Reuters Investigates recently published a multi-part exposé on antibiotic-resistant bacteria, or "superbugs" linked to excessive use of antibiotics. Noting that there is no national database of outbreaks, the reporters filed public records requests in every state to determine how outbreaks of potentially deadly pathogens are being handled. The results were not very promising.
When we are sick, stricken with disease or facing an emergency, we rely on doctors and hospitals to heal us. Most of the time, they do heal us, and in so doing, they provide society with an invaluable service. Nine times out of ten we owe them our lives and a whole lot of gratitude. However, doctors and surgeons are humans, too, and are thus susceptible to the same things we all face: bad days, forgetfulness and even malice.
Many people in Louisiana and beyond have dreamed of becoming famous one day. None, however, would likely wish their notoriety to come by way of contracting a potentially fatal, communicable disease. This, unfortunately, is exactly what catapulted a nurse in a neighboring state to fame; she became ill, then filed a hospital negligence claim.
A woman in a county outside Louisiana has reportedly been working two jobs to make ends meet since a devastating medical error caused her husband to become permanently disabled. The 52-year-old man had worked as a press foreman for approximately 15 years before hospital negligence caused him to suffer serious, permanent injuries. Jurors recently awarded him nearly $9 million, the largest medical malpractice verdict in the county's history.
There is always a certain amount of risk involved when entrusting oneself to the care of medical professionals. Hospital negligence remains a concerning issue in many Louisiana facilities, and each year, many patients file medical malpractice claims against those deemed responsible for their injuries. In worst cases, some patients have died because of substandard medical care. and the law recognizes those who have lost loved ones in such dire circumstances by providing means for them to seek justice on the behalves of their deceased family members.
A man in another state was apparently struck by a motor vehicle on his way home from work in September 2015. Several events unfolded in the aftermath of the accident that led to the man filing a hospital negligence lawsuit against those he blames for the loss of his leg. Patients in Louisiana health care facilities have suffered similarly in the past when substandard care was provided at various hospitals.
Despite our inclination to trust the medical professionals in whose hands we put our lives, they are capable of making mistakes. We expect to leave the hospital in better condition than when we came -- or at least with a course of treatment that will cure an ailment or heal an injury. Sadly, far too many Louisiana residents suffer from hospital negligence in some form, and they might not even realize it at first.
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.
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.