Louisiana Medical Malpractice Attorneys
Our Baton Rouge Law Firm Fights for Victims of Medical Negligence
Millions of Americans will have to see a doctor for an illness or trauma-related injury at some point in their lives. We depend on doctors and other medical professionals to make the correct decisions and conduct our treatment responsibly. Sadly, the medical profession's difficulty often leads to oversights and sometimes even carelessness—resulting in further injury or death. These cases may constitute medical malpractice if the harm can be traced back to a medical professional's negligence, such as a nurse, surgeon, or technician.
What Constitutes a Medical Malpractice Claim?
A medical malpractice suit can be filed if a medical professional fails to meet the regulations and standards of medical practice and the patient suffers harm. Though doctors and nurses are human beings, they are held to higher standards due to the importance of their positions. Doctors know the pressures they face in their careers and take an oath to always uphold their highest standards with every patient. When doctors fail to do this, patients suffer from the very professionals who are supposed to treat them.
Two of the most common examples of medical malpractice include:
- Medication Errors: If your doctor administers more than one drug, it is the medical team's responsibility to make sure the drugs are compatible. Additionally, your doctor needs to consult recorded allergies to ensure they do not administer a drug that will cause an allergic reaction.
- Failures to Diagnose: Doctors are expected to identify illnesses with reasonable precision, provided the symptoms are apparent. Doctors are expected to perform tests if symptoms are unclear until your illness is resolved. When they fail to do so—especially in cases involving tumors or other progressive diseases—patients lose the time needed for early treatment.
These cases, however, can be complex. It is up to the patient's legal team to prove fault. Without extensive knowledge in the medical and legal arenas, it may be hard to make a winning argument that proves any wrongdoing that could constitute financial compensation. You will need an experienced and talented legal team to build a case identifying the specific instances in which your medical professionals acted irresponsibly.
Louisiana Birth Injury Attorneys Protecting Those Who Need It Most
Birth injuries, sometimes referred to as birth traumas, occur when a newborn child is injured during or before labor and delivery. Sometimes, a birth injury cannot be avoided, such as when the child's womb and umbilical cord position can cause unavoidable complications. However, when medical professionals make mistakes that harm a newborn child, it may constitute malpractice, and you may be entitled to financial restoration.
There are various types of birth injuries, the most common of which include:
- Bruising/Forceps Marks: Forceps and vacuum suction can sometimes cause bruising on the child's forehead. In more severe cases, these tools can cause fractures in the skull that may require surgery.
- Subconjunctival Hemorrhage: This results from broken blood vessels in the baby's eyes, causing red circles around the child's irises. Usually, this injury will heal itself in just a matter of weeks.
- Caput Succedaneum: Vacuum extraction can cause significant swelling of the newborn's scalp.
- Facial Paralysis: Forceps used during labor can place excess pressure on the child's face. In mild cases, it will heal in a few weeks. In more severe cases, the newborn child may need surgery.
- Brachial Palsy Injuries: The brachial plexus is the collection of nerves responsible for moving arms and hands. Sometimes this condition will correct itself, while more severe instances involve surgery.
- Fractured Bones: Infants' bones are fragile and often injured during delivery.
- Brain Injury: The child may suffer brain damage if oxygen is cut off to the brain during delivery.
Medical Malpractice Suits Related to Birth Injury
Birth injuries are among the most common suits filed in the area of medical malpractice. Though sometimes an injury was, in part, caused by a nurse or physician, many conditions contribute to a difficult birth, such as the mother's anatomy, the child's size, amount of time spent in the womb, length of labor, and the child's position. These may cause complications but may not be the direct fault of a nurse or a physician.
The following examples may constitute malpractice:
- Failure to prepare for complications involving the health or size of the child
- Lack of response to bleeding
- Failure to identify a wrapped umbilical cord or pain in the child
- Late decision to perform a cesarean section
- Improper use of tools, such as forceps or vacuum extractors that cause injury in the child
- Misuse of drugs during delivery
- Insufficient care before, during, or after labor
Was My Child's Birth Injury Preventable?
Some birth injuries occur even when doctors, nurses, and midwives provide the best treatment. Unforeseen complications can arise outside their control. In other cases, birth injuries could have been prevented. This happens when doctors or nurses miss complications or mishandle emergencies. It happens when medical professionals fail to provide a standard level of treatment or care before, during, or after labor and delivery. If your child suffered a birth injury, an independent investigation can reveal whether malpractice was involved.
How Do You Investigate Birth Injury Claims?
Investigating birth injury claims is complicated. These are highly technical matters involving the many complexities of childbirth and what is deemed "standard" care. Our Louisiana birth injury lawyers work with medical professionals, investigators, and expert witnesses, examining each detail of the care provided. We review medical records, interview witnesses, and consider every piece of evidence to determine what occurred and whether malpractice was the cause. A proper investigation will reveal the answers that you deserve.
Contact Our Louisiana Medical Malpractice Law Firm
Arnold & Itkin has proven successful in winning for clients in Louisiana and nationwide. When you come to us, we can handle every step of the process—from filing your case, to investigating the incident, to building an argument, and fighting for you in trial. You can’t undo the injustice done, but you can improve your future with a successful suit. You still have rights, and we are there to protect them while fighting for fair compensation.
Call us at (888) 493-1629 to schedule a free consultation and tell our experienced team about your case.