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MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

Leapfrog Report Cards for Local Hospitals

On Wednesday I shared a summary of Leapfrog’s report cards on several hospitals in the Roanoke and New River Valleys.  Here are the report cards published by the Leapfrog Group for two additional hospitals in our area of Virginia: 1.  Memorial Hospital of Martinsville received a “C.” Infection problems included higher than average instances of...[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]

Headlines highlight continuing problem of neglect

Some of my friends think I am on some kind of crusade, that I have taken on medical malpractice and nursing home neglect cases as a cause.  Maybe I have, but it’s with good reason.  If you doubt that, take a look at these two recent reports:   From The Roanoke Times: “Former medication aide...[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]

US News & World Reports Hospital Surveys: Johnston Memorial Hospital

I have already shared with our readers the U.S. News 2017 – 2108 Hospital Survey ratings for Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Lewis-Gale Medical Center, and Memorial Hospital of Martinsville, and Danville Regional Medical Center.  Today, I will share the results of the survey for Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Virginia.   Johnston Memorial Hospital (JMH) is a general medical...[Read More]

US News & World Reports Hospital Surveys: Danville Regional Medical Center

I have already shared with our readers the U.S. News 2017 – 2108 Hospital Survey ratings for Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Lewis-Gale Medical Center, and Memorial Hospital of Martinsville.  Today, I will share the results of the survey for Danville Regional Medical Center in Danville, Virginia. Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC) is a general medical and surgical...[Read More]

What do you mean I don’t have a case?

When people call us, they are generally emotional and hurt about what has happened to them.  That makes saying “no” one of the hardest things about my job, even when it is the right answer.   A “no” in this case generally comes in the form of recommending against pursuing a case.   The truth is...[Read More]

US News & World Reports Hospital Surveys: Martinsville Memorial Hospital

My last blog shared the U.S. News 2017 – 2018 Hospital Survey results for Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and Lewis-Gale Medical Center, both in the Roanoke Valley.  Today, I will share the results of the survey for Memorial Hospital (MMH) in Martinsville, Virginia. Memorial Hospital is a general medical and surgical hospital with 150 beds. Survey data for...[Read More]