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Birth Control Risks Highlighted in Blood Clot Study

Life-threatening adverse effects from estrogen-based medications are also the focus of a $10 million lawsuit filed by a woman who developed breast cancer after taking Prempro to reduce menopause symptoms.

By John Cooper, Dangerous Drugs Attorney in North Carolina

Findings from a large U.S. Food and Drug Administration study on clotting risks for women taking birth control pills containing the hormones estrogen and drosperinone, as well as a large number of lawsuits from women who developed cancer after taking estrogen-based medication to relieve menopause symptoms, are refocusing attention on the risks from these drug products.

Bayer’s Yaz and Yasmin birth control pills increase women’s risk for a deadly condition called venous thromboembolism. With VTE, a blot clot forms in one part of the body, usually the lower leg, and travels to the heart or veins of the neck. If not detected and detected quickly, VTE can cause fatal heart attacks and strokes.

This CBS News report describes what the FDA found and the risks newer birth control pills pose to women:

The problem appears to be drosperinone. That synthetic hormone raises potassium levels in the bloodstream, and excess potassium increases the likelihood that clots will form. In addition to Yaz and Yasmin the Washington Post identified these drosperinone-containing birth control pills: Bayer’s Beyaz and Safyral, Sandoz’s Syeda and Loryna, Barr Laboratories’ Ocella, Watson Pharmaceuticals’ Zarah, and Teva Pharmaceuticals’ Loryna.

As North Carolina dangerous drug lawyers, my colleagues and I have been following news on Yaz and Yasmin risks closely for several years, and we are working with women in a number of Yaz lawsuits. We have also been attuned to health problems linked to hormone replacement therapies such as Pfizer’s estrogen-based Prempro. Pfizer has reportedly paid a total of $330 million to settle more than 2,200 lawsuits from Prempro users. That does not appear to be the final chapter for the drug product that remains on the market, however. In fact, I just finished acting as co-counsel for the plaintiff in a Prempro case that was heard in the federal court in Norfolk, Virginia (VA). The woman’s breast cancer was linked to her use of the product.

On October 21, 2011, a married couple in New Orleans, Louisiana (LA), filed suit in federal court seeking $10 million in compensation from Pfizer because the woman was diagnosed with breast cancer after having taken Prempro for 8 years. The HRT product has also been linked with increased risks for ovarian cancer and cardiovascular disease. Pfizer, in this lawsuit and the earlier ones, is accused of failing to provide adequate warnings about such side effects.

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About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose Virginia/Carolina attorneys focus on injury and accident law and have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctor mistakes and nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Though not every case meets our criteria, we offer free initial consultations. Give us a call at (800) 752-0042. If you can’t get through due to high call volume, leave a message so we can return your call. Also be sure to check out our free special report Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA), but we also have offices in Hampton, VA, and Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Our lawyers hold licenses in VA, NC, South Carolina (SC), West Virginia (WV), Kentucky (KY), Florida (FL) and Washington, DC. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis were included in the 2011 issue of Best Lawyers in America. They, along with fellow attorney John M. Cooper, were also named 2011 Virginia Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Law, an honor which fewer than 5 percent of outstanding lawyers receive. We also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube. Further, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard blogs as pro bono public information services.


Fatal Fentanyl Overdose at Portsmouth Naval Hospital Blamed on Hot Shower

When health care professionals don't provide patients with all the information about the medicine's they're taking, tragedies can occur.

By Jim Lewis, Medical Malpractice Attorney

When health care professionals don’t provide patients with all the information about the medicine’s they’re taking, tragedies can occur. This was made apparent by the death of a young Marine who died from an overdose of opioid painkillers in early 2010. To read more, visit “Negligence May Have Contributed to Death of Marine at Portsmouth Naval Hospital.”

