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.
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.
Undergoing any kind of medical procedure poses certain risks, but healthcare providers have an obligation to mitigate these risks by providing a certain standard of care. If they fail to provide reasonable care and their patient dies as a result, the deceased's family has the right to sue the liable party or parties pursuant to Article 2315.2.
The Louisiana Record reports on a tragic wrongful death case involving the suicide of a 19-year-old man. According to the news source, the man's mother is suing the Louisiana Department of Health and several staff members at the hospital where his death occurred for failing to prevent it.
Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, is a kind of bacteria that can cause life-threatening inflammation in the colon. According to the Mayo Clinic, many people already have C. diff in their intestinal tract, but they do not experience any ill effects because the other kinds of bacteria in the digestive system keep it in check.
From diet plans and fitness trackers to heart rate monitors and medical alerts, there are countless apps that you can download to your smartphone to improve your health. However, nothing has the potential to improve your health--or save your life--like a simple Web search.
When you visit healthcare providers, you are essentially putting your life in their hands, and it's natural to expect quality care at every appointment. Unfortunately, medical malpractice is a very real problem around the country, and sometimes quality care is the exception, not the rule.
Losing a loved one is always devastating, and losing someone to an easily preventable illness or injury can be downright unbearable. Everyone mourns in their own way, and some people may never find closure following an accidental death, but they can take comfort in the fact that they are not alone.
A late diagnosis or misdiagnosis can be detrimental to a patient's health. Not only does it prevent malpractice victims from getting the care that they need when they need it, but it can also result in unnecessary treatments that cause severe negative side effects.