Life can never be the same when someone you care about is unexpectedly taken from you. Perhaps you were recently shocked and saddened by the death of a loved one, who just hours before had been perfectly fine and talking with you about his or her future plans in life. Sometime later, you may have received a phone call from Kentucky police, informing you that same person had been in a terrible car accident and did not survive.
Losing a loved one is often the hardest thing that most Kentucky residents go through, especially if it is unexpected and due to the negligent actions of another party. Many unexpected deaths result in criminal charges for the party believed responsible, but those proceedings may not provide the sense of justice a grieving family needs due to the stringent burden of proof that prosecutors must meet in criminal court. Civil law allows for the filing of a wrongful death suit, which comes with less of a burden to meet.
Because of the Food and Drug Administration, we expect that the food, drug and cosmetic products we see on store shelves are safe to use. If they are harmful, we expect proper labeling that indicates the danger and risks so that we as consumers can make an informed decision about whether or not to buy the product.
Many people in Kentucky and elsewhere have medical conditions that prevent them from being able to live fully independent lives. State-run care facilities exist to help them live on their own in group homes where professional care is always available. An apparent wrongful death tragedy recently occurred in another state, involving a Special Olympics athlete and those who were charged with his care.
In previous posts, we’ve been discussing the issue of medication errors, specifically medication errors resulting from flaws in digital medication ordering systems. Medication errors, even those stemming from the use of these systems, can occur for a variety of reasons.