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Looking for respected and experienced medical malpractice lawyers in Louisiana who will get you what you deserve? Look no further than the office of Martzell & Bickford.
Medical malpractice is the negligent failure of licensed physicians to meet the standards of practice of medicine. It occurs when patients are seriously damaged because healthcare providers and healthcare facilities fail to meet the standard of good practice in the areas in which they specialize. A healthcare provider may be a doctor, nurse, allied health professional (e.g., respiratory technician, physical therapist), or other individual assisting with treatment of patients under the direction of a licensed professional.
Examples by healthcare providers include failures to diagnose conditions and diseases, such as cancer, when proper and timely diagnosis could have afforded the opportunity for effective treatment and increased quality of life. Medication errors may also constitute a case and occur in a variety of ways: a physician may erroneously order the wrong medication dosage for a patient’s condition, or a pharmacist may fill that prescription inaccurately, with both errors leading to the suffering of severe adverse reactions by their patients. Mistakes occurring during surgical, obstetric, and diagnostic procedures may also constitute a case when those errors cause harm to patients as a result of the negligence of the health care professional.
Examples occurring in medical facilities range from failing to provide an adequate level of qualified staff to ensure patient safety to improperly calibrating instruments to maintaining unsanitary areas to which patients are exposed.
Louisiana Law requires that any claims against qualified healthcare providers must first be presented to a review panel before a lawsuit can be filed. Our firm views this panel procedure as an opportunity to conduct an intensive review of the claim in order to understand whether the adverse outcome lies in negligence or is instead the result of unfortunate circumstance.
If you believe you have suffered at the hands of a healthcare provider or facility, it is important for you to seek counsel as soon as possible once you learn of the harm you may have suffered. The law provides very strict time limits within which claims may be brought against healthcare providers, and if you wait too long to investigate, the time within which you can bring a claim may expire.
If you are the victim of something like this and are looking for medical malpractice lawyers in Louisiana, Martzell & Bickford may be able to help you. Please contact us today.