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MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

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]

SPEAK UP (as a patient)

I am currently with a loved one in an out of state Hospital and on every wall is a sign that says SPEAK UP. The poster then discusses patient’s need to speak up and how that can prevent injury and mistakes. I agree. While it doesn’t take away the duty of the healthcare provider to:...[Read More]

Medical Malpractice: Failure to diagnose / treat Cancer

Cancer deserves a Capital C. It’s scary – life changing and in millions of Americans, life ending. Do you know someone who was diagnosed with cancer and beat it? I do. My Mom had Melanoma AND lung cancer and because of good care, both were diagnosed early, treated and she has reached the ten year...[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]

Malpractice isn’t the same as as a mere mistake (under Virginia law)

One of the aspects of my job I enjoy the most, is speaking to the folks who call our office. Sometimes, they call because a doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner has made a mistake in Virginia. Often, when they call, they say “I’ve never called a lawyer before but someone told me I should call….” Examples...[Read More]

When the paperwork doesn’t work

I have been writing pro bono (latin and lawyer for free) Wills for local police officers lately. Good men and women who because of their line of work, realize, perhaps younger than most, that they are not immortal. That eventually they will die. That in facing their own mortality, they would like to make arrangements,...[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]

Failure to diagnose cancer in Virginia

The C word is an awful thing to hear. Cancer. With over 1.3 Million Americans diagnosed annually, we receive frequent calls from patients who wonder if earlier diagnosis would have changed their cancer outcome or treatment options. Allow me to state a different way: Cancer is generally easier to treat, the sooner it is diagnosed....[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]