At Breit Cantor Grana Buckner, we are dedicated to fighting for the rights of our clients who have been harmed by the negligence or wrongdoing of medical professionals. Substandard care and negligence in the medical field should not go unchallenged, which is why we’re committed to ensuring unfit healthcare professionals are removed from the practice. Since 1979, our firm has obtained nearly $150 multi-million settlements on behalf of our clients. We welcome the opportunity to pursue justice on your behalf as well.
Types of Medical Malpractice Cases We Handle
As one of the most widely recognized medical malpractice firms in Virginia, we know how to hold responsible parties liable for our clients’ injuries. Whether you've been injured by a physician, nurse, hospital, or medical staff, we are ready to help you.
We accept many types of medical malpractice cases, including but not limited to:
- Anesthesia errors: Medical premiums are substantially higher for anesthesiologists than for any other medical specialty; this shows just how dangerous improper application of anesthesia can be! Common anesthesia-related errors include: failure to examine patient’s medical history before administering anesthesia; failure to conduct proper, pre-anesthetic physical evaluation; failure to warn patient about food and alcohol restrictions before and after the procedure; failure to properly monitor a patient’s vital signs; administering the wrong dosage; and improper intubation.
- Emergency Room errors: Approximately 30% of all Emergency Room medical malpractice lawsuits are filed because of misdiagnosis. Other common errors seen in Emergency Rooms include: EMT and paramedic negligence; physical and nurse negligence; anesthesia errors; surgical errors; delayed diagnoses; and tainted blood transfusions.
- Failure to diagnose: Common examples of failure to diagnose include: medical professional neglects to include significant information about a possible medical issue on the initial differential diagnosis list; medical professional conducts test incorrectly or misreads the results; medical professional underestimates the urgency of a condition and delays the diagnosis accordingly; and medical professional prescribes improper medication, causing another to mistakenly believe the patient is reacting poorly to the drug. Proving negligent diagnosis usually requires expert testimony, during which a medical professional must testify that another physician would have reasonably acted differently under the same circumstances.
- Intubation errors: Complications during intubation can arise from the following mistakes: incorrect tube placement in the esophagus; perforation of delicate tissues from the tubing; dislodging or disconnecting the tubing; overinflating or underinflating the tube; and failure to adequately monitor the patient after intubation. Complications can range from vocal cord paralysis to anoxic or hypoxic brain damage. If an intubation error occurred because of a medical professional’s negligent or inadequate training, you have every right to take legal action for the pain and suffering that resulted.
- Surgical errors: Surgeon fatigue, improper training, and carelessness can all lead to life-altering mistakes during surgery. However, making a mistake during surgery does not necessarily leave the medical professional liable. To warrant a lawsuit, you must be able to prove your surgeon performed a substandard level of care that then resulted in error. Common examples of surgical error include: nerve damage during surgery; administering the wrong amount of anesthesia or medication; performing an incision on the wrong part of the body; leaving a piece of surgical equipment inside the patient’s body; and operating on the incorrect body part. Surgical errors that result from preventable reasons—such as inadequate training, insufficient pre-operative planning, poor communication, inadequate labeling, fatigue, and neglect—are cause for legal action.
Other medical malpractice case types we handle include:birth errors, chiropractic negligence, colon and rectal surgery, dermatology, ENT, family practice, gynecology, hospital liability, internal medicine, laboratory errors, neurology, neurosurgery, nursing, obstetrics, ophthalmology, orthopedics, pathology, pediatrics, pharmaceutical errors, plastic surgery, podiatry, radiology, and urology.
Proving Medical Malpractice
Hospitals and their medical staff are well-protected by medical insurance companies and teams of lawyers set on saving money. For this reason, it is crucial to pick the right lawyer to pursue compensation in these complex cases. At Breit Cantor, our Virginia medical malpractice lawyers are dedicated to thoroughly investigating the cases we handle, which is why we work with a network of professionals to gather substantial evidence in your favor.
Proving medical malpractice requires the following elements:
- A doctor-patient relationship was formally in place
- The doctor or other healthcare provider failed to fulfill their duty of care to the patient
- The doctor’s negligence directly caused injury to the patient
- The injury led to specific damages and loss
In any medical malpractice case, you must be able to prove that the healthcare professional failed to do what any other reasonable medical professional would have done in the same circumstance; and that the patient suffered as a direct result. Examples of a failed duty of care include: failing to properly diagnose a medical condition, failing to properly treat a problem, causing an injury, and/or failing to warn a patient of significant risks.
What to Do if You’ve Been Injured by a Negligent Medical Professional
An unsettling fact about medical malpractice is that a significant amount of malpractice is committed by a small percentage of health care providers. Often, insurance companies and doctors insist on confidential settlements, keeping the public in the dark about their errors and costly mistakes.
Before choosing a doctor, it is wise to do some research. We recommend checking information about potential physicians on Virginia’s Board of Medicine website. Most states have a similar board of medicine where patients can look up physician information and see if they have any paid malpractice claims or other marks on their record.
The medical malpractice insurance industry and health care providers constantly work to pass laws limiting the amounts a patient can recover if he or she is negligently injured by a medical professional or hospital. Our lawyers constantly work with organizations dedicated to protecting the rights of victims across the nation. Join us in taking action against these laws by contacting the appropriate legislators and voicing your opposition to these efforts.
Get Started on Your Case: Call Breit Cantor for a FREE, Confidential Consultation
If you are facing a large hospital’s insurance company, we can help. Our team is knowledgeable, confident, and widely recognized for our excellence in trial and representation. Furthermore, we keep our case volume low, thus ensuring our ability to fully devote ourselves to a few significant cases and provide the advocacy our clients deserve.
Give us a call at (888) 635-9500 and begin a free case consultation with a Virginia medical malpractice attorney!