Tuesday, 25 of September of 2018

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Woman Who Can’t Close Her Eyes Launches Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Against Plastic Surgeon

By Rick Shapiro, Virginia Surgical Error Attorney

When plastic surgery goes wrong the consequences can be serious or even deadly.

But few medical malpractice cases that have led to lawsuits are stranger than that of a woman from New Jersey (NJ) who claims she cannot close her eyes even when she sleep. Now she is suing the plastic surgeon who operated on her, the Daily Mail reported.

Marilyn Leisz, from New Jersey (NJ), said she went to the doctor to have a procedure to correct bumps on her eyelids from a surgery performed by another doctor. She says she was left unable to close her eyes and has launched a medical malpractice lawsuit against the surgeon.

This distressing case illustrates what can happen when plastic surgery apparently goes badly wrong.

There is a misconception out there that plastic surgeons only work for supermodels and celebrities. That is not the case. Many plastic surgeons specialize in reconstructive surgery aimed at helping victims of car crashes, truck wrecks, ATV accidents and burn victims.

As plastic surgery becomes a more popular procedure the numbers of complaints and lawsuits have increased in recent years.

Take, for instance, the case of Dr. Paul Drago, who recently had his license to practice medicine in North Carolina (NC) revoked indefinitely after ten different medical malpractice claims were filed against him. Drago, who is trained to be a ear, nose, and throat doctor, had been performing plastic surgeries on patients, many of which involved permanently disabling surgical errors.

Sometimes a botched plastic surgery or side effects from it can have tragic consequences.  As experienced Virginia (VA) medical malpractice attorneys, we often see the downside of plastic surgery and how seemingly routine procedures can go badly wrong.

Last year we reported on a Virginia wrongful death lawsuit into how the mistreatment of a plastic surgery complication led to the death of a woman from Virginia Beach, VAThe family of the 36-year-old woman who died less than two days after undergoing outpatient cosmetic surgery recently received a wrongful death damage award of $1.95 million when a court in Virginia Beach determined that the surgeon and his clinic staff did not provide adequate follow-up care to the woman.

According to a report in the Virginian-Pilot, the mother of four underwent a breast lift and augmentation, liposuction and other routine plastic surgery procedures on July 30, 2008. She was dead in her home 40 hours later after the staff at Galumbeck Plastic Surgery failed to diagnose, treat or ensure hospital treatment for an adverse reaction or postsurgery infection that affected her breathing and rendered her feverish, dizzy and unable to concentrate.
Plastic surgery malpractice errors can lead to a wide range of serious injuries not to mention emotional damage. They can lead to scarring, infections, deformities, nerve damage, and even permanent disabilities or death. Increasingly they are leading to medical malpractice lawsuits in Virginia.

If you need help with an issue related to plastic surgery or another medical problems call our experienced medical malpractice attorneys.

DM

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose attorneys focus on injury and accident law, and have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctor mistakes, 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 o 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 NC, SC, WV, KY, FL and DC. We also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube. Furthermore, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard and Norfolk Injuryboard as pro bono public information services.


Consumers Could Suffer Due to Dominance of Hampton Roads Health Insurance Market by Two Companies

By John Cooper, Virginia Medical Malpractice Attorney

The domination of the health insurance market in Hampton Roads by two companies is revealed in a report from the American Medical Association, according to the Virginian-Pilot.

The companies in question are WellPoint, the parent company of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia (VA), and Optima Health. An expert said this could be bad for consumers. Read more here.

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About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose attorneys focus on injury and accident law, and we have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctor mistakes, 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 and we will return your call promptly. 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 NC, SC, WV, KY, FL and DC. We also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube . Furthermore, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard and Norfolk Injuryboard as pro bono public information services.


Overprescribing Narcotics May Cost Norfolk, VA Doctor His License

Beyond apparently ignoring evidence that one or more his patients was a pain pill addict, additional allegations show that Dr. Disamodha Amarasinghe was potentially negligent in taking care of any number of patients.

By Rick Shapiro, Virginia Medical Malpractice Lawyer

The Virginia Board of Medicine has suspended the prescribing privileges of a primary care doctor who, evidence shows, has dangerously and irresponsibly prescribed potentially deadly narcotic painkillers.

According to the March 17, 2011 Virginian-Pilot, investigations into complaints regarding a drug-seeking patient revealed that Dr. Disamodha Amarasinghe of Norfolk, Virginia (VA), continued to prescribe opioid pain patches to the person who had “filled prescriptions for 70 narcotic patches from eight different doctors.” One of the major reasons the physician is facing permanent loss of his license to practice in Virginia is because he made no use of the state’s Prescription Monitoring Program. The web-based database records each time a doctor prescribes, a pharmacist dispenses, and a patient picks up a prescription for a controlled substance such as Vicodin or fentanyl.

