Was your surgeon with you the entire time of your operation? Maybe not.

It is called “concurrent surgery” or “double-booking.” One surgeon schedules two surgeries (for two different patients) in two different operating rooms at the same time. Here is how it works.  Let’s say two of  Dr. John Smith’s patients are scheduled for hip replacement surgery next Wednesday, both procedures starting at 7:30AM.  Both patients show up at the hospital…[Read More]

Did your hospital tell you that a mistake was made?

Mistakes happen and when they happen in a hospital setting patients get injured and sometimes die.  More than 400,000 Americans die annually in part because of avoidable medical errors, according to a 2013 estimate published in the Journal of Patient Safety. In 2008, the most recent year studied, medical errors cost the country $19.5 billion, most…[Read More]

Much deserved recognition for Lauren Ellerman

I work with capable and skilled attorneys who also happen to be great people.  I know that, but it is especially nice when a reputable outside organization thoroughly vets them and says so, too.   The Virginia Law Foundation tagline is “promoting through philanthropy the rule of law, access to justice, and law-related education.”  It…[Read More]

Virginia Veterans Administration – our Veterans deserve better care!

This year, like most years, our office received calls from veterans who served in Vietnam, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan and in combat zones across the globe.  They don’t call us because their loved ones were injured overseas, they call us because their loved ones were injured by negligent and substandard medical care here in Virginia. Care…[Read More]

Bad Blood – Is the company who provided the blood at fault?

In the 1980s we learned of horror stories where individuals in need of blood transfusions are told months later they have been given blood contaminated with HIV, Hepatitis, and other very lethal and life altering viruses.  But today is 2015, so can we assume that the blood being provided at our state of the art…[Read More]

Why medical malpractice?

Work is work, but meaningful work makes it so much more.  So why do I do medical malpractice law?   I attended a luncheon today honoring United States District Judge Elizabeth Dillon for her service to an organization.  Many local attorneys who do many different things (think Social Security disability to employment law to business…[Read More]

Sometimes the Pathologist is Right

A pathologist is a physician who examines tissues, checks the accuracy of lab tests, and interprets the test results in order to facilitate the patient’s diagnosis and treatment.  They often play a very important role in the correct diagnosis and treatment of patients…they just operate behind the scene and I recently read a case report which highlights…[Read More]

Does your Surgeon have enough experience?

I get it…if a doctor tells us we need surgery we typically accept the recommendation and tell him/her to schedule the procedure.  This conversation happens thousands of times a day all over the United States.  But what if your surgery is a very complicated and involved procedure like bariatric surgeries, gastric bypasses, pancreatic surgery, aortic…[Read More]