Mr. Waterman has settled, tried, appealed and won most nursing home and medical malpractice cases in the firm. He is referred such cases by other attorneys across Virginia.
Patient falls and nursing home substandard care are just two prevalent types of medical malpractice. Other examples are condition misdiagnoses, medication errors, surgical mistakes, improper deliveries, equipment failures, and treatment delays.
The vast majority of medical malpractice occurs in hospitals and other institutions. But some occurs during routine doctor office visits.
An estimated three-fourths or more of all medical malpractice cases tried in Virginia are lost to healthcare defendants. Patient attorney inexperience, bad case selection, and hasty suit preparation are leading factors in poor trial outcomes, though even the best of cases have risk at trial.
Early in his long career, Mr. Waterman was a defense attorney on medical malpractice cases. That exposure to defense strategy and tactics has made him a more effective patient advocate since coming over to the side of patients more than two decades ago.
Mr. Waterman has represented medical malpractice victims in Norfolk, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Hampton, Newport News, York County, Williamsburg/James City County, Gloucester, Richmond and Roanoke. He also has had medical malpractice cases in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Texas.
Mr. Waterman was one of only a dozen Virginia patient advocates honored in the inaugural “Medical Malpractice” section listing of The Best Lawyers in America in 2007, and has been listed every year since then. In 2001 and again in 2006, he prevailed in the Virginia Supreme Court for medical malpractice victims, both times against Riverside. His 2012 jury verdict also was against Riverside.
Temple v. Mary Washington Hospital, Inc., Record No. 131754, is a medical malpractice suit for wrongful death in which Mr. Waterman authored the Brief Amicus Curiae for the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association in Support of Appellants before the Supreme Court of Virginia: