Anyone who goes to a medical practitioner for a health issue in Virginia expects to hear that person's sound judgment about the issue and how best to treat it. Sometimes, a specific complaint requires a physician to perform a procedure due to the knowledge of the underlying condition. Even if a medical procedure is not performed, a physician may still prescribe medication to a patient.
A medical patient must necessarily put a lot of faith and confidence in the person who provides his or her medical care. Often, one literally entrusts one's life to a doctor or medical institution. Unfortunately, the results of such confidence in the ability or care exercised by the doctor do not always turn out well. When there is evidence of a failure by medical professionals to meet the appropriate standard of care, and injury or death results, a medical malpractice lawsuit may be appropriate.