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Confidentiality = Secrecy

Last week I spoke to a woman who in my experience, likely has a malpractice case against a Virginia surgeon. She asked if there had been prior lawsuits against the surgeon and I told her that in fact I personally knew of four.  She was shocked. She had spent significant time researching the doctor’s reputation...[Read More]

Bad stuff happens, and it isn’t always someone’s fault

I have spent the last 36+ hours in hospital waiting rooms, the ICU and various stages of pre and post op care with a member of my family. (Thankfully she is doing well).  I have seen some extraordinary surgical care and most compassionate nursing care. I am also painfully aware of what COULD have happened...[Read More]

Screening Colonoscopies: Are there Risks?

No American between 40 and 80 is unaware of the recommendation for screening colonoscopies.  The American Cancer Society recommends that people at “average risk” of colorectal cancer start regular screening at age 45. This can be done either with a test that looks for signs of cancer in a person’s stool, or with an exam that...[Read More]

How to Find a Good Doctor (in Virginia)

I am sometimes amazed how people find and choose their doctors.  You do want a good and competent doctor don’t you?  Sometimes you have no options…you are admitted to the hospital with stomach pain, diagnosed with appendicitis and need emergency surgery.  In those cases you agree to take whichever general surgeon is offered by the...[Read More]

Medicaid – anything but simple in a Malpractice / Personal Injury case

Everyone who calls our office and has a Virginia injury case (nursing home, medical malpractice, car accident, trucking accident etc.) is asked a serious of questions by our staff.  One of these questions is: DO YOU HAVE MEDICAID?  It is not that we discriminate against potential clients who qualify for Medicaid because of disability or...[Read More]

How Safe are the New River and Roanoke Valley Hospitals? Leapfrog’s Study

We all want to know just how safe our local hospitals are don’t we?The Leapfrog Group is a nonprofit watchdog organization that serves as a voice for health care purchasers.  Leapfrog is the nation’s premier advocate of hospital transparency—collecting, analyzing and disseminating hospital data to inform patients (and others) about the quality of care they...[Read More]

Medical Malpractice Damage Caps and What the “Protecting Access to Care Act” (H.R. 1215) Will Do to You

The U.S. House of Representatives has already passed HR 1215, misleadingly titled, Protecting Access to Care Act.” The law awaits action in the Senate and, if passed, will have many negative impacts on those who are the victims of medical negligence including the following:   An across-the-board $250,000 “cap” on compensation for “non-economic” injuries (like...[Read More]

What could go wrong – orthopedic surgery in Virginia

With over 5 million orthopedic surgeries in the United States each year and Americans getting older thanks to advances in modern medicine, it is important to know what should happen after an orthopedic surgery, and where mistakes are often made.  Likely, if you or a loved one needs an orthopedic surgery because of an acute...[Read More]