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February 2016 Archives

Medical malpractice case results in $30 million settlement

Some serious injuries to children that are caused by medical negligence may occur after birth and over an extended time period. That is apparently the case in a medical malpractice claim recently settled on the eve of trial for $30 million. The family of a 6-year-old boy sued a treating physician who performed 25 separate surgical procedures on the boy after his birth in 2009 up until sometime in 2011. The case is out of state, but Louisiana laws on medical negligence are generally applicable to a case with these facts.

5 Important Steps in a Louisiana Medical Malpractice Claim

Patients trust medical professionals to provide competent, reliable health care. Unfortunately, physicians, nurses and other personnel can make mistakes that cause debilitating, life-altering injuries and illnesses.

3 Dangers of Prescription Drug Errors - New Orleans Medical Malpractice Attorney Investigates

Although modern pharmaceuticals save countless lives, prescription errors cause illness, injuries or death to at least 1.5 million people each year, according to the National Patient Safety Foundation. Of these, approximately 1.3 million patients experience life-threatening complications.

Medical center pays $9 million to settle birth injury claim

Cerebral palsy is caused by a brain injury that occurs before, during or immediately after birth. The disease sometimes results when there has been a birth injury caused by medical malpractice. If the delivery procedure in a Louisiana hospital or elsewhere is not properly monitored and if recognizable dangers are ignored, a deprivation of oxygen to the brain can occur during childbirth.

New Orleans Medical Malpractice Lawyer Discusses 4 Brain Injuries during Childbirth

No parent should have to go through the trauma of a serious childbirth injury. Unfortunately, some forms of traumatic brain injuries are particularly common among infants - and medical malpractice contributes to many of them.

$5.1 million awarded to woman for medical malpractice

In Louisiana and other states, cross contamination during medical procedures can expose patients to a variety of illnesses. A medical patient in another state purportedly experienced this after she went in for a routine colonoscopy and within weeks came down with symptoms that lead to a diagnosis of Hepatitis C. She has since filed a medical malpractice claim against the doctors who handled the procedure. The patient had no existing risk factors for Hepatitis C, and her medical experts found a genetic tie between the viral strain of an earlier colonoscopy patient the defendants had treated and the woman's strain. Under those circumstances, the jury concluded that there was a causal connection and came in with a verdict of $5.1 million in favor of the plaintiff and against two defendant doctors in a medical malpractice case.

Overview of Spinal Cord Injuries from a New Orleans Medical Malpractice Attorney

According to Mayo Clinic, car accidents are responsible for approximately 35 percent of all new spinal cord injuries in the United States. Medical malpractice also causes a significant portion of these injuries.

Surgical errors are the basis of a $3 million jury verdict

Louisiana malpractice claims often include cases where surgeons have allegedly committed medical malpractice by not following proper surgical standards. When a surgeon commits surgical errors during routine surgery, and death of the patient occurs, that may be a tipoff to family members that their loved one may have been  a victim of medical malpractice. In such cases, an autopsy may be helpful in determining the nature of the negligence and the cause of death.

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