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Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim for a MRSA Infection

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Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a dangerous type of staph infection that can be fatal if it is not diagnosed and treated quickly. Unfortunately, there are times when the infection could have been prevented if not for a health care provider's negligence.

If you contracted MRSA or lost a loved one due to this infection, you should consider speaking to an attorney about pursuing legal action against the at-fault party. Simien & Simien's Baton Rouge medical malpractice attorneys have helped numerous patients pursue claims against negligent health care providers and hospitals. We know how to identify a medical malpractice case and will help you seek the compensation you deserve.

Below, we provide several details about MRSA infections and what we look for to identify medical negligence. Contact us to schedule a free, no obligation consultation to find out if you have a case.

Why Is MRSA So Dangerous?

MRSA is a deadly infection that may be contracted by patients receiving treatment in a hospital or other type of medical facility, such as nursing homes or rehabilitation centers. A MRSA infection forms when bacteria enters the patient's bloodstream, most often during invasive procedures, surgeries and through medical devices like artificial joints or intravenous tubing.

MRSA infections are especially dangerous because the bacteria is immune to most types of antibiotics used to treat general staph infections. If the patient's MRSA infection is left undiagnosed or untreated, it may result in his or her death.

Can Social Media Affect My Personal Injury Claim?

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Social media can be a useful and entertaining platform to share ideas and personal details about your life. However, you should be careful about the content you post on social media if you are pursuing compensation after an accident.

Insurance companies can use the information you post on social media accounts to affect your claim and the amount of compensation you may receive. For this reason, it may be in your best interest to refrain from using social media until you consult with an attorney.

Simien & Simien's Baton Rouge personal injury lawyers understand the difficulties many people face while pursuing compensation after an accident. We will provide you a free, no obligation consultation to discuss your injury and how social media may affect your case.

7 Ways to Protect Your Claim After a Car Accident

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If you have suffered an injury due to a car accident, you may be considering filing a personal injury claim to recover compensation for your medical expenses, financial losses, and pain and suffering. However, it is important to understand how to protect your claim in order to secure the maximum compensation you may receive.

In most cases, it may benefit you to consult with a skilled attorney to discuss your claim and legal options. Simien & Simien's Baton Rouge car accident lawyers have represented numerous claims filed by auto accident victims. We offer free, no obligation consultations to review auto accident claims and help victims determine if they may be entitled to pursue compensation from the at-fault party.

Below, we have provided several steps you can take after an auto accident to protect your claim and obtain the compensation you need.

Tips for Avoiding Distractions While Driving

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Distracted driving is a dangerous type of driving behavior that pulls your attention away from safely operating a vehicle and significantly increases the risk of an accident. In fact, approximately nine people in the U.S. are killed by a distracted driver each day, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Fortunately, distracted driving-related accidents are completely avoidable. Below, Simien & Simien's Baton Rouge car accident lawyers provide several tips to help you stay safe and focused while driving.

If you believe you were injured in an auto accident caused by a distracted driver, contact us to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. We will review your claim to help you determine if you have a case against the at-fault driver.

Do Not Drive While Tired

Driving while tired or fatigued can significantly impair your reaction time and awareness of your surroundings. The effect is similar to driving while intoxicated and may increase your risk of being in an auto accident.

To avoid drowsy driving, try to get the recommended eight hours of sleep each night. If you being to feel tired while driving, consider pulling over to a safe location to rest. Likewise, consider traveling with a passenger who is able to drive when you begin to feel tired.

How Do I Know if I Have a Product Liability Case?

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If you suffered an injury due to using a defective product, you may be entitled to pursue compensation against the product's manufacturer, seller or designer. However, product liability claims can be complex and often require detailed proof that the product was defective in order to build a strong case.

To determine if you may have a case, an experienced defective product lawyer in Baton Rouge can thoroughly investigate the product to find these common elements of a defective product. If you believe you have a case against a negligent manufacturer, contact an attorney from our firm to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.

