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Who is at risk for shingles?

Shingles and chickenpox are both caused by the varicella zoster virus, so if you've ever had a case of the chickenpox, you have a chance of developing shingles at some point in your life. According to Medical News Today, most people who contract shingles  develop a painful, blistering rash. While the rash may appear anywhere on the body, it most commonly appears on the torso, often on only one side. Other possible symptoms of shingles include nausea, chills, weakness and muscle aches. Shingles is a fairly common condition, with approximately 1 million new cases reported in the United States, including Louisiana, every year.

What should I do if I learn my doctor was sued?

We want our Louisiana doctors to be the most competent and qualified people to handle our health care. However, if you should find out that your doctor has been sued in the past, you will naturally be worried and wonder if you should continue your relationship with that doctor. In the event you do uncover past instances of medical lawsuits, you should keep a few things in mind before looking for a new doctor.

Finding the truth about medical providers

Louisiana medical providers — and the businesses they work for — wield significant power in their communities. They are often wealthy, respected people and businesses. Furthermore, medical procedures typically have an element of risk. Sometimes this risk is of grievous harm to the patient. All of these factors combined make the pursuit of medical malpractice claims a delicate process.

Health conditions doctors commonly misdiagnose

When you visit your Louisiana doctor, you likely want to feel confident that he or she will be able to assess your symptoms accurately and render a precise diagnosis about your condition. Regrettably, however, even physicians are not immune to error, and when doctors make certain mistakes, the repercussions can prove catastrophic. At Jacqueline A. Scott & Associates, we recognize just how devastating it can be when a doctor incorrectly diagnoses your condition, and we have helped many clients who were victims of such circumstances pursue appropriate recourse.

3 common anesthesia errors

Going under the knife can be stressful and emotionally taxing, but it can prove even ore so if you or one of your Louisiana loved ones also has to undergo treatment using anesthesia. Regrettably, medical errors involving anesthesia are not uncommon, but the repercussions of anesthesia errors can prove gravely serious and even potentially life-threatening. At Jacqueline A. Scott & Associates, we understand that serious hardship often results from anesthesia mistakes, and we have helped many victims of anesthesia errors and their families pursue appropriate recourse.

What should I do when I first discover medical malpractice?

Nobody likes to think of their medical care going wrong, yet there are times when you may find something went seriously amiss with your treatment. You took a mislabeled drug. Surgery was not correctly performed. Your condition was incorrectly diagnosed. If you know or suspect medical malpractice has occurred, what should your first move be? Some Louisiana residents may want to start the claims process immediately, but your health first and foremost should be your top priority.

How can I file a HIPPA complaint?

When you receive medical care in Louisiana, you have probably been asked to sign a document related to HIPPA. HIPPA is a law that protects your medical information. It set requirements for how such information is shared and stored. If you feel there has been a violation of HIPPA, you have the right to report it.

The consequences of inadequate anesthesia

When you are rendered unconscious in preparation for a surgical operation, you should feel confident that the next time you wake up, your Louisiana surgery is already concluded. However, this is not always the case. In the event the anesthesia administered to you was inadequate, you might awaken during the surgery itself, which can have perpetual consequences. 

How are drugs misused in nursing homes?

When you must put a loved one into a nursing home in Louisiana, you may take comfort in knowing he or she is being cared for by trained personnel. However, the reality is that nursing homes have a history of not always being the safe havens they seem to be. One problem that seems to occur way too often is an overprescription or overuse of medications, specifically, psychotropic drugs.

What to know before having an appendectomy

One of the most common surgeries in Louisiana is an appendectomy. This is the removal of the appendix. This small organ is not needed for normal body function, so removing it is perfectly okay. If it gets infected, removal can save a person's life. However, a with any surgery, an appendectomy comes with risks. 

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