Various types of medical malpractice in Louisiana

Medical malpractice is a very serious occurrence in not only the state of Louisiana but throughout the country. This is an incident that has become all too common for patients of all ages and backgrounds. Too many doctors are making mistakes either in diagnosis, surgery or treatment of patients who have various medical issues. Today, we will take a look at the various types of medical malpractice instances.

A common type of medical malpractice occurs when a doctor operates on the wrong part of the body. For example, you are scheduled for surgery on your left leg but the surgeon operates on your right leg or an arm instead. This is a big problem that can leave you suffering from extensive injuries if the original problem was not fixed.

Another type of medical malpractice occurs when when a doctor fails to diagnose a medical condition or provides a misdiagnosis of a condition. When this occurs, a patient's condition could worsen since the proper treatment hasn't been started yet, which could lead to severe illness or even death.

A less common type of medical malpractice, but an incidence that still occurs, is that the surgeon operates on the wrong patient. For example, you are in the hospital for treatment of an illness and wake up one morning in the recovery room due to surgery that you were never scheduled for in the first place.

Have you or a loved one suffered further injury or illness due to medical malpractice? If you believe that one of the situations outlined in this post happened to you, it's best to seek a separate medical opinion from a trusted doctor in Baton Rouge.

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