The family of a man who allegedly died as the result of medical malpractice failed to file a wrongful death claim before the statute of limitations had passed. As a result, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal ruled that the deceased's widow and surviving children could not bring claims against the providers who treated their loved one nor against the hospital where he died.
According to Modern Healthcare, 96 percent of hospitals in the United States have adopted electronic health record (EHR) systems as of 2015. Both patients and providers are benefitting from the use of EHRs, but no recordkeeping system is foolproof when it comes to preventing medical malpractice.
Undergoing any kind of medical procedure poses certain risks, but healthcare providers have an obligation to mitigate these risks by providing a certain standard of care. If they fail to provide reasonable care and their patient dies as a result, the deceased's family has the right to sue the liable party or parties pursuant to Article 2315.2.
The Louisiana Record reports on a tragic wrongful death case involving the suicide of a 19-year-old man. According to the news source, the man's mother is suing the Louisiana Department of Health and several staff members at the hospital where his death occurred for failing to prevent it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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