Virginia: Medical Malpractice – a Lawyer’s Surgery

Virginia: Medical Malpractice – a Lawyer’s Surgery

The monthly magazine of the American Association for Justice (“AAJ”), Trial, features in its September 2012 issue a medical malpractice article entitled “10 Red Flags in General Surgical Malpractice Cases”. It recommends considering the following topics in evaluating a surgical case for the source, diagnosis, and treatment of postoperative infections and other complications: CBC abnormalities, postoperative radiographs, biliary anatomy abnormalities, postoperative ileus, atypical operative durations, abscess or infection, OR returns, hospital returns, abnormal postoperative pain, and pathology. Id. at 40-45.

September 2012 Trial also features “Doubling Time in Delay-in-Diagnosis Cancer Cases”. The article recommends challenging the following defense theories in a medical malpractice case: assumption of a constant growth rate, heterogeneity in tumor doubling time, variability in estimates of mean doubling time, measurement error in tumor volume, tumor composition, lack of routine use in clinical practice, and persuasiveness of the theory. Id. at 34-38.