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About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose Virginia/Carolina attorneys focus on injury and accident law and have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctor mistakes and nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Though not every case meets our criteria, we offer free initial consultations. Give us a call at (800) 752-0042. If you can’t get through due to high call volume, leave a message so we can return your call. Also be sure to check out our free special report Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA), but we also have offices in Hampton, VA, and Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Our lawyers hold licenses in VA, NC, South Carolina (SC), West Virginia (WV), Kentucky (KY), Florida (FL) and Washington, DC. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis were included in the 2011 issue of Best Lawyers in America. They, along with fellow attorney John M. Cooper, were also named 2011 Virginia Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Law, an honor which fewer than 5 percent of outstanding lawyers receive. We also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube. Further, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard blogs as pro bono public information services.


Doctors Who Perforated Man’s Colon Ordered to Pay Injured Patient $2M in Damages

A Philadelphia jury determined that during separate surgeries, the physicians made errors that caused the man's lower intestine to tear and rupture.

By John Cooper, Surgical Error Attorney in North Carolina

A Pennsylvania (PA) man who twice had his colon perforated because the doctors performing a colonoscopy and a reparative surgery made errors has won a jury verdict in his medical malpractice lawsuit against the physicians and is set to receive damage awards totaling $2 million.  In both instances, the doctors overinflated the victim’s lower intestine, increasing the internal pressure in the man’s bowels so much that the walls of the colon tore and burst.

A perforated colon or cut intestine can be a deadly surgical error. Bacteria and waste matter leaking from the wound can quickly cause an irreversible and fatal infection. Internal bleeding can also put a patient’s life at risk. In the case just concluded in Pennsylvania, the patient had to have 2 feet of his colon and intestine permanently removed.

The plaintiff’s lawyer, Roy DeCaro of Philadelphia, strengthened his case by calling medical and surgical experts to testify that the defendants had not met the standard of care they owed to the patient. As a medical malpractice and surgical error attorney myself, I know how important presenting medical evidence is in such cases. I congratulate DeCaro and hope the award to the injured patient will make his life easier.

EJL

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose Virginia/Carolina attorneys focus on injury and accident law and have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctor mistakes and nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Though not every case meets our criteria, we offer free initial consultations. Give us a call at (800) 752-0042. If you can’t get through due to high call volume, leave a message so we can return your call. Also be sure to check out our free special report Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA), but we also have offices in Hampton, VA, and Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Our lawyers hold licenses in VA, NC, South Carolina (SC), West Virginia (WV), Kentucky (KY), Florida (FL) and Washington, DC. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis were included in the 2011 issue of Best Lawyers in America. They, along with fellow attorney John M. Cooper, were also named 2011 Virginia Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Law, an honor which fewer than 5 percent of outstanding lawyers receive. We also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube. Further, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard blogs as pro bono public information services.


Nursing Home Negligence in Pennsylvania Caught on Film

Three employees of the facility where the abuse occurred have been arrested.

By Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton and Favaloro, Nursing Home Abuse and Medical Negligence Attorney

News stories about nursing home abuse is far too common. Another case has come out of Pennsylvania (PA), where a woman who suspected her mother was being neglected hid a camera to catch the abuse on film. With the evidence she collected, she had three employees arrested for negligence. Now, the family is suing the Sunrise company, which operates more than 300 facilities in three countries. To read more, visit ” Pennsylvania Nursing Home Abuse Caught on Camera.”

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About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose Virginia/Carolina attorneys focus on injury and accident law and have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctor mistakes and nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Though not every case meets our criteria, we offer free initial consultations. Give us a call at (800) 752-0042. If you can’t get through due to high call volume, leave a message so we can return your call. Also be sure to check out our free special report Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA), but we also have offices in Hampton, VA, and Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Our lawyers hold licenses in VA, NC, South Carolina (SC), West Virginia (WV), Kentucky (KY), Florida (FL) and Washington, DC. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis were included in the 2011 issue of Best Lawyers in America. They, along with fellow attorney John M. Cooper, were also named 2011 Virginia Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Law, an honor which fewer than 5 percent of outstanding lawyers receive. We also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube. Further, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard blogs as pro bono public information services.


Anesthesiologist, Weight Loss Surgery Ad Company Sued After Death of Lap-Band Patient

The doctors are being accused of failing to meet the standard of care required for patients. The firm 1-800-GET-THIN allegedly misrepresented the quality and safety of the services it promoted.

