Medical Malpractice

Are Prescription Drug Errors Considered Medical Malpractice?

by Staff Blogger | October 15th, 2020

All medications have the potential to cause serious complications and even death. And all medications have the potential to be completely ineffective at treating illnesses and health problems. In many cases, these factors come down to the dosage that a patient receives.

The line between a therapeutic dose, an ineffective dose, and a toxic dose is often very thin. And that’s assuming that the drug a patient receives is the drug they need. Sometimes, patients take the wrong medication. That could be because their doctor prescribed the wrong drug, or because the pharmacy where they picked it up gave them the wrong medication.

Patients who are harmed by medications can file drug injury claims for their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. But those claims typically involve drugs that are inherently dangerous. They may be contaminated with toxic substances, they may have serious unreported side effects, or they may be shipped with incorrect labeling or dosages.

On the other hand, drug injuries caused by perfectly fine medications that are administered incorrectly can be considered medical malpractice. If you or someone you love was harmed by a prescription drug and the error can be tied to an individual, such as a doctor or pharmacist, or to a clinic or hospital, a medical malpractice claim may be your best chance of getting compensation.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke medical malpractice lawyers help innocent patients get compensation when they’re injured, whether it’s due to surgical errors, misdiagnosis, prescription errors, and more. Contact us today for a free consultation.

If You Suspect You’re a Victim of Medical Malpractice, You Need a Lawyer Before It’s Too Late

by Staff Blogger | August 13th, 2020

Virginia has a statute of limitations for personal injuries, including medical malpractice. That statute of limitations is two years from the date the injury occurred. While that may seem like a long time, it can vanish in the blink of an eye—especially after a surgical procedure.

Surgical medical malpractice can be particularly difficult to diagnose or prove, especially while you’re recovering. Many of the complications, side effects, and symptoms you can experience can be chalked up to typical post-surgery sensations and complications. That can make it difficult to have your claims taken seriously by your doctor and especially by the hospital or healthcare facility where the operation took place.

It’s common for medical malpractice victims to be dissuaded from thinking anything went wrong with their procedures. That can cause them to wait months or even years hoping for their symptoms to improve. But in the meantime, they end up getting worse because their procedures caused serious and permanent damage to organs, muscles, tissue, nerves, or other critical body parts.

Then, when they try to file a claim, the statute of limitations has either expired or is about to expire, making it almost impossible for their attorneys to prepare their claims in time. If you suspect medical malpractice, don’t wait to get the help you deserve.

The sooner you contact the Roanoke medical malpractice attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm, the better your chances will be of getting full compensation. We’ll likely have more evidence to prove you were harmed, and we’ll have more time to build your claim. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Your Health Worsened After an Operation. Did Medical Malpractice Occur?

by Staff Blogger | June 25th, 2020

When most patients see their doctors, whether it’s for checkups or operations, they expect to get treatment that will make them feel better. But that doesn’t always happen. In fact, sometimes patients end up feeling worse, and they may even develop new complications after procedures.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we get many questions from people whose health took a downturn after getting treatments. They want to know whether or not they are victims of medical malpractice. It’s difficult to answer that question without carefully reviewing the facts of what happened and reviewing any and all available evidence.

When you see a doctor or other healthcare professional, there’s no guarantee you’ll get better or that your condition will be properly treated. However, healthcare providers are expected to provide care to the best of their abilities and to avoid carelessness every step of the way. When they don’t follow proper protocols or don’t pay attention to what they’re doing, they may be considered negligent.

Negligence that results in poor health outcomes can be considered medical malpractice. And that’s what our Roanoke medical malpractice lawyers are here to assist with. If you’re unsure of whether you’re a victim of medical malpractice, contact our law firm today for a free consultation. Hospitals and healthcare clinics are notorious for denying all liability, but having an attorney on your side can help you get a fair shake at compensation.

When you contact us, we’ll listen to your story, determine what happened, and work hard to get you the best possible results for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call today.

Is There a Limitation on How Much Money You Can Receive for Medical Malpractice?

by Staff Blogger | May 21st, 2020

There are few things more devastating than finding out that you or someone you love suffered because of a healthcare provider’s negligence. Whether it was your doctor, surgeon, or other medical professional, you expect them to give you the highest-quality care throughout your treatment. But that doesn’t always happen, and it can put innocent people at risk of developing serious and even potentially fatal complications.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke medical malpractice lawyers help innocent victims get compensation for medical malpractice claims. One of the most common questions we’re asked by current and potential clients is whether there’s a cap on damages for these types of claims. The answer is YES—Virginia law caps the amount of money victims can receive when negligent healthcare providers cause them to suffer injuries or illnesses.

