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MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

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]

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]