Friday, 27 of April of 2018

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Criminal Trials for Doctors Accused of Extreme Negligence Becoming More Common

By Jim Lewis, Virginia Medical Malpractice Attorney

My colleague John Cooper has written a blog post for our firm’s Virginia personal injury lawyers’ website  in which he notes that when a physician’s negligent medical care is extreme, it may be considered criminal. John discusses Michael Jackson’s doctor’s criminal trial as an example of what may be a doctor’s breach of the standard of care.

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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.


Patients Can Present Evidence From Electronic Health Records During Malpractice Suits

EHRs document doctor errors in treatment and diagnosis.

By Jim Lewis, VA Medical Malpractice Lawyer

My colleague John Cooper reported recently on our firm’s Virginia personal injury attorneys’ website that electronic health records can assist plaintiffs in medical malpractice actions against health care providers. John discussed how EHRs document doctor errors in treatment and diagnosis.

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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.


Dangerous Drugs: Don’t Take Another Supplement Until You Read This

Just because a medication or health supplement is marketed and sold in the United States doesn't mean it is safe.

By Richard N. Shapiro, Virginia Dangerous Drug Attorney

I have witnessed firsthand the deadly effects of tainted and dangerous drugs. Just because a medication or health supplement is marketed and sold in the United States doesn’t mean it is safe. I want all consumers who purchase supplements, even from reputable business, to read the article my colleague James Lewis recently wrote. He lists some dangerous drugs the federal government is trying to get out of stores and describes dangerous fentanyl pain patches as products responsible for many deaths and overdoses.

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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.


Nursing Homes in West Virginia (WV) Stripped of Some Protection From Lawsuits

In a unanimous opinion, justices for the state Supreme Court ruled that nursing homes shouldn't be able to insert fine print into their contracts to avoid getting taken to court if they are accused of harming residents.

By Jim Lewis, Virginia Medical Malpractice Injury Attorney

My colleague Rick Shapiro has posted a blog to our Virginia personal injury attorneys’ website about a state Supreme Court ruling in West Virginia that should make it easier for patients at nursing homes and their families to launch lawsuits. In a unanimous opinion, the justices ruled that nursing homes shouldn’t be able to insert fine print into their contracts to avoid getting taken to court if they are accused of harming residents, the Charleston Daily Mail reported.

Read more about how the state Supreme Court took a dim view of arbitrators in nursing home cases here.

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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.


Avastin May Lose FDA Approval for Treating Breast Cancer

A growing body of research shows that Avastin (bevacizumab from Genentech) is not effective in fighting breast cancer and can cause serious side effects that outweigh its benefits.

By Rick Shapiro, VA Medical Malpractice Attorney

In a recent post to our Virginia personal injury lawyers’ website, my colleague Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton and Favaloro, reports on how advisers to the Food and Drug Administration have recommended that the agency withdraw the breast cancer treatment indication for Avastin (bevacizumab from Genentech). A growing body of research shows that the medication is not effective in fighting breast cancer and can cause serious side effects that outweigh its benefits.

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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.


Hold All Drugmakers to the Same Standard for Side Effects Warnings, Attorney Argues

Members of the U.S. Congress and officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration need to update laws and regulations to ensure generic drugmakers have the same legal duty to warn doctors, pharmacists and patients about their medication products’ risks.

By Jim Lewis, Virginia Pharmaceutical Errors Attorney

My fellow Virginia dangerous drugs attorney Rick Shapiro is calling on members of the U.S. Congress and officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to update laws and regulations to ensure generic drugmakers have the same legal duty to warn doctors, pharmacists and patients about their medication products’ risks as makers of brand-name drugs currently have. In a blog post on our firm’s Norfolk Injuryboard site, Rick writes, “If Congress and FDA do not act quickly, however, the nearly three-quarters of U.S. patients who receive generic drugs may be left without a legal means for seeking justice” when they suffer life-life-threatening side effects.

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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.


$5M Malpractice Jury Verdict in Norfolk Spinal Cord Injury Case Reduced to $1.85M Due to VA Damages Cap

The man needed surgery to correct a sunken breastbone condition. The doctor gave him a thoracic epidural catheter, and the procedure allegedly caused permanent damage to the man’s spinal cord.

By Jim Lewis, Norfolk Medical Malpractice Lawyer

A Norfolk, Virginia (VA), jury awarded $5 million to a 20-year-old man and his parents in their suit against an anesthesiologist and the Norfolk Children’s Specialty Group, according to court records and published news reports. The amount was reduced to $1.85 million because of an unfair and arbitrary cap imposed by Virginia law on medical malpractice lawsuits.

Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, known for pediatric care, is located in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.  Patients actually travel there from the Outer Banks, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and beyond for special pediatric care.  The young man went to this Norfolk hospital for the surgery because of its strong reputation, only to suffer a needless spinal cord and paralysis due to anesthesiology malpractice.

According to the lawsuit, the man needed surgery to correct a sunken breastbone condition. The doctor gave him a thoracic epidural catheter, and the procedure allegedly caused permanent damage to the man’s spinal cord.

