Medical establishments and professionals—including hospitals, doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, and surgeons—have a duty to provide a reasonable standard of care to patients. When this standard of care is breached, patients can suffer serious injuries and complications. This is known as medical malpractice and/or negligence and victims have the right to take legal action to recover compensation for damages.
Since 1979, the Richmond medical malpractice attorneys at Breit Cantor Grana Buckner have helped victims of medical malpractice and negligence work to recover the full, fair compensation they were owed. Our attorneys have successfully won hundreds of millions of dollars, including over 150 verdicts and settlements in excess of $1 million, on behalf of our clients. We know how to take on negligent hospitals, doctors, and medical staff in pursuit of the justice and compensation you deserve.
Were you harmed as a result of medical malpractice? Did your loved one die as a result of negligent medical care? Contact Breit Cantor at (888) 635-9500 for a free consultation today.
What Is “Medical Malpractice?”
Medical malpractice cases are some of the toughest injury claims to pursue. This is because it is not enough to demonstrate that your condition did not improve after medical treatment; instead, you must show that the doctor or facility failed to provide the same level of care that any other medical professional/facility would. The law takes into account the inevitability of human error and, in many cases, favors medical professionals. Therefore, it is absolutely crucial that you work with an experienced medical malpractice attorney on your case.
Our Richmond medical malpractice lawyers can help you build a case by working to establish the following:
- The medical facility or professional in question owed you a duty of care; this is typically shown by demonstrating that a doctor-patient relationship had been established
- The doctor, nurse, hospital, or other professional/facility failed to uphold the duty of care owed to you as the patient (within reason)
- This failure directly or indirectly led to your injuries, condition, worsened condition, and/or other damages
When pursuing medical malpractice/negligence claims, our attorneys work to recover compensation for all your losses, including any additional medical bills you incurred, lost wages/income from time taken off work to seek treatment/recover, pain and suffering, emotional distress, lost earning ability, future expenses, and more.
Burden of Proof in a Virginia Medical Malpractice Case
It is the responsibility of the person filing a medical malpractice claim to prove that the health care provider is responsible for their injuries. If specific burdens of proof are met by the plaintiff, they will have a case and can pursue compensation. The following must be accomplished:
A variety of evidence must be used to show that malpractice occurred
The alleged instance of malpractice is directly responsible for his/her injuries
The resulting injury or illness is substantial enough to require financial damages
Examples of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice can and does take many forms. At Breit Cantor, we assist clients with medical malpractice cases involving:
- Failure to diagnose
- Delayed diagnosis
- Failure to treat
- Surgical mistakes
- Anesthesia mistakes
- Pharmaceutical/medication errors
- Medical negligence
- Birth injuries
- Intubation errors
- Nursing home abuse
- Wrongful death
This list is not exhaustive; if you believe your injuries and/or condition or the death of your loved one was caused by medical negligence, our Richmond medical malpractice attorneys can help. We have extensive experience handling these types of complex claims and are prepared to serve as your aggressive advocates throughout each stage of the legal process.
Call our office today at (888) 635-9500 for a free consultation. We proudly serve clients throughout the state of Virginia.