Medical Care in the New River Valley and Southwest Virginia

I posted a blog last week about my ties to Blacksburg and the New River Valley, and my concerns over the quality of medical care provided to the fine folks who live in those areas. A reader of that post asked me to be more specific about my comments and, while protecting the confidentiality of patients and their health care providers, I quickly searched the Virginia Department of Health Professions’ website for documented cases involving health care providers in Southwest Virginia.  My search was limited to cases during the last 16 months (January 2015 through April 2016) and what follows is a list of cases and/or actions by the department and locations:

  Abingdon – 4

  Big Stone Gap – 2

  Blacksburg – 4

  Bluefield – 2

  Buchanan – 2

  Clintwood – 2

  Floyd – 2

  Norton – 2

  Pounding Mill – 2

  Tazewell – 3

  Willis – 3

  Wise – 3

  Wytheville – 2

The list totals 33 matters in less than 16 months.  This list doesn’t include cases against dentists, nurses, pharmacists, optometrists, or hospitals.  Even more important, substantially all of the medical negligence cases we handle in the New River Valley and Southwest Virginia never end up with a report to, or decision by, the Virginia Department of Health Professions.  In other words, it is unlikely many of the above “cases’ resulted in a filed medical malpractice claim.

My Take:  The good people of the New River Valley and Southwest Virginia are not getting good medical care. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dan Frith

Dan Frith has over 25 years of experience representing individuals and families in cases of medical malpractice throughout Virginia. He has been named "Best Medical Malpractice Attorney" by Roanoker Magazine and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. To speak with Dan, contact him by email at dfrith@frithlawfirm.com.