Malfunctioning technology can lead to surgical errors

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.

2019-11-28T12:03:20+00:00August 13th, 2019|

Surgical procedures sometimes end tragically

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.

2019-11-28T12:05:36+00:00August 7th, 2019|

Woman sues pharmacy claiming medical malpractice led to 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

2019-11-28T12:06:35+00:00July 29th, 2019|

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|

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|

When Addiction Treatment Fails

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Monday, October 8, 2018. JACKSON, Mississippi. Overprescribing of painkillers is one of the major causes of America's current opioid crisis. The opioid crisis can be seen as a series of failures of the medical system. Primary care physicians sometimes fail their patients by overprescribing pain medication. When these same patients become addicted to opioids and seek medical treatment, they sometimes face failures of the addiction treatment programs they seek out. According to , one social worker calls addiction treatment the "hamster wheel" of rehab. Victims of addiction often face an ongoing struggle even after they have been clean for some time. They might face stigma from the

2019-11-08T11:05:41+00:00October 8th, 2018|

Getting Surgery? Have a Loved One in the Hospital? Know Your Drug Resistant Bacteria Personal Injury Risk

Getting Surgery? Have a Loved One in the Hospital? Know Your Drug Resistant Bacteria Personal Injury Risk By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Tuesday, September 4, 2018. BATON ROUGE, Louisiana. According to Live Science, drug-resistant bacteria have appeared in hospitals in 27 states. These bacteria are the greatest risk to vulnerable members of the population: patients in intensive care, patients recovering from surgery, and others who have been admitted to the hospital for infections, cancer, or for immune deficiencies. According to the Centers for Disease Control antibiotic resistance among bacteria develops over time when patients are prescribed antibiotics. Just taking antibiotics can increase your risk of contracting drug-resistant bacteria. While antibiotics can be

2019-11-07T19:35:42+00:00September 4th, 2018|

Seriously Injured: Can the Ocean Provide Healing?

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Friday, August 17, 2018. JACKSON, Mississippi. If you've been seriously injured in an accident, you may be facing a long road to recovery. You could be facing weeks to months of physical and emotional rehabilitation. The cost of medical care and rehabilitation can add up. Yet, some injured individuals are searching for low-cost and natural healing alternatives. Some patients are finding that spending time by and in the ocean can be incredibly healing, both for victims' bodies and minds. While these alternatives are no replacement for proper medical care and treatment, early research has shown that time by the ocean and water is well-spent. According to ,

2019-11-20T13:59:14+00:00August 17th, 2018|

Is One U.S. Insurance Company Requiring Patients to Self-Diagnose?

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. BATON ROUGE, Louisiana. The New York Times and Consumer Reports have been investigating cases where Anthem, an insurance company, has denied patient's ER claims, claiming that the patients went to the ER when their situation wasn't an emergency. In cases where the insurance company has denied claims, it has said that patients should have called the insurance company's 24/7 hotline or gone to an emergency clinic. According to Consumer Reports, Anthem isn't basing whether it denies claims on a person's initial symptoms but rather on the final diagnosis that the ER gives. This is problematic because the insurance company is essentially asking patients

2019-11-08T08:30:11+00:00July 24th, 2018|

The Risks of Jump-Starting Your Car’s Batteries

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Injuries on Tuesday, July 17, 2018. JACKSON, Mississippi. In the old days, if your car's battery died, it was often easy to solve your problem. You asked a stranger for a boost, using jumper cables and went on your merry way. These days, as car's computer systems have become more complex, boosting your car is not always the best idea. According to the Globe and Mail, making an error when boosting the battery of modern cars can sometimes have dire consequences. At best, you could fry your car's computer system and at worst, you could cause a battery explosion, leading to serious injury or even death.

2019-11-07T13:18:47+00:00July 17th, 2018|