Should Surgeons Be Banned From Performing “Simultaneous Surgeries”?

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Author: Malcolm P. "Mic" McConnell, III, Richmond, VA Medical Malpractice Attorney

Surgical procedures require coordinating the schedules of patients, surgeons, nursing and support staff, as well as the availability of the hospital operating room where the surgery will take place. The complexity of managing all these schedules means that some facilities schedule “concurrent surgery” to make the best use of everyone’s time. Also known as overlapping surgery or simultaneous surgeries, concurrent surgery is a method of managing surgeries where two operations, whose critical parts occur at the same time, are managed by the same surgeon. [1] At times there may be only a minimal overlap, where the…

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Medical Malpractice: Surgery and Hospital Stays

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Author: Malcolm P. "Mic" McConnell, III, Richmond, VA Medical Malpractice Attorney

When a doctor or healthcare provider is negligent, and a patient is harmed by that negligence, that patient may have a medical malpractice claim. These claims can arise in countless different situations, but often come up in complicated circumstances—such as during surgery or when patients stay in the hospital for an extended period of time. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) estimates that between 44,000 and 98,000 patients die each year as a result of medical errors.[1]

How medical malpractice can occur: Surgery

One place where negligent errors can occur is in the operating room. Due to the complexities…

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Expert Witnesses and Your Medical Malpractice Case

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Author: Malcolm P. "Mic" McConnell, III, Richmond, VA Medical Malpractice Attorney

When patients are dissatisfied with their doctors or healthcare providers, they may feel justified in filing a medical malpractice claim. However, medical malpractice lawsuits can be complex, and a valid claim requires that a doctor or healthcare provider was negligent when providing care to the patient. Virginia law also has other requirements that must be met, such as certification by an expert witness and filing your claim within the statute of limitations.[1] An experienced attorney can help you determine the validity of your claim and help make sure these legal requirements are satisfied.

In medical…

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Nursing Malpractice Claims Increase

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Author: Malcolm P. "Mic" McConnell, III, Richmond, VA Medical Malpractice Attorney

Medical malpractice claims against nurses are on the rise. Recent studies suggest that nurses are more frequently being found liable when a patient is harmed as a result of a failure to provide reasonable care. For example, researchers at the Nurses Services Organization (NSO) found in one study that more than $90 million was paid out in malpractice claims against nurses filed over a five-year period.[1] The NSO report included malpractice claims that were filed against registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and licensed vocational nurses.[2]

The NSO report explores the ways in which nursing malpractice can…

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Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen ranked in 2017 “Best Law Firms”

Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen ranked in 2017 “Best Law Firms”

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® announced today that Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen has been ranked in the 2017 “Best Law Firms” as a Metropolitan Tier 1 Firm in Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs and Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs in Richmond, Virginia, and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs in Washington, D.C. This is the eighth year the Firm has been included. Rankings will be published in U.S. News & World Report and in local publications later this month.

2017 “Best Law Firms” recognizes firms that display a combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise while receiving consistently…

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Motorcycles and the Risk of Traumatic Brain Injury

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Author: Malcolm P. "Mic" McConnell, III, Richmond, VA Medical Malpractice Attorney

Motorcycles may be an exhilarating method of transportation, but they have also developed a reputation for causing terrible injuries and death. Their small size and the exposed position of their riders creates a fatality rate of roughly 25 deaths per million miles driven, more than thirty times that of passenger vehicles. The most common injuries resulting from motorcycle crashes involve the legs and hips, but the most common cause of death is head injury.[1]

Motorcyclists are at a massively increased risk of sustaining a traumatic brain injury. One recent study found that 12% of motorcycle-related emergency room…

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Six Allen & Allen Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America

Six Allen & Allen Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America

Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen is proud to announce that six (6) of its attorneys have been named to the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.  The attorneys are Edward L. Allen, W. Coleman Allen, Jr., P. Christopher Guedri, Jason W. Konvicka, Malcolm P. McConnell, III, and Derrick L. Walker.

Inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a high honor due to the rigorous and transparent methodology used by Best Lawyers, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed. First published in 1983, Best Lawyers is based on an expansive annual peer-review survey.…

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Pool Safety – Preventing Drain Entrapment

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Author: Malcolm P. "Mic" McConnell, III, Richmond, VA Medical Malpractice Attorney

When we head to the pool on a warm summer day, most of us do not worry about the drain. A pool drain suctions water from the pool to capture dirt and other debris that collects at the bottom of the pool. Pool water and debris pass through the pool’s filtration system, which removes debris and allows filtered water to circulate back into the pool. However, information from the  Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that, in recent years, there have been several dozen serious injuries and two deaths caused by drain entrapment. A few simple precautions can help keep your kids safe from this unusual danger.[1]

Don’t…

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Fourteen Attorneys from Virginia Personal Injury Law Firm Ranked in Virginia Super Lawyers 2016

Virginia Super Lawyers 2016

This year, 14 attorneys from Virginia personal injury law firm Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen were recognized for excellence by Virginia Super Lawyers. Those honored by Super Lawyers include Edward L. Allen, W. Coleman Allen Jr., John G. Berry, P. Christopher Guedri, Paul D. Hux, David M. Irvine, James Kessel, Jason W. Konvicka, Bridget N. Long, Malcolm P. McConnell III, Robert C. T. Reed, Christopher J. Toepp, Courtney Allen Van Winkle and Derrick L. Walker. The rankings, which include only 5% of attorneys in Virginia, were released in the May 2016 edition of Richmond Magazine.

Virginia Super Lawyers is a listing of attorneys, representing more than 70 practice areas, who have attained a high degree of peer…

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Morcellators: Medical Innovation Gone Wrong

Malcolm P. McConnell III, Medical Malpractice Lawyer, Richmond VA

Author: Malcolm P. "Mic" McConnell, III, Richmond, VA Medical Malpractice Attorney

Every year, advancing medical care and techniques improve the lives and recovery times of sick people and accident victims. Sometimes, advances in this field come with their own set of complications and problems. One such advancement is the morcellator, a device designed to break down large tissue masses into small fragments and commonly used during a hysterectomy (surgery to remove a woman's uterus) or a myomectomy (surgery to remove noncancerous fibroids from the uterus). The morcellator has quickly rotating blades that break down the mass into tiny pieces, which are then vacuumed out of the body.[1]

Morcellators…

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