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Medical Malpractice Archives

Understanding the Louisiana Patient's Compensation Fund

Citizens of Louisiana want to be able to trust their doctors, but when the carelessness of a medical professional hurts someone, the Louisiana Patient's Compensation Fund is the state's remedy. As The Times-Picayune explains, this $875 million fund comes with its own set of regulations, and it is meant as a way to keep insurance prices low for medical professionals while also providing for those who are victims of medical malpractice.

Could your pharmacy be wrong about your medicine?

There are plenty of residents in Louisiana who rely on pharmacies to get by, like you. Whether it's for mental or physical health, you likely depend on pharmacists and their judgment for at least one thing in your daily life. At the Schwalben Law Firm, we draw attention to the possible occurrence of error on the pharmaceutical side of things, and what you can do about it.

Types of surgical errors

Do you or someone you love have to undergo a surgical procedure in the coming future? Or, maybe you have already had a procedure and believe that something isn't quite right. Either way, you should educate yourself about some of the types of errors that can be made. Ideally, preventing a problem is what you want to have happen but if this cannot happen, you will at least want to know what to look for to spot it as quickly as possible.

State seeks to change medical malpractice laws

Louisiana residents deserve to feel confident in the quality of care they receive from doctors or other health care professionals. When concerns about care quality surface, it is equally important that people know they have the right to seek help and compensation. That is what medical malpractice suits are all about.

Delayed diagnosis subject of new suit

Louisiana residents who put their lives on the line and serve in the United States military should be able to expect that they will be appropriately treated and cared for when they face health problems. That level of respect and trust should actually be there for anyone including veterans. However, too many veterans today face problems when it comes to receiving quality health care. This leaves many people facing worse problems than originally faced and wondering what they can do.

Should you get a second opinion for cancer?

Have you been told that you have cancer by a doctor in Louisiana? Maybe a close friend of family member of yours has recently been diagnosed with some form of cancer. In either situation, now may be a very good time for you to seek a second opinion. Why is this the case?

What to do if your surgeon made a critical mistake

Getting a surgery, even a minor surgery, carries a lot of risks. From potential interactions with, or allergies to, anesthesia to mistakes by your surgeon, a lot can go wrong. While it is rare, surgeons, like other doctors, can make serious mistakes during an operation.

Cerebral palsy is a common birth injury but may be preventable

Having a child is the most momentous occasion in many people’s lives and for most it a time filled with joy and optimism. However, for some parents in Lake Charles, injuries sustain during their child’s birth may lead to a long road of time consuming and costly medical problems. Some of the more common birth injuries that babies sustain have to do with the brain and one condition that may develop is cerebral palsy.

What should I know about medication errors?

When receiving health care in Louisiana, you expect medical staff to offer safe and effective treatments. However, mistakes can and do occur, including errors in providing medication that may have devastating consequences. Although the quality of your medical care is ultimately the responsibility of the staff, there are steps you can take to reduce the risk of a life-threatening medication error from occurring.

Failing To Follow Care Standards Could Be Medical Malpractice

The primary duty of doctors here in Louisiana and elsewhere is to do no harm. In fact, those words are still contained in the oath they take when they become doctors. At the heart of nearly every medical malpractice claim is the alleged failure of doctors and other medical professionals to follow care guidelines and standards meant to keep patients safe from harm.