Failure to diagnose and misdiagnosis are all too common

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Thursday, May 29, 2014. Diagnostic errors are often preventable, and in the time it takes for someone to realize the mistake the patient may have received unnecessary treatment or missed out on treatment that would improve or eliminate his or her condition. Research from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine shows that the problem is more common than most people imagine. According to the research, millions of dollars in medical malpractice claims are linked to diagnostic errors. This is potentially a problem in Louisiana as well as elsewhere in the country. There are several different ways that diagnostic errors might happen.

2019-11-08T11:07:49+00:00May 29th, 2014|

Doctor, hospital sued over unnecessary surgeries

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Hospital Negligence on Thursday, May 22, 2014. A cardiologist and the hospital where he operated have been sued over claims that the doctor subjected patients to surgeries that did not improve their health and may have even harmed them. Malpractice lawsuits by two former patients accuse the doctor and the hospital of medical negligence and hospital negligence for implanting unnecessary  medical devices. The hospital has denied the allegations in the lawsuits, saying the Department of Justice had investigated complaints against the surgeon and found no basis for a malpractice claim. A medical review board investigation agreed that the hospital met the standard of care in treating

2019-11-08T11:07:14+00:00May 22nd, 2014|

Failure to diagnose is common with Lyme disease

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Thursday, May 15, 2014. It’s Lyme Disease Awareness Month across Louisiana and the country, and those out enjoying hikes or other activities in the great outdoors should take note. Lyme disease, which can develop following a tick bite, can change a person’s life forever. Since there are a wide variety of symptoms that a Lyme disease patient might experience, it is difficult for doctors to diagnose the disease. In fact, Lyme disease is called “The Great Imitator” because a physician is highly likely to misdiagnose the disease. Patients might have symptoms such as memory loss or even food allergies. A thorough

2019-11-08T10:16:47+00:00May 15th, 2014|

Negligence lawsuits may be an alternative to malpractice claims

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Hospital Negligence on Thursday, May 8, 2014. Families of the children who died from an outbreak of a fungal infection at the New Orleans Children's Hospital in 2008 and 2009 may have found a way to seek compensation for the loss of their loved ones, despite being barred by Louisiana medical malpractice law from filing lawsuits. At issue are two restrictions Louisiana law imposes on potential medical malpractice claimants: A statute of limitations bars the filing of medical malpractice lawsuits related to improper medical care after three years; and The law limits medical malpractice awards to $500,000. It might seem that the three-year medical

2019-11-08T10:16:36+00:00May 8th, 2014|

Deadly fungal outbreak prompts changes to hospital reporting laws

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Hospital Negligence on Thursday, May 1, 2014. Laws are meant to protect the public, but unfortunately, not all harm is preventable until it is too late. Sometimes a tragedy has to occur in order to incite the public to push for change. For example, the recent discovery that a fungal infection led to five deaths at a children’s hospital has spurred Louisiana legislators to re-evaluate state health laws. In 2008 and 2009, a total of five children became infected with a fungus while they were patients at a children’s hospital. Although allegedly aware of the connection between the fungus and the patients’ deaths, the

2019-11-08T10:17:29+00:00May 1st, 2014|