Do Electronic Health Records Reduce Medical Malpractice?

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Monday, July 31, 2017. According to Modern Healthcare, 96 percent of hospitals in the United States have adopted electronic health record (EHR) systems as of 2015. Both patients and providers are benefitting from the use of EHRs, but no recordkeeping system is foolproof when it comes to preventing medical malpractice.     The standard of care that a patient receives could mean the difference between life and death, so you might be surprised to learn that EHR software can have glitches, but how many times have you experienced an error or entered a typo when using your smartphone, tablet, or computer?

2019-11-07T13:46:26+00:00July 31st, 2017|

Is It Possible to Prevent Brain Damage Following Oxygen Deprivation?

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Birth Injuries on Monday, July 31, 2017. Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is a birth injury that arises as a result of oxygen deprivation, and it can have devastating and even fatal consequences. According to Newborn and Infant Nursing Reviews, HIE occurs in up to 2.5 per 1,000 live births in developed countries. Since the incidence of HIE has not decreased despite obstetric advancements aimed at preventing it, much of the current medical research focuses instead on minimizing the extent of any subsequent brain damage. Although every case is different, there have been some promising treatments following hypoxic events that appear to prevent brain damage in

2019-11-07T13:46:43+00:00July 31st, 2017|

Home day care provider guilty of causing brain injuries on infant

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Monday, July 31, 2017. Perhaps one of the hardest cases of personal injury to process is one that involves a child. When a person entrusts the care of their child to a professional, they do so with full trust that the child will be safely cared for. For one parent in another state, fears became reality when it was discovered that the person who was trusted to care for a baby ended up causing serious brain injuries. Although this particular case did not happen in Louisiana, it is the kind of nightmare that could take place anywhere. A 33-year-old home day

2019-11-07T13:44:52+00:00July 31st, 2017|

3 Facts You Should Know About Medical Malpractice

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Friday, July 21, 2017. Medical professionals have a duty to provide reasonable and attentive care to each and every one of their patients. If they breach this duty and a patient sustains a serious injury or an illness as a result, he or she has the right to file a medical malpractice claim.     Medical malpractice can have devastating consequences, and some patients never make a full recovery. The cost of medical bills and lost wages can be overwhelming, but you might be able to recover these losses by filing a claim. David A. Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm

2019-11-07T13:47:27+00:00July 21st, 2017|

Why Do Medication Mistakes Occur?

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Friday, July 21, 2017. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, medication mistakes are the most common medical error in primary care clinics. Sadly, anyone can be the victim of a prescription error, and depending on the circumstances, the consequences can be devastating.     As the British Pharmacological Society explains, prescription errors can occur at any stage of the prescribing process, and they can be committed by any healthcare provider who plays a role in its application, from the doctor prescribing the drug to the pharmacist filling it to the nurse administering it. That is why these providers

2019-11-07T13:47:57+00:00July 21st, 2017|

Family claims hospital negligence caused teen’s death

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Hospital Negligence on Wednesday, July 19, 2017. An active, healthy teenager is dead, and her family is wanting answers. The cheerleader had been seen by a doctor at the hospital nearby just two weeks prior after suffering from ongoing bouts of chest pain. Now, the family is claiming that hospital negligence caused the death of their child. Cases similar to this occur too often in the state of Louisiana. According to the report, the young woman was seen at the hospital, where a doctor misdiagnosed her with chest wall pain. After receiving a prescription for pain medication and another for an antibiotic, she was

2019-11-07T13:45:41+00:00July 19th, 2017|

Failure to diagnose: New hope for cancer patients in lawsuits

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Friday, July 14, 2017. Federal lawmakers are currently reviewing the laws and limitations that are placed on medical malpractice cases. Reform is needed in many different areas in various states. In one state, for example, cancer patients are being victimized because of a failure to diagnose law that has been on the books for some time. Although Louisiana has its own laws when it comes to medical malpractice, any type of reform at the federal level would impact all 50 states. As many know, some forms of cancer can go undiagnosed for years before a patient is aware that there is

2019-11-07T13:44:40+00:00July 14th, 2017|

What Is Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy?

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Brain Injuries on Thursday, July 13, 2017. Cerebral palsy is the most common physical disability among children, but knowing that your child is not alone in his or her condition does not necessarily make coping with it any easier. People with cerebral palsy may experience visual, hearing, speech, or intellectual impairments, as well as issues with motor functioning and coordination, and it can take a toll on the entire family.     Every case of cerebral palsy is unique, but each one develops as the result of a brain malformation or injury that occurs before, during, or shortly after birth. Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy is one

2019-11-07T13:47:40+00:00July 13th, 2017|

What Are the Risks Associated with Anesthesia?

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Brain Injuries on Thursday, July 13, 2017. According to WebMD, the risks associated with anesthesia are fairly low nowadays--as long as you have attentive healthcare providers. When negligent anesthesiologists breach the standard of care, though, the resulting complications are often devastating, and they can even be fatal.     According to Anesthesiology, anesthesia complications are the underlying cause of approximately 34 deaths in the United States annually, and they are a contributing factor of an additional 281 deaths. Anesthesia errors can also cause severe injuries, including brain damage, nerve damage, and paralysis. If you or someone you love suffered debilitating injuries after undergoing a

2019-11-07T13:45:10+00:00July 13th, 2017|

Should I Undergo an Amniocentesis?

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Birth Injuries on Thursday, July 6, 2017. As women age, their risk of suffering pregnancy complications increases. Obstetricians consider pregnant women who are older than 35 to be of advanced maternal age, and the standard of care for these patients includes advising them of the risks that their age poses to both themselves and the b aby. Obstetricians should refer pregnant patients who are of advanced maternal age to a specialist who handles high-risk cases. If they fail to do so and complications or birth defects occur, the negligent provider may be liable for the damages. If your baby was born with injuries because

2019-11-07T13:45:25+00:00July 6th, 2017|