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May 2016 Archives

Study finds medical errors a major cause of U.S. deaths

Every time we put our lives in the hands of a doctor or other medical professional, there is a chance that we won’t get the treatment we deserve. Doctors have a responsibility to do everything they can to make sure their patients get better, but, unfortunately, the surgery errors they oftentimes make result in a number of patient deaths.

Soft tissue injuries are commonly caused by car accidents

Millions of Americans suffer catastrophic injuries in car accidents every year. The injuries suffered by Lake Charles motorists will depend on the severity of the accident and the vehicles involved. However, some of the most common car accident injuries are soft tissue injuries.

Lawsuit filed against teen after tragic car accident

Teen drivers are often classified as some of the most dangerous people to get behind the wheel. Younger drivers may have a tendency to get distracted while driving in Louisiana and pay more attention to their smartphones than the road in front of them. When this happens, a devastating accident can leave unsuspecting individuals seriously injured or killed. A lawsuit was recently filed against a teen driver and popular social media app Snapchat after one of these tragic wrecks.The car accident occurred when the now 18-year-old was driving with friends when she started speeding. The teen wanted to post a picture on Snapchat using Snapchat's speed tracker, which measures how fast the user is going. According to the suit, the girl crashed into a vehicle merging in front of her "so violently that it shot across the left lane into the left embankment." At the time of the crash, the teen was traveling 107 mph in a 55 mph zone.The driver of the other vehicle was an Uber driver just starting his shift. He suffered catastrophic injuries, including a traumatic brain injury, and spent five weeks in the intensive care unit. Since the accident, he reportedly lost 50 pounds and cannot take care of himself or work. The teen driver was also injured.Snapchat is named in the suit for encouraging teen drivers to drive fast by creating the speed tracking filter. Snapchat says that they actively discourage snapping and driving by displaying a warning message within the app. However, despite many warnings, many teens continue to risk their lives and the lives of others by driving while distracted.

A Doctor's Failure to Properly Diagnose and Treat Cardiac Symptoms Results in a Man's Preventable Extensive Myocardial Infarction

Our client was a 50 year old man who presented to the emergency room complaining of chest pain. He stated that the pain had been intermittent over several weeks, but was much worse on that day. He reported that he was having pains while at rest and that the pain was accompanied by profuse sweating. His history revealed that he had multiple risk factors for coronary artery disease ("CAD") including hypercholesterolemia, a strong family history of CAD, and a history of smoking cigarettes. An echocardiogram was performed, and the results were highly abnormal. The EKG clearly revealed ischemia, and our client had high troponin levels. The doctor that was treating our client failed to recognize his signs and symptoms of an impending heart attack. Instead of admitting our client and treating his condition with the placement of a stent, the doctor released him with no treatment. Our client's myocardium had not yet been injured, and stent placement would have preserved his cardiac function and prevented permanent injury.

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