Friday, 19 of January of 2018

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Diagnostic Testing Communication Failures Could Be Cause for Malpractice

Not keeping patients fully informed puts their health and lives at risk.

By Randy Appleton, NC Medical Malpractice Attorney

My colleague John Cooper wrote recently on our firm’s Carolina personal injury lawyers’ website that failure to communicate clinical data from diagnostic testing could be a cause for medical negligence. Though doctors may be ordering more tests to ensure full medical care, not communicating test results affects patient safety.

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About the Editors: The VA-NC medical malpractice attorneys at  Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton include medical and surgical malpractice lawyers licensed in both Virginia (VA) and Carolina (NC/SC). Our medical/hospital malpractice focus on personal 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 our medical and doctor malpractice track record of success. Be sure to read our free medical malpractice reports Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider and Top 5 Surgical Errors. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. They, along with fellow attorney John M. Cooper, have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor which fewer than 5 percent of outstanding lawyers receive.


Medical Malpractice Award Caps in North Carolina Explained

In the name of so-called tort reform, new laws limit how much victims of malpractice can recover in lawsuits.

By Randy Appleton, NC Medical Malpractice Lawyer

My colleague Richard Shapiro wrote recently on our firm’s Carolina personal injury lawyers’ website about new tort reform laws limiting how much victims of medical malpractice can collect in a medical negligence case in North Carolina (NC).  To learn more about what to you or a loved one can recover in a medical malpractice lawsuit, check out our case results.

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About the Editors: The VA-NC medical malpractice attorneys at  Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton include medical and surgical malpractice lawyers licensed in both Virginia (VA) and Carolina (NC/SC). Our medical/hospital malpractice focus on personal 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 our medical and doctor malpractice track record of success. Be sure to read our free medical malpractice reports Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider and Top 5 Surgical Errors. Rick Shapiro and James Lewis have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. They, along with fellow attorney John M. Cooper, have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor which fewer than 5 percent of outstanding lawyers receive.


Woman Sues Maker of Failed Hip Implant

The patients claims Wright Medical Technology marketed Profemur hip replacements it should have was defectively designed.

By Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton and Favaloro, Medical Malpractice Attorney in Virginia

My colleague Jim Lewis has written a new blog post for our firm’s Virginia personal injury lawyers’ website in which he reports that an Arizona (AZ) woman is suing Wright Medical Technology, claiming that the medical deice manufacturer’s Profemur hip implant she received was defective and needed to be removed just three years after it was put in place.

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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


Surge in ER Visits Raises Fears Over Carisoprodol

The number of people being treated in emergency rooms for misusing the prescription muscle relaxant almost doubled in five years.

By Jim Lewis,  Medical Malpractice Attorney in Virginia

My colleague Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton and Favaloro has written a new blog post for our firm’s Virginia personal injury lawyers’ website about the dangers of the muscle relaxant carisoprodol. According  to a new report the number of people being treated in emergency rooms for misusing the prescription medication often sold as the brand name drug Soma (Meda Pharmaceuticals) almost doubled in five years.

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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.


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.


Women Sue West Virginia OB/GYN for Implanting Devices Without Consent

Both plaintiffs are seeking compensatory and punitive damages for mental and physical pain and suffering.

By Jim Lewis, Virginia Medical Malpractice Attorney

My colleague Emily Brannon has reported on our firm’s Virginia personal injury lawyers’ website that a West Virginia (WV), OB/GYN has been sued by two different patients for implanting a medical device without the patients’ knowledge or consent. Both women are seeking compensatory and punitive damages for mental and physical pain and suffering.

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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.


Most Doctors Will Face a Malpractice Suit

Surgeons faced more claims than other specialists but did not always pay the most in verdicts or settlements

By Jim Lewis, Virginia Medical Malpractice Attorney

My colleague John Cooper has written on our firm’s Virginia personal injury lawyers’ website that three-quarters of doctors are sued for malpractice at least once during their medical careers. Though surgeons faced more claims than other specialists, they did not always pay the most in verdicts or settlements to injured patients or surviving family members.

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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.


Criminal Trials for Doctors Accused of Extreme Negligence Becoming More Common

By Jim Lewis, Virginia Medical Malpractice Attorney

My colleague John Cooper has written a blog post for our firm’s Virginia personal injury lawyers’ website  in which he notes that when a physician’s negligent medical care is extreme, it may be considered criminal. John discusses Michael Jackson’s doctor’s criminal trial as an example of what may be a doctor’s breach of the standard of care.

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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.


Patients Can Present Evidence From Electronic Health Records During Malpractice Suits

EHRs document doctor errors in treatment and diagnosis.

By Jim Lewis, VA Medical Malpractice Lawyer

My colleague John Cooper reported recently on our firm’s Virginia personal injury attorneys’ website that electronic health records can assist plaintiffs in medical malpractice actions against health care providers. John discussed how EHRs document doctor errors in treatment and diagnosis.

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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.


Drug Shortage Claims Lives of 15 Patients Since 2010

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration currently lists 286 different drug as being in short supply. This number has apparently tripled since 2006.

By Jim Lewis, Medical Malpractice Attorney in Virginia

A serious shortage of medications is proving costly, both in terms of hospital finances and lives lost. Citing a survey by the American Hospital Association,  Fox News reported that 99.5 percent of hospitals have experienced a drug shortage since March 2011. “And 82 percent have had to delay treatment, while more than 50 percent report that they were not able to provide patients with the recommended treatment,” the network noted.

As experienced Virginia (VA) medical malpractice attorneys, my colleagues and I are concerned that this medication shortage could affect patients and cause harm. The medical profession appears to share this concern.

We’re forced to go to a different regimen,” Emory University Hospital medical oncologist Donald Harvey told Fox. “Sometimes that regimen may be inferior. Instead of changing from one therapy to another, we simply put it off in the cases of say, bone marrow transplants. And so we place that patient at potential risk because we’re having to delay that therapy.”

See this video on the shortage.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration currently lists 286 different drug as being in short supply.  This number has apparently tripled since 2006, and an analysis by the Associated Press linked at least 15 deaths to a drug shortage since June 2010.

As recently as June 2011 we reported on this nationwide shortage, warning it’s only a matter of time before a doctor needs a lifesaving medication and finds the drug cupboard is bare. And wholesalers are taking advantage of the scarcity of some drugs by pushing up the costs.

We noted the shortages include thiotepa, which is used with bone marrow transplants; norepinephrine injections that are required for septic shock; and a number of leuprolide hormone injections often used in fertility treatments.

We have reported on numerous cases in which dangerous drugs have been recalled because of potential side effects. Recently we reported on how lawsuits are being launched over the diabetes drug Actos (pioglitazone from Takeda), following evidence it can cause bladder cancer.

Six years ago we won a $200,000 award for a client who developed swelling in his left ankle that was due to a venous clot. His pharmacist gave him more than twice the dose prescribed by his surgeon and he suffered a rectal hemorrhage and required three hospitalizations to resolve the injury.

We hope the drug shortages don’t result in more mistakes and the wrong medication being prescribed.

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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.