Lessons from the East: Part III

This is the third and final of my posts about my trip to Taiwan in May 2015 and how it helped my law practice.   Lesson 3: Memories and relationships, if left uncultivated and unattended, may fade. Perhaps like after any really good vacation, I came back from my trip with clear and vivid memories…[Read More]

Lessons from the East: Part II

I recently traveled to Taiwan to visit good friends.  This is the second of three posts about lessons from traveling to Taiwan that matter to my law practice.   Lesson 2:  Keep an open mind.   One of the must-see Taiwan attractions I heard about was the Maokong Gondola, essentially a cable car system in…[Read More]

A picture is worth a thousand words… and better health care.

Many radiologists spend their days never actually seeing patients, at least not in the way we ordinarily think of it.  Instead, they use computer screens to study patient x-rays, never actually meeting patients or knowing what they look like.  Does it help for radiologists to have a photograph of the patient?  One researcher’s work points to…[Read More]

Lessons from the East: Part I

I recently traveled to Taiwan and had the opportunity to see and experience how globally connected the world has become.  My time away also contributed to my perspective about my work.  This is the first of three posts about lessons from traveling to Taiwan that matter to my law practice. Lesson 1: Don’t underestimate the…[Read More]

Tell the truth, the whole truth and… or else you the patient can be blamed

The Washington Post published a simple and helpful article last week on how to be a good patient. The article encourages patients to be organized, have readily available medication lists, doctor’s names etc. And while I agree with the article, and agree that being a good patient can help doctors do a better job, I…[Read More]

Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital gets a "C" grade!

A story in today’s Roanoke Times reported on a study by a hospital safety advocacy group, The Leapfrog Group, which surveys hospitals nationwide and assess grades based upon their performance on a range of safety factors.  Those factors include timely removal of catheters, hand washing, electronic prescribing, preventing blood clots and infections, and adequate staffing.  Important issues…[Read More]

Emergency Room Doctors: How Often do they commit malpractice?

Granted, ER doctors have a tough job.  They are often faced with seriously ill or injured patients and have very little information about their overall health or medical history.   But from my perspective, emergency room physicians in Virginia still make far too many errors and mistakes in providing good medical care to their patients….and a recently released…[Read More]

Consent to a procedure is not consent to negligence.

It would be unusual to go to a doctor’s office or especially to have a procedure or surgery done and not sign a bunch of forms, including a consent form.  While it may seem like you are signing away everything (that is, if you have the chance to read them at all), in Virginia, consent…[Read More]