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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.


Just One in Seven Medical Errors Reported

When a mistake is investigated, many hospitals do not take any action to prevent the same error from being made again.

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

An attorney with the Shapiro, Lewis & Appleton law firm has written about a disturbing report that released by the New York Times that shows most preventable medical errors are not reported. When a mistake is investigated, many hospitals do not take any action to prevent the error from happening again in the future. To learn more, read “Startling Report Reveals Lack of Oversight, Action on Preventable Medical Errors.”

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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.


Malpractice Award for Virginia Woman Who Suffered Birth Injury Upheld on Appeal

The mother of four underwent a botched Caesarean section and suffered a disabling stroke when nurses failed to notice or treat bleeding and blood pressure problems.

By Shapiro, Lewis, Appleton and Favaloro, Virginia Birth Injury Attorney

In his latest blog post to our firm’s Virginia personal injury lawyers’ website, my colleague Jim Lewis reports on the resolution of a lawsuit in which a federal appeals court judge ordered Bon Secours Maryview Hospital to pay a $900,000 medical malpractice award to a Portsmouth, VA, woman. The mother of four underwent a botched Caesarean section and suffered a disabling stroke when nurses failed to notice or treat bleeding and blood pressure problems. To read more, click over to “Portsmouth, VA Mother Who Suffered Brain Damage Has Malpractice Award From Maryview Hospital Upheld.”

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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.


Older Patients at Higher Risk of Medical Negligence During Plastic Surgery

Many people considering plastic surgery are aware that elective cosmetic procedures are not covered by health insurance, but they may not be aware that surgical complications also won't be covered.

By John Cooper, Virginia Medical Malpractice Attorney

medical-malpractice-lawyer-Looking in the mirror, it’s hard not to focus on the little imperfections, those circles underneath the eyes and the creases between the brows. So it’s no wonder that plastic surgery is becoming more prevalent and acceptable.  But no one wants to look like the cat lady. Even celebrities aren’t immune from medical malpractice.  The mother of Kanye West died of surgical complications from plastic surgery.

With America’s population quickly aging, the 65 and over crowd is getting more plastic surgery. But at what cost to their health and safety? As a Virginia (VA) medical malpractice lawyer, I know that all surgeons are not created equal.  Doing research on one’s surgeon is always recommended.

Many people considering plastic surgery are aware that elective cosmetic procedures are not covered by health insurance, but they may not be aware that surgical complications also won’t be covered. So what can you do if you have been injured by a plastic surgeon’s error?

Medical malpractice laws are designed to protect patients’ rights to pursue compensation if they are injured as a result of negligence. However, malpractice suits are often complex and costly to win. The insurance companies which handle the claims on behalf of the physicians and other medical professionals are very aggressive in defending claims against the physicians and hospitals they insure

Some examples of medical malpractice or negligence include anesthesia mistakes, improper sterilization, technical errors, nerve damage, unnecessary surgery, surgery on the wrong part of the body, foreign objects left in the body, and organ puncture.  Please read our free guide, Top 10 Tips from Medical Malpractice Lawyers.

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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.


Anesthesiologist, Weight Loss Surgery Ad Company Sued After Death of Lap-Band Patient

The doctors are being accused of failing to meet the standard of care required for patients. The firm 1-800-GET-THIN allegedly misrepresented the quality and safety of the services it promoted.

By John Cooper, Surgical Error Victim’s Attorney

A California health care advertising company called 1-800-GET-THIN is facing a wrongful death lawsuit in the wake of a surgical error that left a 52-year-old Lawndale, CA, woman dead. According to the Los Angeles Times, the woman had been steered by the company to an outpatient clinic where she was promised “‘a higher level of care’ by ‘top-rated surgical specialists.’” What actually happened was that an  anesthesiologist who was under suspension by the California Medical Board left her in the care of an unqualified nurse while she was under anesthesia, and the woman lost her life due to complications from the drugs and gases administered.

