Tuesday, 25 of September of 2018

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Johns Hopkins Ordered to Pay $55M for Birth Injury

Jurors determined that doctors and nurses negligently delayed performing an emergency cesarean section, causing the baby to be deprived of oxygen in the womb.

By Mark Favaloro, Birth Injury Attorney

A civil trial jury in Baltimore, Maryland (MD), ordered Johns Hopkins Hospital and its parent company to pay $55 million to a family whose son developed severe cerebral palsy and a debilitating seizure disorder when being delivered at the facility. Jurors determined that doctors and nurses negligently delayed performing an emergency cesarean section, causing the baby to be deprived of oxygen in the womb. The hypoxia was to blame for the birth injuries.

 

 

The Baltimore Sun reported that the jury awarded the parents and child ”$25 million for future medical expenses and a life-care plan, $4 million for future lost wages, and $26 million for … pain and suffering.” A state-mandated cap on noneconomic damages lowered the last figure to $665,000. All the funds will go into a trust under the boy’s name.

My colleagues and I have written often about the injustice of medical malpractice caps. As a birth injury attorney based in Virginia (VA), I consider the other components of the award fair.

Birth injuries can be devastating when they occur and lead to a lifetime of struggle for victims. In this case, the disabled child is confined to wheelchair and requires expensive around-the-clock medical and personal care. As he matures into adulthood, he will most likely be unable to work. Both he and his parents need to know the financial resources to give him the best life possible will always be available.

Lawyers for Johns Hopkins have promised to appeal the decision. I hope their efforts do not succeed. The family has suffered greatly, and their means for meeting challenges that could prove overwhelming should not be denied to them.

EJL

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.


Birth Injury Prompts Multimillion Dollar Jury Award

A misdiagnosis caused by faulty equipment led to a boy being born with cerebral palsy.

By Rick Shapiro, Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Virginia

Attorneys with Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton have reported on a $78 million jury award for a family whose son suffered a birth injury due to misdiagnosis of labor complications caused by faulty equipment. To learn more, read “Jury Awards $78.5 Million in Cerebral Palsy Medical Malpractice Case.”

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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.


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.


Florida Woman Paralyzed Due to Doctors’ Negligence Receives Settlement

The physicians ignored the patient's medical needs and missed what should have been a simple diagnosis.

By Jim Lewis, Medical Negligence Attorney in Virginia

“A 61-year-old East Naples [Florida (FL)] woman who walked to an ambulance in March 2005 and left NCH North Naples Hospital paralyzed has resolved her lawsuit against three doctors.”

That is opening sentence of an October 15, 2011, Naples Daily News article I read with great interest because much of my practice as a Virginia-based medical malpractice lawyer is dedicated to representing victims of doctor’s negligence. Two aspects of the case that I found especially interesting were that the settlement was reached through mediation as the woman and her legal team were preparing for a second civil trial and that the defendant physicians had, according to evidence presented in court, ignored the woman’s pleas for treatment and missed a fairly common and serious complication from inserting a catheter along the spine to deliver anesthesia.

Regarding the mediation, the defendants had won a jury verdict absolving them of liability for negligence when the case first went to trial. Later, the judge set aside that decision and ordered a new trial because he determined that defeat for the plaintiff came in large part because one of the jurors had ignored stern warnings to not research or view news about the case outside of the courtroom. The person who committed juror misconduct consistently lied to the court when asked if he had learned anything he did not hear in testimony.

The evidence of how the defendant doctors ignored the woman’s medical needs and misdiagnosed her also struck me. According to the newspaper, the doctors ignored the woman’s screams of pain for six days because they did not consider her condition serious. When a fourth doctor was finally brought in, that person found that the patient had developed a major abscess and infection along her spine where an epidural had been administered. That injury and infection eventually caused total paralysis. Because the woman has regained very limit movement in her arms and feet, she now has an official lifelong diagnosis of quadriparesis.

While I don’t know all the facts of the case, the errors made by the doctors and the negligence they demonstrated certainly appear to have left their patient in much worse health than she was when first entrusted to their care. When health care providers fail in their duty to treat patients to the best of their abilities, those doctors, nurses, pharmacists, surgeons and others must be held accountable. I’m glad that happened in Florida.

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.


Nursing Home Negligence in Pennsylvania Caught on Film

Three employees of the facility where the abuse occurred have been arrested.

By Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton and Favaloro, Nursing Home Abuse and Medical Negligence Attorney

News stories about nursing home abuse is far too common. Another case has come out of Pennsylvania (PA), where a woman who suspected her mother was being neglected hid a camera to catch the abuse on film. With the evidence she collected, she had three employees arrested for negligence. Now, the family is suing the Sunrise company, which operates more than 300 facilities in three countries. To read more, visit ” Pennsylvania Nursing Home Abuse Caught on Camera.”

CD

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.

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.


Did Virginia and Carolina Health Providers Have a Different Standard of Care During Hurricane Irene?

The storm was to blame for killing several people in Virginia and North Carolina, destroying shorefront property, and forcing a hospital to run on generator power.

By Kevin Duffan, Virginia Medical Malpractice Attorney

My colleague John Cooper reported recently on our firm’s website that Hurricane Irene was to blame for killing several people in Virginia and North Carolina, destroying shorefront property, and forcing a hospital to run on generator power.  John raised the question of what the standard of care was for medical providers during the natural disaster. Contact Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton, P.C. to discuss all possible claims if you or a loved one suffered serious injuries or death from an accident that was the fault of a hospital.

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.


Family Receives Settlement After ER Negligence Contributes to Man’s Death

The award of $825,000 reflect emergency room staff's ignoring the patient as he was dying.

By Jim Lewis, Medical Malpractice Attorney

In busy emergency rooms it’s a sad reality that some patients get lost in the shuffle. One man was neglected while hemorrhaging and died, in part, because of that negligence. His family will now receive a settlement of $825,000. To read more, visit our blog to read “Hemorrhaging Patient Dies in ER, Family Receives Damages.”

CD

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.


Medical Malpractice Damage Cap Increases in Virginia Over Governor’s Initial Veto

What’s even more outrageous is if a jury awards a victim more than $2 million in non-economic damages, the award must be reduced to comply with the damage cap. So, even if a person has future medical bills and lost wages way over the limit , they only get the cap no matter how deserving they are and no matter what the jury says is fair.

By John Cooper, Medical Negligence Lawyer

In a surprising turn of events, the Virginia General Assembly overrode the governor’s veto on a medical malpractice damage cap increase bill. HB1459 mandates a phased-in increase the maximum award from $2 million to $3 million by 2031. The cap rises by $50,000 per year beginning this July.

Seven Republican senators crossed party lines and voted with Democrats to undo Gov. Bob McDonnell’s rejection of the legislation. They deserve praise for accepting a compromise that was worked out over time between the hospitals, doctors, and medical folks on one side and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association plaintiff’s bar on the other.

In an ideal world, there would be no cap on medical negligence damages. The limits punish helpless victims and benefit insurance companies. What’s even more outrageous is if a jury awards a victim more than $2 million in non-economic damages, the award must be reduced to comply with the damage cap. So, even if a person has future medical bills and lost wages way over the limit , they only get the cap no matter how deserving they are and no matter what the jury says is fair. That makes no sense considering the jury system is the bedrock of our society and should be the final arbiter of what a victim receives in a medical malpractice case.

But we’re faced with the reality of damage caps in Virginia. Fortunately, the medical malpractice damages bill that passed is a step in the right direction.

PA

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.