It's the unfortunate reality that medical malpractice does happen. Doctors make mistakes. Some make mistakes or errors that they never should have with the appropriate training.
Medical malpractice can have catastrophic consequences for victims who may suffer a worsened condition as a result of a failure to diagnose, erroneous diagnosis or delayed diagnosis. A failure to diagnose can be fatal for the victim or may result in the victim receiving the wrong care or treatment, leading to a potential medical malpractice claim for damages.
Surgical errors can cause serious harm to victims, leaving them with significant physical, emotional, and financial damages. As a result, medical malpractice victims should understand their legal options. A medical malpractice claim for damages is a legal remedy that may allow a victim to recover compensation for his or her damages while at the same time providing accountability.
Medical malpractice law allows injured patients or their families to hold medical care providers liable for the damages they cause when their care falls short of professional standards. But to do so, the plaintiff must show what the standard of care is, and how the care provider should have acted differently. Doing this requires some a very close look at the evidence.
Generations of Louisiana parents have wished for their children to grow up to be doctors. Medicine is still a highly prestigious profession, and for many, a very well-paid one. However, according to a recent report, increasing numbers of doctors are unhappy with their work lives. They report feeling stressed out and burned out. Researchers worry that this situation is leading to increased risks to patients.
Timing is crucial in any Louisiana personal injury lawsuit, and that may be especially true for medical malpractice cases. A recent case from another state helps illustrate the importance of deadlines and statutes of limitations.
The medical malpractice cases that receive the most news coverage tend to be the most dramatic, typically ones involving surgical error. These cases can be horrifying and tragic, but sometimes the focus on these dramatic stories overshadows the public's awareness of other types of medical malpractice, such as those involving faulty or delayed diagnosis, or bad prescriptions.
In a remarkable medical malpractice case, a Louisiana jury recently decided a young man should receive $10 million in damages after a series of medical errors treating his broken arm when he was a toddler left him with permanent damage to his arm. It was reportedly the largest award in a Louisiana medical malpractice case since 2003, but it helps highlight some of the limits of the law in the state.
We all know that doctors are under pressure to see as many patients as they can, but when medical care providers are not thorough enough in checking what is wrong with their patients, they can miss the real problem. Sometimes, they can prescribe treatment for one condition, while completely missing a more serious condition. As a result, this undetected condition goes untreated and gets worse. Sometimes, the patient doesn't know about this condition until it has grown extremely serious and difficult to treat.
It's no secret that medical care is getting more expensive all the time. When a patient is injured through negligent medical care, the cost of treating the new problem can be enormous. And yet, Louisiana law places a cap on the amount a plaintiff can recover in a medical malpractice lawsuit.