Wytheville Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Virginia Medical Malpractice Statute of Limitations
Victims of medical negligence must file any lawsuit before the deadline expires. Under Virginia law (Code of Virginia § 8.01-243), most medical malpractice cases have a two-year statute of limitations. A claim must be filed within two years of the date that medical malpractice took place. There are a few exceptions to these rules—with the most notable being cases in which a foreign object was left in a patient.
Proving Liability in a Medical Malpractice Case
You cannot hold a doctor or medical provider liable for your injuries simply because you suffered an adverse outcome after going in for an evaluation or receiving treatment. Healthcare providers are not expected to be perfect. Establishing liability in a medical malpractice case requires proving that you received substandard care and proving that you suffered actual harm as a result. Our Wythe County medical malpractice lawyers know how to hold negligent doctors, hospitals, and healthcare providers accountable. Some common examples of medical malpractice include:
- Failure to diagnose;
- Doctor misdiagnosis;
- Patient monitoring failures;
- Medication/prescription drug errors;
- Anesthesiology errors;
- Surgical mistakes;
- Surgical implements being left behind; and
- Birth injuries.
Medical malpractice cases are complicated. If you believe that you or someone you know has been the victim of malpractice, it is imperative that you seek professional guidance. An immediate investigation is a must. Notably, under Virginia law (Code of Virginia § 8.01-581.20), expert witness testimony is required to prove liability in a medical malpractice case. Our law firm will connect you with the right resources to get justice and full financial compensation.
What Compensation Can Be Recovered in a Medical Malpractice Claim?
Beyond establishing liability, patients also must be prepared to prove their damages. Under Virginia law, medical malpractice damages are—with limited exceptions—designed to be compensatory. Put another way, your damages should be equal to the value of your losses. Unfortunately, the large insurance companies that represent medical professionals and hospitals are extremely aggressive. Even if you have a strong medical negligence case, they will try to pay you as little as possible. At The Jackson Law Group, our Wytheville medical malpractice attorneys can help clients maximize their financial recovery. Your malpractice settlement or verdict may include compensation for:
- Emergency medical treatment;
- Other medical bills/expenses;
- Physical therapy;
- Psychological counseling;
- Lost wages;
- Loss of ability to earn;
- Pain and suffering;
- Mental distress;
- Loss of life enjoyment; and
- Wrongful death.
How Medical Malpractice Attorneys at The Jackson Law Group Can Help
Do not go up against the big healthcare providers or even larger insurance companies alone. You need a dedicated legal advocate on your side. With deep ties to Wythe County, VA, our law firm knows how to protect the rights and interests of injured patients and their families. Among other things, our Wytheville medical malpractice attorneys are ready to:
- Conduct a free, in-depth review of your medical malpractice claim;
- Ensure that you or your loved one gets the medical care they need;
- Investigate your case—securing relevant evidence;
- Work directly with top expert witnesses;
- Handle negotiation and correspondence with insurance companies; and
- Prepare for medical malpractice litigation.
While many medical malpractice claims reach a settlement outside of court, there are plenty of exceptions. Our trial-tested Wytheville medical malpractice lawyers have the skills and training to take your case as far as it needs to go to get you the financial compensation you need and deserve. We are proud of our record of successful results representing injured victims in Virginia across a wide range of complex legal cases.
Call Our Wytheville, VA Medical Malpractice Lawyers
At The Jackson Law Group, our Virginia medical malpractice attorneys are experienced, results-oriented advocates for patients and their families. If you or your loved one was a victim of medical malpractice, we will help you get justice and financial compensation. For a free, no-obligation initial consultation, please contact us at (276) 777-7609. We handle medical malpractice claims in Wytheville and throughout the surrounding communities in Wythe County. CONTACT OUR FIRM
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