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July 2015 Archives

How courts determine liability in a car accident

A car accident can potentially turn someone's life upside down, whether they live in Lake Charles or elsewhere. Victims of car accidents are interested in holding the person who caused it responsible for their actions. If the victim decides to file a civil lawsuit against the driver they believe was responsible, the court will have to determine liability. If the court finds the driver to be liable, he or she may have to pay for any damages caused by his negligence,

Clark's Level IV Superficial Spreading Melanoma goes Unfound and Untreated due to Misdiagnosis by a Pathologist

Our client, a 40 year old woman with two children, presented to her family physician with complaints of an atypical skin lesion on her back. Her family physician did a biopsy of this "mole" and sent the sample to a pathology laboratory. At the pathology lab the lesion was examined by a pathologist and was misdiagnosed as a compound nevus, which is a benign melanocytic mole. Research shows that lesions like these should be monitored and checked frequently for any changes because these they can progress into skin cancer. Months later the atypical lesion was checked again, and this time there were noteworthy changes in the size, contour, and color of the mole. Due to these changes, a second biopsy of the mole was ordered and performed. From the results of the biopsy, it was determined that our client had a Clark's level IV superficial spreading melanoma, stage III. Our client was then referred to MD Anderson where she underwent numerous surgical interventions and treatments. During her treatment process, it was determined that the first biopsy that was taken had been read incorrectly by the pathologist and was erroneously interpreted as a compound nevus. The initial pathologist should have diagnosed an atypical compound melanocytic proliferation suggestive of invasive melanoma. In the medical review panel process, the panel ruled against the pathologist who performed the initial analysis and found that he should have identified that original specimen as melanoma, not a compound nevus. Our client had to undergo vast amounts of treatments and had to endure pain and suffering due to the treatments she received. Moreover, she now must also live with the realistic fear that she will die from the cancer because of its progression that was allowed by the delay in diagnosis. Through a settlement, Todd Townsley was able to make a just and favorable recovery for this client.

Supply vessel seaman files suit after accident

Every day, Louisiana seamen put their lives at risk while on-the-job. Fortunately, the Federal government has implemented the Jones Act to help protect sea vessel employees who get injured or killed while carrying out the duties of his or her job.

Sleep medication may increase risk of car accidents

By now, most of us have been made aware of the dangers of negligence behind the wheel. Whether it be distracted driving or driving under the influence, negligent drivers in Louisiana are responsible for a number of serious car accidents every year. In some cases, drivers may not even be aware of their impairment.

Families who have lost loved ones can file wrongful death suits

Losing a family member in an accident can be devastating for many reasons. Learning how to live without that person can seem impossible. In addition to the emotional pain you feel, you may be struggling financially, drowning in medical bills and funeral costs. If the person you lost was financially contributing to the household, you may have a tough time finding ways to make up for that lost income.

A Man's Hand is Rendered Useless after an Unauthorized and Negligent Surgery for Wrist Pain and Negligent Follow-Up Care

Our client, a millwright and machinist by trade, worked each day with his hands using the tools of his trade. He began to notice pain in his right hand, especially when he was turning wrenches. Our client pursued treatment and was referred to an orthopedic surgeon that specialized in hand surgery. In our client's first visit to the specialist hand surgeon, he was given injections to provide some temporary relief, but the pain in his wrist persisted. About nine months later, our client returned to the specialist's office where a proximal row carpectomy surgery was recommended as a long term solution for his wrist pain.

Study finds increase in spinal cord injuries among older adults

Each year, many people suffer serious injuries in accidents all across the country. Spinal cord injuries are some of the most devastating injuries in that they can lead to permanent disability and long-term medical care, paralysis or even death.

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