Many Louisiana parents with children who suffer from developmental problems worry that their children will suffer a premature death as a result of those conditions. The care and advice given by doctors and other medical professionals goes a long way to help ease some of these worries. However, sometimes after the death of someone suffering from a developmental disorder, families do not believe that everything that could have been done to prevent their loved one's death. The family of a 16-year-old boy claims that medical malpractice contributed to the boy's untimely demise.
Cancer is one of the worst diagnoses that a patient can receive. If the illness is caught soon enough then some patients may take comfort in knowing that they might have enough time for their treatments to be effective. Unfortunately, as some Louisiana residents have discovered, a failure to diagnose serious illness early can severely impact the effectiveness of treatment. A former patient's family was recently awarded $4.2 million after a failure to diagnose kidney cancer was determined to have contributed to the patient's death.
Planning for the birth of a child is a time of celebration for most. Parents in Louisiana and other states find that the preparations leading up to the birth of their child to be one of the most exciting times in their lives. A military mom was admitted to a hospital eager to meet her youngest son for the first time. Now, 14 years later, a medical malpractice claim has been filed against the hospital for leaving a broken 3-centimeter needle in her spine.
It isn't unusual for malpractice attorneys to become familiar with medical procedures, as many Louisiana residents may be aware. They also become familiar with the many ways that these procedures can go wrong. However, despite what they know, many may not think about being victims of medical malpractice themselves. A malpractice attorney was diagnosed with inoperable kidney cancer after a failure to diagnose a malignant tumor in 2009.
As many Louisiana residents know, a fall can be devastating to some older individuals. Depending on the age and overall health of the person, a fall can result in injuries ranging in severity from bruises to broken bones or even internal injuries. In most cases, these falls are not fatal with proper medical treatment. However, one patient's estate has recently filed a medical malpractice suit claiming that the misdiagnosis of an injury caused the benefactor's death.
There are patients in Louisiana who may know what it feels like to visit a doctor's office or be admitted to a hospital for the treatment of one illness, and then to leave after being diagnosed with something far more severe. It can be a terrifying thought. However, for some, the failure to catch such an illness is far more nerve-wracking. Some patients and those close to them may argue that a failure to diagnose a serious illness can be just as deadly as the illness itself.
Veterans often have much to deal with when they return home from service. Even after many years, it can still be difficult for them to adjust. Many rely on VA hospitals and programs to help them readjust to everyday life. Unfortunately, as many Louisiana residents may know, some of these programs and hospitals are better than others. One army veteran has recently filed a medical malpractice suit against a veterans affairs hospital for mistakes made during a previous surgery.
When a loved one needs surgery, every family wants the procedure to be performed by the best available physician. However, as some Louisiana residents may know, it is easy for these doctors to take on too many patients. In some cases, this may result in sub-par care for those in need. One family has filed a medical malpractice suit against one such cardiac surgeon, claiming that his heavy workload contributed to their loved one being left in a vegetative state.
According to the National Center for Policy Analysis, between 10 and 20 percent of patients who seek treatment for various symptoms are misdiagnosed. Misdiagnoses are so prevalent, in fact, that they are more common than medication mistakes and wrong-site/wrong-procedure/wrong-patient errors, despite the fact that these kinds of mistakes are much more publicized.
Patients and doctors across Louisiana breathe a sigh of relief when a surgery is successfully completed. In their relief, some may forget, if only temporarily, that it is possible for problems to arise after the surgery is over. One woman was recently awarded $26 million in a medical malpractice suit where her surgeons were determined to be responsible for injuries that resulted in her becoming permanently disabled.