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May 2017 Archives

Patient to sue after falling off table during surgical procedures

A patient was given the go-ahead to sue after she fell off of the operating table while undergoing surgery. Although the hospital and surgeon both tried to get the case dismissed, a three-judge panel decided that the woman could indeed go forward with her lawsuit. Just as in Louisiana, patients in other states may be able to sue when they are injured during surgical procedures.

What Should I Include in My Birth Plan? 4 Tips from a Birth Injury Lawyer in Baton Rouge

Giving birth should be one of the most joyous and memorable experiences of your life, and for many new mothers, it is. Although some factors are out of your control, you can take a proactive approach to labor and delivery by devising a birth plan long before you are actually due.

Was My Child's Cerebral Palsy Preventable? Insights from a Birth Injury Lawyer in New Orleans

Cerebral palsy refers to a group of disorders that affect muscle coordination. According to the Cerebral Palsy Alliance, CP can arise during development or shortly after birth. It occurs as a result of damage to the brain.

$23.1M verdict in birth brain injuries case

One family has been awarded over $23.1 million in a medical malpractice suit for a baby who has ongoing health issues due to birthing complications. The child reportedly suffered brain injuries due to the negligence of a neonatologist. Although this case was not in Louisiana, similar medical malpractice suits are filed in the state every year.

When Is a Hospital Liable for a Clostridium Difficile Infection?

Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, is a kind of bacteria that can cause life-threatening inflammation in the colon. According to the Mayo Clinic, many people already have C. diff in their intestinal tract, but they do not experience any ill effects because the other kinds of bacteria in the digestive system keep it in check.

Man Claims Walgreens Sold Him the Wrong Medication

According to the Louisiana Record, a man is filing a medical malpractice lawsuit after staff at a New Orleans Walgreens allegedly gave him the wrong medication. The man claims he went to the pharmacy in question to fill three prescriptions in April 2016.

How Common Are Falls in the Emergency Room?

Hospital administrators and staff have an obligation to provide a safe environment for their patients from the moment they enter the premises. This includes identifying patients who are at risk of falling and taking measures to prevent them from doing so.

Will I Ever Recover after a Traumatic Delivery?

No one expects childbirth to be a breeze, but most women anticipate a fairly seamless procedure. When life-threatening trauma occurs, though, it can feel virtually impossible to cope with your emotions and overcome the experience.

The failure to diagnose a heart attack in a woman is too common

The movies and television give Louisiana residents a picture of how a heart attack might happen. A person, ordinarily a man, clutches his chest, talks about pain in his left arm and jaw and then collapses. Unfortunately, this depiction can be misleading -- especially for women. This is part of what makes it far too easy for a failure to diagnose a heart attack in a woman happen.

U.S. government must pay half of birth injury settlement

The United States government has been ordered to pay half of an $8 million medical malpractice settlement after a mother filed suit against the hospital where she gave birth. The order was made by a federal judge in a birth injury lawsuit. While this settlement involved a hospital in another state, similar medical malpractice issues occur in Louisiana as well.

3 Dangerous Surgeries That Should Motivate You to Get a Second Doctor's Opinion

Going under the knife is scary, and even minor medical procedures can result in major complications. Of course, some surgeries are more dangerous than others.

How Do Liability Waivers Affect Medical Malpractice Claims?

If you have ever undergone a medical procedure, you may remember signing a lengthy liability waiver. The main purpose of this waiver is to provide patients with the chance to give their informed consent before undergoing an invasive procedure or diagnostic test. It contains information about the procedure and the possible complications that may arise.

Couple Seeking Damages for Delayed Diagnosis

According to the Louisiana Record, a couple is suing an urgent care center after staff allegedly failed to diagnose the husband with atrial fibrillation within a reasonable amount of time. The couple is claiming that the urgent care center breached its duty of care by failing to mention that the patient could be suffering from cardiac issues after he presented symptoms of muscle weakness, fatigue, cough, sinus pressure, and poor appetite.

What Does It Mean for Insurance Companies to Act in Bad Faith?

According to eQuoteMD, just four insurance companies provide medical malpractice coverage for more than half of the healthcare providers in Mississippi. If you sustain debilitating injuries or a serious illness after undergoing a medical procedure and you intend to pursue damages, you will likely have to go through one of these major players.

Hospital fined for surgical errors; towel left in patient

A hospital has been fined after an unnamed surgeon reportedly left a blue towel inside of one of his or her patients. The patient, who also remains unnamed, stated that he lost 43 pounds and had trouble with his bowels because of the mistakes made during his surgical procedures. The hospital has been fined $86,000. Surgical errors can cost thousands of dollars each year in Louisiana.

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