Many people in Louisiana may remember a time when wearing seat belts was not commonly done when riding in vehicles. Today, the inclusion and use of seat belts is common and considered a basic element of protecting people in cars, trucks and other vehicles. However, the United States took a whopping 10 years from the time these restraints were first introduced until they were built into all vehicles.
People in Louisiana and around the nation have recently watched and heard about the celebrations remembering the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's landing on the moon. To everyone, this was a momentous event in history indeed. One might believe that a person as celebrated in American history as Mr. Armstrong would only receive the highest level of medical care throughout his lifetime. Unfortunately, it seems that this is not what he experienced at the end of his life.
People who live in Louisiana know that the problems associated with drinking and driving continue to plague area roads and highways. Drivers who refuse to put away their keys if they choose to consume alcohol contribute to an unnecessary loss of life and inflict injuries and pain on innocent people simply out of their own selfishness and negligence. Unfortunately, it seems that the state has room to improve when it comes to cracking down on these drunk drivers.
Residents in Louisiana know that doctors, nurses and other health care professionals are human. That, however, does not mean that people should expect to have a serious mistake made with regard to their health care. The medical profession should be able to develop processes and systems that help prevent serious errors and the injuries and deaths associated with them. Unfortunately, that does not seem to be happening.
If you are like a lot of people in Louisiana, when you think about medical errors related to pharmaceutical drugs, you might initially think about being given the wrong medication or an incorrect dose of a medication. These are some examples of drug errors than can harm patients. However, there are also errors that may begin far before a medication ever makes it to a pharmacy or to your home.
Expectant parents in Louisiana should be able to trust that pregnant women and their babies will receive the right level of medical care during pregnancy, delivery and after. While this does often happen, there are times when medical professionals fail to respond promptly to emergency situations or even do not recognize warning signs that may indicate certain actions are necessary. Some of these instances end up blocking the flow of blood and oxygen to an unborn child.
Certain family relationships are so close that your life becomes irrevocably intertwined with that of the other party. The relationship between parent and child is often this intense and important. The same is true for the relationship between spouses in many marriages. There may be a financial and social dependence of one party on the other.
A spinal cord injury impacts just about every aspect of your life. Some people might choose to think about only the physical side of the matter, but there are also emotional ramifications that must be factored in when you are making plans for your future. It isn't uncommon for people who have this type of injury to suffer from depression and other mental health problems.
People in Louisiana who give of themselves to serve their country in one of the branches of the armed forces deserve to receive the best medical and dental care possible. The same is true of their family members. Unfortunately, medical errors can and do happen even in military facilities. Even more unfortunately, there is a current legal precedent in effect that prevents military personnel and their relatives from pursuing compensation for these errors.
People who live in Louisiana have no doubt become aware of the tragic state of the opioid epidemic facing the United States today. This situation is horrible in many respects, including the fact that it may well have been preventable and the fact that pharmaceutical manufacturers consciously contributed to it. More and more states today are taking legal action against companies and even individuals for their roles in this problem.
Most people in Louisiana assume that someone who holds a commercial driver's license is held to a high standard for safety and that their driving record is carefully monitored and reviewed. Unfortunately, it seems that there are several loopholes that allow a negligent person to continue to drive commercially. An example can be seen in a case involving the recent death of seven motorcyclists at one time.