Suing the VA by yourself, without a lawyer, isn’t a good idea!

Friends – I read an article today in Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly about a brave woman who took on the VA hospital system herself, without an attorney. Sadly, the case was dismissed for procedural reasons – she didn’t have the experts federal law requires.  We help families evaluate whether they have a valid Virginia medical malpractice…[Read More]

Suing the VA (Veterans Administration) for Malpractice in Virginia

Our office has long represented Veterans in medical malpractice cases against our local VA hospitals. Sadly, despite years of National political discussion, and pressure from the media, our Veterans are still not receiving the high level of medical care and treatment we promised them years and years ago. And when our office evaluates a case…[Read More]

The Justice System – like the Superbowl? No way. Much more unpredictable.

IS JUSTICE JUST? SOMETIMES. DOES THE BETTER TEAM WIN THE SUPERBOWL? SOMETIMES.  When someone calls our office and it is clear to our attorneys that the medical care they received was negligent (meaning, below the standard of medical care one should receive), and as a result of this negligent care they suffered a serious injury,…[Read More]

The fight to get medical records

To investigate a medical malpractice case, we need to see the patient’s medical records.  One of the more frustrating parts of my professional life is dealing with doctors’ offices, hospitals, HealthPort, IOD, and others in an attempt to help our clients get their own medical records.   Some of the stumbling blocks include: long and…[Read More]

Duodenoscope and Infections: Disturbing News

Duodenoscopes are used in more than 600,000 procedures, called endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) in the United States each year. The procedure is the least invasive way of draining fluids from pancreatic and biliary ducts blocked by tumors, gallstones or other conditions. A recent article in the Wall Street Journal reported that the Food and Drug…[Read More]

Greater Risks in Virginia’s Rural Hospitals

I just finished reading a disturbing article in the December 27 issue of the Wall Street Journal titled, “New Risks at Rural Hospitals.”  The article describes a relatively new program put in place by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) designed to provide financial assistance to small rural hospitals.  Good idea right?  Maybe…[Read More]

The first Christmas without.

For many of the people we represent in medical malpractice cases who have lost a family member, the holidays take on a different meaning.  Rather than cheer and joy, sadness can take over.  As I’ve talked to some of our clients over the past few weeks, I have been reminded of this reality.   And…[Read More]

How to check out your Doctor

We all use “Google” to check out plumbers and contractors/repairmen and Avvo to check out lawyers and Yelp to check out restaurants…but what about checking out our doctors?  We can all accept a bad restaurant meal or less than professional plumber…at least once.  We should not accept a treating physician who has had her license revoked for providing…[Read More]

Drug Interactions Can Kill

For the most part, the advancement of science and medicine has both improved and prolonged our lives.  We can take medications which keep our heart beating at a normal rhythm, lower our blood pressure, reduce our cholesterol, increase blood flow, and on and on.  The problem with all of these new and wonderful medications is that doctors…[Read More]