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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.

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.

A Woman Suffers an Unnecessary, Painful Decubitus Ulcer during the Postoperative Treatment of her Right Knee Replacement due to the Negligent Care and Treatment of the Hospital Staff

Our client was a 57 year old woman who was admitted to the hospital for an elective right knee replacement. During the surgery and postoperatively, she received epidural anesthesia and experienced great difficulty performing basic movements. For three days after the surgery, she complained of pain and discomfort on her buttocks. Although she complained, the nursing staff did not inspect the area, nor did they turn or reposition her to relieve the pressure on her buttocks. The nursing staff had a duty to perform both of these activities. They should have known that a patient with a right knee replacement would require regular turning and repositioning. A decubitus ulcer was allowed to form on our client's buttocks due to the negligent treatment of the hospital nursing staff.

Wrongful death lawsuit filed after Louisiana boat accident

Boat accidents are all too common in the state of Louisiana. So, many people are killed in these tragedies each year, and the families of the victims are left feeling lost without their loved ones. Wrongful death lawsuits allow these families to recover damages that will help them deal with their loss. A Louisiana woman recently sued multiple government agencies after a boat crash killed her father and stepmother. She is seeking unspecified damages to cover funeral expenses, burial costs and mental suffering.

A Surgeon's Misidentification of Cardiac Anatomy results in a Man's Heart Being Improperly Grafted at the LAD Rather than the Circumflex

Our client was a businessman who regularly traveled to differed parts of the country to check on various plant locations. During a visit to one of the Louisiana locations he began experiencing chest pains. He was admitted to the hospital with a subendocardial myocardial infarction. Cardiac catheterization at the hospital revealed an occluded graft to the circumflex and right coronary artery (RCA) distributions, but clearly showed a patent left anterior descending artery (LAD). He was placed under the care and treatment of a cardiovascular surgeon. His surgeon planned to revascularize the occluded circumflex and RCA, but instead, misidentified the LAD and placed a safphenous vein graft into the already patent LAD. During the surgery our client's groin was also opened up in anticipation for the need to harvest additional vessels, but was never used. In his operative report the cardiovascular surgeon never reported his surgical error, nor did he note any surgical complications. Postoperatively, our client experienced redness, warmth, and pain at the groin wound. He was never evaluated by the hospital staff for these symptoms. He was discharged from the hospital without any further evaluation.

Distracted driving and emotions play a role in car accidents

While the crash fatality rate in the United States and Louisiana has declined over the past several decades, the rate has not kept pace with other developed countries when it comes to traffic safety. One reason for this is distracted driving. Every day, we hear about how dangerous it is to drive while distracted. Unfortunately, many people choose to ignore these warnings and cause countless car accidents in the process.

What does the future hold for spinal cord injury victims?

If a Louisianan is involved in an accident, they struggle both financially and physically through the recovery process. Car accidents, falls, violence, sports injuries and other types of trauma can cause spinal cord injuries. In fact, there are a reported 12,000 new spinal cord injury cases every year. In 2008, approximately 259,000 people in the United States were living with a spinal cord injury (SCI).

While Recovering from Knee Surgery, a Man Develops a Decubitus Ulcer on His Right Heel due to Improper Nursing Care

Our client was a very active 82 year old man. He enjoyed working outdoors and spending time with his family. Due to a degenerative condition, he elected to have a total right knee replacement. The surgery was performed successfully and our client was placed in rehab for physical and occupational therapy. He was placed on a calf pump and range of motion exercises. The range of motion exercises caused a pressure blister to develop on his right heel. Six days after his surgery, our client complained of pain in his right foot. The nurses assessed his foot and documented that his foot was swollen and bruised on the top. Two days later, our client's physician ordered a right heel boot and noted a blister on his right heel.

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