Medical malpractice and tort reform continues to be a hot topic amongst the medical community and legislature. Although all this debate doesn’t directly affect regular patients, it does affect people who may decide to file a malpractice lawsuit for negligence by a medical professional.

There is good news, however. A bill called HB 1459 recently became law this past April, which increases the maximum award in the state of Virginia from $2M to $3M by the year 2031. If it were up to us, there would be no caps at all on medical malpractice lawsuits in Virginia.

Consider a recent case in Norfolk, Virginia in which a jury awarded 5 million dollars to a man who filed a malpractice suit against an anesthesiologist and the Norfolk Children’s Specialty Group. That 5 million was reduced to $1.85M because of the current cap imposed on medical malpractice lawsuits by Virginia law.

The man had gone in for surgery for a sunken breastbone and the procedure allegedly caused permanent damage to the man’s spinal cord. He could not move his legs and feet because of paralysis. Although he regained his ability to walk, the man still suffered pain and difficulty with other bodily functions.

At O’Bryan Law Firm we help people in Virginia who have suffered from the negligence of a health care professional. It is a serious issue and you should not go through it alone. Consider hiring an experienced Virginia medical malpractice lawyer. We work hard to ensure that fair compensation is awarded for the pain that you or a loved one has endured.

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