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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]

Did your hospital tell you that a mistake was made?

Mistakes happen and when they happen in a hospital setting patients get injured and sometimes die.  More than 400,000 Americans die annually in part because of avoidable medical errors, according to a 2013 estimate published in the Journal of Patient Safety. In 2008, the most recent year studied, medical errors cost the country $19.5 billion, most…[Read More]

Bad Blood – Is the company who provided the blood at fault?

In the 1980s we learned of horror stories where individuals in need of blood transfusions are told months later they have been given blood contaminated with HIV, Hepatitis, and other very lethal and life altering viruses.  But today is 2015, so can we assume that the blood being provided at our state of the art…[Read More]

Why third party liens can make or break your case

Sometimes, we turn down valid cases because it doesn’t make sense for a family to pursue a case and end up with nothing.  Often we turn down cases because we know families will be disappointed when only the attorneys, experts and government recovers in a case.  More often, we turn down a case because the potential…[Read More]

Why Does Carilion Settle Cases in Outlying Courts?

Laurence Hammack wrote an interesting article in the October 11, 2015 edition of the Roanoke Times titled, “Pattern of settling lawsuits against Roanoke-area hospitals makes them hard to find.”  The article addressed the practice by Carilion, with the approval of the involved attorneys and parties, of dismissing (or “nonsuiting” which will be explained below) wrongful death cases filed…[Read More]

Medical Errors: The Silent Killer in Medicine

We see preventable and avoidable medical negligence cases every day.  Cases in which someone loses a husband, wife, child, parent, or friend.  The number of people who are injured or killed by medical negligence is staggering.  Don’t take my word for it.  On September 22, 2015, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its report, “Improving…[Read More]

Hernia Repair Malpractice in Virginia

Just yesterday I was reading the medical records in a potential case, and I saw a Virginia surgeon write the following in a pre-op note for a patient who had a large hernia: Have explained to patient risks of procedure, including damage to liver, kidney, bowel, stomach and surrounding organs. Patient verbalizes understanding.  So I…[Read More]