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How Many Medical Error Deaths Occur Each Year?

Published on Dec 22, 2020 at 2:18 pm in Medical Malpractice.

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When you trust a hospital, doctor, or medical staff with your care, you are trusting them with your life. Usually, they will correctly diagnose you, work quickly, and treat you to heal whatever is ailing you. But sometimes, the medical professionals who are supposed to be healing you end up making a medical error that severely injures you, or worse.

When you or a loved one has suffered an injury or death from a medical error, you could use the help of a lawyer. A medical malpractice attorney from DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC can get you the financial compensation you deserve for the injuries, damages, or other costs you suffered from medical negligence.

What Is the West Virginia Statute of Limitations for Medical Malpractice?

Published on Dec 17, 2020 at 1:13 pm in Medical Malpractice.

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Going to the doctor is necessary when you’re sick or hurt and need treatment. You expect the medical professionals who are there to help you will take proper care of you, but sometimes they can make mistakes from negligence. There are many factors that go into medical negligence, but regardless, the injuries and damages you were caused could have been prevented.

That’s why you might be interested in filing for medical malpractice. One of our med mal lawyers from DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC are here to guide you through a claim and get you the justice you deserve. We’ll help you determine what you’re owed and give you the legal support you need.

How Often Does First Responder Negligence Cause Injury?

Published on Mar 5, 2020 at 10:00 am in Medical Malpractice.

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After an accident that causes an injury, whether minor or major, first responders will most likely come to the scene to either evaluate you or transfer you to a hospital for more care. You expect them to provide adequate care in the meantime, but sometimes the opposite happens. Emergency medical teams are sometimes understaffed, have a lot of people to tend to on the scene, or make the wrong decision during a crucial time, which can lead to negligence of some patients and cause injuries.

11 Suspicious Deaths at West Virginia VA Hospital Under Investigation

Published on Sep 5, 2019 at 11:11 am in Medical Malpractice.

A federal investigation is taking place at the Louis A. Johnson VA Medical Center in Clarksburg, West Virginia after evidence suggested potential wrongdoing in the deaths of 11 patients. So far, two of the deaths have been ruled homicides and both are the subjects of lawsuits.

In April 2018, Felix Kirk McDermott, 82, passed away just 24 hours before Georgie Nelson Shaw Sr., an 81-year-old Army veteran. Both bodies were exhumed during the winter months in 2018 and it was discovered that neither died from natural causes. Investigators learned both died from unnecessary insulin injections.

Signs That Your Medical Condition May Have Been Misdiagnosed

Published on Feb 6, 2019 at 11:13 am in Medical Malpractice.

We trust our doctors to listen to our symptoms and figure out what’s wrong. From there, we follow their recommended treatment and can then start to heal and feel better. But sometimes, they may get the diagnosis wrong. Your real issue is left untreated. This can harm your health and wellbeing. If you’ve been through this experience, you may have legal options. First, let’s go over some signs and red flags of a misdiagnosis that was caused by negligence:

What Are the Most Common Birth Injuries?

Published on Nov 14, 2018 at 3:35 pm in Medical Malpractice.

Preparing to have a child is often one of the scariest and most exciting times in anyone’s life. When it comes time to bring the baby into the world, many births run smoothly for the mother and infant. But what happens when things go wrong? Who should be held accountable for birth injuries? Our Charleston birth injury lawyers are prepared to find you the much needed answers to those questions.

Why Birth Injuries Occur

Birth injuries can lead to serious, lifelong consequences. According to the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, six to eight of every 1,000 infants are born with a birth injury. Women between the ages of 25 and 34 are more likely to sustain a birth injury when they have a birthing tool-assisted delivery.

Why Are Medical Malpractice Claims Considered Civil Cases?

Published on Sep 20, 2018 at 1:29 pm in Medical Malpractice.

If you or a loved one have been injured while under the care of a healthcare professional, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice case. While medical errors happen for a variety of reasons, there is never an excuse.

If you find yourself seeking legal guidance after a medical malpractice event, it’s likely you’ll realize just how complex these cases can be. At DiPiero Simmons McGinley & Bastress, PLLC, we’ll make these complicated legal matters easy to understand. Let’s start by going over the why most medical malpractice claims are considered civil cases.

What Types of Surgical Errors Are Common?

Published on Jul 11, 2018 at 1:56 pm in Medical Malpractice.

Errors in the operating room can have permanent, life-altering consequences. We trust our doctors and surgeons to perform medical procedures efficiently and with our best interests in mind; however, surgical errors are much more common than you may think.

According to a study done by Johns Hopkins, surgical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. They approximate that more than 250,000 deaths are caused by surgical errors every year. Our West Virginia surgical error lawyers are here to hold those medical professionals and hospitals accountable for their deadly mistakes.

Common Surgical Errors

Foreign objects are left in the patient’s body. 

A variety of equipment and medical tools are used during all surgeries. Too frequently, one of those tools is left inside a patient. This includes objects like scalpels, gauze, sponges, and clamps. Once left inside, the object can cause severe pain and infection. A secondary surgery and longer recovery time are necessary to remove the item and heal.

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