Pierce & Thornton

Pierce & Thornton Virginia Beach medical malpractice law firm - http://pierceandthornton.com - represent patients and their families who have been harmed by medical negligence.
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Pierce & Thornton is a Virginia Beach medical malpractice law firm. Their attorneys represent patients and their families who have been harmed by medical negligence. The firm has achieved numerous successful verdicts and settlements on behalf of its clients in cases involving surgical error, negligent prenatal care, and psychiatric malpractice. Pierce & Thornton is located in Norfolk, Virginia. Visit the Web Site of Pierce & Thornton to learn more.

A Virginia medical malpractice case involving the death of a patient shortly after delivering a baby was recently settle...
02/01/2015
Virginia Medical Malpractice Case Settles

A Virginia medical malpractice case involving the death of a patient shortly after delivering a baby was recently settled by the attorneys of Pierce & Thornton. The facts of the case involve a nineteen year old pregnant woman who presented at full …

A Federal Tort Claims Act case involving the death of a patient at a skilled and long term care facility was recently se...
01/15/2015
Federal Tort Claims Act Case Settles

A Federal Tort Claims Act case involving the death of a patient at a skilled and long term care facility was recently settled by the attorneys of Pierce & Thornton. The decedent, a seventy-six year old woman, was admitted to the nursing home where …

Two personal injury claims, both of which involved automobile accidents, were recently tried and won in Virginia courts ...
11/01/2014
Two Virginia Personal Injury Claims Tried to Verdict

Two personal injury claims, both of which involved automobile accidents, were recently tried and won in Virginia courts by the attorneys of Pierce & Thornton. The first accident involved our client being struck from the side while traveling on …

A Virginia wrongful death case alleging medical malpractice was recently settled by the attorneys of Pierce & Thornton. ...
10/01/2014
Virginia Wrongful Death Case Alleging Medical Malpractice Settles

A Virginia wrongful death case alleging medical malpractice was recently settled by the attorneys of Pierce & Thornton. The facts of the case involve the death of a 40 year old man who suffered a fracture of his tibia after being struck by a tree. He …

A recent article in The Washington Post reported that surgical “never” events – errors that should never occur, such as ...
10/01/2014
Surgical “Never” Events Occur About 500 Times a Year

A recent article in The Washington Post reported that surgical “never” events – errors that should never occur, such as leaving an instrument inside a patient or operating on the wrong body part – resulted in paid medical malpractice claims about 500 …

04/08/2013
Two Virginia Personal Injury Claims Settled

Two personal injury claims, both of which involved automobile accidents, were recently settled by the attorneys of Pierce & Thornton. The first accident involved our client being struck from behind while traveling north on Independence Blvd. in …

03/08/2013
Virginia Bicyclists Die In Hampton Roads And Richmond

The Virginian-Pilot recently reported that a bicyclist died in the Hampton Roads area after being hit by a van while riding down Northampton Blvd. near the border between Virginia Beach and Norfolk. According to the Norfolk Police, the bicyclist was …

02/08/2013
Virginia Motorcycle Fatality on I-64

The Virginian-Pilot recently reported that a 19-year-old man died in the Hampton Roads area when his motorcycle collided with a car on Interstate 64. According to the Virginia State Police, the man riding the motorcycle came into contact with a Jeep …

Virginia Motorist Causes Several Accidents After Travelling The Wrong Way On Interstate
11/26/2012
Virginia Motorist Causes Several Accidents After Travelling The Wrong Way On Interstate

Virginia Motorist Causes Several Accidents After Travelling The Wrong Way On Interstate

