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 victims. If you have suffered an injury due to physician negligence, then you may be able to file a civil lawsuit to recover compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages and medical expenses.
David A. Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm is a New Orleans medical malpractice lawyer with more than 30 years of experience. He can evaluate your case and determine if you may have valid grounds for a lawsuit. Call us today at (504) 586-5200 to schedule a consultation.
Until then, read on to learn about two particularly devastating cases of medical malpractice:
1. Incompatible Blood Type
In 2003, this form of malpractice made national headlines when CBS News reported that a 17-year-old girl received incompatible blood during a medical procedure. The operation involved lung and heart transplants.
Although this is an intricate operation, it may have been a complete success if a doctor had not made a crucial mistake. Surgeons at the hospital transplanted organs with the wrong blood type. The young patient’s body rejected the organs, and her system began to shut down.
By the time surgeons realized their error and transplanted organs with the correct blood type, it was too late. The patient slipped into a coma and later died of complications related to the medical mistake. The man who completed the procedure faced charges of tampering with evidence and practicing without a license.
2. Incorrect Artery Bypass
Another well-known medical malpractice case occurred in 2001 when a doctor bypassed the incorrect artery of comedian Dana Carvey during a relatively standard procedure. According to USA Today, the patient only learned of the mistake two months after the procedure – when he failed to recover.
He was still experiencing chest pains and returned to find out why. The doctor then revealed that he had made an honest mistake and bypassed the incorrect artery.
The patient believed that this was more than just an honest mistake. He sued both the surgeon and the hospital for more than $7 million.
If you were the victim of medical malpractice, then a successful lawsuit may help you avoid insurmountable debt. In addition, your actions could save other patients from the same negligent behavior.
As a New Orleans medical malpractice lawyer, David A. Bowling can assess your situation to determine if bringing a claim would be in your best interests. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (504) 586-5200.