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January 2018 Archives

How Can You Support a Loved One Who Has Experienced a Traumatic Birth?

Nothing is more exciting than hearing that someone whom you love is expecting. Whether it is your sibling, a best friend from college, or a coworker with whom you have grown close, you will likely be thrilled at the news and wish only the best for both Mom and baby.

Failure to diagnose cancer results in malpractice suit

There are patients in Louisiana who may know what it feels like to visit a doctor's office or be admitted to a hospital for the treatment of one illness, and then to leave after being diagnosed with something far more severe. It can be a terrifying thought. However, for some, the failure to catch such an illness is far more nerve-wracking. Some patients and those close to them may argue that a failure to diagnose a serious illness can be just as deadly as the illness itself. 

What Are Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs?

Healthcare providers are not always able to diagnose, treat, and heal their patients. But there's no reason why a patient should leave a doctor's office in worse condition than when he or she arrived.

Army veteran files medical malpractice suit after botched surgery

Veterans often have much to deal with when they return home from service. Even after many years, it can still be difficult for them to adjust. Many rely on VA hospitals and programs to help them readjust to everyday life. Unfortunately, as many Louisiana residents may know, some of these programs and hospitals are better than others. One army veteran has recently filed a medical malpractice suit against a veterans affairs hospital for mistakes made during a previous surgery. 

More Information Comes to Light Regarding Fatal Complication during Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure

Further investigations regarding the death of a Baton Rouge woman during an elective surgery have revealed that she died of fat clots that had traveled to her lungs and heart. The incident occurred on December 14, but the Miami-Dade medical examiner's office needed several weeks to complete the investigation.

Medical malpractice suit filed because surgeon left too early

When a loved one needs surgery, every family wants the procedure to be performed by the best available physician. However, as some Louisiana residents may know, it is easy for these doctors to take on too many patients. In some cases, this may result in sub-par care for those in need. One family has filed a medical malpractice suit against one such cardiac surgeon, claiming that his heavy workload contributed to their loved one being left in a vegetative state. 

Why You Should Seek a Second Opinion Regardless of Your Diagnosis

According to the National Center for Policy Analysis, between 10 and 20 percent of patients who seek treatment for various symptoms are misdiagnosed. Misdiagnoses are so prevalent, in fact, that they are more common than medication mistakes and wrong-site/wrong-procedure/wrong-patient errors, despite the fact that these kinds of mistakes are much more publicized.

Family claims that hospital negligence caused a loved one's death

For many Louisiana families who have loved ones who have undergone or are planning to undergo surgery, the waiting can be both stressful and terrifying. Families and patients have to wait for a diagnosis, then they have to wait for a procedure, and then they have to wait for the results of that procedure. However, being forced to wait too long can prove deadly to patients. One family claims that hospital negligence is to blame for the death of their loved one. They claim that a delay in his surgery was directly related to the cause of death.

What You Should (and Should Not) Do If You Suspect Medical Malpractice

You should be able to trust your healthcare providers, especially when you are vulnerable from injury or illness. Sadly, not all patients will receive quality care at every appointment, and those who end up the victims of malpractice often suffer devastating consequences as a result.

Instruments left inside of patients after surgical procedures

In hospitals across the nation, including Louisiana, there are patients awaiting surgery who have a habit of fantasizing about the potential worst case scenario. These individuals have heard numerous stories of surgical procedures going horribly wrong and surgical instruments being left inside of patients. Thankfully, these stories are often untrue, or they are so grossly exaggerated that many people will not give them any real consideration. However, there are times when these stories are not overly exaggerated or the work of an overactive imagination.

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