Likely, any Louisiana or Mississippi resident who has undergone surgery of any sort has experienced at least a bit of nervousness beforehand. With any surgery comes the potential for a poor outcome, and sometimes doctors make mistakes, such as accessing the wrong site. Such was the case for a woman in another state who underwent an operation on her kidney and became the victim of what hospitals refer to as a "never event," a term that applies to surgical errors that should never occur if hospitals follow proper procedures. The patient filed a lawsuit in March of this year, suing the hospital for more than $20 million.
Many Louisiana and Mississippi residents have undergone a cardiac procedure of some sort, or at least have seen a close friend or family member do so. Most people would agree that surgical procedures dealing with the heart can be very stressful for the patient, of course, but also for people witnessing their loved one go through such an experience. Many patients survive the ordeal, but unfortunately, a woman in another state died during open-heart surgery, and several members of her family have filed a lawsuit alleging negligence led to her death.
Most Louisiana and Mississippi 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
On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Birth Injuries on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. 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
On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Birth Injuries on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Many Louisiana couples know the feeling of anxiously awaiting their child's birth and simultaneously experiencing excitement and uncertainty about the outcome. Of course, parents always hope to take home a healthy baby with 10 each of fingers and toes, but unfortunately, some birth stories do not end this way. Recently, a family in another state reached a settlement in their birth injury lawsuit just before a jury awarded them $30.6 million. The family had filed the lawsuit against the health care staffing provider who supplied the nurse responsible for monitoring their baby's heart rate during his 2013 birth. The jury found the nurse negligent in
On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Birth Injuries on Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Most Louisiana parents understand the joy of bringing a healthy baby home from the hospital since they have personally experienced such an event. However, not all parents are so fortunate. Sadly, sometimes a birth injury occurs at some point during the birthing process, and while some of these cases can be explained as simply nature taking its course, others can be attributed to negligence on the part of the medical professionals involved. A couple in another state experienced what was perhaps the most traumatic event of their lives when their baby boy was born with significant brain damage.
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
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, November 19, 2018. The Bowling Law Firm recently published a blog article about a USA TODAY investigation into maternal care and why the United States has been deemed the most dangerous country in which to give birth in the developed world. Now, Tulane University has announced it is conducting a study into maternal care in Louisiana. As explained in an article published in the New Orleans Advocate on November 6, 2018, the Tulane study will be conducted by Maeve Wallace of the University's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. The study will utilize $2.4 million in grants to fund the research into pregnancy-associated mortality. This
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