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Nearly $30 million awarded in medical malpractice case

As most Louisiana residents are aware, doctors keep very detailed records of a patient's health history, which includes not only past illnesses and injuries but also allergies. When treated quickly and correctly, allergic reactions are not often fatal. However, if doctors do not act quickly, or fail to administer the proper treatment for these reactions, then the results can be deadly. In those instances, families may choose to file a medical malpractice suit. A jury recently awarded $29.5 million to a family after their loved one died due to a doctor's failure to properly identify and treat her allergic reaction.  

In June 2015, a woman died after receiving a CT scan. She had apparently had an allergic reaction to the contrast dye given to her before the scan was taken. She suffered from anaphylactic shock and eventually lost consciousness. 

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Most patients do not consider the possibility that they may be exposed to a serious illness when they go to a hospital for the treatment of an illness or injury. Many Louisiana residents may already be aware that hospitals have a number of policies and procedures in place to help prevent the spread of illness by the staff. Unfortunately, sometimes, someone slips through the cracks, and even a single staff member can expose thousands of patients to illness. A hospital negligence suit has been filed against a hospital where thousands of patients were exposed by a nurse to tuberculosis. 

Tuberculosis is an illness that many people may already be familiar with. The illness primarily affects the lungs, is spread through sneezing and coughing, and can cause chest pains. The most recognizable symptom, however, is the coughing up of blood. What many may not know is that not all people infected with this illness show symptoms immediately. In fact, only one in ten will begin to show symptoms immediately, while the illness remains dormant in the others until their immune system is weakened. 

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$6.8 million verdict reached in medical malpractice case

Performing surgeries on older patients can be risky as many Louisiana residents may already know. Even a common procedure with only minor or moderate risks for a younger patient can be especially dangerous for an older patient. This may be especially true if the doctor is using techniques or treatments that are considered to be outdated or dangerous. In a similar medical malpractice case, nearly $7 million was awarded to the family of a patient who died after undergoing hiatal hernia surgery.

The patient, a 67-year-old woman, originally underwent surgery to correct her hiatal hernia in 2013. This was a laparoscopic surgery, which is performed with long tools through a small incision. During this surgery, the doctor tightens an opening in the diaphragm in order to secure the stomach. The doctor did this using mesh and tacks to hold it in place, a procedure which the family's attorney argued was dangerous because the tacks could potentially come loose, reach the heart and puncture it. The attorney also suggested that this technique was out of date.