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Virginia Medical Malpractice Attorney

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Medical 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.

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. 

Common Causes of Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice can be described as the failure of a medical professional to follow established guidelines, which results in patient injury.

More specific causes of medical malpractice include:

  • 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 (as is the case with Erb’s Palsy) or can cause serious damage to the brain (cerebral palsy.)
  • 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. [Read More]
  • 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.

Virginia Medical Malpractice Lawyer Blog

Over 2,300 patients are being contacted after a nurse improperly used diabetic injection devices on patients.  Although the risk is small, officials would like for those patients to be tested for HIV and hepatitis B and C. August 30, 2011 [Read More]
Nursing Home Negligence; Injury, Abuse & 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. If you are currently exploring the residency of a nursing home, for yourself or a loved one, be sure to do your research. June 23, 2011 [Read More]
Johnson Mathers Nursing Home in Carlisle, Kentucky is being sued, by the estate of a resident who choked to death while nurse did nothing. June 23, 2011 [Read More]
The general consensus for the reason of skyrocketing medical malpractice premiums, at least according to the media and various insurance company-funded tort reform organizations, was that “frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits” and the “enormous verdicts” awarded to the plaintiffs were solely to blame. [Read More]
Former New York Lieutenant Governor Betsy McCaughey recently wrote an eye-opening article for The New York Times. Ms. McCaughey is the founder of the Committee to Reduce Infection Deaths, and in this op-ed piece she takes issue with the Center for Disease Control’s new guidelines for preventing hospital infections. [Read More]

The American Association of Justice recently completed a study of the 2006 financial statements of fifteen insurance companies that specialize in medical malpractice. We would like to say that the results or this study are “startling,” but considering that most of the work that we do on behalf of our clients involves insurance companies, we are sad to say that we are not surprised at all. [Read More]

We have all seen those free pens and notepads in our doctor’s office, the ones that make us wonder if our doctor’s advice is as unbiased as it should be. After all, how impartial can you be if you’re being given free gifts and who knows what else from the very companies who want you to prescribe their medication? This is not a new compliant, as over the years there have been numerous allegations that doctors and drug makers are too comfortable with one another, the latter treating the former to lunches, cruises, and lots of free swag. [Read More]

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