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Hospital hit with $20 million medical malpractice judgment

The concept of res ipsa loquitur may sometimes be used in a medical malpractice case to prove the negligence of the defendant medical provider. This may be done in Louisiana and other states where the plaintiff has shown that the injury is caused by an agency or instrumentality in the exclusive control of the defendant. It must be shown to be an injury that would not occur in the absence of negligence. In addition, it must be shown that the plaintiff herself did not cause the injury through some action of her own in order for medical malpractice liability to apply.

Incomplete vs. Complete Spine Injuries - What's the Difference? New Orleans Spinal Cord Injury Attorney Explains

Car wrecks cause an astonishing number of spine injuries. According to Mayo Clinic, they are responsible for approximately 35 percent of all cases.

3 Surgery Options for Brachial Plexus Injuries - New Orleans Medical Malpractice Lawyer Insights

The brachial plexus is a cluster of nerves that control movement in the arms, hands and shoulders. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, damage to the brachial plexus can cause partial or total paralysis of the upper limbs. Although brachial plexus injuries can happen at any age, they are particularly common during birth - when doctors or nurses misuse forceps or vacuum extractors during forceful deliveries.

Video: Briana Whetstone, medical malpractice lawyer | The Bowling Law Firm

Fighting for the rights of a victim of faulty medical care can be a deeply personal process. Patients put their trust in their doctors. If negligence reveals that trust to have been misplaced, the resulting injury to a patient can be more than just physical.

What Are the Symptoms of a Brachial Plexus Birth Injury? New Orleans Medical Malpractice Lawyer Explains

Most people have no idea what the brachial plexus is until they or someone they love sustains an injury. The brachial plexus is a crucial cluster of nerves that send signals from the spine to the hands, arms and shoulders. Damage can cause partial or complete paralysis of the upper limbs.

Patient claims damages for fall caused by hospital negligence

Does a hospital have a duty to use due care in preventing falls to Parkinson's patients? The answer is most likely yes, with respect to hospitals both here in Louisiana and nationwide. This is true at least under most typical circumstances where the patient's symptoms indicate a danger of falling. If the hospital does not provide special procedures to prevent a fall due to the patient's Parkinson's or other neurological deficit, this may constitute hospital negligence.

Discharge of patient may cause medical malpractice errors

When patients in Louisiana are discharged from the hospital and sent home, it can be a danger spot in the treatment process. That sometimes happens because many institutions throughout the country do not have organized discharge protocols that double check whether the right medication and correct instructions are being provided. When a patient is sent home with the wrong medicine or wrong instructions for care, the danger to the patient may be critical and the outcome fatal, thus generating a medical malpractice claim.

Is Medical Malpractice the Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.? New Orleans Brain Injury Lawyer Investigates

Medical malpractice may be the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to a recent study from Johns Hopkins University. The researchers concluded at least 250,000 people die due to medical errors every year in this country - more than lower respiratory disease, accidental injuries and stroke.

What Are the Symptoms of Pulmonary Hypertension in Newborns? New Orleans Birth Injury Lawyer Explains

Birth injuries are always tragic. Several factors can contribute to these injuries including the mother's medications, strain during a difficult labor, and oxygen deprivation. Often, these injuries are preventable, and medical negligence is to blphotodune-2221154-new-born-xs.jpgame.

New Study: medical malpractice causes 251,000 deaths per year

When people buy into the national campaigns by medical and insurance interests to demonize the nature of medical malpractice claims, they probably are not aware of some shocking facts. These facts - documented by several different statistical sources – say that medical negligence causes almost 10 percent of all deaths in the country, including our share here in Louisiana, each year. A new study published by doctors at one of the most prestigious medical schools in the country just recently estimated that 251,000 lives are lost to medical malpractice each year.  

What Are the Symptoms of Infant Brain Damage? New Orleans Birth Injury Lawyer Investigates

No tragedy compares to the death of a child, and as the U.S. National Library of Medicine explains, the number-one cause of long-term disabilities and deaths for infants is traumatic brain injuries. Although a birth defect can contribute to brain damage, many of these cases involve medical malpractice.

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