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.
Music fans across the county, including many Louisiana residents, were devastated by the news of Prince's death in 2016. At the time, the authorities claimed that no one would be charged with the singer's death. However, a significant number of his fans might be unaware that the family has since filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital where he received treatment not long before he died.
There are freestanding emergency rooms all across the country. Many Louisiana residents may have visited one rather than driving to a full hospital. One family took their daughter to one of these freestanding clinics for treatment of a cut she received while swimming in a lake. However, after numerous problems and more than $100,000 in additional medical costs, the family filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the emergency room, which unexpectedly closed a few months after their visit.
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.