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.
Each year many people in Louisiana and across the nation are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. This is a serious condition in which a person's pancreas produces insulin, but their cells cannot use insulin effectively, causing what physicians refer to as insulin resistance. This leads to high blood sugar, which could cause long-term damage to a person's health.
For new parents in Louisiana and throughout the U.S., the excitement of having a newborn is undeniable. During the birth and in the immediate aftermath, it is easy to get caught up in the euphoria.
When Louisianans have a health issue, seeking treatment from a medical professional is the natural and wise thing to do. While most people obtain proper care and avoid often feared of medical mistakes that result in a worsened condition, long-term medical problems, or death, some individuals do suffer serious injuries and death due to medical errors. The damages caused by these incidences can be tragic and overwhelming, which is why it is imperative that victims and their families consider legal action.
When Louisianans think about medical errors and what caused them, they will inevitably consider simple carelessness, a lack of experience, miscommunication between medical professionals and other common reasons why these dangerous incidents occur. A careless surgeon, a general practitioner who made the wrong diagnosis, wrong-site surgery and medication mistakes can happen for a variety of reasons.