MorningLine Clint Kelly May 2020
How a Malpractice Attorney Can Help Victims and Families of Medical Malpractice
Attorney Clint Kelly of The Kelly Firm was recently interviewed on News Channel 5’s MorningLine with Nick Beres on the topic of medical malpractice in Hendersonville Tennessee. The topic was a case involving nurse RaDonda Vaught involving the negligent death of a patient due to the misapplication of a sedative.
Clint Kelly of The Kelly Firm on the Growing Problem of Medical Malpractice
Hendersonville, Tennessee medical malpractice attorney Clint Kelly explains, “The nature of her death was absolutely awful. She was supposed to get Versed, which a lot of people have had during outpatient procedures. It relaxes you and puts you in a position where you’re comfortable and not stressed. It’s an anesthetic or sedative known as Vecuronium Bromide. That is what nurse Vaught used and it paralyzes the body, particularly the diaphragm which is the muscle that expands the lungs and allows you to breathe. When those muscles are paralyzed, the patient slowly loses the ability to breathe and suffocates. That process of death has been studied by scientists over many years and it is an extraordinarily painful way to die.”
According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States, and medical error costs Americans as much as $210,000,000,000 each year. Clint Kelly went on to explain that nurses are overworked and underpaid and that they are set up to fail in American hospitals. RaDonda Vaught has been found guilty of criminal negligence in the case mentioned above. Her career is over and she has been sentenced to three (3) years supervised probation. But the family of the victim is still grieving, and the hospital where Vaught worked is not compelled to change the way they do business.
Hendersonville, Tennessee medical malpractice attorney Clint Kelly told Nick Beres that the laws have changed making cases more difficult to pursue with added technicalities impeding efforts to get a case into court and keep it in court long enough to deliver the needed results to the surviving victims. He also mentions the fact that the legislature has made an effort to prevent lawsuits and reduce or cap the damages victims are able to receive. The Hendersonville Tennessee medical malpractice lawyer explains that legal professionals in his type of legal practice have to fight their way through all of these kinds of roadblocks to serve the needs of the victims of medical error and malpractice.
Clint Kelly says that the criminal justice system is not about helping victims recover from an incidence of malpractice, but about punishing criminal behavior. He then goes on to explain that the hospital involved in the RaDonda Vaught case does not back up the nurse whatsoever in cases like this. The hospital pays it’s fines, fires the nurse, and issues standard corporate statements about how administrators are doing everything they can to remedy the problem, when in fact they are returning to business as usual. Kelly explains that the criminal system cannot go after a hospital, that a hospital cannot be put in jail, and that the problem is never truly resolved.
But an overworked and underpaid nurse can be jailed. She can be fined. She can have her livelihood destroyed, and the family of the victim might never recover. Medical malpractice attorney Hendersonville Tennessee Clint Kelly says, “I’m a believer in the civil side of the legal system. That is where victims have a chance of getting the recoveries they need and deserve.”
How a Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Hendersonville Tennessee Can Help
When a hospital like the one in the Vaught case is responsible for wrongful death or injury, they have considerable protection against litigation. Clint Kelly has been fighting for over 30 years for the victims and families of victims in cases like the one described above. If you or a loved one has been the victim of medical negligence or malpractice, navigating the barriers set up by legislators and medical lobbyists to obtain the compensation you need without representation may be impossible.
After an incidence of medical error, victims are financially, emotionally, and physically devastated. An attorney like Clint Kelly will help you navigate the legal hurdles set up to protect hospitals from malpractice lawsuits and obtain justice for you and your family.
Only the civil legal system has the ability to bring true and meaningful justice to bear in cases like this.
Contact The Kelly Firm at 615-800-0000 today to learn more.