Medical malpractice: Baby’s airway burned in procedure

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Surgical Errors on Tuesday, September 25, 2018. No Louisiana parent wants to watch his or her infant child suffer through medical procedures and complications. Unfortunately, parents in another state have had to witness their child's suffering, and the child will need continued care after a medical procedure that did not occur as planned. The parents have recently filed a lawsuit against the physicians and the hospital for medical malpractice. The parent's child was born with a common defect called laryngomalacia, which causes excess tissue to exist in the child's airway sometimes making it difficult to breathe. Because the airway is vital for survival, the physicians

2019-11-07T19:32:13+00:00September 25th, 2018|

Doctor prohibited from performing cosmetic surgical procedures

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Surgical Errors on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Thousands of people across the country undergo cosmetic procedures every day for a variety of different reasons. For example, a person living in Louisiana might undergo such a procedure for health reasons, while another person might undergo the same procedure for personal reasons. After the death of a patient, a doctor has been prohibited from performing surgical procedures, such as liposuction and other fat transfer procedures. The patient, a 40-year-old woman, died while undergoing a popular procedure known as a Brazilian butt lift. During this procedure, fat is suctioned from the patient using a medical instrument called

2019-11-07T13:23:55+00:00August 14th, 2018|

Lawsuits filed after surgical procedures fail

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Surgical Errors on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. The term "experimental" may hold very different meanings for different patients. To a patient with a terminal illness or potentially fatal injury, an experimental treatment may be the difference between life and death, but to a patient with a non-life threatening illness or injury, an experimental treatment may be something to be cautious of. Many Louisiana residents may be particularly cautious of experimental surgical procedures. In 2016 and 2017, a patient underwent a biojoint surgery on both of his knees. His doctor had recommended this procedure instead of a standard knee replacement surgery. This surgery uses the bone and cartilage

2019-11-07T13:23:31+00:00July 24th, 2018|

Surgical errors results in $2 million verdict

Surgical errors results in $2 million verdict On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Surgical Errors on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. People living in Louisiana who have had to undergo surgery know that there is usually a certain amount of risk. Over the years, medical professionals have worked to make surgeries as safe as possible for patients. Laparoscopic procedures are intended to help minimize the risk to patients. Unfortunately, one such procedure went wrong, and the surgical errors that followed caused long-term damage to the patient. The patient, a woman, underwent a laparoscopic abdominal surgery in 2015 to remove her ovaries. Unfortunately, the surgeon damaged the patient's bladder during the surgery, and a urologist was

2019-11-08T08:31:01+00:00July 11th, 2018|

$6.8 million verdict reached in medical malpractice case

$6.8 million verdict reached in medical malpractice case On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Surgical Errors on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Performing surgeries on older patients can be risky as many Louisiana residents may already know. Even a common procedure with only minor or moderate risks for a younger patient can be especially dangerous for an older patient. This may be especially true if the doctor is using techniques or treatments that are considered to be outdated or dangerous. In a similar medical malpractice case, nearly $7 million was awarded to the family of a patient who died after undergoing hiatal hernia surgery. The patient, a 67-year-old woman, originally underwent surgery to correct her

2019-11-07T13:26:52+00:00June 5th, 2018|

Doctor made famous by reality TV is sued for medical malpractice

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Surgical Errors on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Watching reality television has become a favorite pass time in many Louisiana homes. There seems to be a reality show for nearly any type of interest, including celebrities, survival shows, extreme weight loss programs or botched surgeries. Some of the individuals, especially doctors or other frequently sought professionals, become so well known that people seek their services outside of the show. A surgeon who was made famous for performing life-saving weight-loss surgeries on My 600-lb Life has recently been sued for medical malpractice after a piece of metal and tubing was found inside of one of his former patients. The items

2019-11-07T13:31:25+00:00April 3rd, 2018|

Instruments left inside of patients after surgical procedures

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Surgical Errors on Monday, January 1, 2018. In hospitals across the nation, including Louisiana, there are patients awaiting surgery who have a habit of fantasizing about the potential worst case scenario. These individuals have heard numerous stories of surgical procedures going horribly wrong and surgical instruments being left inside of patients. Thankfully, these stories are often untrue, or they are so grossly exaggerated that many people will not give them any real consideration. However, there are times when these stories are not overly exaggerated or the work of an overactive imagination. A woman in California was recently forced to undergo surgery in order to remove

2019-11-08T08:51:37+00:00January 1st, 2018|

Surgical errors result in lawsuit

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Surgical Errors on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. When a patient goes into surgery, he or she is trusting the doctor to perform the procedure with the utmost care and professionalism. Unfortunately, as some Louisiana residents may know, it is possible for doctors to make mistakes, and those mistakes have the potential to cause long-term problems for the patient. The situation can also be made worse when the doctor attempts to hide surgical errors from the patient. A woman in Delaware has filed a lawsuit claiming that her doctor mistakenly removed the wrong part of her thyroid and then conspired to cover up the error. The right side

2019-11-08T08:53:20+00:00December 12th, 2017|

Errors can occur before surgical procedures begin

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Surgical Errors on Monday, December 4, 2017. It isn't unusual for patients and their loved ones to worry about what will happen during surgery. Even minor or frequently performed surgical procedures can make patients nervous. However, as some Louisiana residents have discovered, it is possible for mistakes to be made before the first incision is made. A Philadelphia woman filed a malpractice suit after anesthesia for her dental surgery was improperly administered resulting in permanent nerve damage. In her lawsuit, the woman claims that a nurse struck a nerve on the left side of the patient's tongue directly when she carelessly injected the anesthetic into the patient's mouth before the procedure.

2019-11-07T13:37:52+00:00December 4th, 2017|

Did multiple surgical errors result in the death of a patient?

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Surgical Errors on Sunday, November 5, 2017. When undergoing surgery, Louisiana patients want a doctor that is confident in his or her abilities. However, an inexperienced and overconfident doctor can unintentionally cause a wide variety of problems for patients and their families. One family alleges that a doctor's overconfidence and unwillingness to take the advice of others resulted in multiple surgical errors and the death of their loved one. The 61-year-old man was admitted to an out-of-state hospital for aortic valve replacement surgery. This procedure was the recommended treatment for the patient's existing heart condition. It was supposed to be a minimally invasive surgery that

2019-11-07T13:42:04+00:00November 5th, 2017|