For years we have heard the following from families across western Virginia: My sister went in for a routine procedure, and now she is in ICU on a ventilator. I don’t know what happened, but something did. We hear the phrase routine procedure, and we, as patients think – risk free. safe. no likelihood of complication….[Read More]
It is not my question…but it is a great question. Drs. Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz are asking the question. The doctors have a syndicated newspaper column and website which are well worth the time to read. The Roanoke Times ran the article today on whether your hospital is just offering you a big screen TV in…[Read More]
I posted a blog last week about my ties to Blacksburg and the New River Valley, and my concerns over the quality of medical care provided to the fine folks who live in those areas. A reader of that post asked me to be more specific about my comments and, while protecting the confidentiality of…[Read More]
I have a medical malpractice case, but the lawyer says I have to pay back Medicare, Medicaid or the Insurance Company – why?
Have you been told you may have a medical malpractice case, but that you will have to repay your health insurance provider (Medicare, Medicaid, etc.) first from any recovery? Let me try to explain the process, and why in some cases, the liens are so high – we don’t even recommend filing suit: 5 minute…[Read More]
I was born in Blacksburg (don’t ask how long ago) and still have several family members who live there today. It was and is a great place with great people. Although I now live 30 miles away in Roanoke, I have always considered myself a “Blacksburg person” and always look forward to traveling in the New…[Read More]
I recently posted a short article on the results of a survey conducted by Virginia Health Information based in Richmond, Virginia. The survey consisted of questions asked of patients to rate their experience with their hospitals and the complete results are listed here. A few of our local hospitals did not fare well. The following…[Read More]
What is craft and why does it matter when you hire a Virginia Medical Malpractice Lawyer to represent your family?
Forgive the shadow. Forgive the bad picture. Read Rob Bell’s new book How to be Here. And consider for yourself, and folks that you engage professionally and personally, do you want to hire a lawyer that is driven by personal success (maybe) or craft? Craft is when you have profound sense…[Read More]
A loved one recently told me that she knew the back surgeon who had done a very complicated but successful surgery on her years ago had received some bad online reviews related to his bedside manner. She knew about the reviews and they neither surprised her, nor altered her confidence in the physician in any…[Read More]
I get this question from friends and acquaintances all the time. People know I represent the victims of medical negligence in the western half of Virginia and want to know which hospital is best. The question is not an easy one to answer because it depends on the reason for your hospitalization. One hospital may…[Read More]
Almost every hospital, doctor, and nurse in America has malpractice insurance which provides coverage in the event their acts of negligence (medical malpractice) causes injury or death to a patient. Just like most lawyers have malpractice insurance in the event their mistakes cause harm to their clients. This is a good thing. Now to the…[Read More]