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Medical Malpractice

Medical Malpractice Damage Caps and What the "Protecting Access to Care Act" (H.R. 1215) Will Do to You

The U.S. House of Representatives has already passed HR 1215, misleadingly titled, Protecting Access to Care Act." The law awaits action in the Senate and, if passed, will have many negative impacts on those who are the victims of medical negligence including the following:  An across-the-board $250,000 “cap” on compensation for “non-economic” injuries (like paralysis, ...[Read More]

What could go wrong - orthopedic surgery in Virginia

With over 5 million orthopedic surgeries in the United States each year and Americans getting older thanks to advances in modern medicine, it is important to know what should happen after an orthopedic surgery, and where mistakes are often made. Likely, if you or a loved one needs an orthopedic surgery because of an acute (sudden) ...[Read More]

Nursing Home Abuse

Regulations and Virginia Nursing Homes

I visit nursing homes with some frequency. When I walked into one two weeks ago, I noticed the fake flowers in the entry way. I notice the clean carpet and residents sitting in wheelchairs near the front windows. I didn't see, and didn't expect to see a copy of the Federal Code on the coffee ...[Read More]

Virginia's most profitable nursing homes - also some of the worst?

A little reminder: For profit healthcare is a thing in the United States. Tylenol makes money for Johnson & Johnson. Pfizer made billions on Zoloft before generic forms became available in 2006.  Your neurosurgeon may get a bonus this year, if he or she performs high dollar surgeries on patients or exceeds their RVUs. Healthcare and profit ...[Read More]

This is America...I can always quit and find a better job!

Is this a true statement?  Not in Virginia.Maybe half of the statement is correct.  You can quit you job.  However, you cannot always go find a better job in your same industry or locale.  Why?  Because of that one page document you signed 5 years ago (along with health insurance forms and who to notify ...[Read More]