Medical Malpractice

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Virginia & West Virginia Medical Malpractice

Suffering an injury at the hands of a doctor or other health care provider can be devastating.  It is often difficult to deal with the mistakes and negligence of someone who is entrusted with your health.  But, mistakes happen and sometimes even our most trusted healthcare professionals can be careless. 

Only an experienced lawyer, who specializes in medical malpractice cases and who knows Virginia’s and West Virginia’s malpractice laws, can effectively handle your medical malpractice case. The medical malpractice lawyers at the Ritchie Law Firm will evaluate your case and develop the best legal strategy for prosecuting your claim.

In Virginia and West Virginia, medical malpractice laws protect the rights of those injured by healthcare providers. A physician or other medical provider may be found liable where the conduct of the provider or employee of the provider failed to meet the standard of care which must necessarily be provided to patients.

Statistics on Medical Malpractice

  • Every day in the United States, medical errors are responsible for between 121 and 268 deaths.
  • Medical negligence is responsible for between 44,000 and 98,000 wrongful deaths each year in the U.S.
  • Every year, more people die from medical mistakes than from automobile accidents.
  • Medical negligence involving medication errors causes injuries to more than 1.3 million people per year.

Medical Malpractice Injuries

As a result of these medical errors, many victims experience both physical and mental or psychological injuries which sometimes last a lifetime. Physical injuries may include permanent damages to internal organs or nerves, permanent disfiguring scars, loss of limb, and other bodily injuries. Psychological injuries may include emotional trauma, mental anguish, embarrassment, loss of love and affection, or loss of enjoyment of life.

To pursue a medical malpractice claim, the victim is required to establish that the health care provider failed to exercise a reasonable standard of care in providing medical services which, then, caused harm to the patient.

The negligent party in a medical malpractice case is not always a doctor. Sometimes, the negligent provider is a nurse, lab or x-ray technician, or other staff member. A hospital, ambulance company, pharmacy, or nursing home may also be liable for malpractice.

As experienced medical malpractice lawyers, we know that errors due to medical negligence can be devastating both to the victim and to a victim’s loved ones. If you or a loved one have been injured by the medical error of a doctor, misdiagnosis, or by some other form of medical negligence, we may be able to help you.

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