By John Cooper, Surgical Error Victim’s Attorney

A California health care advertising company called 1-800-GET-THIN is facing a wrongful death lawsuit in the wake of a surgical error that left a 52-year-old Lawndale, CA, woman dead. According to the Los Angeles Times, the woman had been steered by the company to an outpatient clinic where she was promised “‘a higher level of care’ by ‘top-rated surgical specialists.’” What actually happened was that an  anesthesiologist who was under suspension by the California Medical Board left her in the care of an unqualified nurse while she was under anesthesia, and the woman lost her life due to complications from the drugs and gases administered.

The anesthesiologist and surgeon with responsibility for ensuring the woman’s safety as she had the Lap-Band device implanted have also been named as defendants in the suit. The doctors are being accused of failing to meet the standard of care required for patients. The firm 1-800-GET-THIN allegedly misrepresented the quality and safety of the services it promoted.

Often considered a safer alternative to other forms of weight loss surgery such as gastric bypass, receiving a Lap-Band is far from a risk-free procedure. This video explains that Lap-Band surgery puts patients in danger for all the complications possible with other forms of abdominal surgery:

Obesity is without a doubt a significant health problem, and weight loss surgery is a viable option for many men and women who need to lose significant weight in order to reduce their risks for death from heart attacks, strokes, breathing problems, diabetes complications and even infections. However, as my fellow medical malpractice attorneys and I know firsthand, it only takes a seemingly minor act of negligence or inattention for a surgeon, anesthesiologist, surgical nurse or other member of the surgical team to injure or kill a patient on the operating table.

If the allegations made in the California Lap-Band wrongful death suit are true, the deceased woman was the victim of a particularly egregious and avoidable surgical error. The ad company misrepresented the level of care she would receive, and the anesthesiologist should not have been working with patients at all. No one can know how the case will play out, but the company, surgeon and anesthesiologist certainly have serious questions to answer.

EJL

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose Virginia/Carolina attorneys focus on injury and accident law and have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctor mistakes and nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Though not every case meets our criteria, we offer free initial consultations. Give us a call at (800) 752-0042. If you can’t get through due to high call volume, leave a message so we can return your call. Also be sure to check out our free special report Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA), but we also have offices in Hampton, VA, and Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Our lawyers hold licenses in VA, NC, South Carolina (SC), West Virginia (WV), Kentucky (KY), Florida (FL) and Washington, DC. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis were included in the 2011 issue of Best Lawyers in America. They, along with fellow attorney John M. Cooper, were also named 2011 Virginia Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Law, an honor which fewer than 5 percent of outstanding lawyers receive. We also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube. Further, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard blogs as pro bono public information services.


Cerebral Palsy Caused by Medical Negligence Results in $29M Verdict for Family

The government, which operated the health center where the newborn suffered his brain injury, had appealed the initial judgment.

By John Cooper, Birth Injury Attorney in Virginia

A Gurnee, Illinois (IL), family whose son developed cerebral palsy shortly after being born in 2003 will receive $29 million in a medical negligence verdict against the government-run health center whose doctors and nurses mistreated the newborn’s blood infection. As the Chicago Sun-Times reported on September 3, 2011, the judgment had to be upheld by a federal appeals court after the government argued the facility it controlled and the health care practitioners it employed could not be held liable for causing the infant’s brain injuries because his parents had waited longer than 2 years to file a personal injury lawsuit.

The boy, the newspaper notes, is now a “spastic quadriplegic” who “requires a lot of care.”

This video from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine describes the causes, symptoms and lifelong complications of cerebral palsy. While watching the cerebral palsy overview, keep in mind that the brain injuries and infections a child suffers in the womb or during delivery can often be attributed to medical negligence or malpractice. Also keep in mind that children born with CP often require a lifetime of specialized health care to help them live well despite suffering movement disorders, mental impairments and  physical disabilities.

