Medical Errors: How do you know when it happens to you?

Most of the time you (or your family if you are no longer around) know if medical negligence has occurred because the unanticipated injury is obvious or the patient has unexpectedly died.  However, this is not always the case which brings me to a recent article in the Roanoke Times reporting on all of the…[Read More]

Remembering Veterans Beyond Veterans Day

It is easy in this Hallmark, holiday driven world to get caught up in celebrating something or someone on its designated day.  But we should not forget them the rest of the year either.  That is certainly true for celebrating and appreciating veterans.   We practice law out of Roanoke, Virginia.  That means it would…[Read More]

Doctor admits lying in support of colleague at trial!

My firm handles medical malpractice cases and it never ceases to amaze me how defense lawyers, hired by the medical malpractice insurance companies who insure the defendant doctor, always find some well-credentialed and well-educated doctor to come to trial and testify that the defendant did nothing wrong.  We have seen some unbelievable situations.  Recently, a well-traveled…[Read More]

How to pick a surgeon

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 Instructed to Go Light on Sedatives and Pain Meds to Move Patients Along?

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]

Watch out for medical mistakes while in the hospital

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]