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May 2015 Archives

When Can a Medical Expert Help Your Malpractice Claim?

The field of medicine is complicated, and most medical malpractice claims will include testimony from an expert witness. The issues that come up during the claim process are typically too complex for people who are not medical experts to understand, and the stakes are high for both the doctor and the claimant.

Study shows real reason for erroneous antibiotic treatment

Antibiotics are a powerful weapon against infections and are often the last line of defense against a patient’s death. Yet, their misuse can cause more harm than good. That’s why it’s critically important to make sure patients receive the right dosage of the right medicine. The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America released a definitive study recently that shows the top culprit for antibiotics being prescribed unnecessarily: misdiagnoses.

What is neonatal abstinence syndrome?

When a pregnant woman eats, drinks or intakes anything into her body, chances are it will end up being part of the fetus’ diet. As such, expectant mothers are told not to consume alcohol or foods that could be potentially dangerous to an unborn child, like sushi. Their prescriptions are also heavily regulated in order to protect the child. But, one way or another, addictive substances sometimes get to the fetus, causing issues.

When Misdiagnosis May Lead to a Malpractice Claim

There are many reasons to claim for medical malpractice, and one of the most common relates to delayed or misdiagnosis of a serious medical condition or life-altering injury. If a doctor makes an error in the diagnosing process, it can lead to incorrect or delayed treatment, which can have a lasting impact on the individual's recovery.

Res ipsa loquitur: can it apply to medical malpractice actions?

In a medical malpractice lawsuit, sometimes injury causation is easy to establish, such as a surgical error in which a clamp was left inside of you upon completion of the operation. At other times, though, causation may be harder to pin down. Part of the reason why this can happen is that often the source of reports and other information on medical procudures performed on you comes from the medical personnel themselves, who have little incentive to write down anything that might expose them to liability. This can lead to a situation in which you know that something went wrong while you were in the care of a physician or were at a hospital, but you cannot identify exactly what was done that failed to meet the appropriate medical standard of care.

How to Seek Compensation for Pain and Suffering after Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice is a complicated process to understand, particularly if you are still suffering the impact of negligent treatment. It is not always an easy process to undergo, and many people face a difficult time trying to prove that the doctor did in fact act negligently or did not perform a certain procedure with due care.

Medical malpractice is often a collaborative phenomenon

There are probably few people still alive who can remember the days of the individual family doctor who made house calls, carrying with him everything he needed in his black bag. Today the practice of medicine is frequently a joint effort that involves advanced equipment, specialized facilities and teams of personnel. When it works, it works well. But when it doesn't work, sometimes it can be hard to pin down what went wrong, and who was responsible.

How the Louisiana Medical Malpractice Damages Cap Works

Medical malpractice is a serious issue across the United States, and according to the Journal of the American Medical Association, medical negligence is a leading cause of death in this country. Studies indicate that only cancer and heart disease kill more people in the United States each year, and medical review boards across the country pay out billions of dollars annually to patients suffering the impact of negligent health care or treatment.

The medical malpractice review panel ruled against me. Now what?

The Louisiana Medical Malpractice Act requires that before anyone who claims that he or she was injured as a result of medical malpractice can file a lawsuit against the health care provider, the claim must first be submitted for review by a medical review panel consisting of three medical practitioners and one attorney. The attorney does not vote in the panel's decision, but rather assists in the selection of the other three panelists and with the conduct of the panel's activities.

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