As a Virginia Beach, VA-based medical malpractice lawyer whose colleagues often represent distraught parents in birth injury cases, I congratulate Illinois attorney Patrick Salvi II for helping this family receive the monetary compensation they surely deserved — and will need to keep their son as healthy and happy as possible. I’m also glad that the courts recognized that it was more important to provide for the child’s care than to observe an unjust statute of limitations on medical malpractice claims.

EJL

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose Virginia/Carolina attorneys focus on injury and accident law and have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctor mistakes and nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Though not every case meets our criteria, we offer free initial consultations. Give us a call at (800) 752-0042. If you can’t get through due to high call volume, leave a message so we can return your call. Also be sure to check out our free special report Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA), but we also have offices in Hampton, VA, and Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Our lawyers hold licenses in VA, NC, South Carolina (SC), West Virginia (WV), Kentucky (KY), Florida (FL) and Washington, DC. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis were included in the 2011 issue of Best Lawyers in America. They, along with fellow attorney John M. Cooper, were also named 2011 Virginia Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Law, an honor which fewer than 5 percent of outstanding lawyers receive. We also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube. Further, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard blogs as pro bono public information services.


Complaints About Hip Replacement Devices Soar

Patients' trust is abused by medical device manufacturers whose products hurt people.

By Kevin Duffan, Virginia Medical Malpractice Attorney

My colleague John Cooper reported recently on our firm’s website that the Food and Drug Administration has experienced a surge in the number of complaints about failed hip replacements.  John noted patients’ trust is abused by medical device manufacturers whose products hurt people. The firm has written extensively about defective medical devices and medical malpractice.  Check out our library of online articles.

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About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose Virginia/Carolina attorneys focus on injury and accident law and have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctor mistakes and nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Though not every case meets our criteria, we offer free initial consultations. Give us a call at (800) 752-0042. If you can’t get through due to high call volume, leave a message so we can return your call. Also be sure to check out our free special report Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA), but we also have offices in Hampton, VA, and Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Our lawyers hold licenses in VA, NC, South Carolina (SC), West Virginia (WV), Kentucky (KY), Florida (FL) and Washington, DC. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis were included in the 2011 issue of Best Lawyers in America. They, along with fellow attorney John M. Cooper, were also named 2011 Virginia Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Law, an honor which fewer than 5 percent of outstanding lawyers receive. We also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube. Further, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard blogs as pro bono public information services.


Did Virginia and Carolina Health Providers Have a Different Standard of Care During Hurricane Irene?

The storm was to blame for killing several people in Virginia and North Carolina, destroying shorefront property, and forcing a hospital to run on generator power.

By Kevin Duffan, Virginia Medical Malpractice Attorney

My colleague John Cooper reported recently on our firm’s website that Hurricane Irene was to blame for killing several people in Virginia and North Carolina, destroying shorefront property, and forcing a hospital to run on generator power.  John raised the question of what the standard of care was for medical providers during the natural disaster. Contact Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton, P.C. to discuss all possible claims if you or a loved one suffered serious injuries or death from an accident that was the fault of a hospital.

LC

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose Virginia/Carolina attorneys focus on injury and accident law and have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctor mistakes and nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Though not every case meets our criteria, we offer free initial consultations. Give us a call at (800) 752-0042. If you can’t get through due to high call volume, leave a message so we can return your call. Also be sure to check out our free special report Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA), but we also have offices in Hampton, VA, and Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Our lawyers hold licenses in VA, NC, South Carolina (SC), West Virginia (WV), Kentucky (KY), Florida (FL) and Washington, DC. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis were included in the 2011 issue of Best Lawyers in America. They, along with fellow attorney John M. Cooper, were also named 2011 Virginia Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Law, an honor which fewer than 5 percent of outstanding lawyers receive. We also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube. Further, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard blogs as pro bono public information services.


Lawsuits Over Recalled DePuy Hip Implants Move Closer to Court

The Johnson & Johnson subsidiary acknowledges that the metal-on-metal hip implant has begun failing much earlier than expected and caused pain to recipients while also putting them at risk for toxic cobalt and chromium poisoning.

