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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.

Common birth injuries linked to negligence

Expecting a baby is one of the most exciting times of a New Orleans' couple's life. Couples spend months preparing for the arrival of their newborn, and to ensure their delivery happens as smoothly as possible, many make frequent visits to their doctor. This helps parents trust their doctor who will deliver their baby. This is why it may come as a shock to them when their medical professional has acted negligently, causing birth trauma to their child.

Seek an aggressive firm to handle your medical malpractice claim

A few weeks ago on this blog we wrote about the tests that medical professionals can administer to detect a stroke. This testing is key to obtaining an accurate diagnosis and beginning effective treatment. With that being said, mistakes happen in the medical field. Unfortunately, oftentimes these mistakes are preventable and leave patients with serious damages that are physical, emotional, and financial in nature. For this reason, those who believe they have fallen victim to medical malpractice may want to consider pursuing a legal claim.

How is a stroke diagnosed by Louisiana doctors?

One of the scariest things about one's health is the fact that a seemingly minor symptom can turn out to be the result of a much bigger problem. Nausea may result as the onset of some forms of cancer, a chest cold can wind up being debilitating pneumonia, and even fatigue can end up being caused by a serious illness. The same holds true for headaches. Although most of these are nothing more than painful and annoying, sometimes they can be the result of a stroke.

Hurt by misdiagnosis? Fight to impose liability

Several weeks ago on the blog we discussed the numerous ways through which breast cancer can be diagnosed. With advances in medical technology and ongoing research, medical professionals have more diagnostic options at their disposal than ever before. You would think that this would mean that misdiagnosis or a failure to diagnose would be nearly impossible, but the truth of the matter is that many individuals in Louisiana are left susceptible to injury when negligent medical professionals fail to make an accurate and/or timely diagnosis with the information at their disposal.

If I'm the victim of a defective medical device, what can I do?

Many individuals across the country have a medical device implanted to assist in the recovery of certain medical conditions. Perhaps you have undergone a recent procedure that called for the use of such a device, and now you may have concerns about its overall safety. If your condition was severe, you may not have had the ability and/or the time to fully research the device before your operation.

Alleged medical malpractice leads to Louisiana man's death

Going to the hospital can be stressful for anyone. After all, we've all heard horror stories about medical treatments gone wrong. We wish that we could tell Louisianans that such gruesome tales are mere fiction, but the fact of the matter is that medical malpractice occurs more frequently than many care to think. Sure, most doctors and nurses perform their jobs competently, but it only takes one fatigued, inattentive, or reckless medical professional to leave an individual with serious injuries. In the worst cases, unsuspecting patients die due to negligence.

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