Monday, 19 of February of 2018

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Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Filed against Virginia Doctor for Not Removing IUD

by Mark Favaloro, Virginia Medical Malpractice Attorney

A woman has filed a medical malpractice suit against a Virginia doctor who allegedly failed to remove an intrauterine device (IUD) during her surgery in 2007. The doctor performed a procedure on the woman in February 2007, but did not remove the IUD from the patient. Even after the patient complained to the doctor about abdominal pain on several occasions, the doctor still did not perform any tests or use any imaging devices to try to find the IUD. The doctor eventually told the patient that pain was being caused by scar tissue and that she would have to learn to live with it. Finally, in November 2010, the patient went to Winchester Medical Center for abdominal pain where they did a CT scan that showed the IUD in her abdomen. It was removed in January 2011.

Cases like this show that doctors are not always right. Fortunately the patient went elsewhere and finally got the treatment she needed. Our Virginia medical malpractice attorneys have helped numerous victims receive compensation for their pain and suffering, including one patient who had a sponge left in her body for six months and was awarded $425,000 in a settlement.

These answers provided by our experienced attorneys to medical malpractice questions may be helpful if you think you or a loved one have been injured by medical malpractice.

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.

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Misdiagnosis of Neck Injury Leaves Man Permanently Paralyzed

Jurors awarded the man a medical malpractice judgment of $15 million.

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

A Colorado (CO) man who went to the hospital complaining of neck pain and numbness in his arms and legs was told by a doctor that he suffered from a neck strain and was sent home with medications and instructions to rest. In actuality, the man had a herniated disc that was pressing against his spinal cord so severely that emergency surgery was required.

Within hours of leaving Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, the man became permanently paralyzed from the chest down. After hearing evidence of the doctor’s misdiagnosis and the man’s injury and need for lifelong medical and personal care, jurors awarded the man a medical malpractice judgment of $15 million. The owner of the hospital and the doctor whose mistake that harmed the man were ordered to pay the award.

 

The Virginia Medical Malpractice Lawyer’s Perspective

My medical malpractice attorney colleagues and I practice in Virginia (VA), so it may seem out of character to report and comment on a case from Colorado. What caught my eye, though, was how badly the doctor misdiagnosed the neck injury when first seeing the man who became paralyzed. Diagnosing a herniated disc in the neck or anywhere along the spine can be as simple as taking and examining a few x-rays.

I do not have access to all the medical evidence presented during the medical malpractice trial. Having been involved in similar back injury and misdiagnosis cases, however, I know that showing the doctor was negligent in not ordering and waiting for the results from x-rays and other imaging tests would go a long way toward making the plaintiff’s case.

Potentially Helpful Info

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Learn more by reading through this online library of attorneys’ answers to frequently asked questions regarding medical malpractice lawsuits.

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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 Payments Hit All-Time Lows

By Mark Favaloro, Medical Negligence Attorney

A new report by the Public Citizen provides further substantive evidence that the tort reform argument proclaiming that our court system is inundated with frivolous lawsuits is simply false. In fact, medical malpractice payments were at their lowest levels on record by almost any measure in 2011. To learn more, read the story here…

Debunking Tort Reform: New Report Shows Medical Malpractice Payments at Record Lows

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 outstanding attorneys receive.


Failure to Diagnose Appendicitis Can Have Devastating Consequences

Failing to diagnose appendicitis is the third most common form of medical malpractice.

By Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton and Favaloro, Medical Negligence Lawyer

Failing to diagnose appendicitis is the third most common form of medical malpractice. What’s so disturbing is that any delay in diagnosing appendicitis can have life-threatening consequences. An attorney with Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton has written about failure to diagnose injuries and why it constitutes medical negligence. To learn more, read “Failure to Diagnose Appendicitis: A Common Form of Medical Malpractice.”

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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.


Oxygen Deprivation Injury at Birth: A Virginia Medical Malpractice Lawyer Discusses the Dangers

By Mark Favaloro, Birth Injury Attorney in Virginia

Has your child suffered a permanent, disabling injury due to oxygen deprivation at birth? Unfortunately, this type of injury is all too common. An attorney with Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton has written this informative article: “Oxygen Deprivation at Birth Can Lead to Life-Altering Injuries for the Child.”

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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.


Woman Awarded $15M Following Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis

By Mark Favaloro, Misdiagnosis Victim Attorney

Rick Shapiro, a Virginia medical malpractice attorney with the Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton law firm, recently wrote about a $15 million jury award for a woman whose breast cancer was not properly diagnosed by her doctor. To learn more, read “Doctor’s Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer Leads to $15M Malpractice Award.”

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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.


Negligence by WV Drug Rehab Center Leads to $1M Wrongful Death Settlement

Staff allegedly failed to detect or treat a man's life-threatening drug overdose.

By Jim Lewis, Medical Mistakes Victims’ Lawyer in West Virginia

An attorney with the Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton law firm recently wrote about a settlement between a West Virginia drug rehabilitation center and the family of a man who died while at the center because staff allegedly failed to detect or treat his life-threatening drug overdose. To learn more read West Virginia Treatment Center Settles Wrongful Death Lawsuit for $1M.”

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


Many Doctors Hide Info From Patients, Survey Shows

Such behavior is flat-out wrong and grounds for filing medical malpractice claims.

By Rick Shapiro, Carolina Medical Malpractice Lawyer

An attorney with the Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton law firm has written about survey results that reveal many doctors are comfortable with hiding and withholding vital information about diseases and medical errors from patients. Such behavior is flat-out wrong and grounds for filing medical malpractice claims, writes the experienced North Carolina lawyer. To learn more, read “Survey Reveals Some Doctors Mislead Patients and Hide Information From Them.”

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


Ureter Injury Information Provided by Medical Negligence Injury Attorney

Having a surgeon carelessly make this error can produce serious consequences for a patient.

By Rick Shapiro, Virginia Medical Malpractice Lawyer

An attorney with the Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton law firm has published an article about cut ureter injuries and the potentially life-altering consequences of having a surgeon carelessly make this error. To learn more, check out “Ureter Injury From Laparoscopic Surgery Can Have Serious Consequences.”

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


Ruptured Breast Implants Can Cause Serious Injuries

Our firm represented a client who suffered major deformities from a rupture.

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

An attorney with the Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton law firm has written about the health risks associated with ruptured breast implants. Our firm understands the devastating side effects that can result from a ruptured breast implant. We represented a client who suffered major deformities from a rupture and took her case all the way to the Virginia Supreme Court. To learn more, take a look at “Breast Implants Still Causing Harm.”

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