Medical Malpractice

When we put ourselves in the hands of a medical professional such as a doctor, dentist or chiropractor, we expect our health to improve.

But in some cases, an error can mean a patient is hurt rather than healed by a surgical procedure.

According to research by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, as many as 90,000 people lose their lives annually at hospitals, due to medical errors.

Medical malpractice is defined as negligence committed by medical professionals. To be “actionable” there must be a duty owed as in the relationship between a medical professional and his or her patient. A doctor has to act “outside of a standard of care” – which is what a reasonable doctor would do – for a patient to have a case.  Usually patients who bring these cases have suffered serious harm.

Medical malpractice cases include:

  • Birth injuries
  • Failure to administer medication or under medication
  • Overmedication
  • Nursing home negligence
  • Improper diagnosis or misdiagnosis.
  • Botched surgery
  • Anesthesia errors

Medical malpractice cases some of the most difficult cases a lawyer will ever handle. According to a recent study, patients will win only 23 percent of cases that go to trial in front of a jury.

The Virginia Beach personal injury law firm, Cooper Hurley, handles car, truck, and motorcycle injuries as well as brain injury, wrongful death, railroad workers’ injuries (FELA) mesothelioma and medical malpractice cases.

John Cooper grew up and was educated in Virginia Beach and handles many cases from the city. John Cooper and his partner Jim Hurley have more than 40 years of combined experience in handling personal injury claims.
John Cooper has been named to Virginia “Super Lawyers” since 2010 and has been a member since 2011 of the Multimillion dollar Advocates Roundtable. Cooper Hurley represents people hurt in accidents in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News and throughout Virginia as well as in north eastern North Carolina. We always put the best interests of our clients first. The firm is recognized by other lawyers as “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell, a national attorney rating service, for our top level of legal skill and highest ethical standards. If you need help or advice about a serious injury, please call us at (757) 309-4711 or make an appointment to visit our Virginia Beach office at 4445 Corporation Lane, Suite #187, Virginia Beach, VA, 23462. For a free consultation with a specialized Virginia Beach, VA personal injury lawyer contact us through this website