Monday, 28 of May of 2018

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Cut and Perforated Bowels or Ureters Can Cause Life-Threatening Injuries

If a surgeon negligently cuts/perforates one of these vital organs, a patient can suffer serious injuries, and may even develop sepsis, a life-threatening condition. Why are cuts/nicks/perforations to organs so dangerous? Because this may lead to an opening that allows the contents of a patient’s bowel and/or stomach to spill out into the patient’s abdomen. It’s awful to visualize such an occurrence, but cut/perforated organs are not uncommon.

By Jim Lewis, VA Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Surgeons who perform medical procedures like hysterectomies or abdominal surgery, must take great care to avoid cutting, nicking or entirely perforating (meaning damaging by cutting) the patient’s bowel, colon or ureter.

If a surgeon negligently cuts or perforates one of these vital organs, a patient can suffer serious injuries, and may even develop sepsis, a life-threatening condition. Why are cuts/nicks/perforations to organs so dangerous? Because this may lead to an opening that allows the contents of a patient’s bowel and/or stomach to spill out into the patient’s abdomen. It’s awful to visualize such an occurrence, but cut/perforated organs are not uncommon.

We recently represented a client in Newport News, Virginia (VA) who suffered a medical malpractice injury by her obstetrician/gynecologist during a hysterectomy. The OB/GYN performed the procedure laparoscopically thereby avoiding having to make a large abdominal incision. The problem with laparoscopy is that the ability to see the operative field is somewhat limited. The OB/GYN negligently cut our client’s ureter during the operation and did not realize he had done so. As our client got sicker, it was determined that her ureter was injured and numerous surgical procedures were required to correct this injury. We were able to show that the OB/GYN could have avoided this medical error injury with a simple, inexpensive test. This led to a $400,000 settlement for our client.

If you or a loved one suffered a cut or perforated organ like a ureter, colon or bowel, consult an attorney right away. In many instances, this type of injury could have been prevented if the surgeon had been more careful.

To learn more about surgical errors, check out this free consumer report listing the top 5 surgical errors that occur far too often:

Don’t Become a Victim: Top 5 Surgical Errors to Be Aware Of Before Surgery

Also, take a moment to review our FAQs about medical malpractice and surgical mistakes:

  • What is the Virginia statute of limitations for personal injury in a medical malpractice case?
  • What is the Virginia Medical Malpractice Cap and What Does It Mean to a Patient Injured by a Medical Mistake?
  • Is there a way to check out my doctor or surgeon before choosing one?

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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.


Johnson and Johnson Must Pay 1.1 million in Punitive Damages For Dangerous Drug Levaquin.

By: Rick Shapiro, Personal Injury Attorney

My colleague, Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton and Favaloro, recently wrote an in depth library article about the dangers of taking the anitbiotic levaquin.  The drug is dangerous in people with certain conditions, yet the company made millions of dollars by down playing the risks. 

Now a jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $1.1 million in punitive damages to an 82-year-old man who claimed it failed to properly warn of the risks of tendon damage.

When potential side effects become actual, the companies then have duties to issue update side effects warnings and do what they can to aid patients — and their families — who suffered injuries or lost their lives after taking a dangerous drugFind out more.

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. Though not every case meets our criteria, we offer free, initial consultations so give us a call at 1-800-752-0042. If you can’t get through due to high call volume, please leave a message and we will return your call promptly. Also be sure to 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 in based in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA) and we also have a North Carolina (NC) law office.  Our lawyers hold licenses in NC, SC, WV, KY, FL and DC. Our injury attorneys also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube . Furthermore, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard and Norfolk Injuryboard as a pro bono public information service.


Jury awards $2.3 Million Dollars to Child for Birth Injury

By Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton and Favaloro, Personal Injury Attorney

On Friday, a Virginia (VA) jury awarded $2.3 million in damages to a 4 -year-old boy who suffered arm injuries at birth, reports The Virginian Pilot.  The Circuit Court jury also awarded $60,000 to the child’s mother for reimbursement of medical expenses. 

Although I am sure it is a relief to the mother that she will be able to use the settlement to provide for her child.  It can never make up for the fact that someone’s mistake at the time of birth has changed the course of her child’s life forever.  The little child now has a permanently disabled right arm.  As a mom myself I can’t imagine how upset I would feel, if someone was to permanently injure my child.

The lawsuit named a nurse-midwife as the at-fault party.  We fully appreciate the midwife had no intention of seriously injuring the baby, but she had to be held accountable when an error occurred, just like everyone else.

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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. Though not every case meets our criteria, we offer free, initial consultations so give us a call at 1-800-752-0042. If you can’t get through due to high call volume, please leave a message and we will return your call promptly. Also be sure to 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 in based in Virginia Beach, Virginia (VA) and we also have a North Carolina (NC) law office.  Our lawyers hold licenses in NC, SC, WV, KY, FL and DC. Our injury attorneys also host an extensive injury law video library on Youtube . Furthermore, our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard and Norfolk Injuryboard as a pro bono public information service.


Hospital Is At Fault For Causing Decubitus Ulcers, Pays $300,000

From John Cooper, Virginia Attorney

There is no excuse for a patient to develop decubitus ulcers (bedsores). Not when prevention takes so little time and effort—simply reposition the body in bed in regular intervals. Read about one woman’s experience in a Virginia (VA) hospital and why the hospital was found guilty of medical malpractice.