Medical Malpractice Law

Sean P. Byrne *
Lauran G. Stimac **

 

Health care reform took center stage on a national level over the past year. Despite suggestions that medical liability reform might be incorporated into the federal legislation, in the end, it was not. Similarly, this year saw few legislative developments at the state level in medical malpractice law, as the Virginia General Assembly focused its energy primarily on the budget shortfall and other issues. There were, however, several health care legislative and case developments of note which will impact the medical liability landscape in the coming years. Board of Medicine activity and medical malpractice trial results of interest are also highlighted as we look back at the year‘s noteworthy legal developments in Virginia medical malpractice law.

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*Director, Hancock, Daniel, Johnson & Nagle, P.C., Richmond, Virginia. J.D., 1997, University of Richmond School of Law; B.A., 1993, University of Richmond. Mr. Byrne‘s practice concentrates on medical malpractice defense and health care risk management. He is also an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the University of Richmond School of Law.
**Associate, Hancock, Daniel, Johnson & Nagle, P.C., Richmond, Virginia. J.D., 2007, University of Richmond School of Law; B.A., 2004, University of Richmond. Mrs. Stimac‘s practice also concentrates on medical malpractice defense and health care risk management.