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August 2017 Archives

Reducing noise during procedures may help lessen surgical errors

Facing a surgical procedure, whether through an elective operation or emergency surgery, usually induces apprehension in most patients. It may only add to a patient's anxiety levels if he or she stops to consider the possibility of becoming a victim of surgical errors . While the majority of Louisiana patients will experience a routine procedure and an uneventful recovery, there are some who may not be as fortunate.

What Are the Risks Associated with a Forceps Delivery?

It is natural for both pregnant women and their partners to have concerns about labor and delivery. You may have even started worrying about giving birth from the moment you learned you were pregnant.

How Long Does It Take to Resolve a Birth Injury Claim?

Coping with the challenges of raising a child who sustained a debilitating birth injury is incredibly stressful. Although watching your baby grow and develop can be rewarding, you may be struggling to cover all of the costs associated with his or her care.

What Are the Stages of a Successful Medical Malpractice Claim?

Although parents-to-be know that all kinds of complications can arise during birth, most enter labor and delivery with plans to bring home a healthy baby in just a few days' time. When something goes wrong in the delivery room, though, even the most optimistic parents face overwhelming sadness, anger, and doubt.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of an SCI?

If you suspect that you suffered a spinal cord injury due to a botched surgery, you should seek immediate medical attention. Although the damage may have already been done, a skilled trauma team can stabilize your condition and prevent life-threatening complications from arising.

Jury says hospital negligence worth $4.1 million

When Louisiana patients elect to have surgery, they expect excellent and attentive care. Many patients and their loved ones may feel that the danger of surgery is over once it has been completed, but risks still exist for the patient during recovery. Patients can suffer complications such as blood clots, bleeding, infections, pneumonia and more.  When medical professionals recognize early symptoms of any complication, patients may experience better outcomes. Sadly, a jury has recently determined that hospital negligence in the hours following one man's surgery likely resulted in his death.

Hospital negligence suit filed by other hospital's administrator

A man is suing after staff at a hospital failed to administer medication to him that might have prevented him from suffering a stroke. The stroke occurred after a medical procedure that he had at the hospital back in 2015. Ironically, the man filing the suit for hospital negligence is the administrator of another hospital. Medical malpractice cases are heard many times throughout the year in Louisiana.

What Is the Difference Between Lost Income and Loss of Earning Capacity?

A serious injury caused by a medical provider's negligence can have lifelong consequences for both you and your loved ones. The financial burden of treating and living with a catastrophic injury is more than most people make in their lifetime. Although no amount of compensation can undo the emotional trauma of such an injury, you may be able to regain your financial footing by filing a personal injury claim.

Can I Sue the Hospital for an Independent Contractor Doctor's Actions?

Hospitals and other healthcare facilities are typically responsible for their employees' actions. This includes nurses and medical technicians, but it does not always include doctors, anesthesiologists, and other healthcare providers.

Settlement in case against doctor and hospital for birth injury

One city-owned hospital in another state has finally decided to settle a lawsuit from an injury that occurred in 2005. The suit alleged that the negligence of that hospital and its doctor had caused a birth injury that disabled a boy for life. The boy's parents filed the suit just three years ago. Unfortunately, cases such as this occur all too often in Louisiana as well.

How Common Are Spinal Cord Injuries?

Around the world, between 250,000 and 500,000 people sustain spinal cord injuries every year. According to the World Health Organization, most of these injuries are the result of preventable accidents like falls, motor vehicle collisions, and violence.

Can I File a Lawsuit Following a Cosmetic Procedure?

Cosmetic procedures are typically elective surgeries that people choose to undergo for the sake of improving some aspect of their appearance. As with any surgical procedure, complications can arise, mistakes can be made, and patients can suffer as a result.

Daughter says doctor's failure to diagnose killed mother

A woman is suing a medical facility in the state after claims that negligence on the part of her mother's doctors caused her mother to die. She has filed suit both on behalf of her mother and individually for the death, filing against the Oschner Baptist Medical Center and Oschner Baptist Clinic Foundation, along with two doctors from those facilities located in Louisiana. The suit was filed in the 24th Judicial District Court citing the doctors' failure to diagnose her mother.

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