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Drug Errors: An All-Too-Common Problem

More than 1 in 10 patients suffer injuries in the course of their medical care with half of those injuries being preventable. Among the preventable errors, 12 percent lead to a patient’s permanent disability or death, according to a meta-analysis of systemic review of medical acre published in July of 2019. [1] The study, which...[Read More]

VA Hospitals: Our Veterans Deserve Better

Here is the deal. You serve your country in the army, marines, navy, or air force and in return your country takes care of your health needs. People who were in the reserves or National Guard may also qualify if he/she was called up for active duty. The problem: the loyal men and women who...[Read More]

What can a Virginia Medical Malpractice case / lawyer actually do?

At least three times this week, I have described what I do as analogous to a hammer. If your problem looks like a nail, my skills and experience can be helpful. But not every healthcare crisis, emergency, or negligent care situation can be helped by a lawsuit. Not every harmful interaction with a health care...[Read More]

“Choosing” a surgeon

We are often in conversation with a potential client (which always means some kind of medical crisis has already occurred) and we ask: HOW DID YOU CHOSE YOUR SURGEON? or WHO PERFORMED YOUR SURGERY? And, what we have learned, is that most patients don’t recall the name of their surgeon and feel they had little...[Read More]

Mortality Statistics and Your Hospital

The New York Times published a recent story on the secret recordings of doctors discussing concerns about poor surgical care. The outcomes from surgeries were so bad the doctors questioned whether they should refer patients for surgery if it meant in-house surgeons would perform the operation. You can read the article here. The popular podcast...[Read More]

All Doctors Are Not Created Equal

Doctors are not gods.  They are not infallible, all-knowing deities picked by God Almighty to spread His wisdom to us mere plebes.  Doctors receive a lot of training.  Doctors work long hours and are well compensated for their work.  But doctors are people just like you and me.  Some doctors are better, or worse, than...[Read More]

SOVAH: Bad Medicine – Dangerous Hospitals

These words are not mine they belong to James Sherlock, a retired Navy Captain who has spent years studying health care. These words are part of the subject line of a letter written by Mr. Sherlock to Virginia Governor Ralph Northam. The letter stated the hospitals serving Danville and Martinsville, Virginia have been found by...[Read More]

Dental Errors Can Lead to Infectious Disease (HIV, Hepatitis, etc.)

Infectious disease from improperly cleaned instruments is an all-too-common occurrence in our healthcare system. Every year in the U.S., an estimated 648,000 people develop infections during a hospital stay, and about 75,000 die.[1] Many of these infections are completely preventable through, for example, proper cleaning of medical instruments. The cleaning process for medical instruments is...[Read More]

Why you have no real “right to work” in Virginia

Yet again, a smart professional person hired me, and asked the following question: I know I signed an employment contract that says I can’t serve my clients for three years after termination, but the law says I have a right to work doesn’t it? So how can my employer enforce that agreement – it’s against...[Read More]

Virginia Hospitals Punished By Medicare

In 2019, Medicare penalized 800 U.S. hospitals for the high number of injuries and infections suffered by their patients. The penalties were enacted through a program in the Affordable Care Act where the federal government cuts Medicare reimbursements for hospitals with high rates of patient infections and injuries. The idea being that if hospitals suffer...[Read More]