I read with interest an op-ed letter in this week’s Wall Street Journal (May 18, 2016). The letter was written by James Lieber, a lawyer in Pittsburgh. He noted the recently released studies revealing an astonishingly high number of Americans lose their lives each year due to preventable medical negligence. His suggestions to improve patient care include:…[Read More]
Johns Hopkins researchers estimate that medical error is now the third leading cause of death in America. The numbers are shocking: 1. Heart Disease kills 614,348 each year 2. Cancer kills 591,699 each year 3. Medical Errors kill 251,454 each year Do the math. That translates to 689 people die every day (365 days a year)…[Read More]
I read with interest today an article written by Joe and Teresa Graedon (The People’s Pharmacy) about dangerous drug combinations. The article described a patient who was taking an ACE inhibitor for high blood pressure who soon thereafter was prescribed Bactrim (an antibiotic). Within days the patient reported almost passing out due to very low…[Read More]
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]