Why are More Women Being Pressured into Having C-Sections?

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. BATON ROUGE, Louisiana. According to , in 2000, C-sections accounted for only 12 percent of all births. By 2015, 21 percent of all births were C-sections. Why? While there are many instances where C-sections are necessary, for example, if the baby is breach, if the placenta covers the mother's cervix, or if the labor isn't progressing as it should. Another case where a C-section might be needed is if doctors determine that the baby is in distress. However, there are gray areas. This is where doctors for the World Health Organization say that doctors may be over eager when it comes to recommending

2019-11-08T11:06:05+00:00October 30th, 2018|

When a Pharmacist Refuses to Fill a Prescription, What Rights do You Have?

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana. Under American Pharmacy Organization guidelines, a pharmacist is permitted to refuse to fill a prescription based on religious beliefs. However, what happens after a refusal largely depends on where you live in the U.S. Different states have different laws regarding patients' rights. Not all states have laws and regulations in place, meaning that it is up to an individual company to decide what to do. In states where laws are in place, companies and pharmacists face sanctions or suspension if they fail to obey the law. However, in most cases, if a pharmacist refuses to fill a prescription, the prescription

2019-11-08T11:05:25+00:00October 30th, 2018|

Medical malpractice: Nurse may have exposed patients to virus

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. When illness, pain or physical injury occurs, most people seek the care and comfort that Louisiana medical professionals can offer. Unfortunately, some patients may experience medical malpractice through inadequate care, failure to diagnose, medication errors and other unfortunate errors. One patient in another state is claiming he suffers from a virus related to the care he received from one nurse. The man sought management of pain from a hospital emergency room in 2011. The man has filed a recent lawsuit, claiming that his nurse administered two doses of morphine during his stay, and the lawsuit further claims

2019-11-07T13:06:58+00:00October 24th, 2018|

How Computer-Based Records Still Fail to Prevent Hospital Medication Overdoses

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana. According to Wired, on average, 1 in 15 hospital patients will suffer the consequences of medication errors. These kinds of medical errors cost hospitals $21 billion each year. Wired reports that many hospitals believed that the advent of computer-based medication ordering would improve patient health and reduce the number of errors. After all, a computer system could record a patient's allergies, and flag any potentially dangerous interactions. Doctors could carefully calibrate dosage using the help of computers. However, Wired recently published an investigation on the ways in which technology can open the doors to new and potentially deadly types of

2019-11-07T13:12:26+00:00October 23rd, 2018|

Congress Looks at Childbirth Safety

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. BATON ROUGE, Louisiana. According to NBC News, the U.S. has the highest maternal death rate in the developed world. 700 women die each year due to complications related to their pregnancies. Another 50,000 are seriously injured due to childbirth complications. Many of these deaths could have been prevented with proper medical care. Researchers have found that when women go into labor, doctors may focus heavily on the health of the baby and fail to provide the mother with the same kind of intensive medical support she might need. According to NBC News, approximately 60% of all childbirth-related deaths could have been prevented had

2019-11-07T13:13:01+00:00October 23rd, 2018|

Pharmacy Errors Not Uncommon in U.S.

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Thursday, October 18, 2018. Medication errorsinjure an estimated 1.5 million people in the United States every year, according to the Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives. This statistic not only includes mistakes made by health care providers when prescribing mediations, but also mistakes made by pharmacies when dispensing mediations. News reports of pharmacy errors are not uncommon. Most recently, a Minnesota woman made headlines when she was inadvertently provided with 100 milligrams of Brivia, an anti-epileptic medication, instead of the prescribed 10 milligram dosage. Her local pharmacy then refilled the medication three more times before catching its mistake. As a result of unknowingly taking the medication

2019-11-07T13:10:04+00:00October 18th, 2018|

Jury awards $50 million for birth injury

Jury awards $50 million for birth injury On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Birth Injuries on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. The delivery of a child is an anticipated and anxiety-inducing event for many parents in Louisiana and all over the world. Unfortunately, some infants suffer a debilitating birth injury during delivery. Some are able to recover and lead normal lives, but many are not. Following the conclusion of a recent lawsuit, one family has been awarded a $50 million judgment for the injuries their child suffered during birth. The child was the first born child for the mother, and she went into labor naturally. According to the lawsuit, the baby's heart rate

2019-11-07T13:17:14+00:00October 17th, 2018|

The Risk of Post-ICU Syndrome Following Serious Personal Injury

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Friday, October 12, 2018. NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana. Individuals who have near-death-experiences during a serious car accident or personal injury often suffer long-term psychological effects long after they have been released from the hospital. recently reported on the condition, known as post-ICU syndrome. The symptoms of this condition can vary, from memory problems, to anxiety and depression. Others may even experience continued delirium long after the threat of immanent death has passed. Patients may also suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and some even go on to suffer dementia. NPR reports that the original age of the patient is not significant. Old as well as young patients can suffer

2019-11-08T11:04:43+00:00October 12th, 2018|

Medical malpractice: Doctor’s practice questioned

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. A doctor in another state is under continued scrutiny due to an error he made approximately 18 years ago. The doctor was a fertility specialist and was accused of medical malpractice and the attempt to cover it up. Louisiana families may be interested to learn how the resulting aftermath of the malpractice resulted in serious emotional and legal issues for two different families. The doctor accidentally implanted one woman's fresh embryos into another woman. According to records, the doctor became aware of the mistake within minutes of the procedure. Instead of confessing to the mistake, the physician was

2019-11-08T11:02:50+00:00October 10th, 2018|

When Doctors Abuse Drugs

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Monday, October 8, 2018. NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana. Alcoholism and drug addiction is a disease that can impact anyone--whether you're a neurosurgeon or a barista. In fact, ProPublica recently conducted an investigative report on a neurosurgeon deemed so "bad" that he eventually faced criminal charges. Among the concerns raised about the doctor was his frequent use of drugs and alcohol. Drug addiction among doctors is not rare. According to the Los Angeles Times as many as 15% of doctors might have an addiction problem. In fact, drug addiction among medical professionals may be higher than the general population. While drug addiction among the general population averages between 8

2019-11-08T11:03:09+00:00October 8th, 2018|