Posts by Jonathan Petty

Medical Malpractice in the Military: Can Service Members Sue?

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At Phelan Petty, we have the utmost respect for our country’s service members. Unfortunately, when the unthinkable happens and they’re injured by another government employee, they cannot file a lawsuit and demand compensation. This includes active service members who fall victim to medical malpractice at a military hospital. A controversial rule called the Feres doctrine…

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Rear-Ended by a Semi-Truck? Here Is What You Need to Know

Virginia Semi-Truck Crash

You were doing everything right, but then your life changed with the flick of an eye. As you were stopped at a red light with a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, a semi-truck suddenly slammed into your vehicle from behind. Your head snapped forward and back, hitting the steering…

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Everything You Need to Know About Birth Injuries

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Many of us assume that as science and medicine evolve, birth injuries are becoming a thing of the past. However, an average of 76 children suffer birth injuries every day in the United States, and 50-80% of mothers experience tearing and trauma during labor and delivery. Unlike birth defects, which develop before birth, birth injuries…

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Do Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Make Our Communities Safer?

Medical Malpractice

A single mistake by a doctor or medical professional can turn a hopeful patient into a victim suffering from physical, psychological, and financial damages. If you were injured by someone’s medical malpractice, you need to understand that holding negligent doctors and hospitals accountable is crucial, not only for your own well-being, but that of the community…

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Can I Sue a Robot? Artificial Intelligence and Personal Injury Claims

From self-driving cars to smartwatches, we are all becoming more and more reliant on technology in our daily lives. Unfortunately, a defective “smart” device can cause catastrophic injuries. Below, the product liability team at Phelan Petty discusses the developing field of artificial intelligence (AI) liability. What Is Artificial Intelligence? Fueled by increasingly sophisticated software, chip…

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How Do I Sue a Doctor for Medical Malpractice?

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How Do I Sue a Doctor for Medical Malpractice in Virginia? Claims against negligent doctors, providers, and medical facilities are some of the most complicated injury claims. Virginia law establishes strict rules about the timing and procedures associated with medical malpractice claims, and a single mistake can result in delays and lost compensation. In this…

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5 Simple Ways You Can Protect Your Children From Lithium-Ion Battery Injuries

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As the holiday season approaches, don’t forget about the potential hazard lithium-ion batteries pose to children. In the United States, emergency rooms treat more than 2,800 children each year who have swallowed the small button batteries found in devices like electronic toys, remote controls, key fobs, and musical greeting cards. Even more alarming, lithium-ion batteries…

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Medical Malpractice Damage Caps and the Dangers of Tort Reform

A medical mistake can change your life forever. Victims of medical malpractice often face a lifetime of lost income, high medical and nursing bills, and immense grief. Unfortunately, if the malpractice occurred in Virginia, no matter how significant your damages are or how shocking the doctor’s negligence, you’ll face a damage cap. Keep reading to…

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