Medical Malpractice

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.

What Types of Compensation Are Available to Victims of Medical Malpractice?

by Staff Blogger | May 23rd, 2019

When you get treated by a doctor, surgeon, or other healthcare professional, there’s always a chance you won’t get the results you and your medical provider hope for. But sometimes, poor outcomes are due to the negligence of providers before, during, and after administering treatment or performing procedures. When that happens, medical malpractice may have occurred.

Proving medical malpractice isn’t easy. It requires a thorough investigation into everything from the initial diagnosis and treatment protocol to drug prescriptions and surgical procedures. When there’s enough evidence to support that medical malpractice occurred, victims may be entitled to significant compensation for things like:

  • Medical bills—Medical malpractice often results in patients experiencing a significant worsening of their health, and it may even put their lives at risk. Victims who win medical malpractice claims may be compensated for their initial and subsequent medical costs.
  • Lost wages—Medical malpractice victims may be unable to work for longer than expected, or they may even become permanently disabled. When they file medical malpractice claims, they may get compensation to replace their lost wages.
  • Pain and suffering—Medical malpractice can cause patients to experience significant pain and trauma. They may lose their ability to enjoy hobbies and time spent with their families, and they may develop psychological conditions. Victims’ pain and suffering can and should be compensated.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we know how to build strong claims for victims when healthcare professionals fail to provide adequate care. If you suspect you or someone you love is a victim of medical malpractice, contact a Roanoke medical malpractice lawyer today for a free consultation.

Medical Malpractice Can Be Difficult to Prove Without a Lawyer

by Staff Blogger | March 28th, 2019

If you experienced health problems or complications after being treated by a medical professional, there’s a chance that you’re a victim of medical malpractice. However, getting compensation for your malpractice-related expenses, including additional medical bills and lost wages, requires proving that your doctor, surgeon, or other provider was negligent while treating you.

Filing a claim requires plenty of evidence that healthcare administrators and insurance adjusters can’t deny. Unfortunately, that evidence isn’t always easy to find. Many medical mistakes can be attributed to causes other than negligence or carelessness, making it difficult for victims to get their compensation claims off the ground, let alone get favorable outcomes.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke medical malpractice attorneys can investigate your injury, illness, or complications and determine if medical malpractice occurred. If we find that malpractice occurred, we can aggressively pursue evidence that supports the fact that you were harmed by people who were supposed to protect you. That includes collecting medical records, interviewing witnesses and involved parties, and even enlisting the help of medical professionals to determine what happened and why you suffered harm.

Don’t let the healthcare industry deny you the money you deserve after everything you’ve been through. You put your trust in medical professionals, and they violated it by not giving you the attention and care you’re entitled to. Contact us today for a free consultation to find out how we may be able to help.