A 56-year-old-man from Newport News, Virginia was recently arrested after causing several automobile accidents while travelling the wrong way on Interstate 664 in Suffolk, Virginia. Prior to his arrest, two Virginia State Police Troopers tried several times to stop and block the driver, but rather than stop, the driver struck the Virginia State Police cars, as well as several other automobiles, causing injuries. The Virginia Troopers eventually stopped the driver’s vehicle at Jefferson Avenue and Dresden Drive in Newport News, Virginia. The driver was charged with driving under the influence, reckless driving, eluding, damage to property and felony hit and run. The attorneys at the law firm of Pierce & Thornton understand that tragic accidents are an unfortunate part of life. If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious truck, auto or motorcycle accident we can help. Pierce & Thornton has experience and expertise in representing families of those seriously injured or killed by the negligence of other drivers. The lawyers at Pierce & Thornton have obtained some of the largest jury verdicts and mediation settlements in Virginia over the past several years. We can put together a team of qualified investigators and gather the information and data necessary to reconstruct the accident and determine who was at fault. We will consult with all of your health care providers so that we have a complete understanding of the nature and extent of your injuries and how the accident has impacted your life. Call today for an immediate free consultation with one of our truck, auto or motorcycle accident attorneys. The attorneys at Pierce & Thornton handle cases throughout Virginia and North Carolina, including in Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, Suffolk, and the Eastern Shore. They also associate with other attorneys on significant injury cases throughout the United States.

Virginia Jury Returns Verdict For Family Of 89-Year-Old Killed In Car Crash
11/06/2012
Virginia Jury Returns Verdict For Family Of 89-Year-Old Killed In Car Crash

Virginia Jury Returns Verdict For Family Of 89-Year-Old Killed In Car Crash

A Virginia jury recently returned a verdict in favor of the family of an 89-year-old woman who was killed in an automobile crash after her car was struck by the defendant’s car as she was proceeding through an intersection on a green light. The defendant, a 90-year-old woman, was traveling in the opposite direction and failed to yield prior to making a left turn immediately in front of the decedent’s car, which caused the vehicles to collide. Although the defendant pled guilty to failure to pay full time and attention, the case was tried to a jury on the issue of damages. After hearing testimony that the decedent suffered a brain hemorrhage from the accident that led to her death approximately 30 days later, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the family of the decedent, who was an active, relatively healthy woman who lived alone. The attorneys at the law firm of Pierce & Thornton understand that tragic accidents are an unfortunate part of life. If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious truck, auto or motorcycle accident we can help. Pierce & Thornton has experience and expertise in representing families of those seriously injured or killed by the negligence of other drivers. The lawyers at Pierce & Thornton have obtained some of the largest jury verdicts and mediation settlements in Virginia over the past several years. We can put together a team of qualified investigators and gather the information and data necessary to reconstruct the accident and determine who was at fault. We will consult with all of your health care providers so that we have a complete understanding of the nature and extent of your injuries and how the accident has impacted your life. Call today for an immediate free consultation with one of our truck, auto or motorcycle accident attorneys. The attorneys at Pierce & Thornton handle cases throughout Virginia and North Carolina, including in Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, Suffolk, and the Eastern Shore. They also associate with other attorneys on significant injury cases throughout the United States.

Virginia Jury Finds For Nursing Home Patient In Un-Witnessed Fall
10/15/2012
Virginia Jury Finds For Nursing Home Patient In Un-Witnessed Fall

Virginia Jury Finds For Nursing Home Patient In Un-Witnessed Fall

A Virginia jury recently returned a verdict in favor of an 84-year-old nursing home patient who sustained an un-witnessed fall in her bedroom. The nursing home patient claimed the fall was caused by the nursing home’s failure to apply and monitor a fall alarm in her bed, which was required by the patient’s care plan. The evidence at trial showed that the plaintiff’s fall caused left arm and left femur fractures, which required surgery, and resulted in permanent injuries and loss of mobility. The defense claimed that a bed alarm was used and that it sounded just before the fall, but that the nursing home’s staff was unable to reach the patient before the fall. After deliberations, the jury returned a multi-million dollar verdict in favor of the patient. The law firm of Pierce & Thornton has handled nursing home negligence cases throughout Virginia, including cases in Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, Suffolk, and the Eastern Shore. We are also licensed to practice in North Carolina. The attorneys at Pierce & Thornton have tried, mediated and settled cases involving the incorrect administration or dosage of medication, falls, bed sores, decubitus ulcers resulting in respiratory arrests, myocardial infarctions, heart attacks, infections, brain damage, paralysis and wrongful death. We encourage you to contact our firm if you question the care rendered to you, a family member, or friend at a nursing, assisted living, rehabilitation therapy or hospice facility. If we can help you, we will. Your consultation is free.

