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Multiple medical malpractice suits filed against OB-GYN doctors

Visits to the hospital can be incredibly stressful for both the patient and his or her family. This may be especially true for women who are giving birth. Small mistakes made during pregnancy or childbirth can have long-lasting effects on both mother and child. Unfortunately, for some Louisiana residents, these mistakes can be the cause of medical malpractice suits.

In one of the lawsuits, the doctor is accused of failing to catch a heart injury that could lead to rheumatic fever. This injury caused the patient, who was carrying twins at the time, to go into cardiac arrest. Both she and her children died after an attempted cesarean section. 

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Paralyzed woman awarded $18 million in malpractice case

It is unfortunate when a patient suffers injuries while under a doctor's care, and there can be a wide variety of contributing factors. These injuries can often result in malpractice suits. Some Louisiana residents may know someone who has been injured while staying at a hospital and has chosen to file a lawsuit. A woman was recently awarded $18 million after hospital negligence resulted in the paralysis of her legs. 

The woman was admitted to the hospital in July of 2014 after going to the Chandler Hospital emergency room seeking treatment for an illness. While she was in the hospital, the patient developed a severe central nervous system infection. She was later transferred to and discharged from St. Joseph's Hospital, but she was permanently disabled. 

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Possibly fatal diagnosis results from initial failure to diagnose

It isn't unusual for malpractice attorneys to become familiar with medical procedures, as many Louisiana residents may be aware. They also become familiar with the many ways that these procedures can go wrong. However, despite what they know, many may not think about being victims of medical malpractice themselves. A malpractice attorney was diagnosed with inoperable kidney cancer after a failure to diagnose a malignant tumor in 2009. 

The patient underwent an MRI scan in 2009 as a precaution because he had a history of kidney stones. According to the radiology report, the only thing found in the scan was believed to be a benign cyst. Unfortunately, over the next six years, the misdiagnosed tumor was allowed to continue growing and spread to other parts of his body. 

Early brain injuries result in awarded $11.35 million in lawsuit

Becoming a parent for the first time can be a wonderful and terrifying experience for many people. Parents across Louisiana trust their doctors to help the mother to deliver safely or to perform a caesarian section when a natural delivery is too difficult or impossible to go through with safely. Unfortunately, sometimes, the children can be harmed in these procedures. One family was recently awarded more than $11 million for the brain injuries their now 16-year-old son suffered at birth. 

The boy was delivered in April of 2001. Doctors used a vacuum and forceps to help with the delivery. These items were used because the child was large and facing the wrong way. However, it was revealed later that some believe that these conditions, in addition to the woman being a first-time mother, should have indicated the need for a caesarian section. 

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Does your blood pressure always read higher in a clinical setting, such as the doctor's office, than when measuring it at home or at the drugstore? If you are otherwise healthy, you may have white coat syndrome, which is simply hypertension that arises as the result of anxiety.

Family of breast cancer survivor files medical malpractice suit

As many Louisiana residents know, a fall can be devastating to some older individuals. Depending on the age and overall health of the person, a fall can result in injuries ranging in severity from bruises to broken bones or even internal injuries. In most cases, these falls are not fatal with proper medical treatment. However, one patient's estate has recently filed a medical malpractice suit claiming that the misdiagnosis of an injury caused the benefactor's death. 

The patient was a gallbladder and breast cancer survivor. She was admitted to UF Health Shands Hospital after falling in her home. After she was admitted, the patient complained of abdominal pain, and tests results suggested that that the problem might be a gastrointestinal bleed. These results lead doctors to make the decision to transfer the patient to North Florida Regional Medical Center where she could receive specialized care.