Virginia: Medical Malpractice – a Lawyer’s Magazine

Virginia: Medical Malpractice – a Lawyer’s Magazine

Trial is the monthly magazine of American Association for Justice (www.justice.org), of which Mr. Waterman has been a member for decades, and which annually devotes an issue to medical malpractice. Its May 2012 cover marquees “MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE: Cut to the heart of health care cases”.

The lead article is “The Problem with PRIVILEGES”. Its subheading is: “Medical malpractice may reveal another tortfeasor – the hospital that negligently granted credentials and privileges to the physician. Because the tort may not be apparent when the malpractice case is file, thorough discovery is important.” Id. at 15.

The second Trial article is “Why Words, Values, and Beliefs Matter,” by Mr. Waterman’s colleague Patrick Malone, co-author of Rules of the Road: A Plaintiff Lawyer’s Guide to Winning Liability and of Winning Medical Malpractice Cases with the Rules of the Road Technique. The article subheading is: “The facts may be on your client’s side, but facts alone won’t convince the jury in a medical malpractice case. Take the next step by appealing to jurors’ core values and principles and placing the facts in context.” Id. at 22.

The Verdicts & Settlements section of Trial also published a $750,000.00 settlement for “MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE,” captioned “Failure to Diagnose, Treat Teen’s Heart Failure”. A 17 year-old California victim suddenly died from congestive heart failure 6 days after being discharged from the local Emergency Room with a misdiagnosis of gastritis. Id. at 12.