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Monthly Archives: February 2011

Court Outlines Responsibilities of Dockowner in Employee Injury

A gangway is a pathway that connects the ship to the dock at which it has stopped. It is the means by which the crew and cargo of a ship are moved onto and off of the ship. Usually ships have detachable gangways that the ship crew put on the side of the ship when […]

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Court Discusses Prescriptive Period in Medical Malpractice Case

Regular readers of this blog are no doubt aware that the Louisiana Medical Malpractice Act requires that all “claims against healthcare providers be reviewed or ‘filtered’ through a medical review panel before proceeding to any other court.” Also, medical malpractice suits are subject to a period of prescription — that is, the action must be […]

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Court Dissects Nursing Home Wrongful Death Case

Many families in America have had to move their loved ones into a nursing home. Whether the reason is that they don’t have the room to care for the elder, they don’t have the time or money to provide adequate care, or their elder wishes to be in the nursing home, the decision to send […]

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First Circuit of Louisiana Allows Lost Chance of Survival Tort Case to Go Forward and Specifies Burden of Proof

In June 2010, the First Circuit of the State of Louisiana Court of Appeal reversed and remanded the case of Lena Hebert et al. v. Plaquemine Caring, L.L.C. due to a legal error committed by the Eighteenth Judicial District Court for Iberville Parish. This legal error proved to be a compelling element to the case […]

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Recovery Caps Can Hinder Financial Awards in Wake of Accidents

Audrey Thompson was injured in an automobile accident that occurred when a vehicle driven by Chad Harp rear-ended a vehicle driven by Susan Young. This triggered a chain of events where three other vehicles, including the Thompson vehicle, were rear-ended as a result of Harp’s conduct. The Thompsons filed a lawsuit and named Harp, the […]

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Disastrous Results for Plaintiffs that Wait Too Long to File Suit

In Louisiana, there are certain steps that need to be taken in order to file a case for medical malpractice. In order to get a case to trial, a plaintiff must first submit a malpractice petition to a medical review board. The board reviews the facts surrounding a case and compares health care providers with […]

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Understanding Medical Malpractice and Legal Caps to Awards

The Court of Appeals of Louisiana, Third Circuit, recently held the Medical Malpractice Act’s (MMA) award limitation unconstitutional when applied in violation of the Equal Protection clause of the 1974 Louisiana State Constitution. In Oliver v. Magnolia Clinic, a minor child was treated by a nurse practitioner who failed to identify tell-tale signs of neuroblastoma, […]

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Transferable Rights and How They Pertain to a Lost Pregnancy

Certain legal rights are transferable. If you owe a debt to some entity, upon your death, there is a chance that the entity will have some rights to your estate in order to satisfy your debt. Another example of a transferable right is a right of survival. If the victim in any circumstance has this […]

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Increased Awards for Victims of Medical Malpractice

Taylor Oliver was born on September 5, 2000. Shortly after birth, Taylor began experiencing health problems and was brought to the Magnolia Clinic, where she was treated exclusively by Susan Duhon on thirty-two occasions. Since Nurse Practitioners are required to collaborate with a physician, Duhon agreed to collaborate with Dr. Jennette Bergstedt, M.D., when providing […]

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Medical Malpractice Case Shows Importance of Laws, Standard of Care Governing Civil Suits

Medical malpractice cases often turn on whether the plaintiff can establish that the health care provider breached the standard of care. Louisiana’s Medical Malpractice Act governs the conduct of health care professionals and mandates that the standard of care owed is that of the average member of the profession under similar circumstances. For the Act […]

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