Articles Posted in Kentucky

This post will explain the basics of Kentucky sexual abuse lawsuits. We examine how Kentucky law defines sexual abuse and assault and when victims of sex abuse can file civil lawsuits and get compensation. We will also analyze the potential settlement value of sex abuse lawsuits in Kentucky.

Finally, we will discuss recent efforts by the Kentucky state legislature to pass new laws making it easier for victims of child sexual abuse to file lawsuits years after the fact.

Kentucky Sex Abuse News & Updates

Below are settlement amounts and jury payouts in Kentucky medical malpractice lawsuits.  This page also summarizes key areas of Kentucky malpractice law.

According to Jury Verdict Research, the average personal injury jury verdict in Kentucky is $518,387. The median jury verdict in Kentucky is $40,000.  We drill down on Kentucky malpractice.

Kentucky Medical Malpractice Verdicts and Settlements

Are wrongful death beneficiaries bound by an arbitration agreement when bringing a wrongful death claim?  This issue has been batted around now in so many jurisdictions. Today, it was Kentucky’s turn.

Facts of Greenville Nursing and Rehabilitation, LLC et al v. Majors

The facts of Greenville Nursing and Rehabilitation, LLC et al v. Majors are simple. A son takes his mother to a nursing home in Greenville, Kentucky, owned and operated by the plaintiffs, both out-of-state companies. Before admission, the district court appointed the son as the woman’s guardian, granting him limited power to agree to contracts and execute instruments on her behalf.

In Wilson v. State Farm, a U.S. District Court in Kentucky found that an insurance carrier did not act in “bad faith” by delaying payment of the settlement in a car accident case pending plaintiff’s lawyer squaring away a Medicare lien.

state farm settlementIn Wilson, the plaintiff brought an uninsured motorist claim and the insured tendered the policy of $50,000. Plaintiff said, “Okay, we settled the case, pay me.” State Farm withheld payment, worried that it would be responsible for the Plaintiff’s Medicare lien. Plaintiffs’ lawyers deal with this issue every day.

Plaintiff’s lawyer understood State Farm’s position and tried to marry the two, demanding that State Farm put the settlement in an escrow account from which Medicare’s conditional payment amount would be payable. The plaintiff (and probably his lawyer, I don’t know) also promised to hold the insurer harmless regarding any potential claim asserted by Medicare.

A Kentucky jury has ordered a doctor’s malpractice insurance company to pay $3.8 million for acting in bad faith by delaying payment on a claim it knew its client was liable for, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports. The insurance company initially offered the Plaintiff $75,000 to settle her case despite the fact that the malpractice insurance company estimated the case to be worth $1 million. Typical stuff that does not surprise any malpractice lawyers. Plaintiff was left permanently disabled after her doctor botched a cosmetic procedure the doctor suggested the Plaintiff had while she underwent a hysterectomy.

Medical malpractice lawyers filed an informed consent lawsuit last week accusing a doctor of amputating a man’s penis without his consent. In the lawsuit, a Kentucky man alleges that the doctor was only authorized to perform a circumcision. What happened—right or wrong – was the doctor did what he thought he should, to save the patient’s life when he found cancer during the operation.

I won’t prejudge this lawsuit without hearing the evidence. I can certainly imagine a scenario where a doctor finds cancer during a routine operation and does what the doctor believes he must do to save the patient. The Plaintiff affirmed the doctor’s prerogative in this regard by signing a consent form acknowledging that unforeseen conditions discovered during the circumcision “may necessitate additional or different procedures.” But I would reserve judgment on the merits of the case because it really depends on whether reasonable minds could differ as to what was the appropriate course.

But I find disturbing that the lawsuit seeks punitive damages. Unless facts in the case exist that were not included in the Courier-Journal article I read, there is no malice or even recklessness in a doctor – right or wrong – deciding to save a patient’s life.

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