Posts by Jonathan Petty

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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Failure to Diagnose: A Medical Malpractice Victim’s Guide

Misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose are two of the most common forms of medical malpractice. However, proving that a diagnostic error constitutes medical malpractice can be challenging, and cases involving misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose require incredibly complex investigations as well as expert witness testimony and a thorough understanding of the law. If you or…

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Federal Jury Awards Millions to Victim in IVC Filter Lawsuit

Federal Jury Awards Millions to Victim in IVC Filter Lawsuit

Injured patients have filed thousands of lawsuits against the manufacturers of inferior vena cava (IVC) filters. These lawsuits allege that manufacturers willfully hid evidence that many of the filters are defective and dangerous. However, while at least one federal plaintiff has received a multimillion-dollar verdict, others have faced major challenges in litigation. Below, the medical…

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Proving Medical Malpractice: Why Experts Matter for Your Lawsuit

Proving Medical Malpractice: Why Experts Matter for Your Lawsuit

When a doctor’s errors cause catastrophic injuries, you have every right to demand justice. We place immense trust in physicians, and medical malpractice can shatter this trust and change your life forever. However, malpractice claims against a physician, nurse, or other medical provider are highly technical. Without expert witnesses willing to testify that your medical care was…

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Government Watchdog Says VA Fails to Report Dangerous Doctors

Government Watchdog Says VA Fails to Report Dangerous Doctors

For years, the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) has ignored complaints about dangerous doctors and hidden their violations from regulators, says a government watchdog organization.  If you were injured by a negligent VA doctor, you have legal rights and options. Learn more about the VA’s doctor crisis and about related medical malpractice claims below.  Virginia’s Veteran Population Is Growing Currently, Virginia has the…

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"Frivolous Lawsuits" – Fake News

“Frivolous lawsuits.”  Everybody knows that there are too many frivolous lawsuits in this country, right?  Everybody knows that our jury system is so broken that hordes of dishonest plaintiffs and their “greedy trial lawyers” file thousands of baseless claims every year, right?  Everybody knows that honest doctors are being driven out of the practice of…

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DIAGNOSIS ERRORS – A Prescription for Medical Malpractice

If you pay attention to health care news like I do, you’ve probably noticed that most of the coverage lately has focused heavily –almost exclusively – on proposed changes to our current system and the costs associated with the various options.  As politicians in Washington argue about dollars and cents and about who is to…

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MEDICAL DEVICE WATCH: SURGICAL MESH

  Over the last several years, our office has received an increasing number of calls from injured patients reporting injuries and complications they have experienced from surgical mesh implanted to repair a hernia.  Some of the callers have asked whether the mesh itself was defective, and some have asked whether it was medical malpractice for…

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