Each day millions of people seek medical assistance at doctors’ offices, emergency rooms, and other facilities. You expect the best care possible, and when that standard of care is not met, the consequences can impact you for the rest of your life.
Medical malpractice is something no one should ever have to endure. If you have been the victim of negligent medical care, you may be overwhelmed, shocked, or even in extreme pain. We’re here to help make sense of your legal options and help you fight for the justice you deserve.
The medical malpractice lawyers at Simien & Simien understand how devastating it can be to deal with a medical negligence situation, particularly as health personnel are supposed to be people you can trust. We know nothing can take away the pain you experienced. When you need the legal strength to fight back for what was taken from you, trust the attorneys at Simien & Simien.
Who Can Be Held Accountable for Medical Malpractice?
Although most interactions with medical professionals are one-on-one, there are times when a team of specialists are needed. No matter how little or how many medical professionals you work with, they each have a standard duty of care they must abide by. When a medical professional fails to adhere to these standards, they are putting you and your loved ones in danger.
Some medical professionals that may be held responsible for medical malpractice include:
- Surgical Assistants
- Nursing Home Staff
- Emergency Room Personnel
In certain medical malpractice claims more than one person may have acted negligently. For example, during surgery there may have been more than one surgeon performing the operation, as well as an anesthesiologist and surgical assistants. In Louisiana, comparative negligence will determine the degree of fault each individual had.
Louisiana Medical Malpractice Laws
In Louisiana, a medical malpractice claim resulting in injury or death must be filed within one year of the date of the alleged act or within a year of the discovery of the alleged act. Furthermore, the state has not established any damage caps, however, Louisiana health care providers have their liability limited to $100,000. The state does not allow claimants to seek punitive damages.
Expert testimony may also be a requirement during a medical malpractice claim in order to establish that a certain standard of care was not met, leading to further injuries. Don't bear more than you have to on your own—contact our firm and take action against the party that caused your injuries or illness today. We are ready to help you fight for the justice you deserve.
Types of Medical Malpractice Claims
Healthcare providers must adhere to a standard of care followed by all other healthcare professionals in the same field. This means that medical professionals should be providing the same level of care as any other reasonable healthcare professional would.
When a healthcare worker fails to follow the standard of care adhered to by most others in their industry, it could result in the following types of medical malpractice:
- Blood transfusion errors
- Prescription errors
- Surgical mistakes
- Childbirth injuries
- Hospital acquired infections
- Anesthesia errors
Medical professionals could also fail to provide adequate follow-up treatment after a procedure. Failing to note any serious side effects or reactions to medication could lead to serious medical malpractice consequences.
Contact a Medical Malpractice Lawyer
If you or a loved one has suffered at the hands of a negligent or careless medical professional, the victim may be entitled to compensation for their suffering. At Simien & Simien, our knowledgeable lawyers can provide comprehensive legal counsel on your specific case and can work to help guide you through the entire litigation process.
We have two convenient office locations in Louisiana, and proudly represent clients in Louisiana, Texas and other parts of the country with appropriate local counsel, including the following areas:
- Baton Rouge
- Lake Charles
- New Orleans
- Port Allen
... and all other areas throughout Louisiana.