Virginia: Medical Malpractice – a Lawyer’s Wires

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Trial is the monthly journal of the American Association for Justice (“AAJ”), formerly the American Trial Lawyers Association (“ATLA”). Its issue for October 2015 is “Professional Negligence”.

A lead article in October 2015 Trial is “GETTING TO THE HEART OF WRONGFUL DEATHS IN CATHERIZATIONS LABS.” Id. at 38-40. “When doctors remove pacemaker and defibrillator lead wires in catherizations labs instead of operating rooms, they put their patients at risk for complications or death.” Id. at 38. “Between 10,000 and 15,000 wires are extracted annually worldwide,” id. at 39; and “doing the procedure in an OR instead of a standard cath lab will save a life for every 100 to 200 procedures”. Id. at 40.

In “Verdict & Settlements” for October 2015, Trial reported a medical malpractice case, “Failure to Identify and Treat Increasing Intracranial Pressure”. It was a $25,590,000.00 jury award in Rhode Island, including $15,000,000.00 for non-economic damages alone. Id. at 10.

Another Trial medicolegal article is “NEUROPSYCHOLOGY & Traumatic Brain Injury”. Id. at 49-52. “Retaining a neuropsychologist to assess and testify about the daily and lasting effects of your client’s TBI is crucial,” id. at 49; and “the majority of jurisdictions also permit the neuropsychologist to provide expert testimony on causation, but a minority of states such as Florida, Georgia and Virginia prohibit it.” Id. at 50.