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April 2016 Archives

Dead prisoner's estate sues doctors for medical malpractice

Prisoners in Louisiana and other states have a constitutional right to receive medical services that are free from negligence and gross negligence. Under the context of their situation, prisoners also have a right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment pursuant to Eighth Amendment jurisprudence. In addition to claims for medical malpractice, a prisoner's claim for damages will usually include constitutional counts for deprivation of basic rights.

You Won't Believe the Number of People Who Suffer Traumatic Brain Injuries [DATA] - New Orleans Brain Injury Attorney Investigates

A traumatic brain injury can have devastating consequences for victims and their families. TBIs range in severity from minor concussions to life-threatening diffuse axonals.

Failure to diagnose irregularities on X-rays may be compensable

Medical negligence claims against radiologists are not uncommon in Louisiana and elsewhere. Radiologists are often liable for providing the patient with the wrong diagnosis or interpretation of the test records. When the failure to diagnose correctly results in injury to the patient, this can be the basis for a determination of medical malpractice against the radiologist.

8 Tips to Improve Diagnosis Accuracy

Despite advancements in health-care technology, medical malpractice is a leading cause of death in the United States. According to ProPublica.org, the Office of the Inspector General revealed that negligent medical treatment contributed to at least 180,000 deaths in 2010, and new evidence suggests that the fatality rate is higher.

Medical malpractice asserted against doctor for sex assaults

It is fairly well-settled in Louisiana that a doctor who sexually assaults his patients under the guise of treatment will be liable for patient injuries that are inflicted. This almost always comes up in the context of a male doctor treating female patients. When the doctor makes sexual contact during a medical session with the patient, virtually all courts have declared this to be medical malpractice.

Hospital negligence: 2,300 patients exposed to HIV over 3 years

Louisiana patients of clinics and hospitals may be concerned about their exposure to blood-borne pathogens after over 2,300 people in another state were informed that their health may have been compromised by contaminated needles used during testing at a clinic. A woman recently filed a class action lawsuit against the facility, alleging hospital negligence. This followed that state's Department of Health and Human Resources sending out letters to warn former patients of possible contamination.

New Orleans Medical Malpractice Attorney Discusses 4 Common Reasons for Surgical Errors

The days before an invasive surgery are stressful - even for the most confident patients. Although most operations do not lead to complications, surgical errors are far more common than many people realize. According to research from Johns Hopkins University, these mistakes happen at least 4,000 times each year in the United States.

Medical malpractice claims are made only in severe cases

Any medical provider who participates in the health care of a patient can be liable for damages caused by negligence. This includes nurses, lab workers and other agents who work for doctors and hospitals. The urban legend that depicts people on welfare rushing to the courtroom corridors to sue their doctors for medical malpractice simply doesn't hold up in Louisiana or elsewhere.

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