Although surgeries occur in medical facilities throughout the nation on a daily basis, there is no such thing as a typical operation. In Louisiana and elsewhere, any patient undergoing a surgical procedure takes on an inherent risk. However, patients may reasonably assume that doctors, nurses and other staff members will act with caution to prevent surgical errors and other mishaps that could result in serious injuries to patients.
When a child is harmed due to the negligence of another person, it evokes feelings of anger and frustration in family members. A recent incident occurred at a hospital outside Louisiana that has led to an infant's father planning to file a lawsuit against the hospital where his wife and child remain. The accident, allegedly caused by hospital negligence, draws attention to the need for hospital equipment to be kept in safe working order when it used in conjunction with patients' care.
The joy and excitement of having a baby is something most families who experience it never forget. In Louisiana and elsewhere, however, what should be a happy time may quickly turn to tragedy due to birth injuries caused by medical negligence. This is certainly not something any parent wants to think about; although, it is good to know that there is legal help available in such dire situations.
Medical errors including Medical Malpractice have been cited by researchers as the third leading cause of death in the United States behind heart disease and cancer. The study was performed by researchers in the Department of Surgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The researchers estimated that 250,000 fatalaties in 2013 were caused by medical mistakes. ABC World News Tonight and the CBS Evening News both reported on this study. Researchers were quoted by reporters stating that such mistakes "shouldn't happen in a sound health care system" and that "patients can only do so much" to defend themselves.
Louisiana hospitals are not immune to incidents where patients may suffer injury or illness due to medical errors. Hospital negligence is a serious issue that can wreak devastation and havoc in the lives of those adversely affected by it. In worst cases, many families have suffered the untimely deaths of loved ones when doctors or nurses have failed to adhere to accepted standards of practice and safety protocols.