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Medical malpractice: Doctor’s practice questioned

October 10th, 2018
On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Christiansen Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Wednesday, October 10, 2018.

A doctor in another state is under continued scrutiny due to an error he made approximately 18 years ago. The doctor was a fertility specialist and was accused of medical malpractice and the attempt to cover it up. Louisiana families may be interested to learn how the resulting aftermath of the malpractice resulted in serious emotional and legal issues for two different families.

The doctor accidentally implanted one woman’s fresh embryos into another woman. According to records, the doctor became aware of the mistake within minutes of the procedure. Instead of confessing to the mistake, the physician was further accused of falsifying records to cover it up. To make matters worse, the woman who was supposed to receive the fresh embryos was scheduled for implantation on the same day as the error. Instead of receiving fresh embryos, the doctor implanted her with frozen ones without telling her.

Each mother conceived a child: one had a boy and one had a girl. The family who shared biological DNA with both children sought legal rights to the child who was born to the mother with the mistaken implantation. In the aftermath, the physician lost his medical license for several years, but it was reinstated. Part of his probation required him to work and provide proof of work. He is currently accused of not abiding by the terms of his probation and forging the paperwork that he submitted, claiming to have satisfied the terms of probation.

Although it is not a recent event, this is a prime example of how medical malpractice can result in serious consequences for patients and families. Louisiana attorneys are able to advise any patient and/or family who believe they may have suffered unnecessary pain, medical treatment and emotional stress as a result of a medical professional’s mistake. Some patients may be able to obtain compensation for their documented losses to help relieve any resulting financial struggles.

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