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Medical Malpractice in Louisiana

If you or a loved one has been injured because of the actions or inaction of a Louisiana doctor or healthcare provider, you may have grounds for a Louisiana medical malpractice lawsuit. An attorney can review the facts in your situation and advise you on the viability of such a suit. If a case is successful, the victim is entitled to compensation for his or her injuries and medical costs.

Frequently Asked Questions About Louisiana Medical Malpractice

My doctor failed to diagnose my illness in a timely manner. Can I sue for medical malpractice?

Failing to diagnose an illness may or may not be a valid reason for filing a Louisiana medical malpractice lawsuit. To win a lawsuit, your Louisiana medical malpractice lawyer must prove:

  • The healthcare professional or organization failed to adhere to the standard of care, which is the manner in which other professionals with similar experience would treat a similar patient. The standard of care might vary depending on the specific characteristics of the patient and the medical professional.
  • You were harmed as a result of the medical professional's deviation from the standard of care.

What should I do if I think I have a possible medical malpractice lawsuit?

First, you must act quickly. Under Louisiana law, you have one year from the date of the injury to file a personal injury lawsuit.

The American Bar Association recommends:

"Talk to a lawyer who specializes in [medical malpractice] work. Tell the attorney exactly what happened to you, from the first time you visited your doctor through your last contact with him or her. What were the circumstances surrounding your illness or injury? How did your doctor treat it? What did your doctor tell you about your treatment? Did you follow your doctor's instructions? What happened to you? Answers to these and other relevant questions become important if you think your doctor may have committed malpractice."

How much money can I receive if my Louisiana medical malpractice lawsuit is successful?

If your lawsuit is successful, you will be awarded damages, or money to compensate you for your injuries and medical care. In Louisiana, there is a $500,000 cap on the total damages, but you may be able to receive more if you require future medical care. Louisiana medical malpractice attorneys can review the specifics of your situation and provide an estimate of how much money you might expect to receive.

Questions to Ask When Hiring a Louisiana Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Before hiring an attorney, you should interview each Louisiana medical malpractice attorney you're considering for your case. Most lawyers will offer a free initial consultation, which helps you and the attorney learn a bit more about one another.

Come to the meeting prepared with a list of questions you'd like to ask the lawyer. Focus on topics that will help you decide whether you want to work with the lawyer. Typical questions might include:

  • How long have you practiced medical malpractice law in Louisiana? Do you do any other type of legal work?
  • Have you previously handled cases similar to mine? Can you describe the outcomes?
  • What is your honest assessment of my case? What are the chances the case will succeed? How much money can I expect to receive?
  • How do you charge for your time? Will I owe you any money if I lose the case?

Take notes during your meetings with each Louisiana personal injury lawyer. Once you've concluded the meetings, you're ready to hire an attorney.

Find & Hire Louisiana Medical Malpractice Attorneys

Before you can hire a lawyer, you must find Louisiana medical malpractice attorneys who can potentially handle your case. And you've come to the right website. That's because Attorneys.com offers a free service that can connect you with Louisiana personal injury attorneys in your area, whether you live in New Orleans, Shreveport, Baton Rouge or elsewhere in the state.

To get started, call us at 877-913-7222 or fill out the form on this page. After you answer a few easy questions, we'll match you with a Louisiana personal injury attorney in your area.

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