The partners at Lewis, Kullman, Sterbcow & Abramson , have a reputation as being some of the best at handling medical malpractice cases in the State of Louisiana. The partners have a combined experience of over 50 years handling these difficult and complex cases. We have a proven record of success. Over the past 30 years, our lawyers have successfully represented children and adults injured or killed as a result of medical negligence and have frequently recovered the maximum damages allowed by law for our clients.
When you or a loved one goes to the emergency room or is admitted to a hospital, you or your loved one should be treated with reasonable care. That means you should be seen and examined within a reasonable time and appropriate tests and/or treatment should be rendered in a timely fashion. Too often this is not the case. Do you believe that a hospital or other health care facility, doctor, nurse or other health care staff member failed to provide appropriate treatment? At Lewis, Kullman, Sterbcow & Abramson , we help our clients recover compensation when a serious injury or wrongful death results from hospital negligence, medical malpractice, or nursing negligence. Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our professional, dedicated, and experienced attorneys.
Medical malpractice means that a hospital or other health care facility, doctor, dentist, chiropractor, pharmacist, therapist, nurse or any other health care provider did something or failed to do something which deviated from the accepted standards of practice and caused injury to the patient. The malpractice may occur in the emergency room, during labor and delivery, during surgery, in recovery, in the hospital pharmacy, in patient rooms, in the doctor’s office, in intensive care units or any other place where doctors, dentists, nurses, hospital staff, therapists, pharmacists or any other health care provider interacts with patients or prepares medications or equipment for patient care. It can occur in a single incident or repeated acts or omissions in the day to day care provided at a hospital or health care facility. For example, painful decubitus ulcers or pressure sores can develop if the patient is debilitated or incapacitated, and the nurses or staff do not properly turn the patient during their hospitalization. Patients can also suffer falls at hospitals which cause broken bones and other injuries because the hospital or health care facility or its nurses fail to properly assess the patient’s risk of falling or fail to institute a fall prevention plan. Patients can be improperly given medications or the wrong dosage of medication, which can lead to brain injury, organ failures and possibly death. Patient’s vital signs may not be properly monitored and serious injury may result, which could have otherwise been avoided. These types of injuries can also occur and do routinely occur in nursing homes or assisted living facilities. It is of the utmost importance that if you believe you or a loved one was not treated timely or appropriately in an emergency room, as an inpatient at a hospital, at a doctor’s office, dentist office, chiropractic office or at any other medical facility, that you seek advice from a knowledgeable attorney with substantial experience and expertise.
Many states, like Louisiana, have special laws which apply to medical malpractice, hospital or other health care facility negligence and nursing errors. We have substantial and specialized knowledge in this area of the law. We have been recognized by our peers, that is, other lawyers, for our expertise in this field. We have lectured on these topics to other lawyers, at law schools, at conventions and even to doctors regarding medical malpractice, hospital negligence and nursing errors.
We pledge to each client that we will put forth our best effort to obtain the most successful outcome for their case, including that each be fairly and adequately compensated for their past, present and future physical pain and suffering, mental anguish, loss of income, medical expenses and any other compensation to which they may be entitled under the law. We do this not only to insure that our clients obtain the most successful outcome, but also to insure that hospitals, doctors, dentists, chiropractors, pharmacists, nurses, medical facilities and any other health care providers provide appropriate and quality medical treatment for future patients that they treat. Maintaining appropriate standards can save lives.
Examples of the types of cases we have successfully handled from start to finish include:
- Brachial plexus injury resulting from improper obstetrical care during delivery;
- Hypoxic brain damage resulting from improper anesthesia care;
- Cerebral palsy resulting from improper obstetrical care during delivery;
- Severe injuries to the medial and radial nerves resulting from improper surgical technique;
- Severe burns resulting from nursing negligence in the operating room;
- Arm amputation resulting from the failure to properly monitor a patient after routine surgery;
- Leg amputation resulting from delayed response to blood clots;
- Multiple compression fractures and other complications resulting from the improper treatment with prescription drugs;
- Death from failure to properly follow a patient after routine gallbladder surgery;
- Severe liver injury resulting from poorly performed laparoscopic gallbladder surgery;
- Loss of both kidneys resulting from the failure to properly treat hypertension;
- Death from improper monitoring during surgery;
- Death from cardiac arrest resulting from misdiagnosis of congestive heart failure as pneumonia;
- Death from failure to timely diagnose and treat breast cancer;
- Loss of a chance of cure from failure to timely treat skin cancer;
- Severe decubitus ulcers from improper nursing care.
Countless other drugs and devices can cause catastrophic injury or death when potential dangers are ignored and appropriate warnings are not given. It is a complicated, difficult, and expensive process to gather the necessary evidence and make a sound case against the makers of drugs and medical products. These cases involve the use of sophisticated expert witnesses, technical data, and scientific studies and require the attention of highly qualified attorneys.