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‘Downton Abbey’ Episode Highlights Dangers of Preeclampsia

By James Lewis, Medical Malpractice Attorney

What happened:

In a recent episode of the popular PBS historical series ‘Downton Abbey’, one of the main characters died from preeclampsia shortly after delivering a baby. Although the show is set in the early 1900’s, the condition still affects pregnant women today.  Statistics show that in the U.S., there are 300,000 pregnant or postpartum women suffer from the condition – and approximately 75,000 experiencing serious outcomes such as organ failure or even death.

The condition typically occurs in the late second or third trimester or up to six weeks following the birth of the baby. Symptoms of preeclampsia can include swelling of the hands and face and around the eyes, sudden weight gain over one to two days — more than 2 pounds a week, high blood pressure, headache that doesn’t go away, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain on the right side, below the ribs, or also in the right shoulder, changes in vision, shortness of breath, racing pulse and lower back pain.

Besides the potential loss of life to the pregnant woman, another dangerous side effect of preeclampsia occurs when the mother develops HELLP syndrome, which causes the premature delivery of the baby. Tragically, in many cases, the babies are stillborn.

 

North Carolina Injury Lawyer Perspective:  

The only “cure” for preeclampsia is delivery of the baby. This is why it’s critical for doctors to monitor pregnant patients closely for any signs that this condition may be developing. Unfortunately, too many times these symptoms are dismissed or overlooked by doctors. The patient is told that her symptoms are just “all part of being pregnant”.  By the time she is taken seriously, she and her baby are in crisis.

If this has happened to you, contact a North Carolina Injury Lawyer to find out what compensation you may be entitled to for any pain and loss you have suffered.

 

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About the Editors: The VA-NC medical malpractice attorneys at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro include medical and surgical malpractice lawyers licensed in both Virginia and Carolina. Our attorneys have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctors’ mistakes, as well as nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see our track record of success in medical malpractice lawsuits, and also be sure to read our free medical malpractice reports Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider and Top 5 Surgical Errors. Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive.


Hulk Hogan files $50 million lawsuit against Laser Spine Institute

By Mark Favaloro, Medical Malpractice Attorney

What happened:

A man named Terry Bollea has filed a $50 million lawsuit against the Tampa-based Laser Spine Institute,  alleging he was the victim of unnecessary surgeries which “severely damaged” his career. If Mr. Bollea’s name doesn’t ring a bell, his professional name may – Hulk Hogan.

The famous pro wrestler underwent multiple LSI procedures but never experienced more than temporary relief from his back pain, for which other doctors had recommended a more intrusive procedure. According to a report in the Orlando Sentinel, the suit alleges that “due to LSI’s monetary rather than medical motives, became the victim of multiple unnecessary endoscopic surgical procedures that further destabilized his already existing injured back … during the last chapter of an internationally successful athletic and entertainment career,”

In addition to claiming unnecessary surgeries, the lawsuit said the Laser Spine Institute used an endorsement from Hogan without permission or payment.

 

The North Carolina Injury Lawyer Perspective:   

The wrestler’s lawsuit accuses the clinic of advertising endoscopic procedures as a less-intrusive alternative to traditional surgery “through scare tactics,” while failing to inform patients that its procedures offer “only temporarily treat symptoms and cannot treat and provide a long term solution ….”

In 2011, Bloomberg.com produced a critical report about the Laser Spine Institute. The report spotlighted LSI’s practices of advertising out-patient, non-invasive surgery and promoting the operations at seminars in hotel meeting rooms. According to the report, because the clinics are not regulated like hospitals, the centers are performing what some experts warn are ineffective, expensive and potentially dangerous procedures.

 

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Potentially Helpful Info:

Our firm published an article detailing an innovative way on how to cut down on preventable medical mistakes. Read it here.

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Medical malpractice FAQs

 

About the Editors: The VA-NC medical malpractice attorneys at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro include medical and surgical malpractice lawyers licensed in both Virginia and Carolina. Our attorneys have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctors’ mistakes, as well as nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see our track record of success in medical malpractice lawsuits, and also be sure to read our free medical malpractice reports Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider and Top 5 Surgical Errors. Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive.


