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November 2015 Archives

Courts continue to find new malpractice law interpretations

Now more than ever, Louisiana medical malpractice cases that involve defendants who are not residents of this state have become commonplace. If, for example, you are harmed by an act of medical malpractice, the local physician is only one of the potential responsible parties you need to consider. That medical professional may have relied upon or acted in coordination with additional out-of-state parties, such as equipment providers or other vendors or even out-of-state specialists, all of who may have contributed to your avoidable injury.

Was I a Victim of Medical Malpractice? New Orleans Injury Lawyer Explains

If a health-care worker's negligence causes an injury, worsens an existing condition or contributes to the death of your loved one, then you may have grounds for a claim. Winning these cases, however, is a legally complex procedure, but a medical malpractice lawyer can represent your interThumbnail image for Thumbnail image for photodune-8982438-ambulance-xs.jpgests.

New Orleans Spinal Cord Injury Lawyer Explains 5 Common Surgical Errors

Surgical mistakes are more common than most people want to believe. More mistakes occur during minor, frequently performed procedures than complicated surgeries. Medical negligence can have lifelong consequences, and many patients turn to a medical malpractice attorney to avoid insurmountable dphotodune-7800314-backpain-xs (1).jpgebt.

"Defensive medicine" finds support in recent study

One way that medical professionals may attempt to protect themselves from the prospect of becoming defendants in medical malpractice lawsuits is to adopt a very conservative approach to diagnosing injuries and illnesses. These doctors, surgeons, and others will order additional tests to rule out certain possible causes of illness or injury, tests that increase the cost to patients and insurers alike. This practice, known colloquially as "defensive medicine," has been the subject of intense debate as to whether it is really effective in reducing the frequency of medical malpractice lawsuits in Louisiana and elsewhere.

What happens if my expert witness does a bad job?

Medical malpractice claims frequently raise complex questions of fact as well as questions about the standard of duty that the defendant medical professional may have failed to live up to in causing harm to the patient. Explaining these complicated issues to the jury in the best possible light to the plaintiff's side is something that plaintiffs and their attorneys will often enlist the aid of one or more expert witnesses to perform.

Medical Malpractice Lawyer Discusses the Importance of Grieving and Taking Control after a Spinal Injury

All spinal cord injuries are devastating. Even a minor fracture may have a lasting impact on your life, resulting in physical disabilities and ongoing medical expenses. Many of these victims turn to a spinal cord injury lawyer to help them avoid insurmountable debt.

Is it always necessary to go to a medical review panel?

A surface reading of the Louisiana Medical Malpractice Act indicates that before a medical malpractice plaintiff can take the matter to court he or she should submit the matter to a medical review panel for consideration. Cases have taken place, however, in which the plaintiff did not rigidly follow this process, leading to the question of whether the failure to strictly adhere to the medical review panel requirement is fatal to a medical malpractice cause of action. According to a decision by the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, such a failure will not necessarily preclude a medical malpractice cause of action.

Pharmacy Error Lawyer Discusses 3 Ways Doctors and Pharmacists May Be Liable for Malpractice When Administering Medication

When most people imagine medical malpractice, surgical errors come to mind. The truth, however, is that there are several ways malpractice can occur. If you were the victim of a health-care provider's negligence, then a medical malpractice attorney can determine if you may have valid grounds for a lawsuit.

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