Virginia: Medical Malpractice – a Lawyer’s Bacteremia

Virginia: Medical Malpractice – a Lawyer’s Bacteremia

The Trial Lawyer is the quarterly publication of The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers. Its Winter 2013 issue features an article on medical malpractice: “LITIGATING IDIOPATHIC NECROTIZING FASCIITIS CASES.” Id. at 20-22.

Idiopathic necrotizing fasciitis (”NF”) cases often are more difficult than secondary NF cases. “Idiopathic NF occurs in the absence of a known point of entry for the underlying bacteria,” reports the article; though in all NF patients, “nobody knows exactly why the bacteria enters the bloodstream and seeds somewhere in the body (typically the lower limbs), where the infection takes root.” Id. at 20.

If the patient’s clinical presentation involves 2 bacteremia symptoms, “a fever of 103 degrees or higher [and] shaking and chills, followed by severe and unexplained pain (especially in the lower extremity),” which was reported and ignored or dismissed; then there may be a viable medical malpractice case. Id. at 21. Under such circumstances, idiopathic NF probably should have been part of the patient’s differential diagnosis, with catastrophic damages likely resulting from delayed diagnosis. Id. at 22.

The Winter 2013 issue of The Trial Lawyer also covers 3 special cases of product liability involving big pharmaceutical drug manufacturers. The first, “DRUG COMPANIES KEEPING PUBLIC IN THE DARK ABOUT CLINICAL TRIAL RESULTS,” claims Merck, Glaxo Smith Kline, and Pfizer are the main culprits…by leaving the drugs unnamed in the trials”. Id. at 46-47. The second, “PFIZER ACCUSED OF WITHHOLDING DRUG DANGERS,” focuses on Zoloft and other drug makers’ selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (“SSRIs”) like Paxil, Celexa, Effexor, Lexapro, Pristiq, and Prozac. Id. at 76-77. The third, “Risperdal Settlement A Victory, But Not For Consumers,” reports Johnson & Johnson’s $2,200,000,000.00 tort settlement – after it made $24,000,000,000.00 on the antipsychotic it promoted illegally. Id. at 78-79.

Mr. Waterman is named to The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers for Virginia. He routinely handles medical malpractice, vehicle accident, 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.