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Lawsuit filed against teen after tragic car accident

Teen drivers are often classified as some of the most dangerous people to get behind the wheel. Younger drivers may have a tendency to get distracted while driving in Louisiana and pay more attention to their smartphones than the road in front of them. When this happens, a devastating accident can leave unsuspecting individuals seriously injured or killed. A lawsuit was recently filed against a teen driver and popular social media app Snapchat after one of these tragic wrecks.The car accident occurred when the now 18-year-old was driving with friends when she started speeding. The teen wanted to post a picture on Snapchat using Snapchat's speed tracker, which measures how fast the user is going. According to the suit, the girl crashed into a vehicle merging in front of her "so violently that it shot across the left lane into the left embankment." At the time of the crash, the teen was traveling 107 mph in a 55 mph zone.The driver of the other vehicle was an Uber driver just starting his shift. He suffered catastrophic injuries, including a traumatic brain injury, and spent five weeks in the intensive care unit. Since the accident, he reportedly lost 50 pounds and cannot take care of himself or work. The teen driver was also injured.Snapchat is named in the suit for encouraging teen drivers to drive fast by creating the speed tracking filter. Snapchat says that they actively discourage snapping and driving by displaying a warning message within the app. However, despite many warnings, many teens continue to risk their lives and the lives of others by driving while distracted.

Those who suffer damages as a result of this reckless driving may be able to recover compensation via personal injury lawsuit, just as the victim in this case is seeking to do. Car accident victims who wish to learn more may want to speak with their attorney.

A Doctor's Failure to Properly Diagnose and Treat Cardiac Symptoms Results in a Man's Preventable Extensive Myocardial Infarction

Our client was a 50 year old man who presented to the emergency room complaining of chest pain. He stated that the pain had been intermittent over several weeks, but was much worse on that day. He reported that he was having pains while at rest and that the pain was accompanied by profuse sweating. His history revealed that he had multiple risk factors for coronary artery disease ("CAD") including hypercholesterolemia, a strong family history of CAD, and a history of smoking cigarettes. An echocardiogram was performed, and the results were highly abnormal. The EKG clearly revealed ischemia, and our client had high troponin levels. The doctor that was treating our client failed to recognize his signs and symptoms of an impending heart attack. Instead of admitting our client and treating his condition with the placement of a stent, the doctor released him with no treatment. Our client's myocardium had not yet been injured, and stent placement would have preserved his cardiac function and prevented permanent injury.

Informed consent in medical malpractice cases

Medical malpractice typically stems from medical negligence on the part of the medical professionals treating patients. There are many ways for a Louisianan medical professional to act negligently. Many medical malpractice cases stem from lack of informed consent.

Medical professionals are not permitted to treat a patient without the patient's informed consent. Most states have laws requiring doctors to give patients all relevant information with regards to their medical condition, treatment options, treatment risks and prognosis. The information must be presented in a way that the patient can understand, but also include details, so that the patient can make informed decisions regarding their health care.

Lawsuit filed against Duck Commander after fatal accident

When a fatal accident occurs in Louisiana, the family of the victim can file a wrongful death lawsuit against those responsible for their tragedy. In November 2014, an accident on Interstate 10 claimed the life of a young woman. Her mother has now filed a lawsuit against the Louisiana Department of Transportation and the company behind the popular TV show, "Duck Dynasty."

The motor vehicle accident occurred when the woman was driving back to Zachary, Louisiana, from a hunting trip. The lawsuit alleges that an 18-wheeler, driven by agents or employees of Duck Commander, Inc., cut-off the woman's vehicle and forced her off the road.

A Woman with Congestive Heart Failure has a Thorocentisis and Suffers a Hemothorax and Bled to Death in the Hospital

Our client, a 74 year old female, reported to the emergency room with complains of having shortness of breath and pain in her abdomen. She was seen by an internal medicine specialist who ordered an x-ray. The x-ray revealed a right-sided pleural effusion. A cardiologist evaluated the x-ray and recommended a thoracentesis to drain her right sided pleural effusion. An ultrasound guided thoracentesis was perform, which yielded a large amount of clear, yellow fluid. Fifteen minutes after the thoracentesis was performed, our client lost consciousness, and her blood pressure dropped to 96/45. After the thoracentesis, our client started having diminishing breath sounds and having pain on her right side. The pain was so great that she eventually required narcotic pain medication to control it. Our client continued to experience these symptoms, but they were never properly assessed by her doctors or the nursing staff.

Computers do not fully prevent medical errors

Every time one seeks medical care, they put their life in the hands of their doctors, nurses and other health care professionals. While a majority of medical professionals in Louisiana take this very seriously, a number of mistakes are still made. These mistakes can lead to bad outcomes.

In fact, research says that medical errors are third-highest cause of death in the United States. In 2015, the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality found that 5 percent of hospital patients suffer harm as a result of medications. Nearly half of these were found to be preventable.

The effects of aging on spinal cord rehabilitation

Spinal cord injuries change the lives of hundreds of Louisianans every day causing permanent disability. Nowadays, older people are more active than ever before making them more susceptible to this type of injury. The average age of a person with a spinal cord injury has increased, requiring researchers to study how aging impacts recovery once the spinal cord has been damaged.

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and University of British Columbia conducted a mouse study to help better understand the impact age has on axonal regeneration in the central nervous system. Axons are used to help transmit information throughout the body.

Who can I sue for medical malpractice in Louisiana?

Louisiana medical professionals are expected to solve medical problems, not create new ones. Unfortunately, however, many patients have been the victims of medical negligence. These patients may file a medical malpractice lawsuit against those responsible for their suffering.

If a Louisianan decides to file a medical malpractice claim, they should know that there are many different individuals and entities they can name in your lawsuit. While medical malpractice is commonly associated with physicians, other types of medical professionals can also be found guilty of medical negligence.

A Neurologist Misdiagnoses a Woman with Multiple Sclerosis, Causing Her Significant Emotional and Financial Damages

Our client was in an automobile accident and reported to a neurologist with complaints of migraines. She complained of fatigue, numbness in her head, difficulty focusing, and memory lapses. The neurologist treated her for her complaints and headaches and ordered an MRI of her head. When our client's MRI results came back, the doctor diagnosed her with multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an inflammatory demyelinating condition of the central nervous system that is generally considered to be autoimmune in nature. MS often leads to physical disability and cognitive decline. Moreover, MS is a very progressive disease that can lessen one's life expectancy by 5-7 years. Upon her diagnosis, our client was treated with the steroids interferon and betaseron. She had to receive injections, often self administered, multiple times a week.

What to do after a car accident in Louisiana

The hours and days that follow a car accident can be some of the most trying times in a Louisianan's life. They may be physically injured, emotionally devastated and financially struggling. By knowing what steps to take after an accident, Louisianans can make things less stressful for them and their family.

Immediately after the car accident, Louisianans should first check if everyone involved is physically okay. They should never leave the scene of an accident, even if they did not cause it. Call an ambulance if needed, and report the accident to police as quickly as possible.