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New Orleans Medical Malpractice Attorneys

Kara Hadican Samuels & Associates is committed to protecting your rights

Though the majority of healthcare providers are caring individuals, medical errors are often made, and in fact, are reported to be the third leading cause of death in the United States according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and leading medical researchers. Diseases are not timely or properly diagnosed, test results are misread or placed in the wrong patient’s file, hospital policies and procedures are violated, doctor’s orders are disregarded, healthcare providers fail to listen to their patients and document their concerns, errors occur during surgery, and sometimes, patients are simply neglected.

When it comes to medical negligence, or “malpractice,” it is important that healthcare providers are held accountable – not just so that those affected can be compensated, but so that careless actions are not repeated.

Finding a medical malpractice attorney that is qualified to handle your case can mean the difference between obtaining the verdict or settlement that you deserve or not.

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Finding a medical malpractice attorney that is qualified to handle your case can mean the difference between obtaining the verdict or settlement that you deserve or not.

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Kara Samuels & Associates is committed to protecting your rights

Medical malpractice cases are extremely complex, especially in Louisiana, where lobbyists for the healthcare industry have ensured that cards are stacked against injured patients . Hospitals, nurses, nursing homes, doctors and other healthcare providers are given an extraordinary level of protection with conditions such as:

  • A cap on damages of $500,000 plus past and future medical expenses;
  • A pre-suit “medical review panel” process, in which three Louisiana physicians review the case and render an opinion on care given by their colleagues.
  • A very strict statute of limitations, or as it is called in Louisiana, “prescriptive period.”

That’s why it is so important to hire an attorney with the experience and training needed to handle these cases.

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At Kara Hadican Samuels & Associates, we handle cases involving:

  • Medication errors
  • Dangerous drugs
  • Surgical mistakes
  • Failure to diagnose
  • Emergency room negligence
  • Patient neglect
  • Failure to monitor
  • Failure to follow hospital policy and procedure
  • Failure to follow physician orders
  • Lack of communication among providers or miscommunication among providers
  • “Hand-off” errors
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Delayed treatment
  • Wrong treatment
  • Birth injuries or birth trauma
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Nursing home abuse or neglect

If you believe that you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice, you should take the following steps immediately:

  • Request copies of all your medical records.
    Waiting to recover medical documents can result in falsified or altered chart information, or lost documentation. Even if you are unsure whether or not you have a medical malpractice case, secure your medical records.
  • Write down everything that has happened up until this point and continue to keep a daily journal before any details are lost.
    Make sure to document carefully the emotional, physical and financial impact that the injury or harm is having on your life. Any extra expense incurred as a result of your injury should be documented. Keep very detailed records of all of the lost income caused by the malpractice injury.
  • Seek legal counsel.
    The earlier you contact an attorney, the better.  It takes time to evaluate a medical malpractice case for merit, and competent malpractice attorneys obtain all of the medical records and documentation that is important to your case and then have it reviewed by a physician-consultant–prior to filing a lawsuit.  . An attorney can assist you with gathering the necessary medical records and documents and ensure that all of the correct steps are taken at the right time. She will protect your legal rights and prevent insurance companies from taking advantage of you.
If you have been injured by medical malpractice, or if you have lost a loved one from a doctor’s mistake and are interested in learning your options regarding a wrongful death lawsuit, please contact the office of Kara Samuels & Associates for a free case evaluation today!

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