Doctor removed wrong organ, barred from surgical procedures

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Surgical Errors on Thursday, March 30, 2017. A doctor who removed the wrong organ has been barred from performing certain operations. The surgeon accidentally removed his patient's spleen, instead of his kidney, according to a report. Because of his surgical error, this surgeon is no longer allowed to practice medicine or perform surgical procedures on his own. In Louisiana, many medical malpractice cases are caused by surgical errors. In addition to the ban on performing any surgical procedure, the doctor has also been banned specifically from performing nephrectomies. A nephrectomy is the surgical removal of a kidney, or of both kidneys.  Some are alarmed

2019-11-08T09:01:49+00:00March 30th, 2017|

What Is MRSA?

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, is a kind of staph bacteria that can lead to bloodstream infections, surgical site infections, and pneumonia. MRSA is particularly dangerous because it is resistant to most antibiotics, and without adequate treatment, it can cause sepsis and even death.     According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MRSA spreads through direct contact with contaminated hands or an infected wound. For example, if healthcare providers do not wash their hands thoroughly, they can spread MRSA from one patient to another. If you contracted MRSA in a hospital, you may have

2019-11-07T13:53:47+00:00March 29th, 2017|

What Should I Do If the Pharmacy Gave Me the Wrong Prescription?

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. According to U.S. News, busy pharmacists can fill up to 25 prescriptions per hour, and researchers estimate that errors occur in up to 5 percent of those medications. Although most errors are minor and do not cause serious health complications, the occasional mistake can have devastating repercussi ons. For example, a label error is typically less serious than an actual drug or dosage error. In some cases, the pharmacist dispenses the correct medication, but the doctor prescribed the wrong drug. If you sustained an injury or illness as a result of a prescription error, turn to a

2019-11-07T13:54:29+00:00March 29th, 2017|

What Are the Most Common Surgical Errors?

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Monday, March 27, 2017. According to WebMD, doctors in the United States make more than 4,000 preventable surgical errors annually. These mistakes are called "never events" because they should not occur under any circumstances. Each year, medical workers and facilities pay out about $1.3 billion to malpractice victims and their families.     explains, there are many types of surgical errors. Common examples include operating on the wrong body part and leaving a sponge inside a patient. These mistakes can cause permanent disabilities, and they are often fatal. If you think you were the victim of a surgical error and you

2019-11-07T13:54:45+00:00March 27th, 2017|

Woman Files Complaint against Skilled Nursing Facility for Negligence

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Monday, March 27, 2017. According to the Louisiana Record, a woman residing at a skilled nursing facility filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana after allegedly receiving substandard care. The woman claimed that in June 2016, she was living at the facility when a nursing assistant rolled her over in such a careless way that she fell out of her bed and onto the f loor. The woman claimed the incident exacerbated her existing conditions and resulted in additional injuries. She is requesting a trial by jury and is seeking damages plus interest against

2019-11-07T13:52:50+00:00March 27th, 2017|

Mercy Springfield ordered to pay $28.9M for hospital negligence

Mercy Springfield ordered to pay $28.9M for hospital negligence On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Hospital Negligence on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Out-of-state Mercy Clinic Springfield Communities has been ordered by a jury to pay $28.9 million in a lawsuit. The plaintiff in the hospital negligence case is a 25-year-old woman who argued that the health care system failed to diagnose her with a rare disorder in time to keep her from prolonged suffering from the disease. That jury decided that the hospital's failure to diagnose that illness amounted to negligence. Medical malpractice is also an issue in Louisiana. The plaintiff sued Mercy Clinic Springfield Communities, as well as a

2019-11-07T13:53:22+00:00March 21st, 2017|

What Are the Most Common Birth Injuries?

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Birth Injuries on Monday, March 20, 2017. Pregnant women must take a proactive approach to protecting the health of their baby, but doing so does not necessarily guarantee a smooth labor and delivery. Nothing is more devastating than doing everything right for nearly 10 months and then witnessing your newborn child suffer from a birth injury because of someone else's negligence.     Even seemingly minor complications during delivery can have major consequences. A few seconds without oxygen or the misuse of forceps is all it takes to cause a severe birth injury. Some birth injuries are more serious than others, but all cases

2019-11-08T09:01:31+00:00March 20th, 2017|

Medical malpractice laws limit who can file claims

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Thursday, March 16, 2017. Each state legally restricts who is allowed to file a wrongful death lawsuit. After the tragic loss of a couple's adult son, they have discovered they are not eligible to file a wrongful death medical malpractice lawsuit in their state's civil Court. Their particular state limits filings to spouses and dependent minor children only, but if they lived in the state of the Louisiana, they might have legal rights to file a claim. The couple's 31-year-old son was overdosed with pain medicine and became unresponsive just four days following a back surgery. According to the couple, the

2019-11-07T13:53:09+00:00March 16th, 2017|

What Are the Most Common Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI)?

What Are the Most Common Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI)? On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Monday, March 13, 2017. Although hospitals are places of healing, there are certain risks of staying at one for an extended period of time. Since most hospital patients already have a compromised immune system, they are likely to develop serious infections when they come in contact with bacteria, and it should come as no surprise that hospitals are filled with dangerous bacteria.     According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 4 percent of all hospital residents have at least one healthcare-associated infection on any given day. In recent years,

2019-11-08T09:01:15+00:00March 13th, 2017|

How Common Are Preventable Birth Injuries?

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Birth Injuries on Monday, March 13, 2017. Despite the many advancements in obstetrics and gynecology over the past century, complications during childbirth are still fairly common. In fact, Reuters reports that the number of severe complications both during and after delivery has increased over the past two decades.     Researchers attribute much of this increase to widespread health issues, like obesity and hypertension, among the pregnant population. Unfortunately, even women who aim to improve their health before conceiving can experience complications during labor and delivery, and preventable birth injuries are more common than most people realize. If your child suffered an injury at

2019-11-08T09:02:11+00:00March 13th, 2017|