Baton Rouge Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Court records suggest that Louisiana residents, including residents in Baton Rouge, are more likely to experience medical malpractice than residents of any other state. In 2015 alone, Louisiana ranked first among states in total court payouts for medical malpractice lawsuits. If you have experienced medical malpractice — or someone you love is a malpractice victim — you can take comfort in knowing that you don’t need to go through the process of seeking compensation alone. With Broussard & Hart L.L.C., you’ll have an experienced medical malpractice lawyer by your side every step of the way.

In the United States, you are eight times more likely to die at the hands of a negligent doctor than you are to die from an accident caused by a drunk driver. In all, medical malpractice causes 200,000 deaths yearly — all of which could be avoided. If you experience medical malpractice, you have a 31 percent chance of death and an 18 percent chance of experiencing a severe injury.

There are some cases in which a medical patient receives treatment and doesn’t experience the desired outcome. Negative outcomes aren’t always within a doctor’s control. Negative outcomes can also occur because a doctor has failed to do his or her job properly. An expert medical malpractice attorney can help you tell the difference. At Broussard & Hart L.L.C., we have three decades of experience litigating medical malpractice cases. We know how to perform the discovery necessary to build a strong case. We’ll retrieve the records relevant to your case, locate experts who can provide testimony, handle negotiations with the doctor’s insurers and more.

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What Are the Most Common Types of Medical Malpractice?

Inaction or improper action by a doctor at any stage in the treatment of a medical condition can lead to negative outcomes such as serious personal injury and death. Some of the most common types of medical malpractice include:

  • Not diagnosing a condition — or diagnosing the wrong condition
  • Failing to diagnose a condition in time to render proper treatment
  • Surgical errors such as operating in the incorrect location, performing an incorrect procedure or leaving an instrument in the patient
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Failure to refer a patient to a specialist who better understands the patient’s condition
  • Failure to render care properly in an emergency room
  • Nurse errors
  • Errors when delivering a baby

Malpractice can occur at virtually any stage in the treatment of any medical condition. In addition to primary care physicians, surgeons and nurses, psychiatrists, dentists, chiropractors and anesthesiologists can all potentially commit malpractice.

What Are My Rights as a Victim of Medical Malpractice?

If you are a victim of medical malpractice, you have the right to sue the practitioner for damages. If the doctor works within a larger facility such as a hospital, you may also have the right to sue the hospital for medical malpractice. Hospitals are responsible for the quality of care that their doctors provide.

How to Choose a Medical Malpractice Attorney

Medical malpractice claims are among the most difficult to litigate because jury members tend to lack familiarity with medical terminology. It can be difficult for a jury to understand the difference between a case that had a negative outcome because a doctor failed to provide the correct care and a case in which the patient had a serious condition and would have experienced a negative outcome either way. A medical malpractice attorney must have both extensive medical knowledge and the ability to express medical terms using language that anyone can understand.

A good medical malpractice attorney should also have access to a wide range of medical experts who can testify in court on your behalf. An expert who understands your condition and knows how medical malpractice could have led to your poor outcome can greatly enhance your ability to find favor with a jury. Experts provide credible testimony, and they can also help to explain complex concepts in terms that jurors can understand.

What Compensation Can I Receive in a Medical Malpractice Case?

If you win your medical malpractice case, a jury will decide the amount of the damages to which you are entitled. In deciding the amount, the jury will seek to compensate you for any financial losses that you incurred as a direct result of the medical malpractice and give you the resources necessary to resume living as normal a life as possible.

Special Damages

In a medical malpractice suit, special damages compensate for your direct financial losses. A jury may award special damages for:

  • Additional medical bills incurred as a result of the medical malpractice
  • Expenses for hospital stays, in-home care, medications and specialized medical equipment
  • Transportation expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Late fees incurred because you could not work to pay your bills
  • Projected cost of future treatment
  • General Damages

A jury may award you additional damages in a medical malpractice suit in the event that special damages do not compensate you appropriately for your pain and suffering. General damages compensate for losses that one cannot measure in dollars, such as:

  • Loss of a loved one
  • Pain, suffering and emotional distress
  • Permanent disfigurement or other bodily damage
  • Loss of intimacy or enjoyment of life

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If you believe that you are a victim of medical malpractice, the things that you do right now have the potential to greatly help or hinder your case. The experienced medical malpractice attorneys at Broussard & Hart L.L.C. will ensure that your rights are protected and build a case that helps you receive the full and fair compensation to which the law entitles you. Contact us now for a free consultation.



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