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While we trust physicians and hospitals with our lives, they are not infallible. When their actions stray from accepted standards of practice in the medical community and cause patients harm, they should be held accountable. The experienced Virginia Beach lawyers of the W. Ware Morrison Law Group understand the potentially devastating impact of a medical mistake. We work hard to obtain the compensation you deserve.

Common forms of physician negligence

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Doctor And Hospital Error

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Doctors are supposed to make us better. Yet they are responsible for a large percentage of medical malpractice claims. Some of the most prevalent include those for:

To hold doctors accountable for their mistakes, patients must prove that the physician failed to use the degree of skill and diligence practiced by a reasonably prudent practitioner in the field of practice or specialty, which subsequently caused injury. While particularly egregious errors such as operating on the wrong body part are relatively easy to prove, most physician negligence claims require the testimony of medical experts.

Healthcare facilities also have a duty to provide safe and adequate care to patients. Some of the most prevalent examples of hospital negligence include:

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If you or a loved one has suffered a serious hospital or physician error in the Chesapeake, Norfolk or Virginia Beach area, contact an experienced injury attorney at the W. Ware Morrison Law Group today. We can guide you through the legal process while you focus on your recovery. Call our offices today at 757.401.4378 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation

Hospital errors can also put patients at risk

Hospitals may also be liable for the negligence of their employees, including nurses, medical technicians and other staff members, under the doctrine of vicarious liability. As long as the hospital staff member was performing his or her job duties when the negligence occurred, the facility will be responsible for any resulting damages.


Whether Virginia hospitals are responsible for a doctor’s mistake often depends on the nature of the employment relationship. In many cases, facilities are not responsible for the actions of doctors and other healthcare professionals who are hired as independent contractors. Given the complex legal relationships that arise during medical malpractice actions, you need the assistance of an experienced medical malpractice lawyer to fully protect your legal right to compensation.



  • Surgical negligence — Common surgical errors include operating on the wrong body part, leaving foreign objects inside the patient and failing to properly sterilize instruments.

  • Medication mistakes — Prescription errors occur when doctors prescribe the wrong medication or fail to account for drug interactions.

  • Birth trauma — Mistakes by obstetricians during labor and delivery can result in serious injury to the mother or newborn, such as fractures, maternal bleeding, cerebral palsy and Erb’s palsy.

  • Delayed treatment and misdiagnosis — Failing to provide timely and appropriate treatment or providing the wrong diagnosis can severely compromise a patient’s ability to fight or recover from health conditions such as infections, cancer and heart disease.

  • Failure to obtain informed consent — Healthcare providers are required to explain to patients the potential benefits, risks and alternatives associated with a medical procedure prior to treatment.

  • Insufficient staffing — Communication breakdowns, emergency room errors and patient monitoring failures are more apt to occur when hospitals are understaffed and workers are overworked.

  • Laboratory mistakes —Lost specimens, delayed test results and misinterpreting diagnostic tests can all compromise patient care.

  • Medication and medical device errors — Examples include failing to respond to alarms, administering medication to the wrong patient, improperly inserting a medical device and misprogramming computers.

  • Lack of proper sterilization and infection controls — Hospitals must have policies and procedures in place to ensure medical equipment is sterilized and prevent the transfer of infection.