Virginia Medical Malpractice Attorney
Virginia attorney Ed Meade at The Meade Law Firm handles medical malpractice claims for serious injuries that come about as a result of misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose, emergency room errors, medication errors, infections, or surgical errors on the part of doctors, physicians and surgeons. Serious injuries may include birth injuries, organ failure, brain injury, spinal cord injury, mental illness, disfigurement, paralysis and disability.
While most doctors and hospitals bring health and hope to millions, many Americans are injured or killed each year due to medical mistakes. As many as 100,000 patients die each year as a result of medical errors. More than 1,000,000 patients are injured or harmed as a result of medical mistakes each year.
When we enter a hospital for treatment we expect good and responsible care and treatment. When doctors, nurses, and hospital facilities make mistakes, attorney Ed Meade fights for those who are seriously harmed or injured.
Medical professionals have a clear duty to provide you with reasonable care. While getting a bad result does not mean that medical malpractice has occurred, unreasonable behavior by a physician or hospital constitutes malpractice if the unreasonable behavior causes injury.
Some examples of medical errors include the following:
- Surgical error
- Anesthesia error
- Improper discharge
- Misinterpretation of diagnostic test results
- Failure to order diagnostic tests
- Incorrect dosage of medication
- Administration of incorrect medicine
- Failure to take a patient’s full medical history
- Failure to create a follow-up plan
- Failure to conduct a physical exam
- Failure to properly document the medical chart
- Confusion between patients
- Incorrect medical knowledge
- Failure to follow safety standards
- Preventable infections
- Failure to diagnose
- Emergency room errors
Negligence on the part of health care providers can result in catastrophic medical complications. Some conditions may be treatable with extensive care but others are irreversible and may result in permanent disability or even death.
Examples of serious complications associated with health care negligence include:
- Oxygen depravation
- Brain injury
- Organ failure
- Nerve damage
- Heart failure
- Internal bleeding
- Birth injuries and defects
- Brachial plexus injury
- Cerebral palsy
- Drug overdose
- Heart attack
- Renal disease
- Kidney damage
- Bile duct injury
- Birth asphyxia
- Birth-related neurological injury
- Septic shock
- Spinal cord injury
In Virginia, there is a cap placed on most medical negligence cases, which means that the innocent victim is limited with respect to the amount of compensation he or she may receive. Notwithstanding these limitations, victims of medical negligence deserve compensation. It is in everyone’s interest to have medical errors and mistakes exposed and so they can be prevented in the future.
If a hospital, physician, nurse, or other medical provider fails to provide adequate and proper medical treatment, the victim may face a new injury or illness while the existing health problem continues to get worse. Virginia attorney Ed Meade at The Meade Law Firm is here to help if you or a loved one has been harmed as a result of medical malpractice. Please contact us today in order to schedule a free and confidential consultation. We want to help. (804) 377-2273.