Study Finds Thousands of Preventable Surgical Mistakes Made Every Year

By Richard N. Shapiro, Medical Malpractice Attorney

What happened:

The results of a new study have found that more than 4,000 preventable mistakes occur in surgery every year at a cost of more than $1.3 billion in medical malpractice payouts. Researchers refer to these mistakes as “never events” because they are events that should never have happened. Incidents like performing the wrong procedure or leaving a sponge inside a patient’s body after surgery are the types of never events recorded with the National Practitioner Data Bank from which the study drew its data from.

Compiling statistics from the years 1990 to 2010, researchers concluded that surgeons, on a weekly basis, leave a foreign object like a sponge or towel inside a patient’s body after an operation 39 times; perform the wrong procedure on a patient 20 times; operate on the wrong body site 20 times.

The results were published in Surgery. In an interview, one of the researchers, an associate professor of surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said that the results are actually on the low end of the range because many never events go unreported. Unless a patient has complications and needs to return for medical attention, the event can go undiscovered.

The consequences of surgical mistakes ranged from temporary injury in 59% of the cases to death in 6.6% of the cases and permanent injury in 33% of people affected.

 

The Virginia Injury Lawyer Perspective:   

The results of this study are shocking. According to the study, nearly two-thirds of surgeons involved in a surgical mistake had been cited in more than one separate malpractice report in the past, and 12.4% were named in more than one surgical never event.

We’ve represented many clients who have been injured in surgical never events. Hide-and-Seek: When Surgical Tools Are Left Inside Patients reports on one client our firm represented where a small piece of a surgical instrument had broken off and was left inside the patient. Another client we represented received a $425,000 settlement for a retained surgical sponge injury.

 

Potentially Helpful Info:

Our firm published an article detailing an innovative way on how to cut down on preventable medical mistakes. Read it here.

Have Questions? Check Out Our Firm’s FAQs:

Medical malpractice FAQs

 

About the Editors: The VA-NC medical malpractice attorneys at Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton & Favaloro include medical and surgical malpractice lawyers licensed in both Virginia and Carolina. Our attorneys have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctors’ mistakes, as well as nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see our track record of success in medical malpractice lawsuits, and also be sure to read our free medical malpractice reports Top 10 Tips From a Medical Malpractice Insider and Top 5 Surgical Errors. Attorneys with our firm have been listed among the Best Lawyers in America since 2008. Attorneys with our personal injury law firm have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive.



Fire Ignites at Hospital Killing Patient and Injuring 3 Others

By Kevin Duffan, Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Sparks during a defibrillation procedure on a patient at Durham Regional Hospital ignited a fire that killed the man and injured three other people. A hospital spokesperson said the fire was contained to one room. To learn more, read full story here. . .

NC Hospital Fire Caused by Defibrillation, Kills Patient, Injures 3 Others

About the Editors: The VA-NC medical malpractice attorneys at Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton include medical and surgical malpractice lawyers licensed in both Virginia and Carolina. Our medical/hospital malpractice focus on personal injury and accident law and have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctors’ mistakes, as well as nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see our track record of success in medical malpractice lawsuits, and also 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 Randy Appleton, have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of outstanding attorneys receive.

 


New Medical Device Could Help Combat Sepsis

By Mark Favaloro, Medical Malpractice Lawyer

A colleague published an article in the Legal Examiner discussing the potential benefits of a new medical device that could quickly diagnose sepsis. The article mentions that the key for successful outcomes when a person has sepsis is the ability to quickly test for the bacteria and begin administering appropriate antibiotic treatment. In fact, one study has found that for every hour of delay in antibiotic treatment, the mortality rate increases by 7.6%. To learn more, read the story here:

Potential Good News to Prevent Sepsis on the Horizon

About the Editors: The VA-NC medical malpractice attorneys at Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton include medical and surgical malpractice lawyers licensed in both Virginia and Carolina. Our attorneys have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctors’ mistakes, as well as nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see our track record of success in medical malpractice lawsuits, and also 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 Randy Appleton, have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of practicing attorneys receive.


Medical Malpractice Injury Lawyer in Virginia Writes About Missed Cancer Diagnoses Cases

A missed or ignored diagnosis qualifies as medical malpractice.

