My mother went into the hospital for a hysterectomy. While she was recovering, she developed a staph infection, and now she is in the intensive care unit. She may not live. If she dies—and maybe even if she beats the infection—I’m considering suing for medical malpractice. Do I have a case?

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Unfortunately, staph infections are somewhat common in hospitals throughout the world, and Kentucky is not an exception. My advice to you is to consult a Louisville medical malpractice attorney, such as those at Gray and White Law. It’s possible that negligence by hospital staff led to your mother contracting the infection.

When healthcare professionals have failed to perform a task they should have done, or when they have done something they shouldn’t have done, this constitutes medical malpractice. If you wish to take legal action, however, you must be able to substantiate your claim. A good malpractice attorney will investigate—or hire someone to investigate—the circumstances that led to your mother getting the staph infection.

Don’t wait too long to make a decision on your course of action, though; each state has its own laws regarding statutes of limitations on filing a medical malpractice suit. In Kentucky, that date is one year from the date you discovered—or should have discovered—the act of malpractice. If your mother dies, you might be able to get the statute of limitations extended to two years. 

If someone you love has died or suffered brain injury as a result of medical malpractice, contact the medical malpractice attorneys in Kentucky at Gray and White Law as soon as possible. Call us at 502-210-8942 or toll free at 888-450-4456 to schedule a FREE, no-obligation consultation.