Virginia Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Fighting for the fair compensation you deserve
after being injured due to negligence.
When the sick or injured go to see a doctor, they are doing so under the assumption that their needs will be seen to by competent and experienced professionals. For the most part, those assumptions are correct. The vast majority of doctors, surgeons and pharmacists will make the right diagnosis, flawlessly execute complicated surgical procedures, or make sure that the right medications are properly used.
Most medical professionals have their actions tightly regulated by their respective state medical boards, which make certain that the standards of medicine are both kept high and adhered to by those that practice.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Unfortunately, their are times when a medical professional does not fulfill their duty to offer a standard of care that is, at the least, equivalent to the skills and diligence practiced by others in their specialty.
Medical Malpractice can be described as the failure of a medical professional to follow established guidelines, which results in patient injury or death.
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Common Causes of Medical Malpractice
- Wrongful Death: The death of a patient due to medical malpractice.
- Prescription Errors: With the thousands of drugs that are available for almost every conceivable ailment, it is almost inevitable that mistakes will be made when the prescriptions are filled. According to a study by the Institute of Medicine, an estimated 1.5 million patients are sickened, injured or killed by being prescribed the wrong medication.
- Birth Injuries or Deaths: Birth injuries can be caused by any number of reasons, including misapplication of forceps or complications that result in a breech birth or caesarean section. The effects of the injuries can be both physical, or can cause serious damage to the brain.
- Wrong Diagnosis: If a medical professional diagnoses what is easy instead of what is accurate, he should be made to answer for his decisions if the patient suffers as a result.
- Nursing Home Negligence: Injury, Abuse, and Wrongful Death: Nursing home injuries, and even deaths, are all too common when: a facility is under staffed, its staff members are poorly trained, or when individual staff members just doesn’t care.
- Missed or Late Diagnosis: If a doctor does not recognize a condition as serious, the results could be fatal. A medical professional who fails to correctly diagnose a disease or condition until it too late is not helping his patients. If cancer is found early, a patient stands a very good chance of recovery. But if a doctor fails to act on clear warning signs in a patient, he could be held liable if the cancer is not discovered until it’s too late.
- Failure to Recognize a Developing Heart Attack or Stroke:People with no medical background are not expected to be able to tell the difference between a case of heartburn and a heart attack or the difference between a headache and a stroke. But doctors and nurses should be able to easily differentiate between the superficial and the serious.
Under Virginia law, it is necessary to file a lawsuit within strict deadlines imposed by law. In many cases, Virginia provides for a two-year deadline also known as a Statute of Limitations. However, special circumstances apply depending on the situation. Once you have missed this deadline, you will no longer be able to file a claim.
Do you need a medical malpractice attorney?
The Virginia personal injury lawyers at the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC have helped victims and their families for over 29 years. If you or your loved one has been injured due to medical negligence, contact us to discuss your situation. The consultation is free, and our no fee promise means you don’t pay any legal fees unless we settle or win your case.