Study finds errors in almost half of all surgeries

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Surgical Errors on Friday, October 30, 2015. Researchers recently conducted a new study about how often medication errors happen during surgery. The results were alarming. According to the study, mistakes occurred in almost half of all the surgeries. The study, which was led by Massachusetts General Hospital, was intended to analyze the risk of medication errors during surgery. Researchers looked at 277 separate surgical procedures. Out of those 277 surgeries, 124 of them involved a medication error or an adverse drug event. In other words, mistakes were made in nearly one out of every two procedures. The types of mistakes varied. They included errors

2019-11-08T10:01:41+00:00October 30th, 2015|

New Orleans Medical Malpractice Lawyer Defines 4 Phrases All Plaintiffs Should Know

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Monday, October 26, 2015. Medical malpractice claims are complex matters that involve multiple parties, including physicians, plaintiffs, lawyers and insurance companies. As such, these cases feature complicated legalese, that confuse most patients.     Because physician mistakes can cause serious injuries and permanent disabilities, patients often face exorbitant medical costs, and they may not be able to return to work. With their financial security on the line, many patients feel overwhelmingly stressed, which can actually hinder physical recovery. For this reason, the guidance and support of an experienced medical malpractice attorney may prove invaluable. If you were injured due to a

2019-11-07T16:31:56+00:00October 26th, 2015|

Is there a limit on medical malpractice damages?

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Sunday, October 25, 2015. Yes. Most states place a cap on the amount of damages that a plaintiff can receive in a medical malpractice case. Louisiana is no exception. Under Louisiana law, the total amount of damages in a medical malpractice case cannot exceed $500,000. What exactly are damages? Damages is a legal term that refers to a sum of money awarded to a person as compensation for an injury or loss. In the area of medical malpractice, there are two general types of damages: economic and non-economic. Economic damages are designed to compensate a patient for specific costs he or

2019-11-08T10:01:05+00:00October 25th, 2015|

A brief overview of wrong-site surgery

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Surgical Errors on Sunday, October 18, 2015. Though practicing methods in New Orleans have diminished the likelihood of occurrence of wrong-site surgery, an abundance of people still awake in recovery to realize that the surgeon quite literally missed to mark in the operating room. This can be quite devastating, as wrong site surgery avoids the correction of the initial issue — only to create another. Patients have lost organs and even had the wrong limbs amputated from their bodies due to medical malpractice leading to wrong-site surgery. Numbers show that roughly 10 percent of all wrong-site surgery errors are reported to licensing boards. Incidents

2019-11-07T16:30:17+00:00October 18th, 2015|

Was I the Victim of Med Mal? New Orleans Medical Malpractice Attorney Explains

Was I the Victim of Med Mal? New Orleans Medical Malpractice Attorney Explains On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Thursday, October 15, 2015. More than 51.4 million in-patient surgical procedures take place each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It's not surprising, then, that medical malpractice claims are common.     Not all physician mistakes constitute medical malpractice. If you were the victim of a health-care worker's negligence, then a personal-injury attorney can evaluate your situation to determine if you may have valid grounds for a lawsuit. If the incident happened in Louisiana, then New Orleans medical malpractice lawyer

2019-11-07T16:32:13+00:00October 15th, 2015|

New Orleans Medical Malpractice Attorney Discusses 4 Lesser-Known Facts about Med Mal Cases

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Tuesday, October 13, 2015. Medical malpractice cases are often complex and difficult to win. This is why victims should only consult attorneys who have successfully handled these types of cases.     Just because an operation ended unfavorably does not necessarily constitute malpractice. However, if you were the victim of physician negligence, then you may be entitled to compensation to pay for health-care expenses, lost wages and other damages. No two medical malpractice cases are alike, which is why the guidance of an attorney may prove invaluable. At The Bowling Law Firm, we can assess your case to determine if you

2019-11-07T16:31:39+00:00October 13th, 2015|

Medical misdiagnosis may be more common than thought

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Sunday, October 11, 2015. How likely are you in your lifetime to be the victim of a medical misdiagnosis? If a new study issued by the Institute of Medicine is any indication, you can say that it is a virtual certainty. And the medical profession is not interested in you finding out about it. One of the findings of the study is that in addition to a lack of data on diagnostic errors, there exists a culture among health care practitioners that frowns upon an atmosphere of transparency and disclosure of mistakes. This problem is exasperated by the fact that although

2019-11-07T16:31:06+00:00October 11th, 2015|

New Orleans Medical Malpractice Attorney Discusses 2 Dangerous Forms of Health-Care Negligence

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Hospital Negligence on Monday, October 5, 2015. When people visit the doctor for a treatment or diagnosis, they are putting a lot of trust in the physician's knowledge and experience. Patients expect to leave healthier - or at least just as healthy as they were before the appointment.     Unfortunately, even the most experienced health-care workers make mistakes. Negligence on behalf of a doctor or medical professional can have catastrophic consequences for patients. Even small oversights can lead to chronic pain, a permanent disability or worse. Cases of medical malpractice are common in Louisiana, but there are laws that protect the rights of

2019-11-07T16:31:24+00:00October 5th, 2015|

Hospital sued for medical malpractice

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Friday, October 2, 2015. A hospital in New Orleans has been sued following the death of an 80-year-old woman. The woman’s children on behalf of the deceased have filed the suit. The suit alleges that the victim had a history of behavioral problems as well as a variety of other medical diagnoses when admitted to the hospital in August 2012. Her mental problems included depression and dementia. When she began to suffer from sores and diarrhea, the victim was admitted to the hospital. After a nine-day stay, she was discharged at the end of August. However, her sores never completely healed

2019-11-07T16:30:04+00:00October 2nd, 2015|