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If you are sick or injured, you seek out medical care to make your feel better, but what happens if something goes wrong and you are hurt. What happens if your illness is misdiagnosed? What if a medical procedure makes your injuries worse? Unfortunately, doctors and other medical professionals make mistakes, and their errors can leave you injured or cause a loved one’s death. As a victim of medical malpractice, you have rights and can seek compensation for your pain and anguish.
In Louisiana, the cost of medical malpractice claims in 2015 was $60 million, according to Diederich Healthcare, a provider of medical malpractice insurance.
The main types of medical malpractice include:
If you are hurt or lost a loved one because of anesthesia error, misdiagnosis or medication error, you may be eligible for compensation. USAttorneys recommends you speak with a medical malpractice lawyer in Louisiana to examine your case and decide the best way for you to proceed. Our knowledgeable and compassionate team of injury lawyers in Louisiana will make sure you understand the state’s medical malpractice laws and explain what options you have to recover compensation.
Public and private medical care providers in Louisiana have the choice of participating in the Patient Compensation Fund (PCF). All state healthcare facilities and providers are covered by the fund, and private entities can join if they choose.
Medical malpractice claims covered by the PCF are capped at $100,000. The fund distributes $500,000 to the victim and puts the remaining amount in the fund to apply to the victim’s future medical expenses.
If a negligent medical provider is not part of the fund, the injured person or persons can proceed with a formal medical malpractice claim. You need to begin the process before Louisiana’s statute of limitations expires, which is one year for medical malpractice claims.
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