Wednesday, 13 of December of 2017

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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.

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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.



Article Discusses the Prevalence of Preventable Medical Mistakes

By Randy Appleton, Virginia Medical Malpractice Lawyer

About 25 percent of all hospitalized patients will suffer a harm due to a preventable medical error of some kind. Yes, you read that correctly. A recent news article highlighted the shockingly high number of preventable medical errors that take the lives of thousands of innocent patients. To learn more, read the story here…

Preventable Medical Errors are a Major Problem

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.


Family Receives $21M Award After Botched Delivery Left Son With Cerebral Palsy

The total represents $18 million for lifelong medical care, $2 million for lost potential wages, and $1 million for pain and suffering.

By Mark Favaloro, North Carolina Birth Injury Attorney

A family who argued that their now-9-year-old son developed cerebral palsy as the result of a botched delivery at a Baltimore, Maryland (MD), hospital won a $21 million civil jury birth injury award on August 1, 2012.

Evidence presented during trial by attorneys from the law firm Wais, Vogelstein & Bedigian convinced jurors that doctors and nurse committed errors in not detecting that the baby was deprived of oxygen while his mother was in labor. Standard practice calls for performing an emergency Caesarean section when hypoxia occurs.

The award represents $18 million for lifelong medical care, $2 million for lost potential wages, and $1 million for pain and suffering. Maryland state law requires the judge to cap the noneconomic compensation at $650,000.

The North Carolina Birth Injury Lawyer’s Perspective

Cerebral palsy, or CP, is a brain injury that often develops when a baby’s oxygen supply is cut off during labor and delivery. The physical and mental effects of the condition vary by individual from barely noticeable to profoundly disabling. For the boy in Maryland, having CP means he is confined to a wheelchair, has only limited control of his arms and hands, and is in full command of his mental faculties. As one of the child’s legal representatives described the boy’s situation, his mind is “literally trapped inside his body.”

The defense team has denounced the jury’s decision as inexplicable and promised to appeal. As a longtime personal injury attorney whose Virginia (VA) firm has represented many families whose children suffered birth injuries, I hope the appeal never materializes. Nothing can restore the health and function the boy in Maryland should have enjoyed. The monetary award at least provides him and his parents financial security and the means to meet his physical and medical needs now and in the future.

Potentially Helpful Info

If you are a parent whose child has been injured due the negligence, recklessness or willful actions of another person, you can begin to learn about your legal rights and options for claiming compensation by downloading this free report.

Have Questions? Check Out Our Firm’s FAQs.

My firm also maintains an extensive online library of lawyers’ answers to frequently asked questions regarding medical malpractice, surgical error and birth injury cases.

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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.


Maryland Hospitals Referring Medical Malpractice Victims to Attorneys

By Rick Shapiro, Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Virginia

An attorney with the Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton law firm recently wrote about medical malpractice attorneys being referred to patients by hospitals in Maryland (MD). To learn more, read “Should Hospitals Refer Victims of Medical Malpractice to Attorneys?”.

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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.


Doctor Report Cards Based on Medicare Data Could Protect Patients From Malpractice

The federal Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services will open its Medicare billing database to employers and consumer health care advocates.

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

In his latest post to our Virginia (VA) personal injury attorneys’ website, my colleague Jim Lewis reports the federal Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services will open its Medicare billing database to employers and consumer health care advocates so those organizations can prepare doctor report cards. Jim notes that the grades on physicians’ experience and history of errors, expected by late 2012, could prove invaluable for protecting patents from medical malpractice ranging from misdiagnoses to botched surgeries. To read more, click over to “Medicare Data Becoming Available for Preparing Doctor Report Cards.”

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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 have also been named Virginia Super Lawyers since 2010, an honor fewer than 5 percent of outstanding attorneys receive.


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.

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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.


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.


Norfolk Man Died Due Poor Medical Care at Virginia Beach Jail, Suit Alleges

By Kevin Duffan, Virginia Medical Malpractice Attorney

My colleague Richard Shapiro reported recently on our firm’s website that a lawsuit filed by survivors alleges that  a man died when Virginia Beach jail medical staff ignored the signs of his life-threatening illness. Richard discussed medical malpractice as professional negligence and invited readers to learn about medical malpractice lawsuits by reviewing one of our case results.

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.


Malpractice Protections Unavailable for Patients Who Travel Overseas for Surgery

U.S. laws generally do not apply to health care providers practicing overseas.

By John Cooper, Medical Malpractice Attorney in Virginia

In his latest blog post to our VA personal injury attorneys’ website, my colleague Jim Lewis writes that Americans who go to other countries for low-cost surgeries and medical treatments have almost no chance to bring malpractice lawsuits if they are harmed by negligent doctors, surgeons, hospitals or clinics. U.S. laws generally do not apply to health care providers practicing overseas, and even if a case goes to court, a defendant could argue that the patient voluntarily assumed a high level risk. To read more, click over to “Considering Medical Tourism? Think About the Lack of Malpractice Protections.”

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.


Few to No Savings to Be Found Through Tort Reform

By Richard N. Shapiro, Medical Malpractice Attorney

My colleague Jim Lewis, a specialist in medical malpractice, notes in his latest post to our firm’s Web site blog that reducing patients’ rights to file claims against doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other health care practitioners would do little to save health care dollars. Citing data from several analyses — the most recent showing that all money related to malpractice, from insurance and so-called defensive medicine to jury verdicts amounted to just 2.4 percent of U.S. health care spending — Jim concludes that so-called tort reform amounts to nothing more than a limit on patients’ rights to seek just compensation for medical malpractice, errors and negligence.

EJL

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton is a law firm which focuses on injury and accident law and our attorneys have experience handling medical malpractice cases, which includes hospital/doctor mistakes, and nursing home abuse and neglect. Check out our case results to see for yourself. In addition, check out our FREE special reports on the Top 10 Tips from a Medical Malpractice Insider and the top 5 surgical errors you must know about. Our primary office is in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA); we also have a North Carolina (NC) law office. Our lawyers hold licenses in NC, SC, WV, KY and DC. We are ready to talk to you by phone right now. While we do not accept every case, we provide free initial confidential injury case consultations. So call us toll free at (800) 752-0042. Our injury attorneys also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube . Furthermore, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, Eastern Shore Virginia Injury Attorneys Blog and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as pro bono public information services.