My Doctor Told Me My Last Doctor Should Have Treated Me Differently. Do I Have a Medical Malpractice Case?

Author: Malcolm P. McConnell, III - Richmond Medical Malpractice Attorney

I have been a medical malpractice attorney for 26 years. On many occasions, on meeting with a potential client, they have assured me that a new physician was critical in some way of a prior physician. Often, my potential client will think this proves medical malpractice. My response to this situation is always the same: No, it doesn’t mean that at all.

Medical malpractice has a legal definition. It is not enough to prove that a doctor made a mistake. It is not enough to prove that treatment ended with a bad, unexpected result. And it is not enough that another doctor (the new doctor) would have done things differently, or…

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Daily Press: $25 million malpractice verdict against Riverside to be reduced to $2 million

Mathews County man wins medical malpractice case after suffering severe heart attack

By Peter Dujardin, | 247-47497:16 p.m. EST, February 15, 2013

HAMPTON -- A Mathews County man who had a severe heart attack months after being given Advil to treat his heart condition landed a $25 million verdict on Thursday from a jury in Hampton Circuit Court. According to the law firm that represented him, it's the largest ever medical malpractice verdict in Virginia and the largest personal inury verdict ever handed down in Hampton. But the verdict against Riverside Health System and one of its cardiologists won't stand. It's expected to be reduced to less than a tenth of the original amount because of a state…

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$25 Million Verdict in Hampton Believed to be Largest Medical Malpractice Verdict in the History of Virginia

Type of Action: Medical Malpractice

Attorneys for Plaintiff: Jason W. Konvicka, Esquire & Malcolm P. McConnell III, Esquire 

The $25,000,000 plus interest verdict awarded by a jury yesterday in the City of Hampton is believed to be the largest Medical Malpractice verdict in the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as the largest personal injury verdict in Hampton. Represented by Jason W. Konvicka and Malcolm P. McConnell, III of the law firm of Allen & Allen, the plaintiff was misdiagnosed by Riverside Physicians Services for a heart condition that ultimately resulted in a debilitating heart attack.

In January 2010, Christopher Denton, age 37, experienced a…

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Surgeon's Wall Street Journal Article Discusses How Greater Transparency in Health Care Can Make Americans Safer

Review of: "How to Stop Hospitals From Killing Us: Medical errors kill enough people to fill four jumbo jets a week. A surgeon with five simple ways to make health care safer"

Review by Malcolm P. McConnell, III, Virginia Medical Malpractice Attorney

Medical mistakes kill and injure many thousands each year.  A culture of silence exists in the medical community, and multi-billion dollar corporate health care entities try every year at every level of government to escape accountability with various kinds of tort reform - seeking to strip the rights of innocent victims, but also to expand the power of an already-overreaching government and take away our powers to govern ourselves…

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Malcolm McConnell Named Lawyer of the Year - Best Lawyers 2013 Richmond Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs

September 12, 2012 - The personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen is proud to announce that Malcolm P. "Mic" McConnell, III has been named Best Lawyers' 2013 Richmond Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year. The honor is an indication of the high level of respect Mic McConnell has earned among other leading lawyers in the Medical Malpractice community for his abilities, professionalism and integrity.

Best Lawyers® began designating "Lawyers of the Year" in high-profile legal practice areas in 2009. The honor is significant because only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year." The winners are selected based…

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Meet Virginia Medical Malpractice Attorney Malcolm P. "Mic" McConnell, III - VIDEO

Mic McConnell is the lead medical malpractice lawyer for the Allen Law Firm's Medical Malpractice Team. With over 20 years of experience, he is a strong advocate for his clients and their families. Mic's successful litigation of cases in a wide variety of medical malpractice specialties has earned him a listing in Best Lawyers in America and Virginia Super Lawyers. He is certified in medical malpractice law by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys and frequently lectures to attorney associations across the United States on effective trial tactics. To learn more about Mic, visit:


Video Transcript: I am Mic…

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Who Watches the Watchmen? The vigilant lawyer in the age of Facebook

Republished from VTLA Journal by Malcolm P. "Mic" McConnell III and Scott D. Fitzgerald

"The discovery and use of social media in litigation is developing rapidly. Keeping up with the law and with the technology itself is not optional. If your client is a social media user and you are not familiar with the media, both you and your client are vulnerable. You need to know how it works so that you can understand the discovery requests you get, judge their reasonableness, reach a conclusion that is supported by the facts and the law, and then defend that conclusion to the court, if necessary. You simply cannot do that without understanding the subject matter."

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Why are Medical Malpractice Cases so Difficult? (And so Expensive?)

Author: Malcolm P. "Mic" McConnell, III - Virginia Medical Malpractice Lawyer

 As the lead attorney of the Allen Medical Malpractice Team, I enjoy being able to answer questions and serve as a resource for the community.  Of course, I especially enjoy helping  people who are wondering whether they have legitimate medical malpractice claims.  Each time I am contacted by a potential client, I am able to rely on my experience and judgment to counsel them about their potential claims, and each time I must  make my own choice about whether or not a particular case should be pursued.  Obviously, I have an obligation to limit my practice to cases with merit and to cases which I believe are likely to succeed.


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Product Safety: Who is responsible for today's safer products?

Author: Attorney Malcolm P. McConnell, III

On a recent, late autumn afternoon, I was mowing my lawn for the last time this year.  As I reached the edge of my yard, I attempted to turn the lawnmower around to cut the next strip of grass.  The lawnmower stuck a large stick that had fallen from a tree and it stopped moving abruptly, causing me to stumble and fall over and in front of the lawnmower.

As I fell, I let go of the lawnmower handle, releasing the spring-loaded lever that killed the engine.  By the time I hit the ground, the engine was off and the blades were no longer turning.

I stood up, unharmed (but a bit embarrassed) by my fall, and realized that only the safety features in the…

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THE AMERICAN WAY: A Plea for Responsibility and Accountability under the Law for All

Fight Tort Reform

Author: Attorney Malcolm P. McConnell, III

How important to you are traditional American values?  Do you believe that America rose to greatness due to hard work, self-reliance and personal accountability? Do you believe that for America to remain great, we must preserve these values as individuals and as a nation?

Of course you do.  So do I.

We teach our children, "You break it, you bought it."  We teach them to clean up their messes.  We teach them to pay their debts and accept responsibility for their mistakes.  We hope that by teaching them these values of personal accountability, they will grow into responsible, mature contributing members of society.  We also hope…

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