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January 2015 Archives

Causes of surgical errors

Every year, in Louisiana and elsewhere in the United States, surgical errors take place which can lead to worsened injuries or other medical conditions. Surgery is an inherently risky process which is why, ordinarily, you will be informed beforehand of the potential risks and asked to sign a statement of informed consent.

3 Important Medical Malpractice FAQs

Medical malpractice has become an epidemic in the United States. According to Forbes, medical malpractice claims totaled more than $3 billion in 2012 alone. On average, there are more than 365 payouts per year. However, it is often challenging to prove medical malpractice, which is why the guidance of a malpractice attorney may prove invaluable.photodune-5004263-malpractice-xs.jpg 

Mother Sues Doctor After Alleged Misdiagnosis of Her Son

The Louisiana Record reports on a tragic case involving a man who died after a doctor allegedly misdiagnosed him in the emergency room. According to the report, the victim's mother filed suit against the doctor who sent him home from the hospital without properly treating him. The patient later died from fluid accumulating in his brain.

An overview of birth defects in Louisiana

Every year about 120,000 babies with birth defects are born in the United States. In Louisiana, the rate of birth defects ranges between 2 and 3 percent according to statistics from the state's Department of Health and Hospitals showing that more than 1600 live births reported a birth defect out of more than 63,000 births in 2006.

The medical malpractice review panel

Medical procedures gone wrong can have devastating effects on the lives of patients. They can result in permanent disability, pain and, sometimes, even death. Many times, such incidents are merely a consequence of chance. Sometimes, preventable accidents result from the negligence of an attending physician. In such cases, the only recourse a patient may have is filing a medical malpractice suit.

4 Facts and Stats Regarding Medical Malpractice

As if going under the knife wasn't scary enough, it seems that medical malpractice errors are growing more common across the United States. According to Forbes, the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that medical malpractice is the third-leading cause of death in the country, trailing behind just heart disease and cancphotodune-8982438-ambulance-xs.jpger.

Using experts to prove fault in medical malpractice cases

In a previous blog, we discussed the concept of medical standard of care, which is a doctor's duty to treat a patient with a similar level of care and skill as other similarly-situated doctors would in similar circumstances. In almost all medical malpractice lawsuits, the plaintiff is claiming that the doctor or other health care professional did not follow the requisite standard of care, was therefore negligent, and that negligence caused the patient's injury. In order to prevail and ultimately obtain compensation, the plaintiff has the burden to prove these things by a preponderance of evidence, which essentially means that it is more likely than not.

Louisiana's Largest Medical Malpractice Insurer Returns 5 Percent of Premiums

Patients might not want to contemplate how high their chances of suffering medical malpractice are every time they visit a doctor, but physicians know it happens--and often. This is why medical malpractice insurance is so important.

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