Types of Personal Injury Lawsuits

Auto Accidents

Automobile collisions are almost always preventable, but remain one the leading causes of death and serious personal injuries in Virginia. Most collisions occur due to distracted driving like texting, drunk driving, carelessness and aggressive driving or factors like defective auto parts. After an accident, the victims are left to navigate the complexities of insurance coverage, skyrocketing medical bills, lost income, and often permanent injuries. This can be extremely complex in the case of hit and run accidents. For 20 years, Josh Silverman has represented victims of complex and serious automobile, bicycle, pedestrianmotorcycle and trucking accidents in Virginia. Most cases settle, but he is prepared to go to trial if the insurance company refuses to negotiate in good faith.  

Please click here to learn about some of our automobile accident settlements and trial verdicts.

Medical Malpractice

Malpractice means that a health care provider failed to comply with the standard of care.  It is another way of saying the health care provider was negligent or careless.  If the patient suffered a serious injury or death as a result of medical malpractice, a lawsuit can be filed against the health care provider to compensate the victim for pain, suffering, medical bills, lost income and other damages. At the Silverman Law Firm we have successfully represented victims of medical malpractice committed by Virginia physicians, nurses, hospitals, and pharmacists. Below are some examples of the types of medical malpractice cases we handle:

Anoxic Brain Injuries Due to Malpractice

Silverman Law Firm LC represents victims who have suffered brain injuries due to medical malpractice.  Medical malpractice can cause brain injuries due to delays in treating blood loss, failures in the diagnosis and treatment of myocardial infarction (heart attacks), medication errors, failure to monitor pumps used for pain management, anesthesia errors, obstetrical malpractice, and failure to regulate blood sugar levels in diabetics.

Pharmacy Malpractice

Like any other type of professional in the medical field, we trust pharmacists to put our health and safety first. Although these types of situations do not occur often, when they do, they can have lasting and even fatal consequences. Types of pharmacy malpractice include filling the wrong prescription, failing to notify the patient of drug interactions, and incorrectly labeling the dosage or frequency of the medication. Please double check that the medications that your pharmacist dispenses is what was prescribed your your physician.

Bowel Injuries Due to Trauma and Malpractice

Bowel injury cases are complex. Joshua Silverman is experienced in representing victims who have suffered from the devastating consequences of bowel injuries. Bowel injuries can be deadly.  Cases Mr. Silverman has handled or is currently handling include bowel injuries from motor vehicle accidents, lacerated bowels during surgeries, delayed diagnosis of bowel injuries, failure to treat bowel injuries, and other similar medical malpractice cases.

Retained Objects From Surgery

Foreign objects like surgical sponges and needles left in the body can cause life threatening infections, bowel perforations, organ damage, and severe pain. These injuries are almost always preventable.  They are commonly called "never events" for the simple reason that they should never happen, yet statistically 1500 people are injured every year because surgeons and hospitals fail to use care to ensure that foreign objects are never left inside the patient.  Josh Silverman has handled multiple cases involving surgical sponges and even a case involving a surgical needle left in a patient during gynecological, obstetrical procedures including c-sections, and abdominal surgeries.  If you or a loved one has suffered injuries due to a retained foreign object, contact the Silverman Law Firm LC to discuss your legal rights.

Medication errors

Medication errors are called "never events" for the obvious reason that they should "never" happen.  Yet they occur on a daily basis in hospitals, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.  Medication errors can be fatal or cause permanent injury.  Much of our practice is devoted to representing victims of medication errors.  The following are examples of the most common medication errors:

  • Physician prescribes an excessive or inadequate dose of medication
  • Physician prescribes a medication to which a patient has an allergy
  • Nurse administers an incorrect dose of a medication
  • Nurse administers a medication to the wrong patient 
  • Nurse administers a medication in an incorrect manner (i.e. injecting medication in a vein instead of muscle)
  • Pharmacy incorrectly prepares the medication (wrong medicine or wrong dose)

Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facility Neglect

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are responsible for caring for some of our most vulnerable citizens: our parents.  Yet, as more long term care facilities place profits over people, neglect has become rampant. Residents suffer serious injuries due to falls, pressure ulcers, medication errors, preventable infections, and even malnutrition and dehydration.  

Cases against nursing homes and assisted living facilities are complex. It should come as no surprise that we must constantly be on alert for nursing homes and assisted living facilities which falsify medical records to cover up their neglect and abuse of patients.  Each case therefore requires careful study and investigation. Usually we retain leading nursing experts and doctors to review the records and to testify.  

Most cases settle only after experts have reviewed the evidence and a lawsuit has been filed against the nursing home or assisted living facility. Examples of our cases can found in the "case results" page of our website. 

Products Liability

Every day defective products cause serious personal injuries.  Designers, manufacturers and sellers of defective products and medical devices may be held liable for the injuries and damages caused by a dangerous product.  These cases are particularly challenging because your lawyer must master not only the legal complexities of a products liability case, but must develop an in-depth understanding of the complex design and manufacturing of the product.  Examples of products liability cases include defective automobiles, children's products (cribs, toys, etc.), dangerous medications, medical devices and contaminated food products.

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Richmond, VA 23221

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