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.
A doctor in another state is under continued scrutiny due to an error he made approximately 18 years ago. The doctor was a fertility specialist and was accused of medical malpractice and the attempt to cover it up. Louisiana families may be interested to learn how the resulting aftermath of the malpractice resulted in serious emotional and legal issues for two different families.
Infections typically result from a type bacteria or fungus that results in negative symptoms for a human. When an infection is not treated properly or a person's immune system cannot handle the bacteria growth, serious complications and sometimes death can occur. Thankfully, with modern medicines, most infections can be quickly treated and corrected before life-threatening conditions can occur. Louisiana residents may be interested in one man's lawsuit who claims he suffered medical malpractice after a doctor inadequately treated his infection.
Despite a $28 million judgment in a patient's favor, legal battles and hearings continue to occur, and the patient has not seen any money from the hospital accused in the lawsuit. The case has been held up due to the hospital's appeal of the judgment. In addition, hearings must occur to discuss how and when payments may be made. Although it may seem like a lengthy process, Louisiana patients who have suffered similar medical malpractice may receive the financial assistance needed for medical care with the help of the right attorney.
For many Louisiana patients, the early diagnosis of an illness could greatly affect their lives. A failure to diagnose an illness in a timely manner may seriously impact the effectiveness of treatments. In some cases, the failure to diagnose an illness may even contribute to the death of the patient.
There are many patients in Louisiana who rely on medical testing to identify an illness or to prevent other potential medical problems. Some patients request that certain tests be performed based on their family histories, their lifestyles, their jobs, or based on a medical professional's recommendation. However, when these tests are not performed, it is possible for important information to slip by doctors. Failure to diagnose a serious illness early can cause patients to suffer for many years.
As most Louisiana residents are aware, doctors keep very detailed records of a patient's health history, which includes not only past illnesses and injuries but also allergies. When treated quickly and correctly, allergic reactions are not often fatal. However, if doctors do not act quickly, or fail to administer the proper treatment for these reactions, then the results can be deadly. In those instances, families may choose to file a medical malpractice suit. A jury recently awarded $29.5 million to a family after their loved one died due to a doctor's failure to properly identify and treat her allergic reaction.
Many parents in Louisiana fear a day when their child may become ill and they are unable to do anything to fix it. Sometimes, parents who are ill with what may seem, to an adult, to be a minor illness may ask that their children be tested for that illness in order to prevent it or catch it early. A similar situation arose for one mother and her 32-day-old daughter. Unfortunately, the doctors' failure to diagnose illness in the child resulted in her death.
Hospitals all have a wide variety of policies in place to keep both their staff and patients as safe and well cared for as possible. Unfortunately, sometimes policies are not always followed as they should be. Some Louisiana residents may have been victims of similar medical malpractice cases where following hospital policy could have prevented much pain and suffering.