Virginia: Medical Malpractice – a Lawyer’s Stroke

Virginia: Medical Malpractice – a Lawyer’s Stroke

The American Association for Justice (“AAJ”), formerly American Trial Lawyers Association (“ATLA”), features “Verdicts and Settlements” in Trial, its monthly magazine. The issue for November, 2013, highlights “MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE”: “Failure to Diagnose Ischemic Stroke”. Id. at 10, 12.

A 19 year-old Emergency Room patient with profound neurological deficits, an abnormal brain CT, and a nursing notation of possible stroke simply was admitted as a non-emergent patient; and the following morning he suffered an ischemic stroke rendering him an incomplete tetraplegic. Id. at 10. A California jury agreed with the victim’s medical malpractice claims of failure to diagnose and treat impending stroke, to treat as an emergency, and to obtain prompt neurological consult; and awarded $38,610,000.00, apportioning liability to the ER physician, the hospital, and the radiologist. Id. at 10-12.

Mr. Waterman has been a member of AAJ/ATLA for decades. He routinely handles medical malpractice and other cases of personal injury and wrongful death.

THE VIRGINIA STATE BAR REQUIRES ALL LAWYERS TO POST THE FOLLOWING DISCLAIMERS ON ALL CASE-RELATED POSTS. MR. WATERMAN’S CASE RESULTS AND CLIENT TESTIMONIALS DEPEND UPON A VARIETY OF FACTORS UNIQUE TO EACH CASE. THEY DO NOT GUARANTEE OR PREDICT A SIMILAR RESULT IN ANY FUTURE CASE BY HIM.