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April 2017 Archives

Judge awards $42M in federal birth injury case

The parents of a boy who suffered serious brain injuries during birth have been awarded a sum of $42 million. The baby was wounded with forceps during his delivery in 2012, according to the report. The suit was filed against the federal government since the doctor who delivered the child and the center where the baby was born were both federally funded. In Louisiana, as in other states, parents are well within their rights to file suits for a birth injury.

Top 4 Ways to Prevent Spinal Cord Injuries

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, motor vehicle collisions accounted for nearly 40 percent of all new spinal cord injuries in 2015. Other common causes of SCIs include falls, violence, sports and recreation, and medical malpractice.

Mississippi Supreme Court Allows Wrongful Death Case from 2010 to Proceed

The Mississippi Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of a woman who had filed a wrongful death lawsuit five years after the incident occurred. The woman's mother died in 2010, but the plaintiff did not file a claim against the hospital that is allegedly responsible for her mother's death until 2015.

How Long Do I Have to File a Medical Malpractice Claim in Louisiana?

If you were injured by a negligent doctor, nurse, or other medical worker and you intend to file a medical malpractice claim, you will have to do so before the statute of limitations has expired. The statute of limitations is a timeframe by which you must file your claim, and if you wait too long, it is likely that the court will dismiss your case.

4 Developmental Disabilities Caused by Birth Trauma

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, complications during birth and shortly after delivery often cause developmental disabilities. For example, untreated jaundice in newborns can cause kernicterus, which is a type of brain damage that increases the risk of cerebral palsy, vision problems, and hearing loss.

Stillborn infant's remains lost in hospital negligence case

A judge has ruled that one hospital must inform a mother what happened to her baby after the facility allegedly lost the stillborn infant's remains. The mother, who is suing for hospital negligence, has been trying for over three years to get answers as to why she cannot lay her child to rest. According to the judge, the mother has the right to know where those remains ended up. In Louisiana, a stillborn birth is also known as a spontaneous fetal death.

Patient sues for failure to diagnose a spinal tumor

A patient in a midwestern state has filed a lawsuit against a physician and the medical group that he works with, claiming that they failed to diagnose the woman with a spinal tumor. The complaint was filed on March 20 against the doctor and his group and alleges that the defendants did not provide a standard of care that would be accepted in the chiropractic or medical community. Medical malpractice lawsuits are common in Louisiana, and other states, where failure to diagnose is an issue.

3 Reasons Why Doctors Might Propose an Ineffective or Dangerous Treatment

From diet plans and fitness trackers to heart rate monitors and medical alerts, there are countless apps that you can download to your smartphone to improve your health. However, nothing has the potential to improve your health--or save your life--like a simple Web search.

Patient injuries a problem in nursing homes

In nursing homes all across the country, there is an unacceptable problem growing. Patient injuries occur far too often in Louisiana and all over the U.S. Just last year, over 20,000 people who live in nursing homes experienced serious injuries to their faces and even more to other parts of the body. Most of these injuries were because of falls.

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