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Failure to diagnose illness results in false accusations

No parent in Louisiana wants to see his or her child removed from the home due to another person's mistake. One family was split apart for nearly a year because of one doctor's mistake.  A doctor's failure to diagnose a genetic disorder resulted in the parents being falsely accused of child abuse.

A mother took her child to the pediatrician to get an explanation for her nine-week-old child's arm pain. X-rays revealed that the child had a fractured arm as well as a few fractured ribs. The doctor then called Child Protective Services without asking any questions or running further tests to determine an underlying cause.  All of the family's children were removed from the home later that same week. 

Emergency room malpractice leads to death of new mother

The first days following the birth of a child are both stressful and wonderful, especially after the birth of a first child. New parents from Louisiana and every other state across the nation understand the overwhelming feelings that come with being responsible for another life. No new parent should be taken from his or her child prematurely because of emergency room malpractice. 

On August 26, 2013, a mother in another state died in the hospital barely one week after giving birth to her first child. She was brought into the emergency room several days after giving birth with symptoms of sepsis, the body's severe response to an infection. These symptoms included a high fever, chills, nausea, as well as pain in her back and other areas. 

What Is Alarm Fatigue?

When you hear a car alarm sound on your street, is your first instinct to call the police and let them know someone is trying to break into a vehicle? What about when the smoke alarm in your home sounds? Do you grab your children, run outside, and call the fire department?

Could My Doctor Be Liable for My Opiate Addiction?

When you seek medical care following a catastrophic injury, you trust that your healthcare providers will take both safe and effective measures to facilitate pain management. This might include giving you a prescription for opiates, which are synthetic drugs derived from opium.

Surgical errors cause patient to undergo more surgery

Louisiana families know that bringing a child into the world is an amazing and somewhat terrifying experience. The memories of the day that a child is born should not be marred by pain caused by surgical errors. Such was the case for one mother who was forced to undergo more surgery to correct a preventable issue.

In October of 2014, a woman underwent a cesarean section to deliver her baby. It wasn't until eleven weeks later that doctors discovered that an eighteen-inch-square sponge had been left inside of her after the procedure was finished. However, because it took so long to find the sponge, the patient not only required surgery to remove the sponge but also to remove the scar tissue surrounding it. The surgery also required the removal of one of her fallopian tubes and a part of her colon.

Reducing noise during procedures may help lessen surgical errors

Facing a surgical procedure, whether through an elective operation or emergency surgery, usually induces apprehension in most patients. It may only add to a patient's anxiety levels if he or she stops to consider the possibility of becoming a victim of surgical errors . While the majority of Louisiana patients will experience a routine procedure and an uneventful recovery, there are some who may not be as fortunate.

Recently, professionals in the medical field offered some suggestions that may be effective in reducing the number of mistakes that are made during operations. It is believed that a major contributor to errors is the level of noise distractions during these procedures. Several tips were offered that may help restore some measure of tranquility during these delicate operations. The first of which suggested that surgery staff adhere to a policy that limits conversation to the essentials, especially during complicated aspects of the surgery.

What Are the Risks Associated with a Forceps Delivery?

It is natural for both pregnant women and their partners to have concerns about labor and delivery. You may have even started worrying about giving birth from the moment you learned you were pregnant.

How Long Does It Take to Resolve a Birth Injury Claim?

Coping with the challenges of raising a child who sustained a debilitating birth injury is incredibly stressful. Although watching your baby grow and develop can be rewarding, you may be struggling to cover all of the costs associated with his or her care.

What Are the Stages of a Successful Medical Malpractice Claim?

Although parents-to-be know that all kinds of complications can arise during birth, most enter labor and delivery with plans to bring home a healthy baby in just a few days' time. When something goes wrong in the delivery room, though, even the most optimistic parents face overwhelming sadness, anger, and doubt.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of an SCI?

If you suspect that you suffered a spinal cord injury due to a botched surgery, you should seek immediate medical attention. Although the damage may have already been done, a skilled trauma team can stabilize your condition and prevent life-threatening complications from arising.

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