Hampton Medical Malpractice Lawyer

When you seek medical care for an injury or illness from a healthcare provider, such as a physician, nurse or surgeon, you trust they will provide the prevailing standard of care when diagnosing and treating your condition. Unfortunately, when a healthcare provider negligently fails to uphold the fundamental essence of the Hippocratic Oath, “above all, do no harm,” and causes further injury or illness, it can be difficult to discern what to do next. 

Our award-winning medical malpractice lawyer at Waterman Law Centers, PLLC, has the skills and resources to fight for you and guide you through every step of the legal process, no matter the circumstances. With 40 years of premier service, we fight tirelessly for your rights and the compensation you deserve. With our transparent communication and support, we help you understand your case, how to prove liability, and how Virginia defines medical malpractice.

What Constitutes Medical Malpractice in Hampton, VA?

Under Virginia Code § 8.01-581.1, medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare provider violates a duty of care when treating his or her patients and thereby causes injury. In these cases, healthcare providers include the following: 

  • Physicians 
  • Physician assistants
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Nurses’ aides
  • Hospitals and hospital staff 
  • Nursing homes and nursing home staff

You have a medical malpractice case if negligence caused you to suffer injury from any of the following incidents: 

  • Misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose
  • Wrong site and other surgical errors
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Birth injuries
  • Medication errors
  • Hospital patient falls

At Waterman Law Firm, PLLC, we listen to your story and record essential details to determine if you have a case. Our skilled and experienced medical malpractice lawyer in Hampton provides legal guidance at every step and answers all your questions so you always remain informed about the status of your case and your best legal options. 

How Can a Hampton Medical Malpractice Lawyer Help My Case?

After suffering injuries as a result of medical negligence, your physical, mental, and emotional recovery should be your top priority. However, handling your case on your own can be difficult. Thus, contacting a medical malpractice lawyer immediately offers the best chance of obtaining a favorable outcome. 

At Waterman Law Centers, PLLC, we can help you in the following ways:

  • Gathering evidence like police reports, medical records, and employment records
  • Answering all your legal questions
  • Filing your claim timely and otherwise properly 
  • Negotiating with insurance companies
  • Determining who is liable for your injuries
  • Calculating your damages
  • Utilizing resources like medical experts and accident reconstruction specialists
  • Taking your case to trial if necessary
  • Researching medical and technical literature

Working with our Hampton medical malpractice lawyer allows you to rest and focus on your recovery while he handles every aspect of your case and fights tirelessly to achieve the compensation you deserve.

Proving Liability in Hampton Medical Malpractice Cases

To prove medical malpractice in Virginia, the victim must show that the healthcare provider breached a standard of care and this breach caused injuries or further harm. The standard of care is the quality of care that a reasonably prudent healthcare provider with similar training and experience would provide in a comparable circumstance. In Virginia, you are required to obtain a written expert certification from a qualified healthcare provider to substantiate that you suffered injury due to substandard medical care. 

As the victim of medical malpractice, you hold the burden of proof, which requires you to have to present evidence that proves the following to be true:

  • The healthcare provider owed you a standard duty of care
  • The healthcare provider violated a duty of care
  • The breached (substandard) care caused you injury

It is essential to document everything related to the incident as soon as possible, as it impacts the success of your case. With a seasoned Hampton medical malpractice attorney by your side, we can develop the most effective and innovative legal strategies to increase your chances of obtaining the justice you deserve for medical negligence.

What Damages Can You Recover for Medical Malpractice in Hampton?

In a successful medical malpractice claim, you can collect economic and non-economic damages depending on the unique circumstances of your case. Working with an experienced Hampton medical malpractice lawyer increases the chances of recovering the compensation you deserve for a healthcare provider’s breach of the standard of care. 

You can recover the following damages in a successful medical malpractice claim: 

  • Pain, suffering, and inconvenience 
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Continuing disability and limitations
  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages from missed work
  • Mental anguish

Virginia’s cap on medical malpractice damages changes every year. From July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023, a medical malpractice victim’s full recovery is capped at $2,550,000.000, even if his or her damages exceed this amount. 

Contact an Award-Winning Hampton Medical Malpractice Attorney at Waterman Law Centers, PLLC

Suffering due to the negligence of a healthcare provider can take a lasting toll on your day-to-day life, especially when you place your trust in him or her to take care of you. In these cases, you deserve high-quality representation that will fight fiercely to ensure you obtain the compensation you deserve. At Waterman Law Centers, PLLC, we manage the entire legal process with proven solutions.

With 40 years of award-winning service, we have extensive knowledge of Virginia’s medical malpractice laws and legal processes and are well-equipped to handle any case.

Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman Jr., Esq. is named to The Best Lawyers In America for Medical Malpractice for 2007-2023, and voted its “Lawyer of the Year” for Medical Malpractice in 2023 by his peers in Southeast Virginia; and Waterman Law Centers is listed as a Metropolitan Tier 1 Best Law Firm for Medical Malpractice in U.S. News & World Report for 2021-2023.

To schedule a free consultation with our compassionate team, call us at (757) 906-4707 or fill out our contact form.