On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Birth Injuries on Wednesday, December 26, 2018. For most people in Louisiana and across the country, a baby's birth is an exciting and wonderful time. A new person is entering the world, and although the birth process itself can be painful and stressful in general, in most cases the end result is a happy and positive one for everyone involved. Sadly, however, this is not always the case, and for some, a birth injury can occur during the process, sometimes resulting in death. Such was the case for one family. The incident happened in a different state last winter when a pregnant woman hired a
On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Hospital Negligence on Wednesday, December 19, 2018. A serious surgical procedure such as a heart transplant can be frightening for anyone. Those in Louisiana undergoing such a procedure has the right to assume they will receive the best care possible, thus easing their mind a little at such a stressful time. In fact, unfortunately, a hospital's level of care is not always acceptable, and sometimes, hospital negligence results in patient death. A woman in another state recently filed a lawsuit against a hospital after her husband died following a heart transplant performed there two years ago. She was motivated to pursue the lawsuit after she
By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Monday, December 17, 2018. NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana. There exists a kind of disease that cannot be killed by intense heat or disinfectants. No amount of alcohol, peroxide, Clorox, bleach, or heat will kill it. The disease is caused by prions, or infected proteins. Prions are a virulent type of protein. Before we can understand how prions cause disease, we need to understand how healthy proteins work. According to Science Daily, proteins work in our bodies because they fold into a shape that allows them to serve their function. Their chemical composition dictates their shape. Imagine a Slinky and its tendency to expand or contract due to its
By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Monday, December 17, 2018. JACKSON, Mississippi. According to the Centers for Disease Control, fentanyl was responsible for 29% of all drug overdose deaths, reports. Drug overdoses have increasingly become one of the leading causes of the death in the U.S., competing with car accidents and falls as the leading killers when it comes to accidental death. Over prescription of opioids has been blamed for the increased number of heroin users. When some patients are no longer able to acquire opioids, some turn to heroin to get their fix. When fentanyl is mixed into these drugs on the street to make them more potent, deaths can occur. As
David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Wednesday, December 12, 2018. Medical records are important documentation of a patient's health history, and current and past treatment. Incorrect information in a patient's medical record could result in serious patient injuries. When a patient requests the help of a skilled attorney in the aftermath of an injury, medical records are the primary source of information. Louisiana patients may be interested in some of the incorrect documentation that other patients have found in their records. One woman recounted her experience of discovering a potentially dangerous mistake in her elderly father's medical record. After a move across the country, the woman's father suffered a fall.
By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. JACKSON, Mississippi. A New York Times investigative report has found that some individuals who were placed in a pilot program to live alone were pushed into solitary living arrangements before they were ready. While many disability and mental health advocates support the right of the mentally ill to live alone and independently, sending a seriously ill person off to live on their own too soon can have devastating consequences. Imagine if a hospital released a patient while he or she was having a heart attack or an asthma attack. Releasing a mental health patient in crisis too soon can have similarly devastating results.
By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Tuesday, December 11, 2018. NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana. Advance directives allow patients to make decisions about their long-term care. According to Medicare.gov a properly executed advance directive can tell doctors and your family what you want, so that should you become too ill to make decisions for yourself, doctors and family know what your wishes would be. Advance directives can provide detailed information about whether you would want dialysis, want to be on a breathing machine, or want to be tube fed, should you become too ill to make these decisions for yourself. An advance directive can also provide doctors with information about whether you want to donate
By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Monday, December 10, 2018. NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana. Giving birth can be a dangerous act for women and for their babies. There's always a risk with any pregnancy, but in recent months, we have been seeing more reports that the U.S. has the highest rate of maternal deaths in the developed world. According to the New York Times, many states continue to fail to properly investigate what is leading to these deaths. In fact, some states continue to cite mothers' behavior as the reason for their deaths or for their children's birth injuries. If you have been injured in childbirth, if your baby was injured in childbirth, or
By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Monday, December 10, 2018. BATON ROUGE, Louisiana. The Washington Post recently performed an in-depth investigation into how a private equity Firm's acquisition of a nursing home company led to the alleged neglect of thousands of elderly and sick residents. According to , private equity Firms purchase companies that might be struggling and try to turn them around. However, when the goals of private equity Firms (make profit and cut costs) conflict with safety and industry standards, people can end up hurt or injured. The Washington Post's investigations found that under the management of the private equity Firm, the nursing home's health code violations allegedly rose 26 percent.
On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Medical Malpractice on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. Certain medications administered in a hospital or doctor's office setting require multiple step safety guards to help prevent medication administration errors. Some medications are more dangerous than others if administered incorrectly. Louisiana patients may be saddened to learn that a nurse's error may have resulted in the death of a patient. The family may be seeking the advice of a medical malpractice attorney in the aftermath of her death. The patient sought the care of medical professionals for headaches, swelling of the brain and other symptoms. Reportedly, the patient was in stable condition. As part of the