Most Louisiana parents can likely recall a time when their child was sick and they were challenged to use their best judgment in a very difficult and stressful situation. Typically, in the event of a health scare, parents also rely on a medical professional to provide expertise in making a decision about treatment. However, sometimes parents and professionals alike can make the wrong decision, and sadly, sometimes the results are tragic. Recently, a couple in another state settled for $750,000 in a wrongful death and medical malpractice lawsuit after their 14-month-old daughter died following treatment for croup at a federally qualified health center.
Louisiana residents experiencing any type of physical or mental symptom that perhaps indicates a medical abnormality of some sort should be able to assume they can consult with a medical professional and receive the attention and care required. However, this is not always the case. A former inmate from another state is claiming medical malpractice caused him to endure a lengthy hospital stay and suffer from lasting spinal damage. He recently filed a lawsuit against the state, the state's corrections department, and the health care organization responsible for providing medical care at the facility in which he was incarcerated.
Louisiana residents likely all agree that children should be allowed a healthy, active childhood. Unfortunately, some children miss out on this experience and instead have to endure medical issues they should never have to face at such a young age. A now 22-year-old woman in another state was only 12 years old when she underwent a heart transplant. Following a subsequent surgery several years later, she requires others to care for her. She was recently awarded nearly $14 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
When a person in Louisiana or elsewhere requires medical attention for any reason, regardless of location or station in life, he or she has the right to expect optimum care. However, a situation that happened recently in another state led one family to think that perhaps sometimes some patients are treated differently than others. Reportedly, the family of a woman who died while in custody are claiming medical malpractice and plan to sue the jail, a doctor and medical practice that they believe are responsible for her death.
Most people in Louisiana and across the country would agree that the ability to walk without pain or difficulty is crucial to one's well-being. People who experience problems with their feet that significantly hinders this ability often seek a surgical solution. While everyone undergoing any type of surgery hopes for a successful outcome, this was not the case for over 100 veterans who were victims of medical malpractice after receiving podiatric care from a doctor at a VA medical facility in another state. Recently, a class action complaint was filed by 13 of those patients.
As most Louisiana parents know, a child's first trip to the dentist is both exciting and a bit scary, for the child and parents alike. In most cases, the experience is generally a positive one, and the child is ready to begin a lifetime of periodic dental visits to keep his or her teeth healthy. Sadly, one family in another state had a vastly different experience. Their 2-year-old son died during a dental procedure, and the parents have now filed a lawsuit against the dental facility and the anesthesiologist involved in the procedure, alleging medical malpractice.
Medical records are important documentation of a patient's health history, and current and past treatment. Incorrect information in a patient's medical record could result in serious patient injuries. When a patient requests the help of a skilled attorney in the aftermath of an injury, medical records are the primary source of information. Louisiana patients may be interested in some of the incorrect documentation that other patients have found in their records.
Certain medications administered in a hospital or doctor's office setting require multiple step safety guards to help prevent medication administration errors. Some medications are more dangerous than others if administered incorrectly. Louisiana patients may be saddened to learn that a nurse's error may have resulted in the death of a patient. The family may be seeking the advice of a medical malpractice attorney in the aftermath of her death.
As Louisiana readers may know, the lead singer for the band Soundgarden, Chris Cornell, was found dead in his hotel room after an apparent suicide. The death took place months ago, and now his widow is moving forward with a medical malpractice claim against the doctor that prescribed him certain types of medication. Cornell had a medical history that includes addiction and relapses.
When illness, pain or physical injury occurs, most people seek the care and comfort that Louisiana medical professionals can offer. Unfortunately, some patients may experience medical malpractice through inadequate care, failure to diagnose, medication errors and other unfortunate errors. One patient in another state is claiming he suffers from a virus related to the care he received from one nurse.