Can a Workers’ Comp Doctor Be Held Liable for Medical Malpractice in Virginia?
It doesn’t matter what type of doctor treats you or for what condition – doctors are supposed to provide a certain standard of care. That means they can also be held liable for injuries caused by medical malpractice.
Our office has been asked the question, “can a workers’ compensation doctor be held responsible for medical malpractice in Virginia?” The answer is – yes.
Medical Malpractice Defined
By definition, medical malpractice is a doctor’s deviation from the accepted standards of care in the medical community, which results in injury to the patient. That means any doctor can be liable for malpractice, whether a workers’ comp doctor or an independent examiner. How you ended up a patient of the medical provider is irrelevant.
Keep in mind that Virginia medical malpractice lawsuits are not easy to win. Medical experts have to be used to prove that malpractice occurred. But, that is only one hurdle. The jury also has to be convinced that the doctor’s actions, or lack of, caused you to suffer injuries.
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