Virginia Medical Malpractice Lawyers Help Victims of Doctor Mistakes
Representing those hurt by misdiagnosis, medication errors and surgical errors
There are a nearly endless amount of mistakes that a medical professional can make, many of which cause serious injury or harm to patients. When a doctor or nurse makes an error that they should have avoided and you are injured due to that error, you may have a medical malpractice claim under Virginia law. At The Law Office of Jeremiah A. Denton III, our attorneys bring claims against surgeons, pharmacists, nurses and entire hospitals. We stand up to even the biggest insurance companies and law firms in court to get you and your family justice. Our team represents clients throughout Virginia from our office in Virginia Beach.
Types of mistakes that cause medical malpractice injuries
Medical malpractice is the result of a mistake by a medical professional, a medical facility or an elder care facility. Some common types of medical mistakes include:
- Surgical errors. Mistakes made during surgery include operating on the wrong body part, leaving a foreign object inside a patient’s body and performing surgery incorrectly. A doctor can also be held liable for normal complications if he or she failed to warn you of these risks ahead of time.
- Medication errors. Giving a patient the wrong medicine or the wrong dosage often results in serious complications. Overdose and interactions with other medications are very serious issues.
- When a doctor fails to diagnose a disease, the patient may not get necessary treatment right away. In cases where a condition is misdiagnosed, there is the additional risk of unnecessary and potentially harmful treatment or surgery.
- Nursing home neglect. Abuse, neglect and negligence are constant problems at elder care facilities. If your parent or loved one has been mistreated, we will work hard to hold those responsible accountable under the law.
In Virginia, adults generally have two years from the date of injury to bring a medical malpractice claim. In cases where an object was left inside a surgical patient, cases where a doctor intentionally concealed an injury or cases where a doctor failed to diagnose a cancer, the patient has one year from the date they discovered or should have discovered the problem to bring a claim. In all cases, claims must be brought within 10 years. It is important that you contact a Virginia Beach personal injury attorney as soon as possible.
How Virginia laws affect your possible recovery
Like many states, Virginia places a cap on medical malpractice recoveries. This cap covers all types of damages, from medical expenses to pain and suffering. It even includes punitive damages. The cap increases every year on July 1st. The current limit can be found on a chart provided by the State of Virginia.
In spite of this cap, our attorneys are frequently able to help families recover damages for medical bills, pain, suffering, disfigurement and lost wages.
Investigating and building your medical malpractice case
In order to investigate your case, your med mal attorney will gather evidence from your medical records. You will also be examined by doctors to determine the extent of your injuries. Medical experts will be used to determine the proper standard of care that the doctor should have used when treating you. These experts may testify at trial to help prove the cause of your injuries. Each case takes a different amount of time to resolve. Some cases are settled in a few months, while others can take years.
Trust our attorneys to help you get justice after a medical mistake
If you or a family member has experienced an injury or a worsened condition due to the actions of a medical professional or facility, we can help. The attorneys at The Law Office of Jeremiah A. Denton III provide medical malpractice victims with experienced and aggressive representation in Virginia Beach and throughout the state. We take difficult cases that other law firms don’t want to litigate. Call us today at 757-215-4818 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.