Virginia Beach Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Any failure by a doctor or any other medical professional to provide competent care can result in a medical malpractice lawsuit. These lawsuits hold people like doctors, nurses, and hospitals responsible for the harm they caused while you were under their care. Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital and Sentara Leigh Hospital are the major hospitals in the city of Virginia Beach and a major employer of physicians.
If you were injured by medical malpractice, one of our dedicated lawyers could help you bring a claim for compensation. A dedicated Virginia Beach medical malpractice lawyer could work to bring the strongest claim possible by consulting with medical experts and collecting evidence, and then negotiating with the insurance company on your behalf. We can stand by your side through the entire process so you can focus on moving forward with your life.
The Medical Standard of Care in Virginia Beach
Every medical professional in Virginia has a legal and professional duty to meet a certain medical standard. The question of whether malpractice occurred depends on the quality of care provided by the doctor, nurse, or even the hospital. It is important to understand this standard to know whether you have a claim.
According to VA Code §8.01-581.20, all medical professionals must perform their job as a reasonable doctor could in the same situation. This is hard to determine if you do not have experience with medical malpractice. That is why it is important to work with a knowledgeable lawyer who has a history of handling medical malpractice cases in Virginia Beach.
Examples of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice can occur any time you visit a medical professional. A general practitioner performing a routine physical exam may fail to diagnose a disease or an operating room nurse may leave a surgical sponge or towel inside the patient.
Examples of medical malpractice that the Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers have experience handling include:
- Emergency room errors
- Failing to properly set a broken bone
- Failing to prescribe the proper medication
- Failing to prescribe the proper quantity or schedule of a medication
- Misdiagnosing or delaying diagnosis of a disease or illness like cancer
- Giving anesthesia improperly
- Operating on the wrong body part
- Failing to order needed tests
- Failing to refer patients to more specialized doctors
- Mistakes in surgery
If a serious injury or death results from an instance of malpractice, your family has the right to demand compensation. This may include reimbursement for any additional medical and rehabilitation bills, payments for lost time at work, pain and suffering, permanent disability, and more.
You should also be aware of the time limits to file medical malpractice cases. In Virginia, you only have two years from the date of injury to file a claim. If you do not discover the injury until a later date, the deadline may be extended to one year from the date of discovery. We can help make sure you do not miss these deadlines so that you have the greatest chance of obtaining the full amount of compensation you deserve.
Work with a Virginia Beach Attorney on Your Medical Malpractice Case
Whenever any medical professional does not meet their professional standard of care, they can be considered negligent. If a doctor, nurse, or hospital made an error that worsened a condition you already had or caused a new illness or injury, you could file a claim for medical malpractice.
Our lawyers want to see if we can help you with your medical malpractice case in Virginia Beach. We could work to gather evidence of the error and hold negligent medical providers responsible for their actions. The legal process is difficult. We want to use our experience to help you.