Should Doctors Apologize for Medical Mistakes?

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Thursday, September 27, 2018. BATON ROUGE, Louisiana. Doctors are only human. They sometimes make mistakes. We want to believe that when we seek medical treatment, the treatment we are receiving is based on a perfect science, but the reality is that doctors can make mistakes just like the rest of us. Unfortunately, when doctors do make mistakes, they may be less likely to apologize or admit to having made an error due to the fear over a lawsuit. Yet, when an error is glaring, and doctors fail to apologize, this, in itself, can lead to a greater risk of lawsuits. CNN reports on a case where a

2019-11-07T19:31:54+00:00September 27th, 2018|

Cancer Center Faces Scrutiny After Deal with Artificial Intelligence Company

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Thursday, September 27, 2018. NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana. When an artificial intelligence company partnered up with one of the nation's leading cancer research institutions, the public response was less than positive. According to the New York Times, the deal would give the artificial intelligence company access to the cancer center's massive collection of tissue slides. The cancer center has recently faced increased scrutiny as major news outlets have revealed potential conflicts of interest between the chief medical officer and health and drug companies. The biggest concern that patients expressed involved their privacy rights. Some patients worried that their health data might be used to commercial ends. Patients have

2019-11-07T13:10:36+00:00September 27th, 2018|

Medical malpractice: Baby’s airway burned in procedure

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Surgical Errors on Tuesday, September 25, 2018. No Louisiana parent wants to watch his or her infant child suffer through medical procedures and complications. Unfortunately, parents in another state have had to witness their child's suffering, and the child will need continued care after a medical procedure that did not occur as planned. The parents have recently filed a lawsuit against the physicians and the hospital for medical malpractice. The parent's child was born with a common defect called laryngomalacia, which causes excess tissue to exist in the child's airway sometimes making it difficult to breathe. Because the airway is vital for survival, the physicians

2019-11-07T19:32:13+00:00September 25th, 2018|

The Benefits of Targeted Cancer Therapy May Be Overstated

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Wednesday, September 19, 2018. NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana. Patients with terminal or advanced cancer may sometimes turn to genetic testing or genetic cancer therapies as a last resort. While some of these therapies have been known to produce incredible responses in a few select cases, some believe that the reporting on the benefits may be overstated and may lead some patients to think that these treatments work better than they do or that the benefits outweigh the side effects. According to the New York Times, in most cases, these genetic targeted cancer therapies don't work for the majority of patients. Unfortunately, news stories often focus on the miracle

2019-11-07T13:13:32+00:00September 19th, 2018|

Doctors May Not be Trained to Treat Opioid Addiction

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Wednesday, September 19, 2018. JACKSON, Mississippi. The New York Times reports that many medical school students may not be getting the education on addiction treatment they may need, given the current opioid crisis. Part of the problem revolves around a failure to help doctors have tough conversations when they encounter patients showing signs of addiction issues. For example, the Times reports that doctors often have to find a delicate balance between treating a patient's chronic pain and identifying the early stages of addiction. In fact, the Times reports that doctors across medical specialties often encounter patients who may be in the early stages of opioid dependence. Yet,

2019-11-07T13:11:32+00:00September 19th, 2018|

Medical malpractice: Man files lawsuit after leg ampuation

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Tuesday, September 18, 2018. Infections typically result from a type bacteria or fungus that results in negative symptoms for a human. When an infection is not treated properly or a person's immune system cannot handle the bacteria growth, serious complications and sometimes death can occur. Thankfully, with modern medicines, most infections can be quickly treated and corrected before life-threatening conditions can occur. Louisiana residents may be interested in one man's lawsuit who claims he suffered medical malpractice after a doctor inadequately treated his infection. The man noticed an open wound on the bottom of his foot and sought the medical treatment

2019-11-08T08:36:05+00:00September 18th, 2018|

When Doctors Use Artificial Intelligence in Medicine are They Increasing the Risk of Misdiagnosis?

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana. Misdiagnosis is one of the costliest forms of medical malpractice for both doctors and patients. According to Radiology Business, 80 percent of radiology malpractice claims stem from failure to diagnose. Alarmingly, the cost to patients for these failures is high. 80% of these missed diagnoses can lead to permanent injury or death in the patients affected. When humans and technology interact to lead to diagnosis, the potential for error can be higher, and the consequences for error can sometimes be great. While radiology is an established diagnostic tool, doctors are increasingly turning to artificial intelligence to help them make medical

2019-11-07T13:18:21+00:00September 11th, 2018|

The Dangers of Untreated Postpartum Depression: A New Kind of Birth Injury?

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. JACKSON, Mississippi. Some of the most feared birth injuries are those that leave the infant injured. Improper use of forceps can lead to serious injuries in newborns. Problems and complications with delivery can lead to the baby receiving a lack of oxygen, and can lead to the development of Cerebral Palsy. Birth injury to the mother is another issue. Many women suffer life-altering injuries while giving birth. Only recently have doctors and activists begun to speak about the importance of getting mothers proper treatment during and after childbirth. Yet, there is one diagnosis that has the potential to impact both the baby and

2019-11-07T13:14:07+00:00September 11th, 2018|

Medical malpractice: $28 milion judgment appealed by hospital

Medical malpractice: $28 milion judgment appealed by hospital On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Monday, September 10, 2018. Despite a $28 million judgment in a patient's favor, legal battles and hearings continue to occur, and the patient has not seen any money from the hospital accused in the lawsuit. The case has been held up due to the hospital's appeal of the judgment. In addition, hearings must occur to discuss how and when payments may be made. Although it may seem like a lengthy process, Louisiana patients who have suffered similar medical malpractice may receive the financial assistance needed for medical care with the help of the

2019-11-08T18:43:29+00:00September 10th, 2018|

Woman awarded $2.4 million after birth injury

Woman awarded $2.4 million after birth injury On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Birth Injuries on Thursday, September 6, 2018. When an injury occurs during the childbirth process, people in Louisiana may assume that the damage only occurs for the child. While there are several health risks for a baby, mothers can also suffer a birth injury. Recently, a jury issued a verdict in favor of a mother who claims to have suffered unnecessary harm due to the care of her obstetrician, and she was awarded $2.4 million. During childbirth, the mother suffered a rare uterine rupture. A uterine rupture places both the mother and baby at risk for complications and/or

2019-11-07T19:32:43+00:00September 6th, 2018|