After the operation, the man could not move or feel his legs and feet due to paralysis. He regained his ability to walk but continued to have pain and difficulty controlling bodily functions.  The defense for the doctor and hospital claimed the doctor and Children’s Specialty Group did not deviate from the proper standards of medical care.  As Virginia Beach-Norfolk medical malpractice attorneys, we are saddened to see a reputable hospital make a negligent surgical mistake like this.  It’s also tragic that the doctor and hospital forced the victim to go through a public trial to get justice and we note it’s far in excess of the unfair VA medical malpractice “cap” which forced the judge to reduce the 5 Million dollar verdict the jury returned to only 1.85 Million.  Attorney for the victim Lisa O’Donnell did a tremendous job helping the victim and his family.

To learn more about Virginia medical malpractice and doctor mistakes, check out our Frequently Asked Questions devoted to the subject. Our VA medical malpractice lawyers wrote a free consumer report providing a list of tips for victims who were hurt by a doctor’s carelessness. Feel free to download it here.


Overprescribing Narcotics May Cost Norfolk, VA Doctor His License

Beyond apparently ignoring evidence that one or more his patients was a pain pill addict, additional allegations show that Dr. Disamodha Amarasinghe was potentially negligent in taking care of any number of patients.

By Rick Shapiro, Virginia Medical Malpractice Lawyer

The Virginia Board of Medicine has suspended the prescribing privileges of a primary care doctor who, evidence shows, has dangerously and irresponsibly prescribed potentially deadly narcotic painkillers.

According to the March 17, 2011 Virginian-Pilot, investigations into complaints regarding a drug-seeking patient revealed that Dr. Disamodha Amarasinghe of Norfolk, Virginia (VA), continued to prescribe opioid pain patches to the person who had “filled prescriptions for 70 narcotic patches from eight different doctors.” One of the major reasons the physician is facing permanent loss of his license to practice in Virginia is because he made no use of the state’s Prescription Monitoring Program. The web-based database records each time a doctor prescribes, a pharmacist dispenses, and a patient picks up a prescription for a controlled substance such as Vicodin or fentanyl.

The long list of other prescribing malpractice Amarasinghe faces include:

  • Distributing narcotics originally dispensed to other patients to people for whom the medications were not intended.
  • Making diagnoses without doing enough tests.
  • Prescribing painkillers without coordinating treatment with patients’ other doctors.

Beyond apparently ignoring evidence that one or more his patients was a pain pill addict, these additional allegations show that Amarasinghe was potentially negligent in taking care of any number of patients.

Powerful painkillers can be a godsend for those with conditions like late-stage cancer, but those medications are rarely needed by most patients. This is especially true in the case of fentanyl patches, which deliver a drug 100 times more powerful than morphine. Overdosing with fentanyl patches is far too easy, and far too common.

While the Pilot report does not specifically mention fentanyl, it is no stretch of the imagination that the product falls under the rubric “narcotic patches.” I’ve argued for years that fentanyl should only be prescribed to patients who have no other means of pain relief. I cringe whenever I learn that the patches might have been used irresponsibly or indiscriminately.

If a full investigation of Amarasinghe proves that he did prescribe narcotics negligently, he should permanently lose his ability to practice medicine. That result would ensure he could not be in a position to put patients’ lives at risk.

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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.


Zimmer Inc’s Durom Hip Replacement Defective

By Rick Shapiro, Dangerous Products Attorney

Are you one of the many patients implanted with the Zimmer Durom Cup that reported pain and discomfort long after the surgery?  I know it must have been frustrating to report these symptoms to your doctors to no avail.  We now know that defects in the actual replacement implants themselves were the cause of the persistent symptoms in many cases. Find out more.

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.


Fake Bath Salts a New Dangerous Drug Causing Hallucinations, Deaths

By John Cooper, Dangerous Drugs Injury Attorney

With all the illegal dangerous drugs out there, did we really need another designer drug?  The answer is No.   Yet that doesn’t deter those who would profit by selling it no matter the cost of human life.   This time the newest drug is posing as bath salts, say police.

Yes, bath salts.

While it seems humorous that someone would try to get high off bath salts the result is far from amusing.  Most recently when a man got high on these dangerous chemicals, he then took his skinning knife and slit his face and stomach repeatedly. He survived, but authorities say others haven’t been so lucky after snorting, injecting or smoking the powders.

Let me make it clear that these are not genuine bath salts that you would buy at Bath and Body Works, but instead a manufactured drug called MDPV and mephedrone which are made in a lab, and they aren’t regulated by the FDA because they’re not marketed for human consumption.

In fact, they are toxic for human consumption as the stimulants affect neurotransmitters in the brain.  Using any of these chemicals will cause traumatic side effects, including severe headaches, paranoia, hallucinations and delusions, extreme agitation, high blood pressure, chest pain, and even suicidal thoughts.

Find out where these dangerous drugs are being sold, the result may surprise you.

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.