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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Many Frankfort area residents have heard of someone who has died because of another person's negligence. These tragic events can occur because of a car accident, motorcycle accident, workplace accident, or other serious situation. A fatal accident may be the result of negligence and that can result in a family seeking a wrongful death claim.
It is understandable when a loved one dies due to old age or a fatal illness, that while sad, such a death is a natural part of life. However, when a loved one dies due to the actions of another person, acceptance can be extremely difficult. Whether it is in a car accident, an act of medical malpractice or a fatal workplace accident, the sudden loss of a loved one can be emotionally devastating and can leave the victim's survivors in a precarious financial position. Therefore, people in Kentucky facing such a situation may wish to seek compensation through a wrongful death suit.
Accidents happen every day in Kentucky. These accidents are often unexpected and sometimes cause serious injuries and even death. When a fatal accident occurs because of another person's negligence, they may be able to be held liable for wrongful death.