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Do You Need a Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Richmond, VA?

If you or a loved one experienced harm while under the care of a healthcare professional in Richmond, Virginia, contact Regan Zambri Long for a free consultation with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. Our lawyers will help determine if you have a medical malpractice case and explain your legal options.

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Our Medical Malpractice Attorneys are Ready to Help You

We trust medical professionals to know what they’re doing and to use their intensive training to keep us safe to the best of their abilities. Sadly, this is not always the case. Legitimate mistakes are sometimes made, but avoidable medical errors are also made, and that is where a medical malpractice claim should be made with the help of a Richmond medical malpractice lawyer, and the healthcare professionals must be held responsible for their reckless conduct.

The personal injury attorneys at Regan Zambri Long have decades of experience with medical malpractice lawsuits and advocating for injury victims of medical malpractice. Millions of dollars have been won as financial compensation for the damages our clients have endured when under the care of Richmond medical healthcare workers. Contact us now for a free consultation with our Richmond personal injury lawyers.

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What Is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice occurs as the result of a negligent act at the hands of a healthcare professional. Due to medical negligence, a patient can experience damages that would not have otherwise occurred if not for the subpar medical treatment received. The medical error that occurred must have resulted due to the violation of the standard of care by a medical professional.

Standard of Care

The standard of care refers to the “degree of care a prudent and reasonable person will exercise under the circumstances.” To establish that the standard of care has been breached, it must be proven that the injuries sustained by the victim would not have occurred if the healthcare professional had upheld their duty of care.

§ 8.01-581.20 of the Virginia Code states that:

In any proceeding before a medical malpractice review panel or in any action against a physician, clinical psychologist, clinical social worker, licensed professional counselor, podiatrist, dentist, nurse, hospital, or other health care provider to recover damages alleged to have been caused by medical malpractice where the acts or omissions so complained of are alleged to have occurred in this Commonwealth, the standard of care by which the acts or omissions are to be judged shall be that degree of skill and diligence practiced by a reasonably prudent practitioner in the field of practice or specialty in this Commonwealth and the testimony of an expert witness, otherwise qualified, as to such standard of care…Any healthcare provider who is licensed to practice in Virginia shall be presumed to know the statewide standard of care in the specialty or field of practice in which he is qualified and certified.

To determine if a healthcare professional owed a duty of care and that it was breached causing otherwise preventable injury, contact our Richmond medical malpractice lawyers for a free consultation to determine if you have a valid medical malpractice claim.

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What Does a Medical Malpractice Lawyer Do?

Some incidents are a result of medical malpractice while most other incidents are not as cut and dried. Likewise, Virginia medical malpractice cases are challenging and require the attention of a skilled medical malpractice lawyer with personal injury experience, and specifically, medical malpractice experience.

To prepare a malpractice claim, medical malpractice lawyers must:

  • Determine the healthcare professionals who contributed to the care of the victim
  • Establish that the healthcare providers owed the victim a duty of care
  • Prove that the duty of care was breached by a negligent action or non-action
  • Show that a preventable injury occurred
    Demonstrate that the injury was directly caused by the breached duty of care
  • Gather and analyze medical records
  • Investigate the healthcare professionals in question including employment history and disciplinary actions
  • Research the medical condition the victim is suffering from
  • Interview any potential witnesses
  • Identify and depose medical experts who can serve as witnesses and verify whether the healthcare providers in question breached the standard of care
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Examples of Medical Malpractice Claims in Richmond

According to § 8.01-581.1 of the Virginia Code:

“Malpractice” means any tort action or breach of contract action for personal injuries or wrongful death, based on health care or professional services rendered, or which should have been rendered, by a health care provider, to a patient.

Some common examples of medical malpractice are as follows:

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Anesthesia errors

Causes of injuries or death from anesthesia malpractice can include pre-operation errors, e.g. improper communicaton with the patient about their medical history or their pre-operative anethesia restrictions. Additionally, dosage miscalculations and inadequate monitoring during surgery are common reasons for anesthesia malpractice.

Surgical errors

Surgical mistakes causing unreasonable and preventable harm to patients can include surgery on the wrong body part or organ; leaving a foreign object such as a surgical instrument or sponge inside the patient’s body; nerve damage; or damage to an internal organ.

Emergency room errors

Harm to an emergency room patient constituting medical malpractice often includes misdiagnosis, delayed treatment, failure to order and perform proper testing, or distribution of the wrong medication.

Birth injuries

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Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Malpractice in Richmond

Q: How Long Do I Have to File Medical Malpractice Claims in Virginia?

According to § 8.01-243 of the Virginia Code, a medical malpractice lawsuit must be filed within two years from the date on which the malpractice was committed. In some circumstances, there are exceptions, and the two-year time period may be extended. For example:

Q: What Am I Entitled to if I Win My Medical Malpractice Case?

As the victim of medical malpractice matters, you or a loved one is likely experiencing physical pain or emotional distress. Once your medical malpractice lawyer proves that your injuries were a result of negligence on the part of the medical professionals who treated you, under Virginia law, you can seek compensation for your injuries.
There are three types of damages your VA medical malpractice lawyer will pursue on your behalf:

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Have you or your loved one sustained injuries in Washington DC, Maryland or Virginia? Regan Zambri Long PLLC has the best lawyers in the country to analyze your case and answer the questions you may have.

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