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Errors can occur before surgical procedures begin

It isn't unusual for patients and their loved ones to worry about what will happen during surgery. Even minor or frequently performed surgical procedures can make patients nervous. However, as some Louisiana residents have discovered, it is possible for mistakes to be made before the first incision is made. 

A Philadelphia woman filed a malpractice suit after anesthesia for her dental surgery was improperly administered resulting in permanent nerve damage. In her lawsuit, the woman claims that a nurse struck a nerve on the left side of the patient's tongue directly when she carelessly injected the anesthetic into the patient's mouth before the procedure. The suit also claims that the doctor was informed that a nerve had been struck but did not have the needle removed and instead chose to continue administering the anesthesia. 

5 Statistics Regarding Medical Malpractice That Will Surprise You

When you visit your doctor for a routine physical, does he or she put you at ease? A lot of Americans would likely answer "yes" to this question because many take bedside manner into account when choosing a primary care provider.

Were You the Victim of Medical Malpractice?

Patients place a lot of trust in their healthcare providers, and they deserve to receive a certain standard of care in return. After all, if a doctor makes a mistake, it could literally have life-threatening consequences.

Patient's family awarded $1 million in medical malpractice suit

Many Louisiana families have a loved one that requires constant care. Many families are unable to provide the care personally, and opt for a nursing home to fulfill that role. If the facility is understaffed or otherwise fails to provide an appropriate standard of care, any resulting injuries suffered by a patient may constitute grounds for a medical malpractice claim. 

After the death of their 70-year-old relative, a family was awarded $1 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit against the facility responsible for his care. The patient was placed in the nursing home for treatment after several toes and his leg, below the knee, were amputated. He was both emotionally and physically dependent on the staff. Unfortunately, before he was transferred to another facility, the patient fell several times, which resulted in broken bones. He also contracted pneumonia. 

What Is the Difference Between Partial and Total Paralysis?

Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are one of the most devastating kinds of injury that you can sustain in an accident, and sadly, they are far more common than they should be. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Association, there are approximately 8,000 new cases of SCI every yearphotodune-14342435-human-skeleton-spinal-cord-xs.jpg.

What Should You Look for in an Obstetrician?

Maybe you and your partner have started talking about trying to conceive, or maybe you just took a home pregnancy and the results were positive. Regardless of the stage you are at in becoming a mother, there's one question that all women have once they think about the logistics of carrying a pregnancy to term: How do you find a good obstetrician?

Failure to diagnose severe illness results in child's death

Parents all across the nation, including in Louisiana, worry almost constantly about their children's health. Some are terrified by the idea of being unable to help their children when they are ill. This may be why some parents rely heavily on the advice given to them by doctors. However, there are times when symptoms are overlooked, or proper precautions are not taken and the result is a doctor's failure to diagnose a potentially severe illness. 

Very early one morning in Aug. 2016, a mother and father brought their 4-year-old daughter to an emergency room clinic. The child had a fever, abnormal breathing and a rapid heartbeat. She was attended to by a medical resident who was still in training. Clinic workers gave the little girl fluids, ordered lab tests and checked her vitals before discharging her with an antibiotic prescription to treat an ear infection.

What Can You Expect Regarding Prenatal Care over the Course of Your Pregnancy?

Pregnancy is a beautiful time in a woman's life, but it can also be incredibly stressful. From the moment you learn you are pregnant, you must stop eating all kinds of foods, and there are dozens of activities that you can no longer take part in because they could threaten the health of your baby.

Is Preeclampsia Preventable If You Receive Adequate Medical Care?

If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, you probably already know about the importance of regular prenatal visits with your obstetrician. As an expectant mother, it is up to you to schedule and attend regular doctor's appointments to ensure you remain healthy and the fetus is developing properly.

Hospital negligence results in botched pregnancy

Many couples across the nation, including Louisiana, dream of having children of their own. Some are able to easily conceive, and others feel that adoption is the best option for them. However, there are some who desperately wish to carry and give birth to their own child, but find it difficult to conceive. Many of these couples turn to fertility treatments or in vitro fertilization, which can be expensive and time-consuming, so even small mistakes can have devastating results. One family was awarded $26 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit that claimed hospital negligence was the reason for the death of one twin and the permanent injury of the other.

During her 20th week of pregnancy, a mother expecting twins went to the Maimonides Medical Center because she was experiencing what she thought might have been unusual spotting and cramping. A trainee doctor felt that there was no need to be alarmed and sent her home. However, the bleeding did not stop but instead worsened. She returned to the medical center and, after another examination, was told by another trainee doctor that there were no changes and that she should return home. She later called the doctor about her concerns but was told not to worry.

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