On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Surgical Errors on Friday, June 26, 2015. According to a recent study, surgeons operate on the wrong site in about 1 out of every 100,000 surgeries. This is a scary statistic. A wrong-site error means that the doctor operated on the wrong body part, on the wrong side of the patient’s body, or even on the wrong person. Wrong-site surgeries are preventable. Although it is not clear how exactly to prevent these errors, the study found that poor communication among the medical staff is often to blame. Regardless of the cause, surgical errors such as wrong-site errors are unacceptable. They can have devastating consequences
On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Thursday, June 18, 2015. There are several mistakes that may give rise to a medical malpractice claim, and they are particularly common during the birthing process. A small oversight from a health-care provider can have catastrophic consequences as a child enters the world, and injuries may affect the mother, the infant or both. If you recently gave birth, and you or your child suffered injuries during this process, it is possible that you may be able to claim damages from the at-fault physician. However, proving negligence in these cases often requires extensive legal knowledge, as well as access to
On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Birth Injuries on Thursday, June 18, 2015. Cerebral palsy in infants can be a devastating condition. The causes can be natural, or could be linked to a doctor's negligence. No matter the cause, understanding the condition is vital to treating and raising a baby with cerebral palsy. Around 70 percent of all cases of cerebral palsy are caused by developmental issues within the womb. Much of the time, the cause is unknown. But there are a few issues that may arise that are known to cause the condition. One of these causes is infections. A mother being infected with certain viruses like toxoplasmosis, cytomegalovirus
On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. A new bill is being pushed through the Louisiana legislature that could keep bad doctors from facing punishment by the State Board of Medical Examiners. This includes doctors who write excessive amounts of opiate and narcotic prescriptions, called "pill mill" doctors. While the bill itself is not intended for such use, there are provisions that would allow this behavior. Namely, the bill would prohibit anonymous complaints from being investigated. In addition, there would be no “surprise inspections”; any investigation would happen after five days’ notice. The two other provisions under scrutiny also place limitations on the inspection.
On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Brain Injuries on Wednesday, June 10, 2015. Newborn babies are incredibly vulnerable - particularly during the birthing process. According to the Birth Injury Guide, one of the most common and serious birthing complications is infant brain damage, which affects a significant percentage of newborns every year. The impact of these injuries can affect the child's growth and development, and in some cases, it can even result in death. While there are many potential causes of infant brain damage, including some that are unavoidable, it may be possible that a doctor or health-care worker's negligence during either the pregnancy or birthing process contributed
On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Birth Injuries on Wednesday, June 3, 2015. As you probably know, taking certain medications during pregnancy can be dangerous for your unborn baby. Some medications, such as Thalamid and Accutane, are known to cause serious birth defects. But what about other medications where the effects are unknown? Who can be held responsible when medication use during pregnancy results in a birth injury? Depending on the circumstances, you may have a medical malpractice claim against multiple defendants. Under Louisiana law, if a prescription drug was the cause of a birth injury, you may have a claim against the treating physician who prescribed the drug, the
On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Medical malpractice claims are seldom easy to prove, and they often involve a lengthy process. Although there are several events that could lead to a medical malpractice lawsuit, many of these claims result from two situations: medication mistakes and errors during the anesthesia process. If you believe a doctor or health-care professional acted negligently and caused you physical harm, contact The Bowling Law Firm today for advice. An experienced New Orleans medical malpractice attorney from our practice can alleviate the confusion that comes with the malpractice claims process. These cases often require expert testimony, and