What is “patient dumping,” and what can you do about it?

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Hospital Negligence on Friday, February 27, 2015. Many private hospitals are run as businesses in the sense that they need to make enough money to remain open. Sometimes, especially when a patient appears to have little or no means to pay for treatment, this can lead to the temptation on the part of such a private hospital to transfer the patient to another, usually public hospital. This procedure, which has often occurred in emergency room settings, is known as "patient dumping." The problem of patient dumping was serious enough that the federal government enacted a law, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act,

2019-11-08T09:52:46+00:00February 27th, 2015|

3 Common Questions Regarding Surgical Errors

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Friday, February 27, 2015. Medical malpractice can have devastating effects on your health and wellbeing, and a significant portion of medical malpractice claims arise from surgical errors. All surgery carries a risk--even minor and routine procedures. As a patient, though, you are putting your trust and faith in the medical staff, and it is only natural to hope for the best.     If you are suffering from pain or unforeseen complications following a procedure, a New Orleans medical malpractice lawyer may be able to help. At The Bowling Law Firm, we specialize in representing victims of medical malpractice. We have more

2019-11-08T10:08:04+00:00February 27th, 2015|

Is it possible for a surgeon to operate in the wrong place?

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Thursday, February 19, 2015. One does not need to be a medical professional to appreciate that surgery is a procedure subject to exacting requirements. Even a small mistake, such as an anesthesia error, or a slip with an instrument that perforates an organ, or accidentally leaving a surgical sponge behind when the surgery is complete can have severe consequences not only for the patient but also for the surgical team and the hospital that they work for. That surgical errors happen is one thing, it can even be understandable given the attention to detail required, but what about larger mistakes that

2019-11-08T10:08:56+00:00February 19th, 2015|

4 Basic Requirements for a Medical Malpractice Claim

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. When a medical professional behaves in a negligent or reckless manner, it can have lasting effects on the patient's health and wellbeing. Medical malpractice typically occurs when a doctor or nurse hurts a patient by failing to perform his or her duties in a responsible manner. It is rarely easy to prove malpractice, though, and there are a few basic requirements that need to be in place before you can file a claim.     An experienced New Orleans medical malpractice lawyer can identify if you have a valid claim and determine if you may be eligible

2019-11-08T10:07:23+00:00February 18th, 2015|

Problems diagnosing traumatic brain injury

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Brain Injuries on Thursday, February 12, 2015. Brain injuries in the United States are both common and potentially devastating. More than 50,000 people die each year from the effects of traumatic brain injury, and another 2.5 million visits are made by patients to hospital emergency rooms are related to TBI. Neuroimaging techniques, particularly computed tomography or CT scans and magnetic resonance imaging (commonly referred to as MRI) can play important roles in diagnosing and treating patients who have suffered a brain injury. The high cost associated with CT scans and MRIs is a factor that doctors take into consideration before ordering them for patients who have

2019-11-08T09:53:26+00:00February 12th, 2015|

Clinic Faces Lawsuit after Allegedly Misdiagnosing Heart Condition

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. Louisiana Record reports that the family of a man who died from a heart condition is suing the local hospital that treated him. The family alleges that staff at the hospital misdiagnosed the patient's heart condition, and they have filed a suit against the clinic as a result. The plaintiffs are claiming the 55-year-old man, who suffered from hypertension and Hepatitis C, went to the emergency room complaining of stomach cramps and muscle aches and pains that staff diagnosed as the flu.     According to the family, lab results appeared to indicate that he was actually

2019-11-08T10:09:44+00:00February 11th, 2015|

Can the Louisiana government help with brain injury costs?

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Brain Injuries on Friday, February 6, 2015. The human brain can be a study in contradictions: despite all of its power, it can also be quite fragile and susceptible to injury, especially traumatic injuries. It is this vulnerability to injury that can make recovery from a traumatic brain injury not only time-consuming, but it can also be extraordinarily expensive. The Louisiana legislature has recognized the difficulty that many state residents can have when it comes to affording long-term treatment for head and spinal cord injuries. Accordingly, the Department of Health & Hospitals through the Office of Aging and Adult Services has been tasked to

2019-11-08T10:07:38+00:00February 6th, 2015|

What is the difference between a birth injury and a birth defect?

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Birth Injuries on Thursday, February 5, 2015. While the majority of hospital births go smoothly and result in a positive outcome for both mother and baby, it is an unfortunate fact that sometimes babies are born with severe mental or physical health complications. When such complications occur, it is important for parents and care providers to understand the cause. Sometimes the cause of the problem is readily apparent. But in other situations, determining the cause can take a significant amount of investigation. For parents, it is important to understand the difference between a   birth injury and a birth defect. This understanding will give parents

2019-11-08T09:52:27+00:00February 5th, 2015|

Hospital negligence often causes healthcare associated infections

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Hospital Negligence on Thursday, February 5, 2015. It is always a stressful situation when you or a loved one must seek medical treatment at a hospital or other medical care facility. But we go to these places because we believe in the everlasting hope that getting treatment there will help make us well again. But for thousands of people every year, that treatment ends up making a bad situation worse because they contract an infection unrelated to their initial problem. Health care associated infections are infections contracted by patients in health care facilities, such as hospitals, nursing homes and dialysis centers, while receiving treatment. This

2019-11-08T10:08:25+00:00February 5th, 2015|

Court reverses cruise ships’ immunity from medical malpractice

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Hospital Negligence on Thursday, February 5, 2015. Over the last several years cruise ships have been the target of negative publicity due to contagious illnesses that have run rampant onboard, causing returns to port and passenger refunds. But one avenue of redress that generally did not exist for passengers was the ability to sue the medical staff on the ship for any part their negligence might have played in the initial treatment of the illness or injury, or their inability to contain its spread among other passengers. In 1988, a court ruling gave cruise ship companies immunity for negligent medical care of their passengers.

2019-11-08T10:09:18+00:00February 5th, 2015|