Baton Rouge Personal Injury Blog

Could your doctor have a troubled past?

Doctors who have committed serious medical mistakes have discovered a way to skirt around the controls that state medical boards try to exert over them. Instead of letting a state medical board take their license to practice, they surrender it instead -- and then go to another state to practice, their troubled histories hidden from their patients.

For example, one doctor took a healthy kidney out of a Louisiana woman during what was intended to be surgery on her colon. He surrendered his license to practice in Louisiana before that medical board could revoke it and promptly moved to California. There, he mistook another woman's fallopian tube for her appendix and removed it. He bungled that patient's surgery even further, leaving part of her intestines unattached, leaking into her body. He surrendered his California license and moved to Ohio -- where he's currently on staff at a Cincinnati urgent care clinic.

How to keep a safe distance behind other vehicles

What exactly is a "safe" distance behind another vehicle on the road?

You may remember being told that you should find a fixed object somewhere ahead and count the seconds between the moment the vehicle in front of you passes that object and the moment when you pass that object. Ideally, drivers were usually told there should be three to five seconds of space between the vehicles at all time in order to have a safe following interval.

Protect your interests when settling your personal injury case

The aftermath of a car accident can be expensive, overwhelming and confusing for Louisiana victims. The expenses and financial losses often associated with accidents can quickly grow at a rate that outpaces a victim or his or her family's ability to pay. Even low-speed and relatively minor accidents can lead to devastating costs and damages.

As a car accident victim, you have likely experienced some of these difficulties first hand. You may have received offers from the insurance company to settle your case for a certain amount of money, but there are valid reasons to be careful and cautious before accepting. It is in your interests to pursue a settlement that is fair and reflects both your current and future accident-related needs. 

Driving in the winter: Tips that can keep you safe

A winter landscape is beautiful to behold -- unless you're stuck driving in it. With much of the United States expecting snow in the coming weeks, it seems like an ideal time to review the tips that can keep you safe on the road.

Here are the things you need to remember as you head out into the snowy weather:

  • Prep your vehicle: Properly inflated tires with a good tread are essential for safety. Turn your cruise control off for the season and make sure that your brakes have been checked recently. Finally, make sure your lights (head and tail) are working properly.
  • Prep yourself: Don't head out in bad weather if you aren't feeling alert. Fatigued driving is deadly driving at any time of the year -- but it's worse when the roads are slippery and wet. If you're just struggling to wake up, grab a cup of coffee before you head out.
  • Drive slowly: This is the number one tip to remember on snow and ice. You need to give yourself twice the normal travel time so that you aren't rushing. Accelerate slowly, brake slowly and keep double the usual distance between your vehicle and other vehicles on the road.
  • Don't stop: If you can slow down enough to avoid fully stopping at a traffic signal, do it. You run a bigger risk of spinning out by stopping, and it's much harder to get moving again.
  • Brake carefully: If you have antilock brakes (and you probably do), you don't need to pump your brakes in the snow. Just press slowly and evenly with the ball of your foot to avoid spins.

2010 oil spill is still wrecking havoc on lives

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill by BP in 2010 was an industrial disaster of epic proportions -- the largest marine oil spill ever recorded. It may have forever altered marine life and changed the biodiversity of the area where it happened.

It may also still be making a lot of the workers who cleaned up the mess sick. Many others may get sick in the future.

Series of Louisiana car accidents under investigation

The Louisiana Department of Insurance is investigating the possibility of fraud involving at least one accident at a Gentilly truck stop -- although other accidents are also raising questions.

Louisiana has some of the most painfully high automobile insurance rates in the country. In fact, the average annual insurance auto insurance premium in Louisiana is $1,900 -- which is $600 more than the national average. Only Michigan residents pay more.

In the hospital? Ask providers to wash their hands

By now, you might probably think that everybody -- especially medical providers -- should understand that hand-washing is the best way to prevent hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).

However, it's apparent that not everybody in health care is getting the message. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), health care providers are washing their hands less than half the times necessary to prevent the transference of infectious diseases. It's estimated that one out of every 25 patients in the hospital at any given time has an HAI.

Did your Louisiana doctor miss a diagnosis?

When you go to your doctor because you are suffering adverse health symptoms, you understand that he or she is a human being, capable of error. However, it is reasonable for you to expect that a licensed medical doctor is skilled enough to correctly diagnose your condition or to know where to seek additional support if your situation is outside his or her scope of expertise.  

Sadly, many Louisiana medical patients have suffered serious infections, illnesses and, in worst cases, even death when doctors failed to properly diagnose their conditions. You are always free to seek a second opinion if you are unsure about your doctor's initial diagnosis. Doing so could save your life. It's also a good idea to know what types of options are available to seek legal accountability against a medical doctor whose negligence has caused you injury.  

Driving safely at night: Good tips to follow

With the approach of winter, the nights are growing increasingly longer, and more and more people find themselves driving to work in the dark and driving back home in the dark.

It's just a wise decision to refresh your memory with a few reminders about what it takes to stay safe while driving in the dark. Here are some good tips to follow now that winter is upon you:

When pedestrians are injured by cyclists: Can they sue?

More and more people are embracing bicycles these days -- partially for their health benefits and partially because they're inexpensive to operate and maintain. Unfortunately, that means that cyclists and pedestrians often find themselves sharing the roads and sidewalks -- and accidents sometimes happen as a result.

Is there anything you can do if you're unlikely enough to collide with a cyclist while you're walking somewhere?

Let me help you protect your right to recovery. Contact my Louisiana law office online, or call 225-224-0383 to schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney.

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