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October 2015 Archives

What are some of the most common car accident injuries?

Car accidents wreak havoc on the lives of thousands of people every year. While property damage is common, most people are focused on the serious injuries that occur as a result of the accidents. In 2012, over 5.6 million car accidents were reported nationwide. A total of over 30,000 of these accidents were fatal, while 1.6 million of them involved a variety of injuries.

Poor Surgical Technique During a Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy Results in Partial Necrosis of a Woman's Liver and Eventual Right Hepatic Lobectomy

A surgeon performed a laparoscopic cholecycstectomy on our client to remove her gallbladder. Upon being discharged home, our client began experiencing pain in her upper quadrant and abdomen. Three days later she presented to the emergency room with complaints of abdominal pain, leukocytosis, abnormal liver function, a temperature of 100.8, and elevated white blood count. The same surgeon treated our client with purgatives and enemas and discharged her with a rising white blood count. For five more days our client continued to experience pain, weakness, and vomiting; due to these conditions she was admitted to the hospital for treatment. During the course of her hospitalization, an ERCP was performed which revealed extravasation of dye out of the right hepatic duct. A stent was placed through the sphincter and a percutaneus drain was placed to drain the biloma. A CT scan revealed a wedge-like defect in the liver which was suggestive of ischemia.

Negligent drivers are a hazard on Louisiana roadways

There are approximately 3.3 million drivers in Louisiana. While many of these drivers behave responsibly behind the wheel, some behave negligently. This negligence can lead to the untimely deaths of hundreds of people. In fact, in 2013, 703 people died in Louisiana road accidents. This number makes up 2.15 percent of the 32,719 car accident deaths that occurred nationwide that year.

Porsche faces wrongful death suit after Paul Walker's death

When a family loses a loved one, they may feel like everything has changed for the worse. As they try to pick up the pieces and move forward, they may be feeling financially and emotionally unstable. Fortunately, a grieving Louisiana family has the option of filing a wrongful death suit against parties liable for their loved one's death.

Lake Charles man killed in car accident

When a person gets behind the wheel of a car, they have a responsibility to other motorists to exercise caution and care while driving. If a driver behaves negligently or drives drunk and causes a car accident, he could be liable for damages. Victims may receive compensation for medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages and much more. If a family loses a loved one in an accident, they may be able to file a wrongful death suit against those responsible for the death of their family member. This will allow them to recover funeral costs, medical expenses, and loss of income.

A Woman Develops Decubitus Ulcers due to Nursing Neglect and Endures a Lengthened and Painful Rehabilitation Treatment

Our client was a very active and independent woman who enjoyed the daily activities of her retirement with her husband of 60 years. She developed arthritis in her knees and sought treatment for the pain she was experiencing. Our client elected to have a left total knee replacement. After the surgery, she was placed on a bed pan and remained that way for many hours. Fourteen hours after she was initially placed on the bed pan the nursing staff noted a skin tear on our client's buttocks. The nursing staff did not notify our client's treating physician and did not consult the enterostomal therapy nurse. There were no skin care treatment protocols initiated in an effort to treat her acute skin breakdown and/or prevent further skin breakdown. Our client was neither turned nor repositioned, which is the standard of care for someone with skin breakdown.

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