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Malfunctioning technology can lead to surgical errors

Likely, any Louisiana 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.

Surgical procedures sometimes end tragically

Many Louisiana 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.

Wire left in man's body cause for medical malpractice lawsuit

Some Louisiana residents know what it is like to experience heart trouble and then the procedure or surgery to correct the problem. The heart is a major organ, so most heart patients likely feel a great deal of anxiety about undergoing the process required to repair the damage and worry about their future well-being following whatever treatment they have had to endure. People in this situation are undoubtedly happy once the process is completed and their lives can return to some semblance of normality. Unfortunately, 10 years after undergoing an angiogram procedure, a man in another state discovered a 57-inch metal wire running through his body, and following the discovery, he filed a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Attention to detail can prevent surgical errors

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.

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.

Surgical errors can lead to serious injury or death

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.

Medical malpractice: Baby's airway burned in procedure

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.

Doctor prohibited from performing cosmetic surgical procedures

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. 

Doctors Using Potentially Risky Drug to Treat Back Pain

Lawsuits filed after surgical procedures fail

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

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