Louisiana Medical Malpractice Attorney
When a medical professional breaches their duty of care, it can cause serious damages to victims in Louisiana. If you require compensation because of a medical professional’s negligence, our lawyers can help.
If a doctor’s negligence caused you injury in Louisiana, call our attorneys right away. Our lawyers can investigate your case to determine if you have a valid compensation claim in Louisiana. If you do, our team can help you file a lawsuit within the state’s one-year statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims. Although fault in a medical malpractice lawsuit can be challenging, doing so is essential for victims to recover what they deserve. When our attorneys are successful, you can claim substantial economic and non-economic damages in a medical malpractice claim in Louisiana.
Our lawyers are dedicated to helping victims hold negligent medical professionals accountable. For a free case evaluation with the Louisiana medical malpractice attorneys at Rice, Murtha & Psoras, call today at (225) 269-8930.
When to Hire a Medical Malpractice Attorney in Louisiana
If you were recently injured or experienced medical complications while in a medical professional’s care in Louisiana, reach out to our attorneys. If a medical professional acted negligently, causing you damages, you might be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit in Louisiana.
Identifying medical malpractice can be challenging for victims. Negligence on behalf of doctors and hospitals might also look different from case to case. Because medical malpractice might happen in various situations, from labor and delivery to errors during surgery, victims may find it difficult to know when negligence occurs. The following are common examples of medical malpractice in Louisiana:
- Anesthesia errors
- Birth injuries
- Delayed diagnosis
- Prescription errors
- Surgical errors
A doctor’s failure to recognize obvious signs of an illness that ultimately leads to a worsened condition might be a reason to bring a medical malpractice claim. Failure to treat might also constitute medical malpractice in Louisiana. If you are unsure whether or not a doctor acted outside of the duty of care they owed to you, reach out to our Louisiana medical malpractice attorneys. Our lawyers can assess your case and determine if you have a valid compensation claim against a negligent hospital or doctor in Louisiana.
While most commonly brought against physicians and hospitals, a medical malpractice claim could be filed against any medical professional that breaches their duty of care owed to a patient.
Statute of Limitations for Louisiana Medical Malpractice Claims
In some cases, the effects of medical malpractice might be immediately obvious to a victim. In other cases, it may be months before a victim realizes the extent of their injuries. Call our attorneys immediately if you are a medical malpractice victim in Louisiana. You may only have a short time to file a lawsuit.
In general, Louisiana’s statute of limitations to file a medical malpractice claim is one year from the act of negligence. Louisiana does allow tolling for delayed discovery. Still, the statute of limitations is one year from the date of discovery.
Louisiana does not allow medical malpractice claims for any acts of negligence that occurred three years prior, according to La. Stat. Ann. § 9:5628(A). That means you cannot bring a claim if three years have passed since an incident, even if you discovered your injuries less than a year ago.
Because the filing deadline for medical malpractice claims is so short, victims should act quickly and call our attorneys right away. The longer you wait to file a claim, the more challenging it may be to connect a doctor’s negligence to your damages. Our Louisiana medical malpractice attorneys can help you file within the statute of limitations so you do not lose your access to compensation.
Proving Fault in a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit in Louisiana
Proving fault in a medical malpractice claim in Louisiana can be challenging. Negligent hospitals and doctors often do not want to accept accountability for their actions, as doing so can greatly tarnish their reputations. To recover the compensation you deserve and prove a defendant’s fault, seek help from our Louisiana medical malpractice attorneys.
After an act of medical malpractice, it is important for victims to seek care from a different medical professional they can trust. Our lawyers can prove negligence using those new records and the medical records from the original at-fault doctor. Showing how a doctor’s negligence has affected your health is crucial, which is why seeking additional medical care is necessary.
Our attorneys may also enlist help from medical experts to testify about the likely cause of your injuries and how a defendant’s negligence may have led to your damages. While meeting the burden of proof in these cases can be difficult, our attorneys understand how important it is to prove a defendant’s fault so that you can recover sufficient compensation in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Compensation for Louisiana Medical Malpractice Victims
When a medical professional’s negligence causes you injury, you can recover compensation in Louisiana. While Louisiana does not impose a cap on economic damages in medical malpractice claims, it does limits how much victims can recover in non-economic damages.
Victims who need additional treatment or face other expenses due to medical malpractice can recover economic damages in a lawsuit. These damages can compensate medical malpractice victims for financial losses like medical bills and lost wages.
While eligible for economic and non-economic damages in Louisiana, victims are limited regarding recovery. Louisiana imposes a $500,000 cap on all damages in medical malpractice claims not including future medical costs, according to La. Stat. Ann. § 40:1231.2(B)(1).This limit is specific to medical malpractice lawsuits and does not apply to other personal injury lawsuits in Louisiana.
Compensation is never guaranteed, even if it is clear that a defendant’s negligence caused your injuries. To ensure you provide sufficient proof of damages and recover what you deserve, you can seek help from our experienced Louisiana medical malpractice attorneys.
Call Our Louisiana Lawyers About Your Medical Malpractice Claim Today
If a medical professional’s negligence caused you damages, our lawyers can help. For a free case evaluation with the Louisiana medical malpractice attorneys at Rice, Murtha & Psoras, call today at (225) 269-8930.