RECENT ROANOKE JURY AWARD

Dan blogged this week on a local jury verdict of $340,000 in a medical malpractice case. We know the case and the attorneys well. It is actually the 4th time the lawyers tried the case – that means they started trial 3 times earlier and something occurred along the way to prevent the trial from continuing.

What I imagine, is the expense for both sides of having to pay experts, court reporters and lawyers to appear in trial and prepare three different times. Probably $100,000 for the doctor’s insurance carrier, and $50,000 for the family for expert costs. It is not that these numbers scare us from trying cases – I simply think it is a sad state when “justice” requires over $150,000 be spent – to even get a case to final conclusion. Most families can’t afford that, and I reminded weekly that good, valid cases, languish because “justice” comes at a price far to high for the average Virginian.

So what else can families do, other than file a lawsuit? They can call the Virginia Department of Health on a nursing home, nurse, doctor – and file a formal complaint. Call 1-800-955-1819 to reach the Department of Health. At least it won’t cost $100,000!

Dan Frith

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.