Leading medical attorney Chip Wagar, partner at Wagar Richard Kutcher Tygier in Metairie, LA, has just revealed three things you need to know about medical malpractice in Louisiana before you file a lawsuit. For more information please visit https://www.nolacounsel.com/
— In a recent interview, leading medical attorney Chip Wagar, partner at Wagar Richard Kutcher Tygier in Metairie, LA, reveals three things to know about medical malpractice in Louisiana.
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“A lot of our prospective clients are often unaware of certain aspects of medical malpractice in the state of Louisiana. There are a couple of key things that a victim should know before proceeding with a case,” Wagar said.
Something that people looking to file a malpractice suit should know is that their complaint will first be reviewed by a three-person panel.
When asked to elaborate, Wagar commented, “The purpose of the panel – which is comprised of medical experts – is to decide if the level of care provided on a certain case was below medical standards. Their decision often carries weight in the courtroom,” he said.
However, according to Wagar, the panel has sided with medical malpractice victims only a fraction of the time; less than 7% since 2000.
“If the panel has not ruled in a victim’s favor, then they might not be sure if they should follow up with the case. An experienced malpractice attorney can provide advice on making the right decision,” he said.
Another detail that potential clients should be aware of is the limited payout from winning a medical malpractice suit.
“Damages for medical malpractice cases are capped at $500,000 plus medical expenses, in Louisiana, but if you require continuing care for the damage done by the doctor, then you can receive an award for future medical expenses and related benefits,” Wagar said.
“While this may be the case, there are certain restrictions concerning what type of care is and isn’t covered. The best thing to do is to contact a qualified medical malpractice lawyer to learn how these regulations apply to your specific case,” he added.
Another thing that people tend not to know, according to Wagar, is what happens to doctors if they were found at fault in a medical malpractice case.
“Losing a case for a doctor does not automatically mean losing a license or ability to practice medicine. In most medical medical malpractice cases, the doctor is judged for their behavior in an individual case, not for their competence as a physician,” Wagar said.
He added that even though it might not be apparent, many physicians who continue to offer health care services could have lost several malpractice cases.
Name: Chip Wagar
Organization: Wagar Richard Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, LLP
Address: 3850 N Causeway Blvd Ste 900, Metairie, LA 70002, USA
Phone: +1 504-830-3838
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