Below are several factors we look for when reviewing defective product claims:

You Suffered an Injury

First, we will need to determine if you suffered an injury as a result of using a defective product. However, we will need to provide evidence that clearly shows your injury could not have occurred in any other way.

This may require us to obtain your medical records showing the physical harm you suffered by using the product. If an injury almost happened while using a product but did not, there is no case. Potentially dangerous or fatal defects are not cause for a product liability claim unless an injury or death actually occurred.

Filing a Medical Malpractice Claim for Surgical Negligence

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Surgeons, like all health care providers, have a duty of care to provide quality treatment that ensures their patients' safety during an operation or medical procedure. When a patient is injured or killed due to a surgeon's negligence, the surgeon may be held liable for medical malpractice.

However, just because you were injured during a surgery does not mean you are entitled to file a lawsuit against your treating health care provider. There are certain factors that must be present in your claim for you to recover compensation.

Below are common factors that Baton Rouge medical malpractice attorneys look for to determine if a patient or his or her loved ones have a claim for medical negligence. To learn more about your legal options, contact Simien & Simien to schedule a free, no obligation consultation.

What Should I Do After Being Injured in a Workplace Accident?

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Each year, thousands of employees are injured in work-related accidents. Often, this results in workers suffering lost wages and expensive bills for the medical treatment they receive to heal their injury.

If you are injured on-the-job, it is important to understand that you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits that pays for your medical treatment and provides partial lost wages. However, there are several steps involved in Louisiana's workers' compensation process that you need to complete in order to recover compensation.

Simien & Simien's Baton Rouge workers' compensation lawyers will help you through every step of the claims process. We understand how to accurately file a claim and will work to help you obtain the benefits you need. Schedule a free, no obligation consultation to learn more.

5 Tips for Negotiating with an Insurance Company

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If you are injured by another party's negligence, it may be necessary to file a personal injury claim to receive compensation from the at-fault party.

However, insurance companies are notorious for paying accident victims less compensation than they deserve. This may be a low initial offer that does not fully pay for your financial losses, or using unfair tactics to reduce or deny your claim.

To ensure your claim is handled fairly, you should consider contacting Simien & Simien's Baton Rouge personal injury attorneys to learn how to negotiate with insurance. We will provide you with a free, no obligation consultation to review your claim and help you determine a fair amount of compensation you may be entitled to receive.

Below, our dedicated attorneys have provided several negotiation tips you may follow when you are contacted by an insurer after an accident.

Proving Fault in a Slip and Fall Personal Injury Claim

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If you were injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else's property, you may have a claim against the owner if his or her negligence caused your accident. For example, if the owner failed to clean up the spill you slipped on, he or she could potentially be held liable.

There are four basic elements of any slip and fall claim that you need to prove to have a chance of obtaining compensation. The Baton Rouge slip and fall lawyers at Simien & Simien have detailed knowledge of these four elements and how to build a strong case that establishes the owner's liability for your damages.

Schedule a free, no obligation legal consultation right now to discuss your situation. We do not charge legal fees unless you are compensated at the end of the legal process.

Property Owner Had a Duty of Care

The owner of a property owes a duty of care to those who enter, including guests, customers and even trespassers. The specific duty of care depends on the visitor's legal status when he or she enters the property.

Generally, property owners have the duty to warn guests of hazards and, in some cases, to take measures to correct or remove these hazards. However, property owners have much less of an obligation to trespassers. They do not have to warn trespassers about hazards. Property owners' only duty to trespassers is to avoid creating hazards that could harm them.

Can I Sue a Hospital for Medical Malpractice?

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When a patient is injured due the actions of a health care provider or hospital, he or she may be able to sue the hospital for medical malpractice.

Hospitals are responsible for providing quality treatment to patients and protecting them from unnecessary harm. If you or a loved one was injured because of the negligent actions of a hospital or its staff, you may be entitled to compensation.

Contact the Baton Rouge medical malpractice lawyers at Simien & Simien to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. We will discuss the hospital's responsibility for a patient's care and whether it can be held liable for a staff member or employee's negligence.

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