Jamie A. Myers, MSN, RN, LNCC 

In the nursing profession, teamwork means that team members work together for the purpose of meeting the patients' needs.  Every care discipline is an integral part of the treatment plan.  Improving the patient outcome is the common goal, and for success, teamwork is critical.

Jamie A. Myers, MSN, RN, LNCC 

 

Amid a drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan, lead toxicity has been an issue of great concern for many.  Rightly so, since lead exposure in children can affect developing brains even at low levels, leading to a plethora of complications later in life including lower IQ scores, hyperactivity, behavioral problems and learning disabilities. Exposure to higher amounts of lead can be detrimental, even life threatening.  With Flint’s water source now switched back to Detroit city water, and city, state and federal authorities working to tame the crisis, including the aging infrastructure of its underground plumbing system, a nation is hopeful for healing and recovery for the people of Flint. As we stand in solidarity, many of us may question our own lead exposure and efforts to contain potential health risks for our own New Orleans population.


 

Ezra L. Finkle, Senior Associate Attorney 

The following are synopses of notable holdings, some published and some not, rendered thus far in 2015 by Louisiana appellate courts.

Doug R. Kraus, Partner

The Supreme Court of Louisiana recently held that employees’ occupational noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) claims qualified as “personal injury by accident” within the meaning of Louisiana’s Workers’ Compensation Act, such that the claimants’ employer was entitled to immunity from suit in tort, and that employees’ gradual noise-induced hearing loss as a result of their exposure to hazardous levels of noise constituted an “occupational disease” within the meaning of the Act.

 

Douglas R. Kraus, Partner

Two recent Court of Appeal’s decisions have come out which pertained to prescription. One decision out of the Second Circuit further erodes prescription and another decision out of the Fifth Circuit indicates that prescription is still alive and well in the world of medical malpractice.

Jamie A. Myers, MSN, RN, LNCC  -  May 19, 2015

Academic publishing, the process of placing the results of one's research into current scientific literature, is a long and laborious road. Unlike the expeditiously published news article, substantive science may take months, even years, to develop.

Kat A. Rito, Partner  -  May 19, 2015

Medical records will always be at the heart of evidentiary efforts in malpractice litigation.  They establish the obvious: facts relating to the underlying alleged breach of the standard of care.  However, medical records are not always useful as sources of evidence for other components of a plaintiff’s claim, such as causation and damages.

Ezra L. Finkle, Senior Associate Attorney  -  May 19, 2015

The following are synopses of notable holdings, some published and some not, rendered thus far in 2015 by Louisiana appellate courts.

 

The following are synopses of notable holdings, some published and some not, rendered thus far in 2016 by Louisiana appellate courts.

Guy C. Curry, Partner  -  April 7, 2015

Recall in the recent decision in Keating v. Van Deventer, 14-0157 (La. App. 1 Cir. 9/19/14), 153 So.3d 1200, three separate defendants traveled several different avenues to garner cooperation from plaintiff in naming an attorney chair for a Medical Review Panel.