Virginia Jury Returns Verdict For Patient’s Family In Medical Malpractice Case
09/24/2012
Virginia Jury Returns Verdict For Patient’s Family In Medical Malpractice Case

Virginia Jury Returns Verdict For Patient’s Family In Medical Malpractice Case

A Virginia jury recently returned a verdict in favor of a patient’s family who died after a doctor failed to diagnose her lung cancer. The decedent had been a longtime patient of the defendant, a primary care physician. In 2007, as a part of an annual physical examination, the defendant performed a chest x-ray and missed an obvious early Stage IA lung lesion. The defendant did not have the film over-read by a radiologist nor did he order follow-up imaging. In 2008, the doctor repeated the chest film and again missed the lesion, which had grown and metastasized. In 2009, the patient became symptomatic, which prompted another chest x-ray that showed late stage metastatic cancer, which the defendant misinterpreted as bronchitis or pneumonia. When the patient’s symptoms were not relieved by a course of antibiotics, she was referred to a radiologist who immediately reported finding a large lesion that was consistent with advanced lung cancer. Additional films confirmed Stage IIIB lung cancer. Although the decedent underwent several rounds of chemotherapy, she could not beat the cancer into remission and died a short time later.

At trial, the plaintiff presented evidence that the standard of care required a primary care physician to request an over-read of films by a radiologist when an abnormality is present, which was the case in 2007 and 2008; and that had this been done, the decedent’s cancer would have likely been diagnosed and successfully treated. The defense focused on the decedent’s other co-morbidities and claimed that her cancer was not diagnosable in 2007 or 2008. After deliberating for only a few hours, the jury returned a $2,000,000 verdict in favor of the patient’s family.

The law firm of Pierce & Thornton specializes in medical malpractice litigation throughout North Carolina and Virginia, including in Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, Hampton, Newport News, Williamsburg, Suffolk, and the Eastern Shore. The attorneys at Pierce & Thornton have nearly 50 years of combined experience in litigating all types of medical malpractice cases, including those involving the misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose cancer or other serious medical conditions by a physician. They have obtained some of the largest jury verdicts and mediation settlements in Virginia over the past several years. We encourage you to contact our firm if you question the medical care rendered to you, a family member, or friend. If we can help you, we will. Your consultation is free.

PATIENT DIES FROM PULMONARY EMBOLISM AFTER KNEE FRACTURE
08/27/2012
PATIENT DIES FROM PULMONARY EMBOLISM AFTER KNEE FRACTURE

PATIENT DIES FROM PULMONARY EMBOLISM AFTER KNEE FRACTURE

The plaintiff’s decedent, age 40, suffered a fracture of his tibia after being struck by a tree. He was evaluated in an emergency department, diagnosed with a fracture and referred to an orthopedist. Over the course of the next several days he experienced chest pain, coughing and shortness of breath and consulted with his PCP who arrived at a presumptive diagnosis of pneumonia and admitted him to the hospital for observation and treatment.

On the second day of his hospital admission a venous Doppler study revealed a deep venous thrombosis in his lower extremity. He was placed on anticoagulation therapy. Lab work revealed compromised kidney function thus a CT of the chest with contrast, which could definitively diagnose pulmonary emboli, was contraindicated. The decedent’s overall medical condition continued to worsen and his physicians continued to work under the presumptive diagnosis of pneumonia.

On the fourth day of admission, the decision was made to perform an open lung biopsy to diagnose the source of the decedent’s continued decline. Heparin therapy was stopped in an anticipation of the surgery. On the day of the scheduled surgery, it was determined that decedent needed to undergo dialysis. The surgery was postponed until the following day. The Heparin was not restarted and the decedent suffered a pulmonary embolus prior to the performance of the surgery the next morning, resulting in his death.

Plaintiff contended that the presumptive diagnosis of pneumonia was wrong and that decedent was showering premonitory pulmonary emboli which ultimately culminated in the fatal pulmonary embolus. Plaintiff further contended that studies should have been performed to rule out pulmonary emboli prior to stopping the Heparin and that the open lung biopsy should not have been ordered. Additionally, the Heparin should have been resumed when the surgery was postponed.

