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What constitutes medical malpractice in Louisiana?

If you are a Louisiana resident who has suffered an injury as the result of the negligence of a health care provider, you may wish to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. You need to be aware, however, that as FindLaw explains, malpractice laws are very complicated in Louisiana.

Louisiana defines a health care provider as someone licensed to perform medical services by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners. Such people include the following:

  • Physicians and physician assistants
  • Occupational therapists
  • Podiatrists
  • Clinical exercise physiologists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Midwives

What do truckers deal with that may increase the risk of a crash?

The chances are likely that whenever you are on the road, especially on a freeway, you will encounter large trucks making their deliveries. You already know that semis can cause devastating injuries to other motorists in a collision, but you and other Louisiana residents may not understand the pressures that truck drivers are under, which may increase their chances of getting into an accident.

Truck driving is a stressful job, reports Smart Trucking. You might believe the only issue truckers have to deal with is fatigue behind the wheel. You are right that sleepiness is a common problem plaguing most truckers, but it is far from the only factor in the trucking industry that causes accidents.

Did your car accident cause a herniated disk?

While it does not happen often, a herniated disk can result from physical trauma, such as a car wreck. In most cases the slipped disk is the result of gradual wear and tear, using improper lifting techniques, or possibly even a minor strain. However, if the disk is already degenerated, it does not take much force to cause serious damage.

If you suspect that you suffered a slipped disk due to a car accident with negligent driver, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. To find out more about the symptoms of a herniated disk, read further.

What should you know about surgical mistakes?

Louisiana residents who go in for surgery are placing their trust and their lives in the hands of the surgeons. Unfortunately, as with anyone else, surgeons can make mistakes. While the most severe are also the least frequent, you should also be aware of them.

The Patient Safety Network discusses three different types of surgical mistakes, or rather, three different umbrellas that surgical mistakes can fall under. This includes wrong-procedure surgery, wrong-patient surgery, and wrong-site surgery. These mistakes are categorized as "never events", which means they should under no circumstance occur.

How serious is drunk driving in Louisiana?

If you are have lived in Louisiana for any length of time, you know that the state has very strong laws against drunk driving. Public awareness campaigns and sobriety checkpoints at holidays or other times throughout the year also serve to highlight the risks associated with driving after consuming alcohol. Sadly, there seem to be too many people who refuse to heed the warnings and instead choose to get behind the wheel when impaired. Even worse is the fact that innocent people die because of these choices.

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that the state of Louisiana has experienced a higher rate of drunk driving fatalities than the national average in the most recent five years for which data is available - 2012 through 2016. In these years, between 30 and 33 percent of all vehicular fatalities statewide involved alcohol. In East Baton Rouge Parish, 69 people died in drunk driving crashes during this five-year span. Only Orleans Parish experienced more alcohol-related deaths with 85. Lafayette Parish was in third position with 62 deaths.

What are the signs of a bad reaction to medication?

Louisiana residents don't expect that they'll have a bad reaction to the medications that they are prescribed. However, unexpected, unpleasant, and potentially dangerous reactions are entirely possible. They can occur for many different reasons, ranging from previously unknown allergies to a bad or defective batch of medicine.

The American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology lists different common drug allergy symptoms that may appear if you're having a bad reaction to a medication. It includes:

  • Wheezing or difficulty breathing
  • Hives or rashes
  • Swelling
  • Itching

7 key steps to take after a motor vehicle accident

If you are part of any type of motor vehicle accident, you need to take the right steps. Doing so will put you in a better position, both in regard to your health and your financial well being.

Here are the seven key steps to take after a motor vehicle accident:

  • Check yourself for injuries. You need to better understand your injuries, as this will help you make the right decisions in regard to your treatment.
  • Help others check for injuries. This is even more important if there are any young children or elderly individuals in your vehicle.
  • Move your car to safety. As long as you are okay to do so, move your car to the side of the road, as this can help prevent another accident.
  • Call 911. Even though police may arrive on their own, you want to call 911 to speed up the process.
  • Wait for help to arrive. You don't want to do anything until police and an ambulance arrive at the scene.
  • Exchange basic information, such as insurance details, with the other driver.
  • Document the accident, which includes taking photos of your injuries and damage.

Car collisions and PTSD

When it comes to auto accident consequences, some are evident right away, such as a broken bone or fatality. However, it is essential to bear in mind that some consequences may not be noticeable until some point in the future, such as mental scars, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. If you think that you have developed PTSD due to a motor vehicle wreck, our law firm is very familiar with the unique challenges you could be experiencing and we believe it is essential for you to move forward.

PTSD can cause victims to suffer in many ways. Sometimes, it interferes with their ability to return to the road, leaving them unable to drive to work, run errands, or provide their children with transportation. Moreover, this post-traumatic stress could also interfere with your job. For example, jobs which involve driving may become too stressful for those who have PTSD due to a car wreck to continue working. Ultimately, this disorder can affect the lives of victims in ways that causes them to experience additional financial hardships on top of medical bills, such as lost wages.

Brain injuries are common issues after serious car accidents

Most people understand that there's a risk involved with getting into a motor vehicle. In the wake of an unexpected accident, people are often grateful just to walk away from the accident. After checking their limbs, they believe they are mostly unhurt, just a little shaken and bruised. These people may quickly move on with their day-to-day lives without realizing how serious their injuries really are.

When people think of catastrophic injuries from car accidents, they often imagine spinal injuries or broken bones. Fewer people really understand the potential for life-changing consequences when someone's head gets hit or shaken badly. Blunt trauma, penetrating injuries or sudden and abrupt shaking can all result in traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), which can have effects that last for years or even for life.

Understaffing leads to medical errors

When a person seeks medical treatment in Louisiana, he or she expects to be taken care of by a competent medical professional. While there are many safeguards in place, such as extensive education and training requirements, along with licensing, to ensure those working in the medical field are qualified to do so, there is something else that is not as highly regulated that could be hurting the level of care these professionals provide. The problem is understaffing.

According to Scientific American, many medical facilities are understaffed. This means longer working hours and less patient-caregiver contact. It has been shown through research that the level of care drastically drops when caregivers cannot keep up with patient demand. In situations where a facility is understaffed, this is a constant struggle. Not having enough workers means patients do not get the attention they need. Some caregivers may even have to choose between which patient to treat at one time because there are not enough people to provide care. Such instances lead to medical malpractice issues and devastating consequences for patients.

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