Medical malpractice refers to acts of negligence and a deviation from the accepted standards of medical practice on the part of medical professionals. Recently in Louisiana, the daughters of a man who passed away filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital where their father was a patient.
When a loved one becomes sick, people depend on hospitals and other health care facilities to provide the person with the best possible medical care. In fact, laws in Louisiana and in the rest of the country make it mandatory for medical facilities to provide a certain standard of care. If a medical facility fails to provide that standard of care, it may face consequences in the form of citations by regulatory authorities or medical malpractice lawsuits.
When a Louisiana resident is ill, he or she and the family rely on doctors to provide the best possible medical care. Therefore, when a doctor or medical facility's negligence leads to injury, further illness, or even death, the patient or the patient's family members may seek legal recourse via a medical negligence lawsuit.
As medical technologies have rapidly improved over the decades around the world, especially in Louisiana and throughout the United States, people have become more dependent on higher levels of care that can improve their quality of life. With widespread use of the health-care industry, medical malpractice has also increased throughout the country, including in Louisiana. Given that the price for medical malpractice is high for victims and their families, the Louisiana state legislature has made medical care one area with clear guidelines on what constitutes malpractice and what compensation is possible for anyone who becomes a victim of malpractice.
Louisiana residents know that a healthy spinal cord is vital to a functioning human body. A spinal cord injury can render a person permanently or temporarily disabled. Some of the circumstances that lead to spinal cord injuries are vehicular accidents, workplace injuries and some types of recreational activities. These injuries can have life-altering effects on an individual and therefore, it is necessary that victims of spinal cord injuries seek the best possible medical care to recover from these injuries and resume a normal life as soon as possible.
Medical malpractice or medical negligence is referred to any injury caused to a patient due to an act or omission by a medical practitioner who digresses from the standard of care. Thus, a victim or his family may choose to sue the hospital, nursing home or the medical practitioner for damages.
With the advancement of medical science, over time, people have grown increasingly dependent on medical care. Subsequently, cases of medical malpractice are also increasing in Louisiana and elsewhere in the United States.
A lawsuit was filed by a patient against the State of Louisiana and the Louisiana State University's medical center for a recent case of alleged medical malpractice. The patient filing the lawsuit suffered a stroke, while having a surgical procedure and is claiming that the staff of the medical center was negligent in providing her adequate and pertinent care. The lawsuit was filed via the Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors at the civil district court.
A person admitted to a Louisiana hospital in 2012 for treatment of encephalitis related to the West Nile virus has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital. According to the patient, shortly after he was admitted to the hospital, doctors administered antibiotics, intubated and sedated him. At the time, the staff assured the patient that he would be removed from the ventilator and extubated gradually.
Many people in Louisiana realize the importance of good health and prefer the advice of medical professionals they know and trust. Medical professionals are highly regarded due to the nature of their profession and it is very important that doctors and nurses understand the importance of their roles.