Q: how can I find out if a malpractice case was filed in Louisiana?
My son passed in 1994 at the age of 2 years and 10 months. He was born with a heart defect and successfully had heart surgery. While home he contracted a virus and was bought to the hospital, he had a reaction to a medication given to him while in the hospital and the medicine was discontinued. Within less than 24 hours he was given that same medication and went into cardiac arrest. While attempting to save him the paddles weren't charged and he passed. That's the short version. I hired a lawyer and the case went as far as disposition in another state to question one of his nurses about what she knew. Out the blue, I was called and told they were not going to pursue the case. The hospital my son was at is very well known.
A: Unless a panel request was made within, at the latest, 3 years from the date of the alleged malpractice, then it would likely be too late to pursue it. You can call the LA Division of Administration or go to https://www.doa.la.gov/Pages/mrp/FAQ.aspx#1 for more information on the medical review process. It sounds as if the case probably went through the review process, but the attorney declined to file suit after the review panel made its determination.
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