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Fighting for your legal rights after a medical mistake

When doctors, nurses or other medical professionals make mistakes, the results can be tragic. Medical errors kill almost 200,000 patients each year, while thousands more are injured. Serving Norfolk and Chesapeake, the Virginia Beach attorneys of the W. Ware Morrison Law Group have decades of combined experience helping medical malpractice victims and their families seek justice and get the compensation they deserve.

Types of medical malpractice claims

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Medical mistakes can take a variety of forms. Our Virginia Beach medical negligence attorneys routinely handle cases involving:

Proving liability after a medical error

Medical malpractice generally involves a negligent act or omission by a physician or other healthcare professional that causes injury or harm to a patient. To prove negligence, plaintiffs must prove the following elements:

Victims of medical malpractice can recover several types of compensation, including economic damages, noneconomic damages and punitive damages. However, like many other states, Virginia places a limit on the amount of recoverable monetary damages. By statute, the limit increases by $50,000 every July 1. For acts and omissions occurring July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014, the cap is $2.10 million.


Economic damages include financial losses such as lost wages, medical bills and other life-care expenses. Noneconomic damages may include pain and suffering or reduced enjoyment of life because of a permanent disability. Punitive damages are designed to punish the medical professional and are only awarded in cases of wanton and reckless conduct. The cap is $350,000.

Pursue your medical malpractice case today by consulting a Virginia Beach lawyer today


At the W. Ware Morrison Law Group, we understand how life altering a serious medical mistake can be. Serving the Chesapeake, Hampton Roads and Norfolk areas, our dedicated lawyers aggressively seek full and fair compensation on behalf of medical malpractice victims. For a free consultation, call us today at 757.401.4378 or contact us online. For the convenience of our clients, we offer extended office hours from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Obtaining compensation after a medical mistake



  • Physician and hospital errors — Common doctor and hospital errors include failure to obtain informed consent, delayed treatment and hospital-acquired infections.

  • Birth injuries — Common birth injuries include brachial plexus injuries, cerebral palsy and Erb's palsy.

  • Medication mistakes — Common medication mistakes include prescribing the wrong medication, administering an incorrect dose and failing to account for drug interactions.

  • Failure to diagnose — Common misdiagnosis errors include misinterpreting test results, miscalculating cancer staging and failing to acknowledge patient complaints.

  • The defendant owed a duty of care to the patient — This element is generally easily satisfied because all healthcare workers owe a duty of care to patients under their care.

  • The defendant violated the applicable standard of care — Patients must establish that the medical professional failed to use the degree of skill and diligence practiced by a reasonably prudent practitioner in the field of practice or specialty. Expert testimony is generally required to prove this.

  • The patient suffered damage — The patient must demonstrate that the medical error caused harm, such as an infection, surgical complication, paralysis or birth injury.

  • The injury was caused by incompetent care — Patients must show that their condition is attributable to the doctors’ substandard care and not other non-preventable causes.

Under Virginia’s statute of limitations, patients must file their lawsuit within two years of the injury. For wrongful death suits related to medical malpractice, the deadline is two years from the date of the patient’s death.


Medical malpractice actions can be complex and time-consuming. Therefore, it is important to have a skilled and experienced injury attorney by your side. The medical malpractice lawyers of the W. Ware Morrison Law Group have the knowledge, experience and resources to establish the cause of your injuries and successfully win your case.