Louisiana families know that bringing a child into the world is an amazing and somewhat terrifying experience. The memories of the day that a child is born should not be marred by pain caused by surgical errors. Such was the case for one mother who was forced to undergo more surgery to correct a preventable issue.
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.
Investigators for another state have found less-than-ideal conditions at Tulare Regional Medical Center. The low standard of care was substantiated by an investigation by the Department of Public Health for that state. This investigation was prompted by a high number of complaints against that facility. Although this investigation was not in Louisiana, all 50 states receive similar complaints throughout the year.
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.
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.
A doctor who removed the wrong organ has been barred from performing certain operations. The surgeon accidentally removed his patient's spleen, instead of his kidney, according to a report. Because of his surgical error, this surgeon is no longer allowed to practice medicine or perform surgical procedures on his own. In Louisiana, many medical malpractice cases are caused by surgical errors.
When Louisiana surgeons operate on patients, they are expected to adhere to set standards established by their own medical profession. Any deviation from proper procedure can lead to unnecessary harm and injury to a patient. Recently, in a nearby state, an administrative judge concluded that a plastic surgeon committed medical malpractice. The victims feel the judge's order is the first step for some legal justice for their physical and emotional injuries.
Childbirth is an exciting life-altering experience. Unfortunately, for some Louisiana parents, childbirth does not always go as planned, often overwhelming new moms and dads with the outcome. In anpther state, two new parents were awarded compensation after medical malpractice changed their first and now only childbirth experience.
Going under the knife can be scary for any patient. Advancements from technology and research have made many surgical procedures less risky and have created shorter recovery times. No matter the simplicity of a surgical procedure, human error can often be a Louisiana patient's greatest risk. Recently, in another state, surgical errors were the cause of a female patient's unplanned emergency surgery and expensive medical bills.
Now that a highly respected study by medical researchers indicates that medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the country, public awareness of the problem is hopefully growing. The crisis indicates an industry-wide scandal that the medical industry must work to reverse. Up until the release of those statistics, the medical and insurance industries had monopolized legislative influence in many states. The industry's lobbyists had compelled state lawmakers in many states, including in Louisiana, to pass anti-consumer, restrictive laws limiting mercilessly what innocent medical victims or their families could collect in cases of serious medical malpractice.