If you need emergent surgery, there is no decision to make. You take whomever the hospital assigns or whomever is available. But what about elective surgeries like hip or knee replacements… or a heart valve repair…or certain cancer surgeries? For me, I would always choose the surgeon with the most experience. The surgeon who has…[Read More]
Doctors are people. Just like the rest of us. They have specialized training, and a skill set many of us do not have, but like all of us – they are human. And, it is (in my experience and opinion) human nature to want to help your patients with information, but at the same time,…[Read More]
This week alone I have been invited to become: National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Lawyers Something great with the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys Charter Member of a some Women’s Litigation Group Best Lawyers in America – Virginia, Medical Malpractice Does that mean you should hire me? Absolutely not. Some if not most…[Read More]
Are you kidding me? A hospital taking short cuts to discharge patients too early in order to increase revenue? Erik Franck, MD, an anesthesiologist practicing at the Kaiser Permanente hospitals in the Portland, Oregon has filed a lawsuit against Northwest Permanente (a division of Kaiser Permanente) making these very allegations. Dr. Franck believes Kaiser was more interested in…[Read More]
I didn’t write the title to today’s post but I certainly agree with it. The title to today’s post comes from The People’s Pharmacy and was written by Joe and Teresa Graedon. The article was re-published by my local paper, The Roanoke Times, and presents some pretty sobering statistics: 1. Medical error is the…[Read More]
My precious little girl will often cry when she is sad, or she feels challenged, or her feelings are hurt, etc. As a parent, I try my best to recognize the pain. To hear it, name it, and give her freedom from it by recognizing it as being real. But often, I recognize that what…[Read More]
No such thing as a simple surgery. Seriously. And no surgery is totally without risk. We have had patients die during hip repairs, and suffer life changing injury after routine colonoscopies and or gallbladder surgeries. We have seen patients die during child delivery, cancer surgeries, and other ‘routine procedures.’ Sometimes, the health care providers do…[Read More]
My name is Lauren Ellerman I am a lawyer in Roanoke Virginia. Learn more about me here.
I rarely claim Florida as home – but this week, I wear my Sunshine State flag with pride. My family is there. My brother and sister in law, often visit dine and enjoy what Orlando, Tampa and Miami nightlife have to offer. My high-school friends are there – and many, I am confident, have been…[Read More]
Thinking of calling a lawyer with your potential medical malpractice claim – how should you prepare?
I ask Google at least 3 or 4 questions a day. I ask for advice on pronunciation, recipes, geography and more. Last week my husband asked Google whether the new Jungle Book movie was appropriate for a 4 year old (the answer, in case you are wondering, is no. it is not.) It therefore occurs…[Read More]