Medical Malpractice

The Truth About Medical Malpractice Suits

by Staff Blogger | October 31st, 2016

Every year, there are thousands of medical malpractice claims brought against negligent medical professionals. But for the patients who seek justice, just as many decide to not come forward, which we believe is a shame. One of the main reasons for keeping silent is the victim’s reluctance to sue their doctor for fear that it will ruin his or her career. However, in our experience, that’s just not the case.

Most folks in Norfolk wouldn’t think of driving without car insurance. Why? Because they know the inherent risks of getting out on the road every day. Chances are you may eventually be involved in an accident and therefore need an insurance company to take the brunt of the financial impact. The same is true for doctors. Most physicians carry medical malpractice insurance for the same reason. They know that there’s a good chance that they’ll make a mistake at some point in their career that may result in a lawsuit, and with medical malpractice insurance, they’re fully prepared when it does.

If you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice, you deserve compensation for what you’ve been through. Call an experienced Norfolk medical malpractice attorney today for a free, no obligation consultation. We’ll negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf to get what’s fair.

Holding Medical Professionals to their Oath

by Staff Blogger | August 15th, 2016

Our doctors made a promise when they first started practicing medicine. It’s called the Hippocratic Oath, and it states that doctors should first “do no harm.” By taking that oath, our medical professionals are making a promise to every future patient that they will do their best to ensure the patient’s safety throughout treatment. No medical professional is perfect and will make mistakes in the course of their careers, but we expect them to hold themselves to a high standard. When a medical professional lowers that standard, even for a moment, the results can be devastating.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we protect the rights of medical malpractice victims by holding negligent medical professionals accountable for their careless acts. You went under their care with the understanding that your wellbeing would be their top priority. Now the injuries they caused have changed your life forever, leaving you wondering what to do next. Give us a call. Our team of medical malpractice attorneys will fully investigate the cause of your injuries and work to get you maximum compensation for your injuries.

By coming forward, you are doing more than protecting your rights; you’re also raising the standard for medical professionals, potentially making it safer for Norfolk patients in the future. If you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice, give us a call immediately for a free consultation. We’re ready to help.

Medical Malpractice Cases in Norfolk

by Staff Blogger | June 20th, 2016

Recent advancements in medical and surgical technology have enabled physicians and surgeons to extend longevity, eliminate risk factors, and save lives that previously would have been lost. Despite the increased survival rates, no one wants to have surgery. It’s scary, no matter how minor the procedure may be or how many times it has been performed successfully. When we must go under the knife, we trust the surgeon and his/her medical team to give us their best. When that doesn’t happen, the consequences can be devastating.

Medical malpractice continues to negatively impact Norfolk patients, and a quarter of those medical malpractice cases begin in the surgery room. Safe surgical procedures require complete concentration on the part of the surgeon from the moment you are put under until you wake up in recovery. Any lapse in judgment or concentration can lead to serious injury and even death. If you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice, you deserve to be compensated for their negligence, but proving medical malpractice can be difficult on your own. You need an experienced medical malpractice attorney to investigate your case and hold the hospital accountable.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of medical malpractice, give us a call immediately for a free consultation. Our team of investigators will uncover the true cause of your injuries and fight to get you maximum compensation.

What is Medical Malpractice?

by Staff Blogger | April 4th, 2016

Medical malpractice is one of the most misunderstood legal terms, as it is often confused with medical negligence. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we feel it’s important that potential victims and their families know the difference so they can make an informed decision on what to do next. Let’s take a look at both terms separately.

Medical negligence is improper, unskilled, or negligent treatment of a patient by a physician or other medical professional. An example of medical negligence is if your physician prescribed the wrong dosage for a medication. That was negligent and improper treatment and would fall under the medical negligence category. However, it can also be medical malpractice if we add one element to the equation: harm.

Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is harmed by the negligent behavior or treatment of a medical professional. If taking the incorrect medication dosage prescribed led to physical or mental harm, you may be the victim of medical malpractice. The key to a medical malpractice case is injury. If you received negligent care but did not sustain any injuries, you probably don’t have a case.

However, if you believe you were the victim of medical malpractice, call us today. Our experienced medical malpractice lawyers will investigate the cause of your injuries and hold the responsible parties accountable. Call today for a free consultation.

$125,000 Settlement Reached in Norfolk Medical Malpractice Case

by | June 1st, 2015

Medical professionals have a responsibility to properly diagnose and treat their patients’ conditions. Any error in care or any act of negligence could lead to the patient who was harmed taking legal action through civil litigation.

Our Norfolk medical malpractice lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers say the case of an 11-year-old girl successfully suing the federal government over her negligent medical care serves as an example of such litigation.

Reports indicate the tip of the girl’s thumb was cut when it was accidentally closed in a car door in 2011. She was taken to Sewells Point Branch Medical Clinic—which is operated by the U.S. Navy—in Norfolk to have the injury stitched. Staff applied a pressure wrap to the injury to control the bleeding, but the pressure was too much and shut off circulation to the injury. This resulted in necrosis and the loss of the appendage.

An article from WAVY 10 News says the girl and her family filed suit and a settlement in the sum of $125,000 was recently reached. The money will go into a trust and the child will receive payments from the settlement when she turns 18, 21, and 25 years old.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we believe in holding those in the medical industry accountable for their actions and our Norfolk personal injury lawyers are hopeful the settlement that has been reached in this particular case brings closure to the incident for the victim and her family.