By Rick Shapiro, Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Virginia

Many people ask my law firm colleagues and I if a missed diagnosis qualifies as medical malpractice. In part to answer this question, an attorney with Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton has published an article highlighting jury awards and settlements for patients who were misdiagnosed or had a diagnosis overlooked by a doctor or medical professional.  Check out “Virginia (VA) Medical Malpractice Attorneys Discuss Misdiagnosed or Failure to Diagnose Cancers, Missed Cancer.”

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About the Editors: The VA-NC medical malpractice attorneys at Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton include medical and surgical malpractice lawyers licensed in both Virginia and Carolina. Our medical/hospital malpractice focus on personal injury and accident law and have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctors’ mistakes, as well as nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see our track record of success in medical malpractice lawsuits, and also 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 Randy Appleton, have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of outstanding attorneys receive.


Medical Malpractice Database Reopened to the Public With Restrictions

Under a new data use agreement, publicly available information from the National Practitioner Data Bank cannot be reposted or used in combination with other information to identify a doctor.

By Jim Lewis, Virginia Medical Malpractice Attorney

Our firm recently expressed concerns about the decision of a federal agency to remove a public database that allows citizens to find medical malpractice lawsuits brought against doctors.

It’s only right that the federal Health Resources and Services Administration has now reopened public access to information on malpractice settlements and disciplinary action taken against poor performing doctors, but there are still access concerns.

The database is still not as open as it was in the past. Under a new data use agreement, publicly available information from the National Practitioner Data Bank cannot be reposted or used in combination with other information to identify a doctor, FederalTimes.com reports.

The online public file was removed on September 1, 2011, after a Kansas City Star reporter used information to track down the identity of a doctor with a long record of malpractice cases against him but was never disciplined by the state. Under the new arrangement, if HRSA learns data has been used to identify a doctor, it will ask that the data be returned, according to HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield.

As experienced Virginia medical malpractice attorneys, my colleagues and I are concerned by any move to prevent individual doctors being identified by patients who could end up as victim. Recently, we noted how for more than a quarter century this data bank used by insurers, medical boards and hospitals to find out if a doctors have been disciplined or had medical malpractice awards against them has been accessible to the public as well as the media. It’s regrettable that in an era of more advanced information technology, patients should end up with less.

Access to medical malpractice lawsuits against doctors could help avoid some of the harrowing cases we deal with. For instance, attorneys with our firm have represented clients such as a 61-year-old Virginia woman in a case heard in the Newport News Circuit Court who lost both of her legs after botched back surgery. The case settled for $1.25 million.

When doctors make mistakes, the consequences can be very serious. It’s only right for the public to know of their past mistakes before opting for surgery.

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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 and Carolina. Our medical/hospital malpractice focus on personal injury and accident law and have experience handling medical malpractice cases involving hospital and doctors’ mistakes, as well as nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see our track record of success in medical malpractice lawsuits, and also 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 fewer than 5 percent of outstanding attorneys 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


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.


West Virginia Couple Sue Doctor for Failure to Diagnose Skin Cancer

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

A couple from West Virginia (WV) has launched a medical malpractice lawsuit against a physician who they say failed to diagnose and treat the wife’s skin cancer despite receiving reports of and observing obvious symptoms such as a  rash, lesion and pain. Court paper filed in Kanawha County claim the doctor “ acted negligently, carelessly, willfully and wantonly or with a reckless disregard of risk of harm and caused her injury.”

The couple are seeking compensatory and punitive damages.

As experienced Virginia (VA) medical malpractice attorneys, my colleagues and I are acutely aware how a doctor’s negligence and failure to diagnose a condition can cause serious problems for patients. For instance, we recently reported that a Florida (FL) woman received a settlement after three doctors failed to detect an infection that eventually laeft the woman paralyzed. We also reported on the  case of a 4-year-old girl from Scottsville, VA, who died following kidney surgery when doctors, for 16 hours, failed to resolves her breathing problems.

In a 1999 case we represented the estate of a retired  56-year-old FBI agent. Despite complaining to his doctors of chest pains, he was sent home where he died from a burst aorta. An autopsy revealed that the artery had been dissected for as long as 6 days before the man sought treatment. A jury awarded $700,000 to the family.

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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.