Virginia Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

A Virginia medical malpractice attorney can assist victims of malpractice and their families to obtain financial compensation for the losses they have suffered because of the negligence of medical staff.

Depending on the circumstances of your situation, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses – both past and future – the malpractice has caused. Your attorney may also be able to pursue damages for lost wages and any loss of future income and benefits, pain and suffering, emotional anguish, and permanent disability.

Many people think that victims can only pursue malpractice claims against doctors, but that is not true. A malpractice claim or lawsuit can also be filed when the medical negligence that caused the injury or illness was committed by nurses, lab technicians, anesthesiologists, dentists, pharmacists, and medical facilities. The following are some of the more common types of malpractice our firm has handled.

Failure to Diagnose/Misdiagnosis

When a doctor fails to diagnose a condition or misdiagnoses it, a patient can lose precious time when it comes to beginning treatment for that condition. Some of the most common conditions this happens with include breast cancer, lung cancer, and heart attacks. This type of malpractice can occur because the physician dismissed a patient’s complaints, failed to order necessary testing, or a lab result was read incorrectly.

Surgical Error

Surgical errors often take place when the recognized protocols or processes are ignored or not put in place. Common errors include operating on the wrong part of the body, leaving a surgical tool or implement in the patient’s body, puncturing an organ, and not properly sterilizing surgical tools and equipment. Surgical errors often lead to permanent damage or death to the patient.

Medication Error

Medication errors can occur both while the victim is a patient at a medical facility or in an outpatient event. There are several different ways that medication errors can occur:

  • Incorrect dose for the patient
  • Incorrect medication for the patient
  • Ignoring patient allergies
  • Ignoring other medications the patient and how these drugs may interact

Birth Injury

Tragically, what should be the happiest time in a parent’s life quickly turns into a nightmare because of preventable birth injuries that leave infants permanently disabled. One of the most common birth injuries is oxygen deprivation caused by some type of inaction or improper action on the doctor’s part. These birth injuries often result in life-long, astronomically-priced medical care for the child.

Let a Virginia Medical Malpractice Attorney Fight for You

Victims of medical malpractice often have their lives severely impacted. The injuries they sustain often leave them with much pain and suffering. Victims are left with high medical expenses and financial struggles from being unable to work. And in too many cases, families are left without their loved ones because the victims do not survive the injuries.

If you or a loved one has been injured or developed a medical condition as a result of medical negligence, contact Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our skilled Virginia medical malpractice attorneys. We will thoroughly investigate your case, including consulting with the medical specialists we work with on a regular basis, and determine what type of financial compensation you are due for the losses you have suffered.