Most Louisiana residents have had to visit a pharmacy to have a prescription filled, and in fact, some people requiring medication for a chronic condition do so regularly. Pharmacists must complete years of education and training in order to properly and safely perform their job duties, so clients should feel safe knowing they will receive the correct type and dosage of medication, along with appropriate instructions for use. However, occasionally, a prescription will be filled incorrectly, and when this happens, the patient's life may be in danger. As an example, a man in another state died when he was given a different medication than his doctor intended, and the executrix of his estate is now suing the pharmacy and medical team, accusing them of medical malpractice among other allegations.
When a person undergoes any sort of medical test in Louisiana or elsewhere, unless told otherwise, he or she likely assumes the physician has recommended the test as a necessary and relatively safe diagnostic tool. Unfortunately, in the case of one woman from another state, this assumption proved inaccurate. The woman died a few days after attending what she thought was a routine doctor's appointment, and a jury recently awarded her daughter $3 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital and the cardiologist who treated her. The award has since been reduced to $2.6 million, and the doctor was dropped from the suit.
Many Louisiana couples can relate to the concept of struggling to conceive a baby. In some cases, people in this situation will try various methods in their attempts to achieve pregnancy. Such was the case with a couple based in another state who pursued in vitro fertilization through a reputable fertility clinic. After the woman gave birth to two baby boys who were not related to either her or her husband, they filed a civil lawsuit accusing the clinic and its owners for medical malpractice.
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine concluded that medical errors are the nation's third-largest cause of death. However, some medical errors that happen as a baby is coming into the world, rather than resulting in the patient's death, instead cause a birth injury leading to the patient's need for lifelong care. Typically, people in Louisiana and elsewhere who file medical malpractice lawsuits do so with the intent to cover the significant expenses involved following a preventable error. In a recent example, the family of a 4-year-old girl was awarded $229.6 million after the hospital at which she was born was found liable for brain damage she suffered during birth.
Many Louisiana residents have likely experienced depression at one time or another, and for some people, sadly, this is a chronic condition that they struggle with throughout their lives. Many people seek the guidance of a professional to help them deal with this challenging disease, and anyone who has been in this type of situation can attest to the fact that trust is a crucial component of such a relationship. However, sometimes, a mental health professional cannot be trusted and may engage in questionable activities when dealing with patients. This seems to be what happened when three women filed medical malpractice lawsuits against a prominent psychiatrist in another state.