Dan Frith

Robotic Surgery: Is it worth it?

For the last 10 years many hospitals and surgery practices have promoted to the world that they use robots in surgery. There are many surgeries in which a robot may be used including gall bladder removal (cholecystectomy),  hysterectomies, kidney removal, hernia repairs, hip replacements, and on and on.  What are we told about the advantages

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Medical Malpractice and Whistleblower Claims

Our law firm has a fairly unique practice…we represent patients in medical malpractice cases against health care providers and whistleblower cases on behalf of honest folks who report cases of financial and billing fraud.  I recently learned of a case which deals with both issues: a whistleblower on illegal kickbacks for unnecessary back surgeries. South

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High Blood Press and Stroke: A Dangerous Combination

Your total blood pressure reading is determined by measuring your systolic and diastolic blood pressures. Systolic blood pressure, the top number, measures the force your heart exerts on the walls of your arteries each time it beats. Diastolic blood pressure, the bottom number, measures the force your heart exerts on the walls of your arteries

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Medication Errors by Pharmacists

I watched NBC Nightly News on the evening of March 16 and a story caught my attention.  The report, seen here beginning at the 16:15 minute mark, was about the stresses placed on pharmacists. The story focuses on a pharmacist with 14 years of experience and how employers (CVS Pharmacy and Walgreens were mentioned as

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Allergists and Fraud: A Dangerous Combination

An allergist is a physician specially trained to diagnose, treat and manage allergies and asthma.  In this area of Virginia, with untold numbers of trees, flowers, and grasses, their services are in high demand. Just getting an appointment with an allergist is almost impossible and the first available appointment is often months away.  So why

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How Does your Hospital Stack Up?

I have written blogs before about how to find a good doctor in Virginia.  Click here. Now I want to talk about finding a good hospital in Virginia.  Of course you want a good doctor to provide you or your family with great care but what about the nursing staff and other considerations which might

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Information is Power: A New Tool for Patients

Have you ever read your medical records from your healthcare providers? I know…it is too hard and too time consuming. But if  you read them you might be shocked at how inaccurate they are on some very basic and potentially life threatening ways.  Examples I have seen include the wrong blood type, failing to include

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Telemedicine and the Coronavirus

Yes they are related.  Telemedicine, or the use of remote audio-visual technology to provide medical care has been around for years.  It probably got its first start when smaller rural hospitals used remote radiologists to interpret x-rays, CTs, and MRI studies during the middle of the night or on weekends when local radiologists were unavailable. 

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Radiologist Loses Medical License

Why does this keep happening? A Richmond area radiologist,  Michael J. Bigg, MD, has been summarily suspended from medical practice amid allegations of repeatedly missing signs of cancer in his patients’ mammograms.  The Virginia Board of Medicine found Michael J. Bigg’s practice constituted a danger to public health or safety. Dr. Bigg owns the Allison

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What Costs Can I Anticipate in Prosecuting a Medical Malpractice Case?

Medical malpractice cases are typically complex and very different from most personal injury cases. This article will attempt to summarize what we tell our clients about the litigation costs they can anticipate as their case progresses. First, we must collect all of the relevant medical records. These records will come from a hospital (where a

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