FDA Proposes Defective Product Regulations for Laboratory Developed Tests

by | March 2nd, 2015

Laboratory developed tests (LDTs) are diagnostic procedures that are often used to determine if a child suffers from a genetic disorder. Currently, these tests are overseen by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services. Now though, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed a set of new regulations for these procedures, claiming they have the authority to control these tests as if they were a medical product.

While many believe the new set of regulations can improve patient safety in the medical industry, others believe the new laws could implicate LDTs as a defective product.

An article released by The National Law Review highlights several recent cases in which parents of children suffering from genetic disorders successfully sued laboratories for failing to supply them with accurate test results. This has forced many labs to seek refuge under the Virginia Medical Malpractice Act, which places caps on the amount of damages that can be awarded in cases where a medical professional or facility’s mistake led to a patient suffering harm.

A decision on the new regulations is expected to be released in the near future. In the meantime, the Norfolk personal injury attorneys with Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers are here to help if you’ve been harmed by a medical error that occurred through no fault of your own. Just give us a call at (757) 459-CASH to get started on your case today.

Is the Political Influence of Lobbyists Affecting Virginia Medical Malpractice Cases?

by | October 6th, 2014

Each year, thousands of Virginians are harmed by mistakes while receiving treatment from medical professionals. While these individuals may have a right to file a Virginia medical malpractice lawsuit, they may be fighting more than just the doctors and hospitals involved in their injuries.

Medical lobbyists spend millions of dollars per year in their efforts to influence state and federal lawmakers, and too often their influence isn’t in favor of the patient. These lobbyists are one of the reasons patients in our state have few rights to protection other than filing a complaint or lawsuit against the doctor responsible for their injuries.

The problem is highlighted by the failure of two recent bills that were aimed at preventing the falsification of medical records in our state. An article from Watch Dog Wire explains both laws went before committees and were defeated. There is still no law in Virginia against falsifying medical records.

So what does this mean to the patient? Some believe it shows the need to have legal representation from a Virginia personal injury lawyer if you’re harmed as the result of a medical professional’s error.

Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley and the legal team at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers have assisted numerous injury victims with their cases and can do the same for you. To learn more about how we can help, call us today at (757) 459-CASH.

Virginia Medical Malpractice Cap Rises to $2.15 Million

by | July 14th, 2014

Medical professionals have a legal and ethical responsibility to protect the safety of their patients. Failures to do so may result in civil litigation against the parties responsible for the patient’s harm.

In cases of Virginia medical malpractice, determining the amount of money an injured patients can receive is complicated by a cap schedule the state has placed on such awards.

In 1999, state officials designed a schedule that would allow a slight increase in the amount that can be awarded to victims of Virginia medical malpractice. It began with a $1.5 million medical malpractice cap on July 1, 2000, and has progressed to a cap of $2.15 million on July 1, 2014.

The amount that an individual can be awarded depends on when the accident, injury, or medical error occurred. In other words, an individual can only be awarded the amount of the cap during the year their injury occurs.

In 2031, the cap will max out at a total of $3 million.

There are also statutes of limitations that apply to Virginia medical malpractice claims, which is why it’s important to speak with an attorney about your case as soon as possible. The Norfolk personal injury lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley are aware of how confusing the legal process can be and are here to help victims of Virginia medical malpractice.

Electronic Health Record System Helps Reduce Preventable Medical Errors at Virginia Hospitals

by | November 25th, 2013

November 25, 2013

Each year, a large number of hospital patients lose their lives or are seriously injured as the result of preventable medical errors made by doctors and staff. The Norfolk Medical Malpractice Lawyers with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley explain some hospitals in the state of Virginia are working to prevent such mistakes through the use of electronic health records.

According to a story from U.S. News, facilities owned by Sentara Healthcare began implementing the electronic system in 2005 to the tune of roughly $237 million. By 2011 though, the system had produced almost double the expected savings through the prevention of an estimated 180,000 medication errors. Other savings were accumulated by the program through the slashing of hospital stay durations, lowering of healthcare costs, and increasing savings.

Experts say the program reduces errors by providing hospital staff members with an easy way to access and update information regarding a patient. Despite such ease of access to patient information, the program is being touted as also having created a better way to protect patient privacy as well.

Lowell “the Hammer” Stanley and his team of Norfolk Personal Injury Lawyers applaud the use of this new technology in order to reduce the number of patients who are harmed annually. The firm is hopeful to see similar programs implemented at other hospital facilities in the future.

President Says “Slow-Rolling” Drug Shortage Problem Must be Fixed

by los | October 31st, 2011

October 31, 2011

With drug shortages being blamed for price gouging and patient deaths across the country, President Barack Obama is calling for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to take steps toward solving the problem. According to MSNBC, those steps include broadening reporting of potential drug shortages, accelerating the review of applications for manufacturing changes on drugs shortages, and getting the Justice Department information on cases of collusion and instances of price gouging.

The President argued that the “slow-rolling” problem must be fixed now by saying, “We can’t wait for action on the Hill, we’ve got to go ahead and move forward.”

Reports show there are more than 200 medications on a list of scarcely stocked items in the United States. That is a nearly 300 percent increase from the mere 56 listed in 2006. While the FDA has managed to ward off 137 shortages in the last 21 months, lack of vital medications and supplies are being linked to hundreds of deaths across the country. For instance, the Alabama Department of Health is being blamed for nine deaths and ten others being harmed after contamination through feeding tubes where sterile premix was not available.

The deaths are made even more difficult by the fact that the drugs are available, but at ridiculously marked up prices through “gray market” distributors.

The Virginia Medical Malpractice Attorneys with Lowell “The Hammer” Stanley want you to contact us if you have been caused harm because a certain medication you needed was not available.