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Determining Medical Malpractice, Continued

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What You Should Know About Medical Malpractice

In our last blog, we began discussing the parameters for determining if you’ve been a victim of medical malpractice. To reiterate, a medical malpractice claim must first go through a medical review from a panel of experts before litigation can begin. But that is just one aspect  of what Louisiana considers medical malpractice. Another aspect that should be understood about medical malpractice laws in Louisiana is who can be a defendant, and what a medical error is. There are multiple potential defendants, as there are also multiple medical errors that can lead to a medical malpractice suit. Let’s take a look at who or what can be a potential cause, so that you can begin to determine if you’re a victim of medical malpractice.

Who? (Health Care Providers)

  • Doctors
  • Surgeons
  • Psychiatrists
  • Dentists
  • Chiropractors
  • Nurses and Hospice Care Workers
  • Hospitals, Urgent Care Centers, and Nursing Homes
  • EMT’s and Paramedics

Every single one of these medical professionals or medical entities can be a potential defendant in a medical malpractice case. Ask yourself, have any of these professionals done wrong by you during your care with them?

What? (Medical Errors)

  • Diagnostic Errors – This means that your medical professional did not correctly determine what was ailing you, and may have resulted is further problems.
  • Surgical Errors – This is something that happens mid-surgery that can lead to further injury, such as damage to another organ.
  • Anesthesia Errors – An anesthetic error could result in your waking up during a procedure, or something like an allergic reaction that doctors were previously made aware of.
  • Medication Errors – A medication error can occur at a hospital, nursing home, or even in your own home by an in-home care worker. They may distribute the wrong medicine resulting in an allergic reaction, or worse, death.

Do any of these errors sound familiar? They shouldn’t, but unfortunately mistakes do tend to happen, and when it is a result of negligence, you become the victim. But now that you have been made aware of who can be held responsible for medical malpractice, and what medical errors would fall under Louisiana Law, you should contact a Baton Rouge personal injury attorney to determine if you might have at case. Our attorneys will evaluate your case and work to get you the help and representation you need. If you’re in need of more information regarding medical malpractice, stay tuned for our next blog about medical malpractice.

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