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.
Many Louisiana families have a loved one that requires constant care. Many families are unable to provide the care personally, and opt for a nursing home to fulfill that role. If the facility is understaffed or otherwise fails to provide an appropriate standard of care, any resulting injuries suffered by a patient may constitute grounds for a medical malpractice claim.
Maybe you and your partner have started talking about trying to conceive, or maybe you just took a home pregnancy and the results were positive. Regardless of the stage you are at in becoming a mother, there's one question that all women have once they think about the logistics of carrying a pregnancy to term: How do you find a good obstetrician?
Parents all across the nation, including in Louisiana, worry almost constantly about their children's health. Some are terrified by the idea of being unable to help their children when they are ill. This may be why some parents rely heavily on the advice given to them by doctors. However, there are times when symptoms are overlooked, or proper precautions are not taken and the result is a doctor's failure to diagnose a potentially severe illness.
If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, you probably already know about the importance of regular prenatal visits with your obstetrician. As an expectant mother, it is up to you to schedule and attend regular doctor's appointments to ensure you remain healthy and the fetus is developing properly.