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MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

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]

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]

Robotic Assisted Surgery: Is it a good thing?

The recent news is full of reports of hospitals purchasing million dollar robots for surgeons to use when they perform operations.  The robots are used in all kinds of surgeries including bariatric procedures, hernia repairs, gall bladder removal, appendectomies, and a host of other surgeries.  NBC News presented an informative report titled, The da Vinci surgical robot: A...[Read More]

How to be a better patient – and get better medical care in Virginia

This week I was enjoying some post holiday magazine reading time, when I saw a blurb in Better Homes and Gardens, that said:  On average, doctors will interrupt 11 seconds after you start explaining your symptoms.  The magazine then advises, to “write down the issues you want to discuss in order of importance and give...[Read More]

Bleed Out: HBO Special

Physicians and hospitals commit malpractice every hour of every day.  Don’t believe me?   Check out this trailer for an HBO special set to air tomorrow – BLEED OUT.  

Why words matter in Nursing Home Contracts

If you were a Fox News fan in the early days (or just a general consumer of news and media) no doubt the name and face of Gretchen Carlson rings a bell. She was one of the network’s early stars – smart, attractive and often on screen discussing the difficult news of the day. In...[Read More]