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November 2017 Archives

5 Statistics Regarding Medical Malpractice That Will Surprise You

When you visit your doctor for a routine physical, does he or she put you at ease? A lot of Americans would likely answer "yes" to this question because many take bedside manner into account when choosing a primary care provider.

Were You the Victim of Medical Malpractice?

Patients place a lot of trust in their healthcare providers, and they deserve to receive a certain standard of care in return. After all, if a doctor makes a mistake, it could literally have life-threatening consequences.

Patient's family awarded $1 million in medical malpractice suit

Many Louisiana families have a loved one that requires constant care. Many families are unable to provide the care personally, and opt for a nursing home to fulfill that role. If the facility is understaffed or otherwise fails to provide an appropriate standard of care, any resulting injuries suffered by a patient may constitute grounds for a medical malpractice claim. 

What Is the Difference Between Partial and Total Paralysis?

Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are one of the most devastating kinds of injury that you can sustain in an accident, and sadly, they are far more common than they should be. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Association, there are approximately 8,000 new cases of SCI every yearphotodune-14342435-human-skeleton-spinal-cord-xs.jpg.

What Should You Look for in an Obstetrician?

Maybe you and your partner have started talking about trying to conceive, or maybe you just took a home pregnancy and the results were positive. Regardless of the stage you are at in becoming a mother, there's one question that all women have once they think about the logistics of carrying a pregnancy to term: How do you find a good obstetrician?

Failure to diagnose severe illness results in child's death

Parents all across the nation, including in Louisiana, worry almost constantly about their children's health. Some are terrified by the idea of being unable to help their children when they are ill. This may be why some parents rely heavily on the advice given to them by doctors. However, there are times when symptoms are overlooked, or proper precautions are not taken and the result is a doctor's failure to diagnose a potentially severe illness. 

What Can You Expect Regarding Prenatal Care over the Course of Your Pregnancy?

Pregnancy is a beautiful time in a woman's life, but it can also be incredibly stressful. From the moment you learn you are pregnant, you must stop eating all kinds of foods, and there are dozens of activities that you can no longer take part in because they could threaten the health of your baby.

Is Preeclampsia Preventable If You Receive Adequate Medical Care?

If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, you probably already know about the importance of regular prenatal visits with your obstetrician. As an expectant mother, it is up to you to schedule and attend regular doctor's appointments to ensure you remain healthy and the fetus is developing properly.

Hospital negligence results in botched pregnancy

Many couples across the nation, including Louisiana, dream of having children of their own. Some are able to easily conceive, and others feel that adoption is the best option for them. However, there are some who desperately wish to carry and give birth to their own child, but find it difficult to conceive. Many of these couples turn to fertility treatments or in vitro fertilization, which can be expensive and time-consuming, so even small mistakes can have devastating results. One family was awarded $26 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit that claimed hospital negligence was the reason for the death of one twin and the permanent injury of the other.

What Should You Do If Your Doctor Delayed or Failed to Perform a C-Section?

A Cesarean section is a fairly common delivery procedure that doctors perform when vaginal birth poses a serious risk to the mother and baby or when labor complications require a timely delivery. A seasoned obstetrician should be able to gauge when it is time to prep a patient for a C-section, but sadly, some women who are experiencing birthing complications do not receive adequate medical intervention in time.

Louisiana Appellate Court Rules in Favor of Family That Allegedly Missed Critical Deadline in Medical Malpractice Case

According to Law360, the family that allegedly missed an important fee deadline in the claims process can proceed with their case against the Louisiana-based healthcare facility they believe is responsible for their loved one's death. The deadline in question was for the filing fee that claimants must pay to request a medical review panel.

Did multiple surgical errors result in the death of a patient?

When undergoing surgery, Louisiana patients want a doctor that is confident in his or her abilities. However, an inexperienced and overconfident doctor can unintentionally cause a wide variety of problems for patients and their families. One family alleges that a doctor's overconfidence and unwillingness to take the advice of others resulted in multiple surgical errors and the death of their loved one.

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