Surgical procedures are worrisome for people in Louisiana regardless of the kind of surgery it is. It is not just the procedure itself, but that there is always the chance that there will be a mistake made by a doctor, nurse, anesthesiologist or anyone else involved. A machine might not work correctly. Other mishaps can occur. This can result in worsened condition, serious injury and even death. When this happens, those who were affected must be cognizant of their right to file a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Louisianans who need to have a medical procedure will undoubtedly be apprehensive about it. Medical treatment can be intimidating and to compound the concerns about the surgery itself, doctors can make mistakes. These errors happen all too frequently. Statistically, it is possible that thousands of people die on an annual basis because of a surgeon mistake. Some will suffer a worsened condition that can negatively affect their lives. One issue that is garnering more attention as a cause is a distracted doctor.
When a Lake Charles resident goes to the hospital for treatment of an illness, condition or injury, there is an expectation that the medical professionals there will not only be competent and knowledgeable, but that they will not be hindered by long work hours and these will negatively affect their abilities. However, those work hours could present a problem as a recently implemented set of rules allows medical professionals to work for a far longer period than they did in the past. Patients who have suffered serious injury or a worsened condition and the loved ones of those who might have been severely harmed must be aware of this new rule to determine if there was a connection.
When a person goes to the doctor for a checkup the last thing they want to hear they have is cancer. One immediately thinks the worst when they get this bad news. But, occasionally a cancer misdiagnosis occurs which can be a medical malpractice situation and cause serious problems for a patient.
When a health care provider's care is below the industry standard of care and injuries result, this is known as medical malpractice. For Louisiana residents, this means they go to their healthcare providers for treatment or diagnosis of a problem, and end up instead with a worsened condition-misdiagnosis, wrong dosage of medicine or even operations on wrong sites, all fall within the purview of medical malpractice.
When Louisiana residents go to the hospital to receive medical care, they often end up interacting with many different medical professionals-from attendants and nurses to surgeons and doctors. If these medical professionals do not adhere to the medical industry standard in providing medical care to their patient, they may end up giving their patient a worsened condition, or in a worst case scenario mentioned last week, a patient's death.
Louisiana residents, like others across the country, go to their doctors when they are at their most vulnerable. In pain and without any expertise, they turn to medical professionals to guide them through their illness and help them recover as much as possible. To achieve this end, they expect the medical professionals treating them will act with the utmost professionalism and to the highest standards of care. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
This blog recently discussed the elements of a wrongful death claim for damages. The surviving spouse and children of a woman recently brought a medical malpractice wrongful death claim for damages in Louisiana against a health care facility. The lawsuit asserts that the health care facility breached its standard of care when treating the woman.
As many Louisiana residents are aware, there is a trust implicit in the relationship between patients and doctors. Because of their expertise, patients trust that doctors will treat them with care and knowledge. However, even with extensive training, doctors can still act in ways that can lead to a case of medical malpractice.
Louisiana residents who seek treatment from a medical professional likely expect to be treated with the utmost care. After all, the reason a person goes to see a doctor or nurse is to get better -- not worse. However, in some cases, it is possible to go to a medical professional and end up with a worsened condition. In such cases, it may be possible to pursue legal action in order to obtain compensation from the party at fault.