Defendants contended that there was no evidence to suggest the existence of premonitory pulmonary emboli either clinically during the decedent’s hospitalization or based upon autopsy findings and that decedent was, in fact, suffering from pneumonia and progressive multi system organ failure and that he was going to die without the PE. Defendants further contended that it was unlikely that the PE originated from the previously diagnosed DVT in the lower extremity and that, in fact, it originated at the site of the placement of the dialysis catheter which was necessary to stabilize him for surgery. Defendants further contended that no one could say that the PE would not have occurred if the Heparin had been restarted.
Beneficiaries were decedent’s wife and three adult children. The case settled for $1,700,000. The law firm of Pierce & Thornton retained two critical care pulmonologists, a thoracic surgeon, a general surgeon, a forensic pathologist and a PhD economist to prove their client’s case.

PATIENT NOT WARNED OF HIS INCREASED RISK FOR BLOOD CLOTS DIES.
08/08/2012
PATIENT NOT WARNED OF HIS INCREASED RISK FOR BLOOD CLOTS DIES.

PATIENT NOT WARNED OF HIS INCREASED RISK FOR BLOOD CLOTS DIES.

Decedent, age 49 at the time of his death, underwent an arthroscopy with synovectomy operative procedure on his left knee in 2006. Eight days post-op defendant orthopedic surgeon diagnosed decedent with an acute deep venous thrombosis involving the gastrocnemius veins of the left lower extremity. He prescribed Lovenox and Coumadin to prevent the further development of DVT and a potentially fatal pulmonary embolus. Decedent remained on anticoagulation therapy for three months with no complications.

In 2008 the same surgeon performed an arthroscopy with an anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction with hamstring autograft operative procedure on the decedent’s same knee. He was not placed on anticoagulation prophylaxis following the surgery. Six days post-op he acutely developed difficulty breathing with choking, chest pain and syncope. After initially recovering, while being transported to the hospital he stopped breathing and was noted to be with pulseless electrical activity. He was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at the hospital.

Plaintiff’s experts opined that decedent was at a higher than standard risk for a potentially fatal PE given his demonstrated history of DVT following the first surgery. They further opined that the second surgery was longer, involved more blood loss, a longer tourniquet time, decedent was two years older, heavier and less ambulatory; all further increasing the risk for clotting. Given all of the above, plaintiff contended that the defendant was negligent in failing to advise the decedent that he was at an increased risk for the development of DVT and PE and further negligent in failing to place him on prophylactic anticoagulation.

No autopsy was performed. Plaintiff contended that the decedent’s clinical course, prior history and terminal ECG’s were most consistent with a pulmonary embolus. The cardiac monitor strips performed on the day of death were consistent with a pulmonary embolus as the cause of a respiratory arrest and inconsistent with a myocardial infarction. The lack of pulmonary edema further supported a pulmonary embolism rather than a myocardial infarction.

Defendant’s expert orthopedic surgeon testified that the standard of care did not require the defendant to place the decedent on prophylactic chemical anticoagulation following the second surgery. He further opined that there were no definitive studies to demonstrate a reduced risk of fatal pulmonary embolism in outpatient orthopedic procedures with chemical prophylaxis/anticoagulation nor were there any guidelines published from the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons recommending prophylactic anticoagulation in patients having undergone the decedent’s type of arthroscopic procedure. Defendant contended that there was simply no consensus in orthopedic practice on the use of chemical prophylaxis in outpatient orthopedic patients.

Defendant further contended that it was speculation to conclude that the decedent’s cause of death was a pulmonary embolism. Defendant’s cardiology expert testified that the decedent’s prior EKG’s demonstrated a history of a prior myocardial infarction and that his rhythm strip on the day of his death was consistent with a myocardial infarction rather than a pulmonary embolism. He further testified that he saw no clinical signs or symptoms consistent with a pulmonary embolism.

Beneficiaries were decedent’s wife and four adult children. The law firm of Pierce & Thornton retained two orthopedic surgeons, two cardiologists, two hematologists, a forensic pathologist, a pulmonary critical care specialist and a PhD economist to prove their client’s case. The case settled two weeks prior to trial and after the completion of all experts’ depositions for $1,700,000.

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2101 Parks Ave Ste 802
Virginia Beach, VA
23451

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Saturday 00:00 - 23:59
Sunday 00:00 - 23:59

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(757) 625-7777

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