Failure to diagnose HIV results in $18.4 million verdict

Failure to diagnose HIV results in $18.4 million verdict On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. There are many patients in Louisiana who rely on medical testing to identify an illness or to prevent other potential medical problems. Some patients request that certain tests be performed based on their family histories, their lifestyles, their jobs, or based on a medical professional's recommendation. However, when these tests are not performed, it is possible for important information to slip by doctors. Failure to diagnose a serious illness early can cause patients to suffer for many years. A man was recently awarded $18.4 million after doctors failed to perform an

2019-11-07T13:27:18+00:00June 26th, 2018|

The Unintended Consequences of Hospitals’ Approach to the Opioid Crisis

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Monday, June 25, 2018. NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana. In recent weeks and months we've heard much about the opioid crisis and opioid overdoses. According to , research suggests that hospital interventions for patients who are hospitalized for overdoses may be lacking. 33,000 people died from opioid overdoses in 2015. Some of these patients may have visited the hospital before their deadly overdose. According to NPR, hospitals may not be taking sufficient steps or interventions when overdose patients end up in the emergency room. Despite the fact that patients who have overdosed may have difficulty filling opioid prescriptions in the future, the study revealed that few of these patients

2019-11-08T08:32:13+00:00June 25th, 2018|

Georgia Passes Hands Free Cell Phone Law: Will Louisiana Follow?

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Monday, June 25, 2018. BATON ROUGE, Louisiana. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 16 states and the District of Columbia currently ban the use of hand-held cell phones for all drivers. On July 1, Georgia joins this list of states by enacting a tough, no-tolerance law that places heavy fines on drivers who even touch a cell phone while driving. Louisiana has yet to pass a full ban on hand-held cell phone use. Should it? Currently, in Louisiana, if you have a learner's permit, you are not permitted to use a hand-held cell phone. The laws are even more restrictive for minor drivers. Drivers under

2019-11-07T13:28:26+00:00June 25th, 2018|

Nearly $30 million awarded in medical malpractice case

Nearly $30 million awarded in medical malpractice case On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Thursday, June 21, 2018. As most Louisiana residents are aware, doctors keep very detailed records of a patient's health history, which includes not only past illnesses and injuries but also allergies. When treated quickly and correctly, allergic reactions are not often fatal. However, if doctors do not act quickly, or fail to administer the proper treatment for these reactions, then the results can be deadly. In those instances, families may choose to file a medical malpractice suit. A jury recently awarded $29.5 million to a family after their loved one died due to a doctor's failure to

2019-11-07T13:27:44+00:00June 21st, 2018|

Have Lasik Practitioners Properly Warned Patients of the Risks?

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana. Lasik is often touted as a surgery that can give patients 20/20 vision. If you wear glasses or contact lenses, the idea of not having to pop in contacts every morning or the thought of throwing away your glasses might sound like a welcome change. Yet, some Lasik patients experience serious side effects. Many of these patients claim that their doctors didn't properly warn them of the risks before they underwent the elective surgery. According to the FDA, Lasik surgery involves the precision removal of corneal tissue to improve the eye's ability to focus. People suffer from myopia or other

2019-11-07T13:26:24+00:00June 20th, 2018|

Do You Know Your Medication’s Side Effect Risks?

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. JACKSON, Mississippi. Virtually all medication comes with some side effect risk. Some of these risks are small and many patients won't experience any side effects at all. But for the few patients who do experience side effects, these effects can be dangerous and even deadly. According to Vox, depression and suicide risk is a known side-effect for over 200 drugs. The suicide deaths of Anthony Bordain and Kate Spade have raised suicide awareness. The New York Times reports that suicide is a "public health crisis." Suicide can leave families struggling to understand why. While some victims show warning signs, others do not. It

2019-11-07T13:25:46+00:00June 20th, 2018|

Suicide and Wrongful Death

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Monday, June 18, 2018. NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana. While it is very rare, some families are suing for wrongful death after a loved one commits suicide. For example, in San Diego, one mother is suing her son's school for her son's suicide, claiming that the school contributed to her son's wrongful death by suicide. According to the mother, despite the school knowing that her son had been bullied, the school didn't take steps to identify the bullies and put an end to the harassment. The mother is seeking damages for funeral costs and loss of comfort and support from her son. Reports indicate that the situation escalated when

2019-11-07T13:29:45+00:00June 18th, 2018|

When Cancer Treatment Makes You Sicker

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. JACKSON, Mississippi. Immune system cancer therapies have shown great promise for many cancer patients, but according to the New York Times, for some patients, these same treatments have actually made people much sicker. These results reveal that immunotherapy is still very much in its early days. Many doctors recommend that the treatment only be used when other options have failed or when all other options have run out. The risks of immunotherapy could be high. Immunotherapy works because it helps the body's immune system work to fight off the cancer. There are several types of immunotherapies available. While this

2019-11-08T08:32:01+00:00June 12th, 2018|

Suicide and Wrongful Death

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in wrongful death on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana. While it is very rare, some families are suing for wrongful death after a loved one commits suicide. For example, in San Diego, one mother is suing her son's school for her son's suicide, claiming that the school contributed to her son's wrongful death by suicide. According to the mother, despite the school knowing that her son had been bullied, the school didn't take steps to identify the bullies and put an end to the harassment. The mother is seeking damages for funeral costs and loss of comfort and support from her son. Reports indicate that

2019-11-08T08:31:49+00:00June 12th, 2018|

Hospital negligence alleged after patients exposed to illness

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Hospital Negligence on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. Most patients do not consider the possibility that they may be exposed to a serious illness when they go to a hospital for the treatment of an illness or injury. Many Louisiana residents may already be aware that hospitals have a number of policies and procedures in place to help prevent the spread of illness by the staff. Unfortunately, sometimes, someone slips through the cracks, and even a single staff member can expose thousands of patients to illness. A hospital negligence suit has been filed against a hospital where thousands of patients were exposed by a nurse to tuberculosis. Tuberculosis

2019-11-08T18:59:32+00:00June 12th, 2018|