It can be extremely difficult and frustrating to suffer a debilitating injury at the hands of a physician whom you trusted to care for you. We at the office of MGM Attorneys believe that you deserve compensation for the sometimes life-altering negative effects of medical malpractice. Unfortunately, even if a jury agrees and awards you significant damages in a medical malpractice case, Louisiana state law may prevent you from collecting all that you deserve.
A doctor's mistake allegedly crippled the dominant arm of a 2-year-old boy in Louisiana 17 years ago, preventing him from pursuing his dream of joining the military. A jury recently heard the now 19-year-old's case and awarded him $10 million in damages. Ordinarily, a state-mandated cap on medical malpractice awards would automatically reduce the award amount to $500,000. Ironically, however, another alleged oversight by the physician may mean that the young man can receive the entire $10 million award amount.
People in Louisiana who might need to have surgical procedures or who have family members in need of operations might understandably be a bit concerned about these events. There can be many risks associated with surgeries and families should be able to trust that such risks are minimized, in large part due to the oversight and care of the professionals involved. However, there are times when the professionals themselves introduce the risks to the patients.
If you or a member of your family expect to undergo a surgical procedure, you should know about the causes that can lead to wrong-site surgery. The unexpectedness of wrong-site surgery and its potential to cause serious physical and psychological injury or death prompted the Joint Commission to identify it as a sentinel event in the late 1990s.
Surgical errors in Louisiana are thankfully quite rare, but when they do occur, they can be devastating. Of the many ways that your surgery can go wrong, among the most likely, relatively speaking, are surgery on the wrong patient, surgery at the wrong site or performance of an incorrect procedure. In the interest of preventing these kinds of errors and ensuring your safety during surgery, the Joint Commission, a nonprofit medical services accreditation organization, has set standards for surgical personnel to follow to double-check that the information identifying patient, procedure and site is correct. The collective term for these standards is the Universal Protocol.
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.
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.
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.
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.