VIRGINIA COULD LEARN SOMETHING FROM FLORIDA

In 2004, Florida passed a law known as the “Patients’ Right-to-Know Amendment.” The law allows patients to see previously confidential hospital or physician records of any adverse medical incident at a facility. Such incidents can range from medical malpractice to a near miss, such as a doctor almost giving a patient the wrong medication. Virginia should follow Florida’s lead.

In Virginia, as elsewhere, hospitals are required to investigate the facts surrounding medical mistakes and other poor outcomes. The process is called “peer review” and its purpose is to learn from mistakes and take steps to prevent the recurrence of those mistakes. This information should be available to the public.

Don’t you want to know if your doctor or hospital has had a large number of medical mistakes? I do!

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.