Medical Malpractice & Nursing Home Negligence
As a society, we trust our hospitals, clinics and nursing homes to provide us and our loved ones with compassionate and competent care. Sadly, however, this trust is often misplaced, as illustrated by the countless individuals injured every year due to medical mistakes and outright negligence.
At Evans & Franklin in Bossier City, our attorneys and dedicated professionals understand how devastating injuries caused by medical malpractice and nursing home negligence can be, which is why we are committed to helping victims throughout the greater Shreveport area seek compensation. You should not have to suffer when a medical professional or nursing home staff member fails to do his or her job correctly, so contact us today to pursue justice.
Understanding The Complex Nature Of Medical Malpractice Claims In Louisiana
There are many circumstances in which a claim for medical malpractice or hospital negligence may arise, including situations involving birth injuries, surgical mistakes, medication errors and diagnoses mistakes, just to name a few.
However, even those suffering from obvious medical mistakes must contend with certain legal hurdles in Louisiana. For instance, you only have one year to file an injury claim with the medical review panel following your injury, after which time your claim may be forfeited. This one-year prescriptive period ― also known as a statute of limitations ― begins to run from the date you know, or should have known, that possible medical malpractice exists. In no case, however, can you bring a claim more than three years after the date of the actual malpractice. For instance, if you just recently discover that your doctor left something inside you during your surgery, but your surgery took place more than three years ago, your claim will likely be barred.
Another issue you need to be aware of when bringing a medical malpractice suit in Louisiana is that claims against qualified health care providers, such as most hospitals and doctors, are capped at $500,000 plus medical expenses.
Helping Victims Of Nursing Home Negligence
Placing a family member or loved one in a nursing home is a hard enough decision without having to worry about his or her quality of care. Unfortunately, however, nursing home abuse and negligence have become an epidemic in the United States, with millions of reported and unreported cases every year.
Victims of nursing home abuse and neglect can exhibit many warning signs, including, but certainly not limited to:
- Unusual weight loss, dehydration or malnutrition
- Unexplained injuries such as bruises or cuts
- Untreated bedsores
- Broken bones
- Unsafe or unsanitary living conditions, including dirty clothes and soiled bedding
If you believe a loved one is suffering due to the negligence or abuse of nursing home staff, you need to contact a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Contact Us Now For A Free Consultation
Under Louisiana law, you typically only have one year from the date of your injury to file a personal injury claim, which means there is no time to waste. After this one-year prescriptive period has expired, you may be barred from recovering any damages ― making it crucial to contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
If you would like to learn how Evans & Franklin can help you with your personal injury, call us today at 318-746-7467 or email us.