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Will I Have to
Go to Trial?

Some people are excited about the possibility of a jury trial for their case. Many, if not most, are concerned and worried about having to go to trial.

If you are in the latter category, it may help to know the vast majority of civil cases do not go all the way to trial. Most of them settle before they reach that point. To place a case in the best position to settle for the highest value, however, the case must be ready to be tried.

What Happens to a Doctor or
Nursing Home When Sued?

Oftentimes a client will ask, “What happens to the doctor/ nursing home if they are sued?” Some clients are concerned that while the treatment they received was poor, they do not want to put a doctor or nursing home out of business. There are a variety of considerations that may arise in the event of a successful lawsuit against a Virginia doctor or nursing home. From a legal perspective, however, virtually nothing will happen to the defendant doctor.

Talking About Your Loss,
Again and Again

In wrongful death cases that involve medical malpractice or negligence by nursing homes, there is one thing that stands out as the most difficult for family members – having to relive their loss over and over during the case.

Unfortunately, it’s unavoidable. But it is also manageable, and here are some ideas to make it more manageable.

Filing a Medical Malpractice Case
is Not for the Weak or Timid

This week, I watched a family who had suffered the worst health care crisis imaginable, listen while a stranger told them that settling their lawsuit would give them peace.

I know for a fact, when you lose a loved one, winning or losing a lawsuit does not bring peace. The loss still exists and is in no way alleviated by accepting money from a negligent party.

Medicaid – Anything but Simple in a
Medical Malpractice or 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 series 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 income; rather, Medicaid carries with it some very complicated and important legal issues in a lawsuit.

So Now You Are a Plaintiff In a Lawsuit –
How Long Will This Take?

Timing is everything. And yet, when you file a lawsuit and are subject to the Court’s availability and the calendars of lawyers and other parties, the wheels of justice can move very, very slowly.

So How Long Will Your Virginia Injury Case Take? The sad but true answer is, it depends – but likely between 1 and 2 years. Even if our firm only had your case to handle, cases take time. The arch of your case could look something like this:

What Costs Can I Anticipate in Prosecuting
a Medical Malpractice Case?

Medical malpractice cases are typically complex and very different from most personal injury cases. This article will attempt to summarize what we tell our clients about the litigation costs they can anticipate as their case progresses.

First, we must collect all of the relevant medical records. These records will come from a hospital (where a failed surgery occurred), the treating doctor’s office, the patient’s primary care physician or family doctor, records from any subsequent treating doctors or hospitalizations necessary to correct the negligent doctor’s harm, and even pharmacy records extending back multiple years.