Representing Victims Of Medical Malpractice And Negligence In Louisiana
When you go to the doctor or hospital for help, medical professionals are supposed to help you get better, not make your condition worse. Founded in 1977, our team at Nelson & Hammons, Attorneys At Law, has handled hundreds of medical malpractice and nursing home negligence cases annually for over 40 years. With offices in Shreveport and Layfette, our attorneys help clients throughout Louisiana who have been injured by the negligence and medical malpractice of doctors and medical professionals.
Effectively Handling All Types Of Medical Malpractice Cases
Our lawyers at Nelson & Hammons, Attorneys At Law, have extensive knowledge and experience and have developed a system for thoroughly and effectively handling these unique types of malpractice and negligence cases to recover damages on behalf of our clients.
Louisiana medical malpractice laws contain many “traps” that make it critically important for patients and families who believe they are victims of medical malpractice and nursing home negligence to retain malpractice lawyers who have the training and experience to handle these complicated cases.
Delay/Failure To Diagnose
Many diseases and medical problems require early detection and treatment to prevent further injury or illness. When you have symptoms or signs of a medical problem, it is in your best interest to see a doctor to get a diagnosis of your symptoms so you can get treatment. When that doctor delays or fails to diagnose your illness, it can be tragic.
Needing to have surgery can be frightening, but the hope of a positive outcome to correct a medical condition is often worth the ordeal. Surgeons can perform amazing feats through surgery that can be beneficial, but they can also make surgical mistakes and errors.
The delivery of a child should be one of the happiest moments in your life. Even with the pain and discomfort of childbirth, it is still a miraculous event that most women and families cherish. Unfortunately, for some, this moment is tarnished when they find that a birth or labor and delivery injury that could have been prevented occurred during delivery.
Nursing negligence can occur in a variety of settings, including during hospital stays, in nursing homes and during in-home care. Nurses are negligent when they do not perform required and necessary duties at the expected level of competence for the position. This can be considered the responsibility of the nurse, the overseeing physician or the facility the nurse works for, depending on the circumstances.
When negligence in hospitals occurs, you and your loved ones may be entitled to compensation for the injuries that were caused. At Nelson & Hammons, Attorneys At Law, we will help you investigate and pursue your potential claim when hospital negligence happens to you or someone you love.
When you have a serious medical issue, you rely on medical professionals to diagnose and give you the appropriate treatment. However, when either a poor diagnosis or incorrect treatment occurs that causes you injury, you may be a victim of medical negligence. Our team has spent decades fighting for the rights of patients who have suffered due to medical malpractice, including treatment errors.
Lack Of Informed Consent
Treatment plans should be a decision that doctors and patients make together, discussing the success rates and possible risks, to choose the best treatment for the patient. This is also referred to as informed consent in the medical and legal fields. When this important discussion does not occur, and the patient is not aware of all the facts regarding a proposed treatment, that patient might consent to a treatment that has higher risks than they realized. This is a lack of informed consent, and it can be medical malpractice.
Understanding Medical Malpractice In Louisiana
Unfortunately, the cards are stacked against victims of medical malpractice and nursing home negligence in our state of Louisiana. Doctors, hospitals, nurses, nursing homes and other health care providers are given an extraordinary level of protection by Louisiana state laws. For example:
- There is a cap on damages of $500,000 plus medical bills and possibly future medical bills on medical malpractice and nursing home negligence cases in Louisiana.
- Before a lawsuit can be filed in court, the case must be presented to a medical review panel made up of three physicians who review the case and render an opinion.
- Medical malpractice cases must be brought within one year of either the date of malpractice or the date the patient or their family “discovered” the malpractice and no more than three years after the date of the malpractice.
At Nelson & Hammons, Attorneys At Law, we are committed to helping patients and families who are victims of medical malpractice and nursing home negligence to overcome these obstacles.
Our lawyers understand that if you are considering a claim for medical malpractice, then you probably have a lot of questions. Some of the most common questions are addressed by our lawyers on our Frequently Asked Questions page. Our lawyers also offer free, initial consultations to answer any specific questions you may have.
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We recognize that you have many choices when selecting an attorney. Our attorneys are committed to representing all our clients to the best of their abilities and strive to treat each of our clients the way they would want to be treated in the same situations. It would be our honor to provide representation to you. If our team can be of service, please do not hesitate to get in touch by either calling us at 318-716-7329 or toll-free at 318-716-7329 or scheduling a free consultation online today.