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|

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|

Traveling with Your Pet: Here are Some Pet Safety Tips

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Friday, August 17, 2018. NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana. Traveling with your pet can be stressful. However, there are steps you can take to make sure that your four-legged friend is safe during your next car ride. Here are some tips for traveling by car with your pet: Get the right travel crate. In general, your pet will be safest if he or she remains in a crate while you are traveling. According to the ASPCA, the crate should be properly ventilated, tall enough for your pet to stand up, and have enough room so that your pet can move around freely inside the crate. If you don't use

2019-11-08T11:06:29+00:00August 17th, 2018|

New Research Offers Promise for Spinal Cord Injury Patients

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana. Spinal cord injury can be a devastating diagnosis after an accident. Victims may no longer be able to walk or may lose sensation below the site of injury. Fortunately, recent developments in spinal cord injury treatment offer new promise for victims who suffer this serious and life-altering injury. According to Medscape a new scaffold device that can be used in the hours and days after an injury occurs has been shown to help spinal cord injury patients see improvement. During the study, patients with complete spinal cord injury were taken into surgery and the scaffold device was put in place.

2019-11-08T08:32:28+00:00June 6th, 2018|

What is Suspected Spinal Injury Protocol and What Should You Do If You Suspect Spinal Injury?

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in spinal cord injury on Friday, April 27, 2018. BATON ROUGE, Louisiana. Spinal injuries can be life altering, resulting in loss of motion, life-long paralysis, and result in major lifestyle changes for the patients who suffer them. What individuals may not always know is that when rendering first aid to a suspected spinal injury victim, you can sometimes make an injury worse if you are not careful. Individuals could find themselves rendering first aid if they are on the scene of a car crash, witness a sports accident, or are around a victim when a slip and fall occurs.     According to the Mayo Clinic, a

2019-11-08T08:44:02+00:00April 27th, 2018|

How Social Media Posts Could Harm Your Spinal Cord Injury Claim

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in spinal cord injury on Friday, March 16, 2018. Recovering from a spinal cord injury (SCI) can be a long and arduous process. Depending on the severity and location of the injury, you may have limited mobility and end up spending much of your time in the hospital or at home.     Because of the physical limitations that SCIs pose, individuals who sustain them often turn to social media to stay in touch with friends. Digital correspondence can be especially helpful during the early stages of recovery, when the patient has not yet adjusted to life with an SCI and is experiencing considerable loneliness as a

2019-11-07T13:34:38+00:00March 16th, 2018|

Spinal Epidural Abscess

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in spinal cord injury on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. Spinal Epidural Abscess ("SEA") develops when an underlying infection - most commonly staphylococcus aureus - manifests itself as an abscess in the epidural space within the spinal column. This is considered a neurological emergency which can lead to irreversible neurological deficits if not treated promptly. While anyone can develop SEA, those most at risk include diabetics, IV drug users, and individuals who have a known source of infection. The "classic triad" of symptoms traditionally associated with SEA includes fever, spine pain, and neurologic deficits. However, recent studies show that only a small percentage of SEA patients

2019-11-07T13:33:36+00:00February 20th, 2018|

What Are Some of the Most Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries?

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in spinal cord injury on Thursday, December 14, 2017. The brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves make up the central nervous system, which controls movement and sensation throughout your entire body. As a result, spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are often devastating and can cause the permanent loss of function in certain parts of the body.     There are countless ways to sustain an SCI, and damage to the CNS can affect people of all ages at all stages of life; however, members of some demographics are more likely to suffer from a spinal cord injury than others. According to the Mayo Clinic, SCI risk

2019-11-08T08:44:56+00:00December 14th, 2017|

What Is the Difference Between Partial and Total Paralysis?

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in spinal cord injury on Tuesday, November 21, 2017. Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) are one of the most devastating kinds of injury that you can sustain in an accident, and sadly, they are far more common than they should be. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Association, there are approximately 8,000 new cases of SCI every year . Roughly 82 percent of these injuries occur in men between the ages 16 and 30. Although sustaining an SCI at any age is devastating, developing one while still fairly young is especially challenging because the lifetime costs associated with treating it are incredibly high. Fortunately, individuals

2019-11-07T13:37:36+00:00November 21st, 2017|

What Determines the Severity of an SCI?

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in spinal cord injury on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. Spinal cord injuries are similar to brain injuries in that each and every one is different. Although healthcare providers may witness trends when treating SCIs, there is no way to predict how a particular injury might impact an individual in the long run nor if he or she will ever recover fully.     According to the Spinal Cord Injury Model System Information Network, there is no proven way to restore the full functioning of the central nervous system following an SCI; however, individuals who sustain minor spinal cord injuries can often restore near-normal functioning with

2019-11-08T08:54:18+00:00September 27th, 2017|