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January 2016 Archives

Louisiana motorcycle accidents caused 80 deaths in 2015

Some of the most distressing Louisiana roadway accidents involve motorcycles. Due to the lack of protective casing and the small-size of the bike, accident victims on motorcycles face a greater risk of severe injury or death. Out of the near 2,000 accidents in 2015, about 80 motorcyclists suffered fatal injuries. These numbers are similar to the ones for 2014.

A Woman's Cervical Cancer is Misdiagnosed and Allowed to Metastasize due to the Malpractice of the OBGYN and Pathologist

Our client was a 35 year old woman who regularly visited her gynecologist and had a PAP smear each year for seven years. Each year her PAP smear would be sent to a pathologist to be read. In all these years of testing, nothing abnormal was ever revealed to her from her tests. She told her doctor on her last regular visit that she was having severe back pain, longer and heavier periods, night sweats, and spotting. Her gynecologist and his nurse practitioner chose to ignore these symptoms and stated that her exam was normal. Our client decided to go to a chiropractor to have her back examined. It was during this visit that the chiropractor recommended an MRI. The MRI showed a mass suspicious for malignancy. The results of this MRI were sent to our client's gynecologist. Soon thereafter, our client underwent a diagnostic laparoscopy performed by her gynecologist. Our client's gynecologist referred her to a general surgeon for further review. The general surgeon determined that she needed to be seen by an oncologist.

Medical malpractice claims in Lake Charles

Doctors and other medical care professionals spend every working day with people's lives in their hands. Whether it's a routine procedure or something more complicated, there is always some risk involved with medical treatment. That risk is multiplied when the doctor responsible for the treatment behaves negligently. If a medical care professional deviates from the accepted standard of care and you suffer an injury because of it, you may have a successful medical malpractice case. Medical malpractice can involve failure to diagnose, errors in surgery, nursing home negligence and other forms of medical negligence.

A Man Develops Stage IV Decubitus Ulcers due to Nursing Staff's Failure to Properly Turn and Reposition Him and Follow Nursing Wound Care Protocols

Our client was a 63 year old man who presented to the emergency room with complaints of shortness a breath. Shortly after his arrival a CT scan was performed, and it was discovered that our client was suffering from an abdominal aortic aneurysm. A cardio thoracic surgeon performed an operation to repair the aneurysm. After the surgery, our client was transferred to the intensive care unit. He was assessed as being at high risk for the development of pressure ulcers because of his large size, NPO status, and because he was chemically sedated on a ventilator. Our client was unable to move independently, request assistance to move, reposition himself, or communicate pain from unrelieved pressure. He was totally reliant on nursing staff to provide basic nursing care, including: turning and providing pressure relief repositioning, visually inspecting his skin, assessing red areas for blanching at frequent intervals, assessing his nutritional status, anticipating his needs, and reporting abnormal findings to his physician. The nursing staff, however, neglected our client's needs and did not follow proper nursing protocol for his care and treatment.

Louisiana drunk driving arrests down, fatalities up

It is no secret that law enforcement agencies have been cracking down on drunk driving nationwide in hopes of reducing the number of alcohol-related fatalities on the roadways. The state of Louisiana is spending about $9 million in federal grant money each year on this type of enforcement. Oddly enough, however, the number of impaired driving arrests in Louisiana has decreased from 2010 to 2014 despite an increase in drunk driving fatalities during that time frame.

A Total Right Knee Replacement Results in the Amputation of a Woman's Leg Because of a Hospital Staff's Failure to Detect Signs of an Arterial Occlusion and Popliteal Vein Obstruction

Our client was a 55 year old female who underwent an elective total knee replacement. The surgery was performed and our client was placed in the recovery room. Immediately after surgery, the hospital staff in the recover room noted that our client's foot was cold, red, painful, paralyzed, and pulseless, with slow capillary refill. She was then returned to her regular patient room where she was seen by the doctor who noted that she had foot drop, which was not present before her surgery. These early signs of limb threatening ischemia were misdiagnosed and thought to be temporary.

New vehicle features help combat distracted driving among teens

According to the Centers for Disease Control, car accidents are responsible for the deaths of six teens every day. While many teens deny texting and driving, statistics show that 25 percent of them responded to a text message one or more times every time they get behind the wheel.

A Hospital's Failure to Properly Train a Psychiatric Tech and Maintain Patient Confidentiality Results in the Rape of a Juvenile Patient

Our client, a 14 year old female, was taken to the Emergency Room as a runaway by city police officials. She was found to be combative, hostile, and refused to answer police questioning. Our client was admitted to the adolescent psychiatric unit under the care of a psychiatrist for treatment of severe and recurring depression and suicidal ideas. This young lady was noted to be well known to the hospital staff, as she had been treated by the hospital on multiple other occasions.The hospital staff also had knowledge of her history of running away from her father's home, and that she was extremely depressed and suicidal.

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