lifetime. Most of the time, a surgery goes as expected and the patient receives good results. But, occasionally a surgical error occurs which is not expected it can lead to very serious results for the patient, including death. In these situations, a wrongful death lawsuit may be appropriate.

Survivor of duck boat tragedy wants vehicles banned

Duck boats are popular at many tourist destinations that Kentucky residents frequent. But, these duck boats have been involved in many accidents recently which is causing some people to question their safety. The most recent wrongful death accident has motivated some to demand that these vehicle be banned.

Tips to prevent boating accidents

Many Kentucky residents enjoy waters throughout the state. Fishing is a popular activity, along with water sports and boating. Most of the time, people are able to enjoy the waters safely, but occasionally, a fatal boating accident occurs that affects a family forever. Although there are some accidents that unfortunately cannot be avoided, it is important for boaters to keep in mind some important safety tips to prevent an accident.

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