Legal Medicine is focused on information important to patients and their families. The goal is to provide medical resources, information, and discussion on topics relative to medical malpractice and nursing home abuse. This blog is published by Dan Firth and Lauren Ellerman of the Firth Law Firm in Roanoke, Virginia. The Firth Law Firm represents victimes of medical malpractice and nursing home abuse in Virginia, West Virginia, and eastern Tennessee.
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I am currently reading a magazine written for the long term care industry. There is a column called Dear Dr Jeff wherein readers ask questions and a doctor, Dr. Jeff, presumably a gerontologist, responds.Today the topic is tort reform and Dr. Jeff writes "the topic of liability or malpractice...
This morning I had a conversation with a friend about his Mom needing rehabilitation post surgery.Last week I discussed with a colleague how her Mom had just been discharged from a rehab facility after two falls and two hip fractures (one of which occurred during the rehab for the first).This...
The New York Times published a great article last week titled, "Report Finds Most Errors at Hospitals Go Unreported."The opening sentence says it all:Hospital employees recognize and report only one out of seven errors, accidents and other events that harm Medicare patients while they are...
Today's Roanoke Times ran an article titled, "Proposal calls for medical teamwork between doctors, nurse practitioners" which causes me a great deal of concern.Here is my problem: Patients rarely get to see their doctors anymore...they are pushed off on nurse practitioners....and it is all about...
If you think you have been the victim of Medical Malpractice, this is the advice I would give you if you called our office:1. Be patient.It does not help to call a lawyer the week something happened, because rarely does anyone know the scope of their injury within a week.In order for a case to be...
The VA (Veterans Administration) is not like your private hospital.If a physician at your local hospital is negligent, and causes a patient injury, you can file a lawsuit in state court.If a physician at the VA is negligent, and that physician is an employee of the VA, you cannot file suit in state...
The tort reform movement took hold of the Long Horn State in 2003 guaranteeing to rid the state of those pesky, scumbag trial lawyers and, as a result, keep all of those great doctors from leaving the state and keeping medical, hospital, and surgical bills within reason since no one would be paying...
Lauren and I have written numerous blogs on issues to consider in selecting a nursing home.It can be a very important decision.The Richmond Times Dispatch published an article today titled, "MODERN AGING: Do research on nursing homes." It is a very good read.
I just read about a federal jury verdict in New Hampshire - $8.5 million dollars to a woman and her small children.Why did a jury give them $8,500,000?Because their father / husband was killed when he was run over by a tractor trailer.I wish this was an isolated incident but it is not. We have been...
We place our mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters into nursing homes because they can no longer take care of themselves and we are, for a number of reasons, unable to provide the care they need. In short, these very important loved ones in our lives are vulnerable and need to be cared for and...