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MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

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]

Justice isn’t just

A recent situation unfolding in the United States Senate (namely the hearings related to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court) have consumed our attention, outrage and thoughts for many weeks.  Polls suggest that while almost 60% of Americans find the accuser credible, most Americans also believe there should be some additional corroborating evidence...[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]

Late Diagnosis of Lung Cancer

I want to share with you the facts of a very sad case recently reported in a legal journal.  A 58 year old male smoker underwent a routine physical, which included a chest x-ray.  The x-ray was interpreted as normal by a reviewing radiologist.  Three years later, the patient was diagnosed with metastatic lung cancer. ...[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]

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]