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.
While in Louisiana, the woman sought medical intervention at a facility for a fractured tibia and fibula. The doctor that surgically treated her injury inserted screws and an intramedullary rod in her leg. She was discharged, and she returned to her home state.
After returning home to North Carolina, the patient experienced pain so intense that she sought treatment in her home state from another physician. It was discovered that her intramedullary rod and screws had multiple problems. The pain and problems resulted in more operations and medical procedures. The patient has filed a lawsuit against the doctor who performed her surgery and the facility where she originally received treatment. She alleges that doctor failed to properly place her rod and provide adequate surgical treatment.
The woman is seeking a trial by jury and compensation of more than $75,000. Medical malpractice cases similar to hers can lead to loss of wages, emotional distress and extra medical bills. Patients that have experienced similar medical malpractice in Louisiana could also benefit from speaking with an attorney about their options in civil court.
Source: louisianarecord.com, "Patient accuses doctor, Touro Infirmary of malpractice after surgery", Michael Abella, Dec. 1, 2016