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December 2016 Archives

Hospital negligence may lead to "Dead in the Bed"

Families often feel relief hearing news from a surgeon that a loved one has successfully survived and stabilized after surgery. Once a patient is moved to a regular room, the family's worry is likely to subside, and they may not be aware that many dangers still exist from the surgery. Bowel obstructions, blood clots, pneumonia, infection and death are some of the main risks that exist during recovery. Some risks are naturally a part of surgery, but some may come from hospital negligence via inadequate care and monitoring by staff. A recent review of medical cases in Louisiana and the rest of the country revealed an alarming phenomenon of patients being found dead in their beds after surgery.

4 Possible Complications from a Lumbar Puncture

Also called a "spinal tap," a lumbar puncture is a routine procedure in which a doctor inserts a needle into a patient's lower spine to collect a sample of cerebrospinal fluid, which can then be evaluated for signs of multiple sclerosis, meningitis and even cancer.

Hospital negligence may have contributed to vet's death at VA

Patients in Louisiana expect to receive, at a minimum, the accepted standard of care from physicians and medical facilities. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Recently, in a nearby state, a Veterans Administration hospital was named in a lawsuit for hospital negligence.

What Are the Top 6 Surgical Errors Due to Medical Negligence?

From tooth extractions to a triple bypass, there are a variety of surgeries available to help patients enjoy longer lives and improve their well-being. Although new technologies have made these procedures safer, all it takes is one mistake by a surgeon or nurse to cause a fatal complication.

4 Elements to Prove in a Birth Injury Lawsuit

Every newborn child is a miracle, and no experience can match the excitement of bringing an infant into the world. Sadly, that special day is often spoilt by the negligence of a doctor or nurse.

Daughter files medical malpractice claim in Louisiana court

The urinary system in the human body is vital and essential for eliminating blood waste from the body. When the system does not function properly, the individual affected is typically uncomfortable and potentially quite ill. An infection can be fatal if not treated properly. Recently, a Louisiana man lost his life after the onset of a urinary tract infection. His daughter believes that his death may have been prevented if his physician had adequately treated her father, and she has filed a medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuit in civil court.

Broken leg led to medical malpractice case in Louisianna

Navigating civil court in Louisiana is unlike any other state. The other 49 states use common law where judges rely upon years of previous rulings to base their decisions. Judges in Louisiana are governed by civil law, which dates back to Roman times. Courts follow a Civil Code, as opposed to being guided by case law. Recently, a woman from another state understood the benefit of seeking legal help to pursue damages in her medical malpractice case from attorneys in Louisiana.

3 Medication Mistakes That May Constitute Medical Malpractice

Medication errors are alarmingly common in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that adverse drug events cause an estimated 700,000 emergency department visits and 120,000 hospitalizations every year.

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