The questions on this page were answered by our team of Virginia Beach & Norfolk personal injury attorneys. The questions are categorized by practice area such as car accidents, medical malpractice, wrongful death, etc. If you have specific questions about your situation, contact our firm to set up a free consultation with an actual attorney.
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Why should I take legal action if I have a DePuy ASR hip replacement device?
You may already have pain and tissue damage from the defective implant. You may have already had a revision surgery. If you have had to have this expensive and painful surgery, you may be entitled to compensation for medical costs and pain and suffering.
Is there a medical malpractice insurance crisis in the US?Evidence suggests that this is not the case. A report by the Consumer Advocacy Coalition stated that insurance rates for doctors in recent years have remained stable, and total compensation paid to medical malpractice victims fell by 11% from 2001 to 2002.
Do states with medical malpractice caps on damages have higher insurance rates for medical providers?An independent insurance agency found that in states with caps on medical malpractice damages, insurance rates for doctors actually rose more than in states without caps.
How many adverse event reports has the FDA received for IVC filters?FDA has received at least 900 such reports from patients with IVC filters. Several clinical studies have also confirmed that these filters pose health risks to patients.
How many people have died in the US due to problems with their IVC filter?Almost 30 people have died because of a defective IVC filter. This medical device is implanted in the inferior vena cava or IVC to catch blood clots.
What are common problems with IVC filters?Patients have reported several problems with the medical devices, such as the filter changing position and getting stuck in a place where it causes harm, including organ damage. Also, if the filter moves, part of it can break off and enter the bloodstream, leading to serious damage to the lungs or heart.
What if I am the victim of medical malpractice in an ER?
When you are treated in an ER, the hospital may not have the chance to inform you that the doctor does not work for the hospital. In this case, the hospital may be responsible for the medical malpractice for the physician.
When might I be able to sue the hospital for a doctor's mistake?
If the hospital did not make it clear that the independent contractor doctor was not an employee, it is possible then to sue the hospital. But most hospitals spell this out in admission forms.
If my physician makes a mistake while treating me in a hospital, can I sue the healthcare facility?
Hospitals are not generally responsible for the doctor's medical malpractice IF he is not employed by that hospital; many doctors are independent contractors, not hospital employees.
What are common emergency room medical errors?
The most common emergency room errors that a Virginia malpractice attorney handles include:
- Delayed diagnosis
- Diagnostic testing errors, such as failing to conduct needed tests or conducting the wrong ones
- Discharging patients too soon
- Laboratory mistakes
- Lack of staff communication
- Medication errors
- Missed diagnosis
- Poor patient monitoring
- Radiology mistakes
- Refusing to treat a patient who has no health insurance (this is referred to as “patient dumping”)
- Slow triage which results in patients waiting too long before they are seen by medical staff