By Jim Lewis, VA Defective Medical Device Attorney

In his latest blog post to our Virginia personal injury attorneys’ website, my colleague John Cooper updates potential clients on the status of defective product and medical malpractice lawsuits brought by patients who claim a recalled artificial hip has harmed their health. The maker of the ASR XL Acetabular System, Johnson & Johnson subsidiary DePuy, acknowledges that the metal-on-metal hip implant has begun failing much earlier than expected and caused pain to recipients while also putting them at risk for toxic cobalt and chromium poisoning.

EJL

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose Virginia/Carolina attorneys focus on injury and accident law and have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctor mistakes and nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Though not every case meets our criteria, we offer free initial consultations. Give us a call at (800) 752-0042. If you can’t get through due to high call volume, leave a message so we can return your call. Also be sure to check out our free special report Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA), but we also have offices in Hampton, VA, and Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Our lawyers hold licenses in VA, NC, South Carolina (SC), West Virginia (WV), Kentucky (KY), Florida (FL) and Washington, DC. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis were included in the 2011 issue of Best Lawyers in America. They, along with fellow attorney John M. Cooper, were also named 2011 Virginia Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Law, an honor which fewer than 5 percent of outstanding lawyers receive. We also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube. Further, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard blogs as pro bono public information services.


Obama Remains Opposed to Limits on Awards to Medical Malpractice Victims

We have repeatedly said the cap on damages that has been in place in Virginia since the 1970s, is arbitrary. The cap was put through the VA legislature to give special treatment to medical providers and doctors.

By John Cooper, Virginia Medical Malpractice Attorney

President Barack Obama remains opposed to limits on how much can be awarded to victims in medical malpractice cases, according to the White House.

The president’s opposition to caps on liability remain, even though he “responded favorably to a Republican lawmaker recommending legislation along those lines to restrain health costs,” the Associated Press reported.

“I said West Virginia passed medical liability reforms and we should do it. Try it and you’ll like it,” Rep. Shelley Moore Capito said she told the president in relation to West Virginia’s (WV) medical liability reforms. She said Obama told her it sounded great.

The White House later denied the president has changed his stance.

Nick Papas, a White House spokesman, told AP the president “does not support caps on medical malpractice awards, since they can be unfair to people who’ve been wrongfully harmed. However, he does want to work with Republicans to bring down costs in the health system and improve care.”

As experienced Virginia (VA) medical malpractice attorneys, we are are pleased the official White House position has not changed. We have repeatedly said the cap on damages that has been in place in Virginia since the 1970s, is arbitrary. The cap was put through the VA legislature to give special treatment to medical providers and doctors. It reflects the strength of lobbyists in Virginia for the healthcare industry and the insurance companies over the medical malpractice issue.

Our attorneys do not believe this is a fair system because it means a jury’s ability to award a victim what it believes they are entitled to, is curtailed.

Recently we reported on how a jury in Norfolk, VA, awarded $5 million to a 20-year-old man, as well as his parents, in a lawsuit against an anesthesiologist and the Norfolk Children’s Specialty Group. The amount was cut to $1.85 million because of the cap.

This ceiling on damages has even affected our clients, including a client who obtained a $2.3 million dollar verdict in November 2010 in an infant’s shoulder injury trial, leading to a settlement within the existing Virginia medical malpractice cap.

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About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose Virginia/Carolina attorneys focus on injury and accident law and have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctor mistakes and nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see for yourself. Though not every case meets our criteria, we offer free initial consultations. Give us a call at (800) 752-0042. If you can’t get through due to high call volume, leave a message so we can return your call. Also be sure to check out our free special report Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA), but we also have offices in Hampton, VA, and Elizabeth City, North Carolina (NC). Our lawyers hold licenses in VA, NC, South Carolina (SC), West Virginia (WV), Kentucky (KY), Florida (FL) and Washington, DC. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis were included in the 2011 issue of Best Lawyers in America. They, along with fellow attorney John M. Cooper, were also named 2011 Virginia Super Lawyers for Personal Injury Law, an honor which fewer than 5 percent of outstanding lawyers receive. We also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube. Further, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard blogs as pro bono public information services.