Virginia: Medical Malpractice – a Lawyer’s Refiling

Virginia: Medical Malpractice – a Lawyer’s Refiling

On October 27, 2011, Mr. Waterman refiled a medical malpractice suit in Circuit Court for the City of Newport News, Virginia, captioned Shirley Frazier Burrell v. Riverside Hospital Inc. and Nurse M. Ames. The original suit was in the now – widowed patient’s then – married name, Shirley Frazier Shakshober v. Riverside Hospital, Inc. and Nurse M. Ames, No. CL0800296P-03.

Burrell/Shakshober is a patient fall case against Riverside and its nurse, alleging their failure to assess and to intervene properly for the patient as a known high fall risk. Despite the patient admittedly suffering from intermittent confusion, having a mobility problem, being under the influence of mind-altering narcotics, being elderly, being very anxious, and even constantly trying to get out of bed; Riverside and its nurse did not activate the patient’s bed alarm system or use any physical restraints before the patient fell (even though Riverside and its nurse did restrain the patient after she fell.

Mr. Waterman previously sued Riverside in Newport News Circuit Court in another patient fall case, Johnson v. Riverside Hosp., Inc., No. CL00-29638-DP. Mr. Waterman obtained a $1,600,000.00 jury verdict against Riverside in Johnson in 2005, which was upheld on appeal by the Virginia Supreme Court in Riverside Hosp., Inc. v. Johnson, 272 Va. 518 (2006).

In the pending Burrell/Shakshober medical malpractice lawsuit, a UVA neuroradiologist, a MCV anesthesiologist, a Harvard neurologist, a Rothman Institute orhopaedic surgeon, the patient’s own orthopaedic surgeon, a Virginia nursing expert, and a national nursing expert are slated to testify against Riverside and its nurse on the standard of care and/or the causation of the permanent debilitating neurological injuries suffered by the patient fall victim. Jury trial on the merits is expected to be rescheduled for 2012.