The anesthesiologist and surgeon with responsibility for ensuring the woman’s safety as she had the Lap-Band device implanted have also been named as defendants in the suit. The doctors are being accused of failing to meet the standard of care required for patients. The firm 1-800-GET-THIN allegedly misrepresented the quality and safety of the services it promoted.

Often considered a safer alternative to other forms of weight loss surgery such as gastric bypass, receiving a Lap-Band is far from a risk-free procedure. This video explains that Lap-Band surgery puts patients in danger for all the complications possible with other forms of abdominal surgery:

Obesity is without a doubt a significant health problem, and weight loss surgery is a viable option for many men and women who need to lose significant weight in order to reduce their risks for death from heart attacks, strokes, breathing problems, diabetes complications and even infections. However, as my fellow medical malpractice attorneys and I know firsthand, it only takes a seemingly minor act of negligence or inattention for a surgeon, anesthesiologist, surgical nurse or other member of the surgical team to injure or kill a patient on the operating table.

If the allegations made in the California Lap-Band wrongful death suit are true, the deceased woman was the victim of a particularly egregious and avoidable surgical error. The ad company misrepresented the level of care she would receive, and the anesthesiologist should not have been working with patients at all. No one can know how the case will play out, but the company, surgeon and anesthesiologist certainly have serious questions to answer.

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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.


Common Questions About Cut and Perforated Bowels and Ureters

A patient whose bowel or ureter has been cut or nicked routinely suffers intense pain, fever or chills, nausea, dehydration, and a wide array of other abnormal symptoms. If the patient does not get the cut bowel or ureter fixed in a timely manner, the risk of death increases precipitously.

By Jim Lewis, Medical Malpractice Lawyer

I have handled numerous surgical error cases involving innocent victims who suffered serious side effects from a cut, perforated or nicked ureter or bowel. It’s a medical negligence injury that happens quite often and can have devastating consequences. If you or a loved one suffered this type of injury, you are probably looking for information on the topic. Here are some common questions I’ve been asked about cut and perforated bowels and ureters, along with answers.

What is a perforation?

A perforation is when a part of the body, like a ureter or bowel, has been cut or slit open. If the perforation is left untreated, it is a potentially life-threatening medical surgical error that may require corrective surgery to wash out the abdomen due to infection and risk of septic shock.

How is a perforated bowel or ureter treated?

Due to the serious complications of a cut, severed or perforated bowel or colon, surgeons might have to connect a colostomy bag that is positioned outside of the patient’s body. Treatment of a perforated ureter requires management of the infection that occurs from the opening, which is known as sepsis.

What are the symptoms of a cut or perforated bowel or ureter?

A patient whose bowel or ureter has been cut or nicked routinely suffers intense pain, fever or chills, nausea, dehydration, and a wide array of other abnormal symptoms. If the patient does not get the cut bowel or ureter fixed in a timely manner, the risk of death increases precipitously.

What types of procedures usually lead to a perforation injury?

Surgeries such as a colonoscopy, surgery to remove a polyp or mass in the bowel, and, in some cases, a hysterectomy. In any procedure where a surgeon is using a scalpel on your internal organs, a perforation or nick can occur.

The importance of being prepared

You need to be prepared, both before and after the surgery. Ask the surgeon how many procedures they’ve performed in the past. If you do not feel comfortable with the answer, always remember you can request the services of another surgeon. After the surgery, be on the lookout for the side effects listed above. The moment you notice these problems, contact your doctor and surgeon immediately in order to get it checked out.

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To get more information about cut bowel and ureter injuries and the health risks associated with perforations, take a moment to review these videos and articles:

Video: Virginia Medical Malpractice Lawyer Talks About Laparoscopic Injuries

Learn the Common Symptoms of a Cut Bowel Injury

In-depth Report on Common Surgical Errors

 

Also, here is a video of me discussing cut and perforated ureters.

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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.