Two deaths result in hospital negligence claim

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Hospital Negligence on Monday, June 26, 2017. An investigation was launched by another state after two people died at an area hospital. Hospital negligence was suggested when the report showed serious staff shortages at the facility. In fact, according to the investigation, there were times during the night that the place was so understaffed that they would have to wheel patients out of the only operating room during surgery in order to handle emergency situations. Diminished staff is an issue in many hospitals across the U.S., including in Louisiana. There was only one surgical team at the hospital during the night, which consisted of

2019-11-08T09:26:35+00:00June 26th, 2017|

$15M awarded in fetal injury Depakote case

$15M awarded in fetal injury Depakote case On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Birth Injuries on Thursday, June 22, 2017. A 10-year-old boy was recently awarded $15 million by a federal jury in a case against the company that manufactures a drug known as Depakote. The boy's mother took the drug for bipolar disorder while she was pregnant with him, and she claims that this caused him to be born with a birth defect. Fetal injury from prescription drugs continues to be a problem not only in Louisiana but in states all across the country. The woman filed a lawsuit because her son was born with spina bifida. She stated

2019-11-07T13:48:38+00:00June 22nd, 2017|

Which Medical Specialties Have the Highest Rates of Burnout?

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Work-related burnout is a serious problem among healthcare providers, and it can have devastating consequences for patients. When a physician works long hours and takes few breaks to rest or even eat, the risk of committing a medical error increases.     If your physician is clearly lethargic, you would probably refuse to undergo a procedure, but the signs of drowsiness are not always obvious. Unfortunately, sleep deprivation has effects on the body that are similar to those of alcohol. In fact, the National Sleep Foundation reports that remaining awake for 18 hours straight impairs the body

2019-11-07T13:48:24+00:00June 21st, 2017|

What Is Overdiagnosis and How Can It Hurt Patients?

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. According to the National Center for Policy Analysis, misdiagnoses are far more common than most people realize. In fact, when it comes to instances of medical malpractice, there are more misdiagnoses than there are surgical mistakes or pharmacy errors.     The dangers of a misdiagnosis are obvious. Not only does it prevent a patient from getting the treatment that he or she actually needs, but it may also lead to a risky treatment that causes adverse side effects. The dangers of an overdiagnosis, on the other hand, are not as obvious. Whereas a misdiagnosis is a

2019-11-07T13:47:11+00:00June 21st, 2017|

Mother Sues Louisiana Department of Health over Son’s Suicide

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in wrongful death on Thursday, June 15, 2017. Louisiana Record reports on a tragic wrongful death case involving the suicide of a 19-year-old man. According to the news source, the man's mother is suing the Louisiana Department of Health and several staff members at the hospital where his death occurred for failing to prevent it.     The man hanged himself at a state mental hospital in April of last year. According to the woman's claim, staff had placed him on increased watch because of his attempts to self-harm. His mother also claims he had a history of mental illness, which included suicidal thoughts and

2019-11-08T09:14:22+00:00June 15th, 2017|

Couple Seeks Damages from the VA for Alleged Malpractice

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Thursday, June 15, 2017. According to the Louisiana Record, a couple is claiming the complaint they filed against the United States of America, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Overton Brooks VA Medical Center has been denied. The couple alleges the named parties failed to comply with the Federal Tort Claims Act, which was adopted in 1946 and authorizes private parties and individuals to sue the country in a federal court.     In their complaint, the plaintiffs allege they filed and served notice of their malpractice claim in a timely manner. In their malpractice claim, the couple was seeking compensation for

2019-11-08T09:02:40+00:00June 15th, 2017|

Clinic’s in vitro fertilization mistake caused pregnancy injuries

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Birth Injuries on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Women all across the United States have used in vitro fertilization to help them have babies that they normally wouldn't have been able to give birth to. The process is a miracle for those in Louisiana, and other states, who were once struggling to get pregnant. Unfortunately for one mom, however, one mistake that was made during her in vitro fertilization caused irreversible pregnancy injuries. Two days after the woman had undergone the procedure that would bring her and her husband the baby that they wanted, she received a phone call from her doctor's office. According to

2019-11-08T09:26:15+00:00June 14th, 2017|

Veteran’s family files suit for hospital negligence

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Hospital Negligence on Thursday, June 8, 2017. A veteran's children have filed a suit for wrongful death against a VA clinic. The three plaintiffs feel that hospital negligence was responsible for their father's death. The man, who was an armorer in the U.S. Navy between the years of 1960 and 1964, was a veteran of the Vietnam War and, after retiring from the military, opened his own charter sailing company. Medical malpractice is a daily issue in the state of Louisiana, causing many deaths and injuries each year. The veteran had entered the VA clinic in Feb. 2016 in order to undergo a series

2019-11-08T08:58:17+00:00June 8th, 2017|

How Common Are Wrong-Site, Wrong-Procedure, Wrong-Patient Errors? Insights from a Medical Malpractice Attorney in New Orleans

How Common Are Wrong-Site, Wrong-Procedure, Wrong-Patient Errors? Insights from a Medical Malpractice Attorney in New Orleans On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Thursday, June 1, 2017. The idea that a surgeon might operate on the wrong side of the body--or the wrong patient altogether--is enough to make anyone cringe. Unfortunately, wrong-site, wrong-procedure, wrong-patient errors (WSPEs) happen more often than most people realize, and the fact that they happen at all highlights a fundamental problem in the healthcare industry.     Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality refers to WSPEs as "never events," which means there are no circumstances under which they should ever occur. Although researchers have

2019-11-08T09:14:11+00:00June 1st, 2017|

Could My Online Presence Hurt My Claim? 3 Social Media Tips from a Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Jackson

Could My Online Presence Hurt My Claim? 3 Social Media Tips from a Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Jackson On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Thursday, June 1, 2017. When a healthcare provider faces a medical malpractice lawsuit, there is a lot at stake both professionally and financially. As such, his or her attorney will investigate all possible ways to discredit the plaintiff's claim. These include scouring the plaintiff's social media profiles for evidence that contradicts the patient's claims regarding alleged damages.     Although malpractice victims may think they are only sharing photographs and insights with their online friends, there are ways for a defendant's attorney to

2019-11-08T08:57:47+00:00June 1st, 2017|