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Can sepsis be caused by medical negligence?

Louisiana residents may have heard of the term sepsis, but some may not be sure what it means and how it differs from an infection. Though the two conditions are connected, there is one important way in which sepsis differs from an infection. An infection takes place when germs enter a body and multiply, causing disease or organ damage, whereas sepsis is what happens when the infection is not stopped. This means that sepsis takes place when someone already has an infection, and it triggers a reaction in the body.

Sepsis is the body's extreme reaction to an infection. Since the symptoms of sepsis, such as confusion, clammy and sweaty skin, fever and shivering, high heart rate and extreme pain are similar to symptoms of other conditions, sepsis is commonly misdiagnosed or not diagnosed in a timely manner. This is why it is often not diagnoses in the early stages, when treatment is straightforward. If treated at early stages with an antibiotic and fluids, a person may be able to walk away from the hospital and continue to lead their life normally. If untreated, sepsis can lead to death.

What legal medication can treat the side effects of Risperdal?

Pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson has faced multiple Risperdal lawsuits, and earlier this year, 6,400 more plaintiffs received a court's permission also to seek recovery of damages that the side effects of taking Risperdal caused. Risperdal is an antipsychotic drug approved to treat adult schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and irritability in autistic adolescents and children.

However, investigations led to a fine of more than $2 billion against the manufacturer and a subsidiary in 2012 after they found proof of marketing of the drug for unapproved uses. The uses included depression, anxiety, hostility, confusion and agitation. Evidence even suggested that Johnson & Johnson knew about the gynecomastia, stroke and cardiac event risks all along.

What evidence should I collect for my personal injury case?

Even though it should be enough that a Louisiana resident has been injured in a car accident to receive compensation for his or her injuries, but this is unfortunately not the case. The accident victim has the burden of proof. This means they have to gather the evidence supporting their claim of negligence against the other driver and present it in a manner that demonstrates that they were responsible. The more evidence there is, the better the chances of getting a settlement to cover the property, physical and emotional damage done by the accident.

The process begins soon after the accident. Witnesses forget what they saw and skid marks fade, which is why accident victims should work quickly to gather it necessary proof. For example, getting eyewitness contact information to ensure one knows how to contact them is very helpful. Taking pictures of the accident scene to document the damage, the position of the vehicles and the skid marks on the roads can be used to show speed at the time of the crash, direction of the crash and information about braking. The police report also is a valuable source of information during a trial.

Top causes of boating accidents show they could have been avoided

As the weather finally improves across the country, Louisiana residents may be getting their boats ready for short voyages out onto the waters with their family and friends. However, boat safety is just as important as vehicle safety, if not more, as cold water is added to the equation in a recreational boating accident.

Tragically, the fatality rate in boating accidents has gone up between 2015 and 2016. In 2016, the fatality rate was 5.9 deaths per 100,000 registered recreational vessels, according to the United States Coast Guard's Boating Safety Division. This was an 11.3 percent increase from 5.3 in 2015. The number of accidents also saw an increase of 7.3 percent, deaths increased by 12 percent and injuries increased by 11.1 percent.

Do not get distracted from getting compensation

Last week's Louisiana post highlighted the dangers of distracted driving, an activity commonly practiced on roadways despite so much awareness being created around the hazard. As mentioned, teens are more likely to engage in the risky behavior, never considering the fact that a tragic accident can take place in the blink of an eye.

It is possible to hold the distracted driver accountable for their actions through a civil lawsuit, but to be successful, certain legal requirements must be met, such as proving one's case. That often ends up becoming difficult -- how does one prove that a driver was not paying attention on the road when they were driving? One way to accomplish this is by engaging experienced lawyers, such as those at Tauzin and Lorio Attorneys at Law.

What are common distractions on the road?

As many experienced drivers may be aware, driving is a task that requires one's full attention. While driving, whether one's eyes or one's mind is engaged in an activity that does not involve driving, it can be a distraction that can result in a fatal car accident. In 2016 alone, 3,450 people died as a result of distracted driving. In 2015, almost 400,000 people were injured in a crash involving a distracted driver.

As Louisiana residents may be aware, the consequences of distracted driving are real. Additionally, this type of an accident is completely avoidable if the driver does not succumb to distractions. The biggest distraction seems to be texting and driving, an act that many people are engaged in while driving. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Association reports that teens were the largest age group reported to be distracted in fatal crashes.

The dangers of IVC filters and where to seek support

Thousands of people in Louisiana and other states are part of class-action lawsuits against the manufacturers of IVC filters. If you experience medical problems after receiving such an implant, you might seek answers to several questions. If your blood forms clots, they could travel to the heart or lungs and cause deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolisms. The typical treatment would be a prescription for anticoagulants that would thin the blood to prevent blood clots. Sometimes, the blood thinners do not work, and this is where IVC filters come in.

The IVC filter is a tiny, cone-shaped device that allows blood to flow but captures blood clots, and it is placed in the largest vein in a person's body -- the inferior vena cava. The most modern of these devices are retrievable.

Tragic car accident kills two, orphaning their children

When one leaves their house, they expect that they will be going back to it when they have completed whatever task it was that they stepped out to do. In most circumstances, people return home unscathed, but in the instances when they do not because of a tragic car accident, it can leave devastating effects on family members. Frustration, confusion and sorrow are just some of the emotions that loved ones go through as they try to come to terms with their loss.

These are perhaps the thoughts reverberating through the minds of a Louisiana family that lost a young couple in a fatal car crash in the early hours of the morning. The couple is survived by two young children who will now be raised without the guidance and affection of their parents.

Birth trauma root of medical malpractice lawsuit against hospital

Research suggests that one in five patients experience a medical error. This could explain why 55 percent of 4,000 medical professionals across more than 25 specialties surveyed admitted that they had been sued. Half of those who had been sued also claimed it was not the first time they faced more than one lawsuit.

Louisiana obstetrics, gynecologists and surgeons were those most likely to be sued. Each field accounted for 85 percent of medical malpractice lawsuits. This could be because birth trauma has the potential to limit the life of a child, even before it has begun and is especially difficult for parents. A recent medical malpractice case illustrates this as the lawsuit claims the 11-year-old child has been left disabled after a series of medical errors during his 2007 birth.

Inadequate lighting might lead to a slip-and-fall accident

Louisiana residents may be aware that when someone invites them into their home or when they enter into a store, there is an expectation that the premises will be reasonably safe from potential hazards. However, what about outside the premises -- what obligations does an individual have with regards to maintaining the outdoors?

A slip-and-fall is one of the most common types of accidents incurred not only within the premises, but also outside it. When the area where someone slipped and was part of the possessor or owner's premises, and they failed to take the appropriate steps to rectify a problem that then caused the accident, they could potentially be held accountable for their negligence in a premises liability case.

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