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|

How Companies Sometimes Put Profit Over Nursing Home Care

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. BATON ROUGE, Louisiana. The Washington Post recently performed an in-depth investigation into how a private equity Firm's acquisition of a nursing home company led to the alleged neglect of thousands of elderly and sick residents. According to , private equity Firms purchase companies that might be struggling and try to turn them around. However, when the goals of private equity Firms (make profit and cut costs) conflict with safety and industry standards, people can end up hurt or injured. The Washington Post's investigations found that under the management of the private equity Firm, the nursing home's health code violations allegedly rose 26 percent.

2019-11-07T11:51:30+00:00December 5th, 2018|

Preventing Hospital Infections

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Tuesday, November 20, 2018. NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana. Whenever patients enter a healthcare setting, they run the risk of being exposed to infections and even to superbugs (antibiotic and drug-resistant bacteria). Hospitals have a responsibility to take steps to prevent the transmission of illness for people who are in these settings. According to the Centers for Disease Control, hospitals are advised to perform hand hygiene, to use personal protective equipment, and to prevent the spread of infections through catheters, needles, and ventilators. Hospitals must take steps to prevent infections during surgery and in injection sites. Long-term care facilities are also areas where the risk of infection can be

2019-11-08T10:58:24+00:00November 20th, 2018|

Can Parents Sue Colleges for Students’ Wrongful Death?

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Tuesday, November 20, 2018. BATON ROUGE, Louisiana. The media has recently raised awareness of suicide on college campuses. Many students report suffering from depression and anxiety, especially during their first years in college. A new environment, new pressures, and new challenges can make symptoms worse. When any young person kills him or herself, family, friends, and communities often wonder whether anything could have been done to prevent it. Some parents, however, believe that their children's colleges have a responsibility to do a better job at preventing student suicides. According to the Daily Pennsylvanian, one mother is suing Penn for her son's suicide, alleging that the school and

2019-11-08T11:04:17+00:00November 20th, 2018|

Suicide and Wrongful Death

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation on Monday, June 18, 2018. NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana. While it is very rare, some families are suing for wrongful death after a loved one commits suicide. For example, in San Diego, one mother is suing her son's school for her son's suicide, claiming that the school contributed to her son's wrongful death by suicide. According to the mother, despite the school knowing that her son had been bullied, the school didn't take steps to identify the bullies and put an end to the harassment. The mother is seeking damages for funeral costs and loss of comfort and support from her son. Reports indicate that the situation escalated when

2019-11-07T13:29:45+00:00June 18th, 2018|

Suicide and Wrongful Death

By Zach Christiansen of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in wrongful death on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana. While it is very rare, some families are suing for wrongful death after a loved one commits suicide. For example, in San Diego, one mother is suing her son's school for her son's suicide, claiming that the school contributed to her son's wrongful death by suicide. According to the mother, despite the school knowing that her son had been bullied, the school didn't take steps to identify the bullies and put an end to the harassment. The mother is seeking damages for funeral costs and loss of comfort and support from her son. Reports indicate that

2019-11-08T08:31:49+00:00June 12th, 2018|

Louisiana Appellate Court Rules in Favor of Family That Allegedly Missed Critical Deadline in Medical Malpractice Case

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in wrongful death on Friday, November 10, 2017. According to Law360, the family that allegedly missed an important fee deadline in the claims process can proceed with their case against the Louisiana-based healthcare facility they believe is responsible for their loved one's death. The deadline in question was for the filing fee that claimants must pay to request a medical review panel. In the state of Louisiana, medical review panels occur prior to the actual filing of a medical malpractice lawsuit. These panels give healthcare providers the chance to review potential claims and provide plaintiffs with a second opinion in order to reduce the number

2019-11-07T13:42:17+00:00November 10th, 2017|

Woman Misses Deadline to Hold Hospital Liable for Husband’s Death

On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in wrongful death on Wednesday, September 27, 2017. The family of a man who allegedly died as the result of medical malpractice failed to file a wrongful death claim before the statute of limitations had passed. As a result, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal ruled that the deceased's widow and surviving children could not bring claims against the providers who treated their loved one nor against the hospital where he died.     The 77-year-old man allegedly died from blood clotting in 2014 at a Louisiana hospital. The family tried to bring wrongful death claims 13 months after his death. Unfortunately for the family,

2019-11-08T08:54:51+00:00September 27th, 2017|