As of 22 July 2019, it has officially been reported that an infection outbreak has occurred in patients across Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. In a shocking case of medical malpractice, the outbreak was caused by a Mount Sterling doctor who allowed his unlicensed wife to mishandle vaccinations.
The Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure is aware of the situation and has placed Dr. Paul E. McLaughlin on five years’ probation. He has also been ordered to pay $5,000 for assigning the task to his wife who does not have a medical license - ultimately causing the public health crisis.
Further inquiries are being made, as an investigation has revealed that the provider of the vaccinations, “Location Vaccination,” is both owned and operated by Fairshinda Sabounchi McLaughlin - Dr. McLaughlin’s wife.
The news was revealed by the Department of Public Health after they began investigating “Location Vaccination” upon learning that the company’s patients were experiencing pain, swelling, and lumps around their injection sites. The “Location Vaccination” company was hired to provide vaccinations to adult employees during last year’s flu season. These employees extended across 20 municipalities which made the outbreak widespread and an undeniable public health issue.
Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional provides you with sub-standard treatment or incorrect treatment. It can also occur due to negligence, unprofessional behavior, and unethical actions.
The infection outbreak caused by the mishandling of vaccinations by Dr. McLaughlin’s wife is an example of medical malpractice due to the unprofessional behavior and unethical actions involved. It is Dr. McLaughlin himself that should have been handling the vaccinations or another qualified healthcare practitioner with a medical license. McLaughlin’s actions harmed many people, resulting in the very real possibility of medical malpractice lawsuits being filed should any of the patients who were infected wish to seek justice and compensation.
If you have experienced a similar event and wish to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit, then your first step of action is to consult with a qualified medical malpractice lawyer. This is important, as your NYC medical malpractice attorney will be able to explain the four basic elements that need to exist in order for your medical malpractice lawsuit to be successful. They can then help you draft a document with information that fulfills these elements so that further action can be taken.
The four basic elements that you need to prove to exist include:
- Indicating that a doctor-patient relationship existed between you and your doctor
- Showing that your doctor was negligent when treating you and did not conform to the expected standard of care of their profession
- Proving that your doctor’s negligence caused you injury or harm
- Describing how this injury or harm led to specific and considerable damages that caused you suffering
If you live in NYC, then you need to consult with a qualified NYC medical malpractice lawyer. The reason for this is that the standards and regulations for medical malpractice laws differ between states, which can make filing your claim confusing and difficult if you don’t have a qualified professional to assist and guide you.
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