We attribute much of our society's medical success to advances in medical technology. New devices and testing procedures allow medical professionals to more quickly and accurately diagnose injuries and illnesses, as well as treat them more effectively. However, despite the success of many of these devices, others pose a serious threat to patients whether due to lack of testing or doctors whose decisions to use such devices are swayed by seemingly improper incentives.
No one likes to admit that they are wrong, especially if the mistake has serious consequences. A doctor's mistake or a surgical error is one of those instances where the repercussions can be life altering, not only for the medical professional but also for the patient and their family members. The blog post last week discussing the standard of care owed to patients might make it seem like medical professionals are held to a higher standard, but this is only because the stakes are so high.
When a Louisiana resident's medical condition worsens at the hands of the doctor or medical professional they approached to receive treatment in the first instance, they may be considering filing a medical malpractice suit against the negligent doctor. One of the terms that they may find themselves coming face to face with again and again might be 'standard of care'. It is important to understand what this means and how this is relevant to a plaintiff's case.
According to an AARP scorecard on states' performances on meeting standards for long-term care for elderly people and disabled people, Louisiana ranked 40th. This study highlighted the need for the state to step up its pace to meet changing demographic demands and do justice for its elderly population.
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.
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.
Surgeries are oftentimes high-pressure situations and most of the medical professionals involved in the procedures are experiencing some form of stress or the other. If a medical emergency takes place during the surgery, the ensuing chaos can be disastrous if the surgical team does not remain on top of the situation, so it is unfortunate that this ends up being one of the common reasons equipment is left behind in patients in surgeries.
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.
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.
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.