Lauren Davis

Headlines highlight continuing problem of neglect

Some of my friends think I am on some kind of crusade, that I have taken on medical malpractice and nursing home neglect cases as a cause.  Maybe I have, but it’s with good reason.  If you doubt that, take a look at these two recent reports:   From The Roanoke Times: “Former medication aide

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What do you mean I don’t have a case?

When people call us, they are generally emotional and hurt about what has happened to them.  That makes saying “no” one of the hardest things about my job, even when it is the right answer.   A “no” in this case generally comes in the form of recommending against pursuing a case.   The truth is

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A Complex Diagnosis: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Recently, we have heard from more people who end up with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) after medical malpractice.  Because we are seeing more of it, and because it is not always immediately recognized, we want to lay out some of the things to watch for.   To start, CRPS is considered a chronic pain

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Remembering Veterans Beyond Veterans Day

It is easy in this Hallmark, holiday driven world to get caught up in celebrating something or someone on its designated day.  But we should not forget them the rest of the year either.  That is certainly true for celebrating and appreciating veterans.   We practice law out of Roanoke, Virginia.  That means it would

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ERCPs, the CDC, the FDA, & You

Before doing medical malpractice work, I took for granted that doctors and hospitals would only use clean instruments and tools on patients.  That naivete is long since gone, and FDA Safety Communications like this reaffirm why.   A bit of medical background: Gastroenterologists and their staff who help with procedures called endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)

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Your electronic medical records are not always safe.

Several years ago, doctors and hospitals started moving patient records away from paper and into electronic systems.  Electronic health records have a number of benefits, but a recent cyber attack demonstrates that they are not always safe.   The potential benefits of electronic health records for patient care are clear.  For example: It can be

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The fight to get medical records

To investigate a medical malpractice case, we need to see the patient’s medical records.  One of the more frustrating parts of my professional life is dealing with doctors’ offices, hospitals, HealthPort, IOD, and others in an attempt to help our clients get their own medical records.   Some of the stumbling blocks include: long and

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The first Christmas without.

For many of the people we represent in medical malpractice cases who have lost a family member, the holidays take on a different meaning.  Rather than cheer and joy, sadness can take over.  As I’ve talked to some of our clients over the past few weeks, I have been reminded of this reality.   And

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