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Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is harmed because of a negligent act or omission by a doctor or other medical professional. Negligence by a medical professional may include errors in diagnosis, treatment, or illness management. According to a recent report by HealthGrades, medical errors by hospitals harm up to one in 25 patients admitted to the hospital. This number would be even higher if researchers at HealthGrades factored in mistakes at nursing homes, outpatient settings and doctors' offices. As Dr. Samantha Collier, vice president of medical affairs at HealthGrades puts it, "the equivalent of 390 jumbo jets full of people are dying each year due to likely preventable, in-hospital medical errors, making this one of the leading killers in the United States."
Even using conservative estimates, medical errors are the eighth leading cause of death in this country- higher than motor vehicle accidents (43,458), breast cancer (42,297), or AIDS (16,516).
At the New Orleans firm of Harrell & Nowak, serving Metairie, Kenner, and nearby communities, our medical malpractice and negligence attorneys are experienced lawyers who handle cases that fall under the Louisiana Medical Malpractice Act. We help clients recover damages if they are injured because of negligence or misconduct on the part of a healthcare provider. There are various situations in which a patient may have been injured by a doctor, hospital, or medical professional, including:
You may have been harmed if there was a delay in the diagnosis of your condition because of the negligence of your physician. In addition to diagnostic errors which can lead to lack of treatment or the wrong treatment, the doctor may have failed to order the correct diagnostic test, misinterpreted the test results, or failed to take proper actions on abnormal results. For example, we handle cases that involve:
Even if your condition was diagnosed correctly, you may have been harmed by the negligence of your doctor or medical professional for failing to timely treat your disease or condition. Sometimes even a short delay can dramatically affect the outcome of the treatment.
Except in the case of an emergency, the doctor must get your consent before performing any treatment. This does not always happen. Your doctor may have been negligent if you did not consent to the treatment you received. If you or a loved one has been harmed by a medical professional's negligence, contact the attorneys of Harrell & Nowak. Our New Orleans office serves Metairie, Kenner, and all nearby areas.
Medication errors are preventable and occur more than one million times each year. About 7,000 people per year are estimated to die from medication errors - 16 percent more deaths than the number attributable to work-related injuries. Errors occur in hospitals and other healthcare settings, such as physicians' offices, nursing homes, pharmacies, urgent care centers, and in-home care. According to a 1997 study, antibiotics, cardiovascular agents, gastrointestinal agents, and narcotics were the most common medications involved in errors.
The American Hospital Association has identified the most common medication errors including:
You may have a case for medical malpractice if your doctor or medical professional:
Mistakes can happen during treatment for a medical condition or as the result of a surgery. Examples of negligence that our lawyers have seen include:
If you or a loved one is the victim of medical malpractice or negligence by a healthcare provider, contact the attorneys of Harrell & Nowak, lawyers serving New Orleans, Metairie, Kenner, and all surrounding Louisiana areas. A lawyer at our firm would be pleased to meet with you and discuss the details of your claim.
If you have been injured in a serious accident, you'll need legal representation from experienced, determined lawyers. New Orleans firm Harrell & Nowak serves Metairie, Kenner, Covington, Mandeville, Slidell, and other areas throughout the region. Make the smart choice and contact Harrell & Nowak to represent you.
650 Poydras St. #2107
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 522-7885
Fax: (504) 528-3131