WHAT TO DO WHEN A DOCTOR / HOSPITAL…

Medical Malpractice lawsuits are appropriate for someone who has suffered the following:

1. Medical negligence (mistake wherein the provider failed to meet the standard of care)

2. That directly caused an injury

3. The injury is signficant or permanent and

4. Because of the injury, you lost significant money (lost wages, medical bills etc.)

Medical Malpractice lawsuits are not appropriate in the following circumstances:

1. A doctor was mean or unkind

2. A mistake was made, discovered and easily corrected

3. A healthcare provider was rude or thoughtless

4. Your family suffered emotional harm because of a healthcare provider’s carelessness, mistake etc., rudeness, etc.

If any of the above (rudeness, unkindness, easily corrected mistake) occurred, you could always:

1. Call and ask to speak with someone about the issue / event

2. File a formal complaint

3. Let the health care provider know, in a kind, gracious and articulate way that you were hurt, disappointed, harmed, etc.

I would not recommend sending RUDE LETTERS – STERN LETTERS – ANY KIND OF LETTER expressing your anger

So while you may not have a medical malpractice case, that does not mean you are without recourse.. or options.

But please use your head. Threatening letters rarely get you anywhere whereas kind, thoughtful communications expressing your concern are often very effective at bringing change.

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.