Patient files lawsuit claiming breach of standard of care

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Surgical Errors on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Many Louisiana residents have experienced joint replacement surgery at some point in their lives. Due to a rapidly aging population and an increase in life expectancy over the last few decades, this type of surgery is likely becoming more common. As with any medical procedure, most patients undergoing a joint replacement feel some trepidation before putting their well-being in the hands of the medical professionals responsible for their care. However, most patients trust that the physicians and others involved in the process will provide the expected standard of care to ensure a successful outcome. Unfortunately, such was not the case for a man

2019-11-20T22:54:13+00:00November 6th, 2019|

Woman sues hospital claiming inappropriate standard of care

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Surgical Errors on Wednesday, October 2, 2019. Likely, many Louisiana residents can relate to the experience of visiting a doctor with a health problem only to have the treatment for that problem lead to a different issue requiring its own treatment. This seems to be what happened when a woman in a different state visited a hospital for a chest procedure. She is now suing the hospital, claiming she did not receive the appropriate standard of care. In the lawsuit, she is alleging medical negligence and seeking $100,000 in addition to legal costs. The lawsuit states that the woman went to the hospital in July, 2016 for a procedure in which

2019-11-20T23:04:49+00:00October 2nd, 2019|

Lawsuit claims inappropriate standard of care led to death

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Surgical Errors on Wednesday, September 18, 2019. Many Louisiana residents have experienced health challenges that may have resulted in the need for spinal surgery. Patients in this position likely feel a particularly high level of trepidation as they anticipate surgery since proper functioning of the spine is a key component in one's ability to move about freely. Unfortunately, a patient in another state underwent spinal surgery that cost him his life, and his son recently filed a lawsuit against the surgeon for $7 million, claiming he failed to provide an appropriate standard of care that led to his father's death. The surgeon performed the procedure on the 78-year-old man last February.

2019-11-20T23:05:48+00:00September 18th, 2019|

Errors in surgical procedures can result in life-altering injury

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Surgical Errors on Wednesday, September 11, 2019. Most Louisiana residents will likely agree that undergoing any sort of medical procedure can be nerve-wracking. In particular, surgical procedures often cause patients some stress and worry that the outcome may not be ideal and, in the worst case scenario, that their doctors will make mistakes. Unfortunately, this worst fear sometimes comes true. Such was the case when a man in another state underwent gall bladder surgery and ended up with permanent changes to his lifestyle. He subsequently sued for medical malpractice and was recently awarded $7.4 million. Doctors performed the surgery on the now 38-year-old man in late 2015. Reportedly, during the gall

2019-11-20T23:06:40+00:00September 11th, 2019|

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|

Attention to detail can prevent surgical errors

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Surgical Errors on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Bringing a child into the world is often referred to as one of the happiest moments in a woman's life and after the birth the mother's first concern is for the health of her child. Fingers and toes are frequently counted to make sure there are 10. When a child's health is in jeopardy or an illness has been diagnosed, there is little a parent won't do to help the child in Louisiana. Parents will look to the best physicians available to care for their child. If surgery is required, the possibility of surgical errors will probably be far from a parent's mind. A case

2019-11-21T00:16:13+00:00April 24th, 2019|

Surgery center accused of medical malpractice

Many Louisiana residents can understand the trepidation one feels when checking into a medical facility for surgery or any other procedure. Not only do people fear that pain and discomfort may accompany the procedure, but they may also worry that medical personnel might not follow all necessary safety protocol, including sterilizing of instruments. Such negligent actions can lead to unexpected serious consequences, perhaps even resulting in a medical malpractice situation. Recently, a woman from another state filed a lawsuit against a surgery center, claiming its failure to follow proper sterilization procedures led to thousands of patients being exposed to dangerous pathogens. The woman was one of 3,778 patients who had visited the facility for a procedure between Jan. 1, 2018

2019-11-08T11:15:00+00:00January 9th, 2019|

Surgical errors can lead to serious injury or death

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Surgical Errors on Tuesday, January 1, 2019. When someone checks into a hospital for surgery, whether in Louisiana or another state, he or she likely assumes specific procedures are in place to protect the safety of all patients. However, a recent investigation by public health officials in a different state revealed a surgical error that took place at one hospital several years ago. As a result, in addition to being fined over $40,000, the hospital had to take action to improve its internal processes to improve patient safety and prevent medical and surgical errors. In Dec. 2014, a woman checked into the hospital for open-heart surgery.

2019-11-07T11:13:28+00:00January 1st, 2019|