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How dangerous is transvaginal mesh?

If you are a Louisiana female who suffered from pelvic organ prolapse and underwent surgery to correct that condition, your surgeon may have implanted transvaginal mesh as part of your surgical procedure. Women’s Health notes that transvaginal mesh has commonly been used in pelvic organ prolapse surgeries because it is strong and supports your tissues and organs after surgery.

Hospitals put patients at risk by “dumping” them

Residents of Louisiana, as well as the rest of the country, expect a certain level of care when they go to the hospital. It is not unreasonable to expect to be treated with respect and dignity, whether the diagnosis or prognosis is good or bad. Sadly, it would seem that there is a trend among some hospitals to discharge patients before it is medically or physically safe to do so, regardless of a law that is supposed to protect patients from this type of treatment.

What is a Medical Review Panel?

If you are a Louisiana resident who is thinking about filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against your doctor and/or health care facility, you need to be aware of the fact that your claim must be reviewed by a Medical Review Panel before you can file suit. The Louisiana Division of Administration explains that under state law, you must submit a written malpractice claim and request for the formation of an MRP to the Commissioner of Administration in Baton Rouge.

The link between communication and medical errors

Louisiana residents have good reason to be concerned about the quality of their health care as it only takes one misstep by a doctor, nurse or other medical professional to cause serious harm or even death to a patient. In looking at the various factors that may contribute to some medical errors, communication has been identified as one area where improvement can be made.

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.

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.

Medical malpractice and victims' rights

Important surgeries are, needless to say, stressful; when a surgeon performs a surgery on the wrong limb, the wrong side of the body, or even the wrong patient, that stress is only magnified. Many might assume that such errors in medical practice are unheard of in America, but thousands occur each year. Louisiana law protects patients who have experienced such traumatic incidents. Victims of surgical errors may choose to file a medical malpractice claim, and while such claims can prove to be complex, wrong-site and unnecessary surgeries are inacceptable in that they are all preventable. 

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