Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn Secures $1.6 Million Jury Verdict for Client in Medical Malpractice and Traumatic Brain Injury Case

October 12 20:57 2021

Virginia Beach, VA – Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn, a leading personal injury law firm, has announced that it recently helped its client obtain a $1.6 million jury verdict in a traumatic brain injury and medical malpractice case. Rick Shapiro and Eric Washburn, partners at the firm and experienced Virginia Beach personal injury lawyers, represented their client in the eight-day trial at the Virginia Beach Circuit Court last month.


The case originates from a missed diagnosis and negligent medical care. In 2017, the firm’s client presented before an attending physician in the emergency room at Sentara Leigh Hospital with nausea and abdominal pain. The attending ordered a blood test and computed tomography (CT) scan, which was negative. The client’s medical record reflected no ultimate diagnosis, and the physician provided instructions for the client to follow up with her primary care physician and a gastroenterologist for the pain.

Unfortunately, the client was suffering from low-moderate hyponatremia, a medical condition caused by abnormally low sodium in the body. The blood test ordered flagged the client’s low sodium, but no medical intervention was taken. The life-threatening risks of untreated hyponatremia manifested for 11 days after discharge until the client was discovered neurologically unconscious on the floor of their kitchen after suffering a seizure. This seizure resulted in a head injury, concussion, and traumatic brain injury, which was treated alongside the hyponatremia over several days at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

As a result, the client sought damages for medical malpractice and her traumatic brain injury (TBI), as evidenced by a subdural hematoma, intraparenchymal bleed, and three to the five-millimeter shift of the brain from the right to the side of the skull. The eight-trial involved more than a dozen expert witnesses. The jury deliberated for just over eight hours before returning its $1.6 million verdicts for the firm’s client. 

“We are so pleased that justice was served,” remarked Rick Shapiro, a partner at Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn. “The jury recognized our client should receive financial restitution for their harms and losses. This case created untold financial, physical, and emotional struggles for our client, all due to medical malpractice,” he added.

Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn has developed a reputation for its zealous advocacy and effective client representation. The firm was received a number of accolades and has been recognized as a Tier 1 “Best Law Firm” for general personal injury and railroad worker injury law by U.S. News & World Report for over 10 years. Today, Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn remains a national leader in representing victims of car accidents, trucking injuries, brain injuries, medical malpractice, and nursing home abuse or neglect cases.

“We continue to zealously represent our clients in medical malpractice cases,” remarked Eric Washburn, a partner at Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn. “If you or a loved one has been seriously injured by the negligence of a doctor or surgeon in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, or anywhere else in Virginia, we are ready to answer questions and concerns and provide the representation you need from experienced Virginia Beach medical malpractice lawyers,” he added.

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About Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn

Shapiro, Appleton & Washburn is a personal injury law firm based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Since 1985, the lawyers at Shapiro & Appleton have dedicated their practice to helping people when they need it most. The firm represents plaintiffs in litigation following serious accidents so they can get the compensation they deserve for their financial, physical, and emotional struggles. 

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