The long list of other prescribing malpractice Amarasinghe faces include:

  • Distributing narcotics originally dispensed to other patients to people for whom the medications were not intended.
  • Making diagnoses without doing enough tests.
  • Prescribing painkillers without coordinating treatment with patients’ other doctors.

Beyond apparently ignoring evidence that one or more his patients was a pain pill addict, these additional allegations show that Amarasinghe was potentially negligent in taking care of any number of patients.

Powerful painkillers can be a godsend for those with conditions like late-stage cancer, but those medications are rarely needed by most patients. This is especially true in the case of fentanyl patches, which deliver a drug 100 times more powerful than morphine. Overdosing with fentanyl patches is far too easy, and far too common.

While the Pilot report does not specifically mention fentanyl, it is no stretch of the imagination that the product falls under the rubric “narcotic patches.” I’ve argued for years that fentanyl should only be prescribed to patients who have no other means of pain relief. I cringe whenever I learn that the patches might have been used irresponsibly or indiscriminately.

If a full investigation of Amarasinghe proves that he did prescribe narcotics negligently, he should permanently lose his ability to practice medicine. That result would ensure he could not be in a position to put patients’ lives at risk.

EJL

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose attorneys focus on injury and accident law, and we have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctor mistakes, 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 and we will return your call promptly. 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 NC, SC, WV, KY, FL and DC. We also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube . Furthermore, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard and Norfolk Injuryboard as pro bono public information services.


$3.5 Million Medical Malpractice Jury Verdict Featured in Virginia Lawyers Weekly

By Kevin Duffan, Medical Malpractice Lawyer

My colleague Jim Lewis was featured in Virginia Lawyers Weekly for the $2.3 million jury verdict he secured for a child who suffered life-altering injuries at birth. The nurse-midwife was negligent during the birth process and now the child has both permanent nerve damage and a serious shoulder injury. To learn more, check out this child birth injury jury verdict analysis.

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose attorneys focus on injury and accident law, and we have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctor mistakes, 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 and we will return your call promptly. 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 NC, SC, WV, KY, FL and DC. We also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube . Furthermore, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard and Norfolk Injuryboard as pro bono public information services.


Fake Bath Salts a New Dangerous Drug Causing Hallucinations, Deaths

By John Cooper, Dangerous Drugs Injury Attorney

With all the illegal dangerous drugs out there, did we really need another designer drug?  The answer is No.   Yet that doesn’t deter those who would profit by selling it no matter the cost of human life.   This time the newest drug is posing as bath salts, say police.

Yes, bath salts.

While it seems humorous that someone would try to get high off bath salts the result is far from amusing.  Most recently when a man got high on these dangerous chemicals, he then took his skinning knife and slit his face and stomach repeatedly. He survived, but authorities say others haven’t been so lucky after snorting, injecting or smoking the powders.

Let me make it clear that these are not genuine bath salts that you would buy at Bath and Body Works, but instead a manufactured drug called MDPV and mephedrone which are made in a lab, and they aren’t regulated by the FDA because they’re not marketed for human consumption.

In fact, they are toxic for human consumption as the stimulants affect neurotransmitters in the brain.  Using any of these chemicals will cause traumatic side effects, including severe headaches, paranoia, hallucinations and delusions, extreme agitation, high blood pressure, chest pain, and even suicidal thoughts.

Find out where these dangerous drugs are being sold, the result may surprise you.

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton is a law firm whose attorneys focus on injury and accident law, and we have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctor mistakes, 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 and we will return your call promptly. 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 NC, SC, WV, KY, FL and DC. We also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube . Furthermore, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard and Norfolk Injuryboard as pro bono public information services.


The Steps Needed to Build a Medical Negligence Wrongful Death Case

Our firm has been asked to look into what initially appeared to be a mysterious death or loss of life in a potential medical negligence or surgical error death case. Sometimes, family members have only suspicion but not much hard evidence. They ask us to uncover the truth about what caused the accidental or unexpected death of their loved one.

Our personal injury law firm takes initial steps to help build your medical malpractice wrongful death case. Learn what these steps are by reading this article:

Building Your Case: How Experienced Injury Lawyers Investigate Catastrophic Injury and Wrongful Death Accident Claims