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Category: Medical Malpractice

Tort or Medical Malpractice? Insurance Companies Battle Over Coverage in Ouachita Parish Injury Case

On June 27, 2008, Betty Jean Russell went to see her eye doctor at Eye Associates of Northeast Louisiana. Russell, 78, who required a wheelchair to get around, was driven to the apppointment by her granddaughter, Ashley Dixon. While Dixon remained in the waiting room, an Eye Associates employee wheeled Russell back to an examination […]

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Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Finds Missing Health Information Not a Bar to Life Insurance Recovery

When individuals apply for life insurance, several application forms must be submitted. Amongst these forms is a history of the applicant’s medical history. Based on this history, and a variety of other factors, insurance companies will either accept the application and set a premium that must be paid to obtain the insurance, or deny the […]

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Longterm Treatment for Terminally Ill Patient Called into Question

Longterm treatment and care can oftentimes be difficult and emotionally taxing for all involved. What’s more, when an already arduous process is muddled by improper actions by the medical staff, legal resolutions do exist but are unlikely to remedy the problems caused. After what seemed like a never-ending nap, an individual who will not be […]

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A Happy Holidays to All Friends of the Berniard Law Firm

The Berniard Law Firm would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday. Regular posting will resume in 2012! Have a happy, and SAFE, holiday season!

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The Delicate Nature of Lawyer Malpractice

Lawyers are professionals and are held to a certain standard of care by the law due to the delicate nature of their work. A lawyer is not required to win every case he or she takes – such a standard would be impractical and impossible to maintain. However, a lawyer must advocate to the best […]

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Court Finds No Insurance Coverage for Negligent Doctor After Medical Injury

As we have discussed previously on our blogs, Louisiana courts apply “ordinary contract principles” when interpreting insurance policies. “Words and phrases used in an insurance policy are to be construed using their plain, ordinary and generally prevailing meaning.” Cadwallader v. Allstate Ins. Co. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, applying Louisiana law, […]

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DePuy Settlements May Offer Spectrum of Opportunities for Recovery

Nearly ten years ago, consumers sued Sulzer Medica for producing defective hip and knee implants. The company ultimately settled with the affected parties. Although the underlying facts of the Sulzer Medica litigation are technically different from those of DePuy, the Sulzer Medica outcome is nevertheless instructive. If anything, the outcome of the Sulzer Medica recall […]

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Understanding Terms: Claims Based Insurance v. Occurrence Based Insurance

Insurance policy coverage can be very confusing regardless of how simple televisions commercials may claim it can be. Sometimes insurance companies limit their liability by setting a time period within which the policy applies. In other circumstances, insurance policies limit their liability by creating categories of actions that can be instituted against it. For example, […]

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Younger Patients Opt for Joint Replacement Surgery, Increased Numbers Affected by Defective Implants Manufactured by DePuy

In January 2011 the Washington Post reported on the recent trend of younger patients opting for joint replacement surgery. In 2008, of the 277,000 hip replacements performed in the United States, 27 percent were conducted on patients ages 45 to 64. That represents an increase of 78 percent for that age group. One orthopaedic surgeon […]

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Darvon and Darvocet Recall Has Serious Health, Legal Implications

Two of the most highly prescribed painkillers, Darvon and Darvocet, have recently been pulled off the market as a result of the health risk they pose to individuals. Dangerous heart side effects plagued the painkiller for years; however, it was not until November of 2010 that the FDA recommended the painkillers be withdrawn from the […]

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