Practice Group Leader:

Woods Rogers’ attorneys have decades of combined experience defending medical malpractice claims in state and federal courts throughout Virginia. The Medical Malpractice Defense group is chaired by Elizabeth Guilbert Perrow, a former president of the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys (VADA).

We focus on representing and defending doctors, nurses, hospitals, pharmacies, long-term care facilities, and other health care providers in medical malpractice matters. We realize claims and suits brought against medical professionals and other healthcare providers involve significant stakes, both personally and professionally, and our attorneys work to ensure the protection of our client’s interests. Health care is one of the most highly regulated industries, and any alleged breach of laws, regulations, policies, procedures, or protocols in a hospital or clinical setting can lead to significant problems.

Our medical malpractice group offers experience in:

  • Litigation
  • Pre-Litigation Representation/Subpoenas/Depositions
  • Premises Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Risk Management
  • Long-Term Care Facilities

Professional Regulatory Boards and Licensing

We assist hospitals, doctors, nurses, and healthcare providers from many specialties and practice areas with Virginia Department of Health Professions investigations. The Virginia Department of Health Professions establishes and maintains standards for professional practice. We recognize board investigations—and even the possibility of disciplinary action—represent a significant concern and interruption to the practices of targeted providers. Board investigations can include alleged clinical and non-clinical misconduct. Woods Rogers attorneys represent healthcare providers before many Virginia health regulatory boards and entities, including:

  • Board of Medicine
  • Board of Nursing
  • Board of Dentistry
  • Board of Health Professions
  • Board of Optometry
  • Board of Pharmacy
  • Board of Physical Therapy
  • Board of Veterinary Medicine
  • Board of Long-Term Care Administrators

Representative Experience:

  • Represented general surgeon in a jury trial: Plaintiff sued alleging surgeon should have diagnosed and treated a bowel obstruction. Defense verdict.
  • Represented orthopedic surgeon in a jury trial: Plaintiff sued for $2M and alleged orthopedic surgeon failed to timely diagnose and treat a complication following knee surgery. Defense verdict.
  • Represented gastroenterologist in a jury trial: Plaintiff sued for $1.8M alleging wrongful death as a result of stomach perforation during an upper endoscopy. Defense verdict.
  • Represented cardio-thoracic surgeon in a jury trial: Plaintiff sued for $4M where he became legally blind following a cardio-thoracic procedure. Defense verdict.
  • Represented general surgeon in a jury trial: Plaintiff sued for $2M for alleged failure to treat a ruptured appendix. Defense verdict.
  • Represented a general surgeon in a jury trial: Plaintiff sued for $2M for allegedly negligent early discharge that led to a life-threatening infection. Defense verdict.


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