Compensation caps were instituted beginning August 1, 1999. Medical malpractice that occurred between that date and June 30, 2000, are capped at $1.5 million. That amount increases by around $500,000 every year. On July 1, 2020, it will increase to $2.45 million from a cap of $2.4 million established on July 1, 2019. Keep in mind that those caps are for when the malpractice occurred—not when the claim settles.

Have additional questions or concerns about a potential medical malpractice claim? Our law firm is to here to help. Contact us today for a free consultation. We know medical malpractice claims, and we know what it takes to win.

Medical Malpractice Claims Require Experienced Legal Representation

by Staff Blogger | March 12th, 2020

At Skolrood Law Firm, we believe that people who are harmed by medical professionals, whether they’re doctors, surgeons, nurses, or other specialists, should get compensation for their injury and illness-related expenses. But our years of experience assisting innocent victims has taught us that hospitals and other healthcare clinics are typically well protected from medical malpractice claims. In addition, the burden of proof for these types of claims is high, and unless there’s plenty of evidence, many victims see their claims get denied out of hand.

Our Roanoke medical malpractice attorneys know that the odds are stacked against individual victims and their families when they’re harmed by the people who are supposed to take care of them. That’s why we take pride in our ability to level the playing field and force healthcare providers and their insurers to take medical malpractice claims seriously.

We’ve seen the devastation that medical mistakes can cause to patients. Many victims suffer injuries and illnesses that lead to lifelong disabilities and serious complications that can severely impact their quality of life. That’s why we do everything in our power to help innocent victims get the compensation they need after costly mistakes, even when it involves going up against big hospitals and their many layers of protection against medical malpractice claims.

If you or someone you love was harmed by a healthcare provider, you don’t have to suffer in silence. Contact us today for a free consultation. We’re here to help.

How Can You Tell if Medical Malpractice Occurred?

by Staff Blogger | January 9th, 2020

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke medical malpractice lawyers are here to help people who were harmed by the negligence of doctors, surgeons, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.

However, it’s important to note that simply getting a poor outcome after a doctor visit, hospitalization, or surgery doesn’t always mean medical malpractice occurred. Medicine is an inexact science, and different patients have different outcomes depending on a variety of factors.

When we take on medical malpractice claims, we look for evidence that proves victims were harmed due to carelessness or a deviation of accepted standards. Common examples include:

  • Failure to diagnose a health problem
  • Misdiagnosing a health problem
  • Operating on the wrong body part or area of the body
  • Failure to read patient chart or consider medical history
  • Failure to order required tests before procedures or diagnoses
  • And many more

In some cases, patients may experience a worsening of their health or ineffective treatments even though their providers did everything they were supposed to do. Proving medical malpractice requires years of experience and a thorough understanding of what healthcare providers are responsible for throughout the patient treatment process.

Our lawyers have built many successful medical malpractice claims, and we know what it takes to win. We also know that hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities are often reluctant to admit that malpractice occurred, and that’s why we never leave anything up to chance. Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys collect hard evidence that healthcare providers and their insurers simply can’t ignore.

Contact us today for a free consultation on your case—we’re here to help.

Who Can Be Held Liable for Medical Malpractice?

by Staff Blogger | November 14th, 2019

Medical malpractice is a term used to describe a situation when a medical or healthcare professional acts in a negligent or careless manner resulting in injury or illness in a patient. The healthcare industry is highly regulated and many of the roles that involve direct patient interaction require years of education, training, and certifications. When providers make mistakes that cause patients to suffer harm, they should be held accountable. But which providers can be liable for medical malpractice?

Almost all medical professionals can commit medical malpractice, including:

  • Doctors, surgeons, psychiatrists, and dentists
  • Nurses, midwives, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants
  • Physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors, podiatrists, psychologists, pharmacists, optometrists, and more

The degree to which each professional may be held accountable for medical malpractice differs depending on their role in treating patients, their level of education, and their autonomy in healthcare practices. For example, doctors who make careless mistakes before, during, or after delivery are often held to a higher standard of care than nurses and midwives.

In addition, sometimes healthcare facilities themselves can be held liable when patients suffer poor outcomes, especially when their hiring practices are negligent or fail to abide by industry and state requirements and standards.

If you or someone you love was harmed by a healthcare professional or facility, it’s important to have an experienced Roanoke medical malpractice lawyer on your side. Skolrood Law Firm has many years of experience investigating, building, and winning medical malpractice claims for innocent victims, and we know who to hold accountable when serious mistakes occur. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Get the Compensation You Deserve After Medical Malpractice

by Staff Blogger | September 26th, 2019

Medical professionals, whether they’re doctors, surgeons, or specialists, are trusted to act in a manner that prevents their patients from suffering unnecessary harm. However, every year in the U.S. patients suffer serious injuries and health complications at the hands of medical personnel. Many of those poor outcomes occur when healthcare workers are negligent and fail to uphold their duties to do no harm.

If you or someone you love was harmed by a medical professional, it’s important to get an experienced legal team on your side as soon as possible. Getting compensation after medical malpractice can be difficult, as it requires plenty of proof that indicates healthcare workers were negligent. The longer you wait to get in touch with an experienced Roanoke medical malpractice lawyer, the less evidence may be available. In addition, the hospital and their insurance company may be more skeptical of your claim.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we know what it takes to build strong medical malpractice claims. We have many years of experience assisting people who were harmed by their doctors, surgeons, and other healthcare professionals whom they trusted with their well-being, and now we want to help you, too.

It’s our goal to help you get maximum compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering after a medical malpractice injury. We know that staying on top of your everyday living expenses, let alone your additional medical costs, can be difficult when your health has suffered because of a healthcare professional’s mistake. Contact us today for a free consultation, and let us work to get you the money you deserve.

Hurt by Your Doctor? Don’t Be Afraid to File a Medical Malpractice Claim.

by Staff Blogger | August 8th, 2019

At Skolrood Law Firm, we know that people who are harmed because of others’ negligence need compensation for their medical bills and lost wages. But we also know that many people are hesitant to pursue compensation when the liable parties are people they know. A common example of when a victim may be reluctant to file an injury claim is when they’re harmed by their own doctor.

Your primary care physician may be someone you’ve trusted with your health and even your life for years, if not decades. And while they’re prone to occasionally making mistakes like all humans are, there’s a big difference between honest mistakes and mistakes caused by negligence. If you believe your doctor’s carelessness put your health at risk or harmed you, it’s important to pursue compensation for what you’ve gone through.

Doctors typically carry medical malpractice insurance for themselves and/or their clinics. When injured patients file claims against their doctors, they’re usually paid through their doctors’ insurance policies—the same way that injured auto accident victims are paid through the at-fault parties’ auto insurance policies.

And while no doctor ever wants to be sued or accused of medical malpractice, negligence happens, and when it does, innocent patients deserve recourse for their pain and suffering, their added medical bills, and their lost wages. Our Roanoke medical malpractice lawyers know that this may be a difficult decision for you, and that’s why we want to discuss your case. Contact us today for a free consultation to find out how we can help.

What Types of Accidents Can Lead to Wrongful Death Claims?

by Staff Blogger | June 20th, 2019

When people are injured in accidents that weren’t their fault, they and their loved ones have the right to pursue compensation for accident-related expenses, including medical bills and lost wages. The same is true when accidents result in victims’ deaths. Instead of being called personal injury claims, those actions are considered wrongful death claims.

Wrongful death claims can arise after many types of accidents and injuries, such as:

  • Auto accidents—If a driver’s negligence causes someone to suffer fatal injuries, the victim’s surviving family members may be eligible to file compensation claims against the other driver’s insurance.
  • Work-related accidents—Employers are supposed to provide workers with safe environments, required safety equipment, and sufficient training to do their jobs. When they fail to do so, they can be held liable.
  • Medical malpractice—When doctors, surgeons, and other healthcare providers make mistakes due to carelessness or negligence that result in patients’ deaths, family members can file compensation claims against individual healthcare providers, clinics, and hospitals.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke wrongful death lawyers have helped surviving family members get the compensation they deserve after the deaths of loved ones for decades. We know that you’re going through a difficult time, and it’s our goal to help make it easier for you.

Trust our experience and our dedication to get you maximum results. Contact us today for a free consultation to find out how we can help.