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MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

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]

Neil Armstrong’s Bypass Surgery

Neil Armstrong was an American Hero. He flew 78 combat missions in the Korean War, was a test pilot for new planes, was the commander for Apollo 11 and became the first man to walk on the face of the moon. All of his accomplishments aside, it is his health history and the medical care...[Read More]

Why infection cases are almost never cases under Virginia law

If I asked my microbiologist friend to name some of the bacteria that exist on a normal human – her mind would explode. She couldn’t possibly name all the bacteria that are known to inhabit our largest organs – and yet, what we know (thanks to the smart people at the CDC, and NIH) is...[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]

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]

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]

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]