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March 2015 Archives

Is an unsuccessful procedure evidence of medical malpractice?

A common perception concerning whether a health care professional has committed medical malpractice is whether that individual made a mistake that led to a patient suffering harm. In practice, however, the determining if medical malpractice has occurred requires a detailed comprehension of the proof requirements under Louisiana law.

Limitations on medical malpractice claims in Louisiana

Medical professional negligence may include surgical errors, hospital negligence, misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose. Whatever form it might take, medical malpractice can cause personal injury or death.

How Large Is the Louisiana Patient's Compensation Fund?

Since 1975, when Louisiana legislators passed new laws related to medical malpractice, the state has been paying out claims against both private health-care professionals and public providers. The payouts and claims for private providers fall under the Medical Malpractice Act while the claims for public health-care providers fall under the Malpractice Liability for State Services Act.

Placental abruptions: what they are, and how they are caused

Women who are pregnant and who notice certain unusual symptoms such as the sudden development of abdominal or back pain, vaginal bleeding or uterine problems such as tenderness or unusual, rapid contractions should be concerned about the possibility of having an uncommon, but potentially serious medical condition known as a placental abruption.

Thousands Complain about Medical Malpractice Each Year in Louisiana

Each year, a multitude of patients in the United States complain about their medical treatment, and as a result, medical malpractice has become a familiar term across the country. Large, multimillion-dollar cases tend to capture the spotlight, but each year, many smaller claims go unnoticed. The same is true in the state of Louisiana, where a significant number of patients file medical malpractice claims every year.

What is an acquired brain injury?

Most often when one sees or hears the term "brain injury" it is used in connection with traumatic brain injuries. As the name suggests, these kinds of brain injuries are the result of some physical impact affecting the brain. This can be the result of an external force, such an an object piercing the skull and striking the brain, or more often the result of the brain being subject to forces within the cranium, such as bruising, or a concussion that might follow a fall or a car accident.

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