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Who can I sue in a medical malpractice suit?

When one walks into a hospital in Louisiana and greets nurses, doctors and surgeons, they are most likely to assume that they are all employees of the hospital. However, this is not the case in most situations-many healthcare providers are considered independent contractors in the eyes of the law and not hospital employees. When and why does this matter? It is important because it affects liability in medical malpractice cases.

Helping you take action following medical malpractice

When we are ill or injured, we are quick to rely on modern medicine to assist us. Individuals in Louisiana and elsewhere have much faith and trust in medical professionals, and for a good reason. They are educated, trained and skilled at diagnosing and treating patients. Nonetheless, doctors, surgeons and nurses are humans and subject to human errors. This means a mistake could happen during diagnosis, treatment or a surgery, causing a patient to suffer a new or a worsened condition.

What is psychiatric negligence?

People approach psychiatrists to get therapy and assistance in dealing with various emotional issues that are causing them distress. Due to the nature of the relationship, the patient and doctor often form an emotional and complex bond of reliance and trust and as a result, it can be difficult to determine when the relationship has gotten to the point that malpractice has taken place. it is an unfortunate reality that doctors often end up taking advantage of their position or acting as a poor doctor and harm their patient as a result.

How common is cancer misdiagnosis?

When someone receives a diagnosis of cancer, they can probably see the rest of their life flashing before their eyes. However, not all cancers are equal and, if diagnosed correctly, on time and medical treatments are pursued accurately, then Louisiana residents diagnosed with cancer have a chance to not only survive but also thrive. But this all centers around a correct diagnosis and correct treatment plan.

Act against nursing home abuse

As mentioned previously on this blog, doctors and medical professionals must conform to a standard of care when caring for their patients, whether they visit them in the hospital or at a nursing home. When the care being provided falls below this standard, it can result in injuries or abuse and, when that happens, it might be possible to hold them accountable for their negligence.

Louisiana nursing home suspected of abuse

As our parents grow older, we would like to provide them with the best quality of care as possible and ensure all their needs are met. For many, this means placing them in a nursing home with the facilities required to cater to their illnesses and injuries. This may be a difficult decision to make, but at the end of the day if the nursing home can adequately take care of an elderly person, then the decision is often the correct one.

Relationship between standard of care and medical malpractice

Readers of the Lafayette personal injury law blog may have read that when a medical professional falls short of the standard of care they owed their patient, they may be held accountable for it. This is accomplished through a amedical malpractice suit. But the question that then arises iswhat the standard of care owed to a patient is, and how does one prove it was not met?

Transvaginal mesh can leave you in a medical mess

Transvaginal meshes are flexible patches that implanted on vaginal walls to strengthen their structure. If a doctor implanted this type of mesh on your vaginal wall, it is likely because you suffer from stress urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse.

Common causes of medication errors

The scenario plays out often enough. Louisiana residents visit a doctor for some ailment, getting a prescription for medicine that they fill and ingest without another thought. But sometimes, the medicine that has been prescribed does not mix well with another medicine a patient s already taking. For example mixing certain depression medicine with migraine drugs could cause the person taking them to become agitated and confused, increasing their body temperature. These medication mistakes have the potential to cause adverse events, which is probably why they are known as potential adverse drug event. But when the medical mistake does cause harm, then it is known as preventable adverse drug events.

How long do I have to bring a medical malpractice suit?

Last week's post discussed one of the areas of medical negligence-birthing injuries. However, that is just one example of negligence on behalf of a medical professional. Failure to diagnose and inappropriate surgery are other common examples. Basically, when the professional has not acted according to the standard of care, they may be held accountable through a medical malpractice suit.

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