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My law partner John Cooper wrote an interesting piece about misdiagnosis at emergency rooms. Although our area is blessed with many great hospitals, including Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (CHKD), Sentara Norfolk General, Sentara Leigh and Portsmouth Maryview Medical Center, emergency rooms are more prone than other types of healthcare settings for misdiagnosis resulting in catastrophic injury. Click here to read John’s piece on our firm’s website’s medical malpractice library. Messing up a differential diagnosis and having serious harm occur to a patient can happen even to the best emergency room physicians. Sometimes the doctor just doesn’t see what is there to be seen as far as symptoms or does not think through all the consequences of being wrong before making a diagnosis.

Shapiro, Cooper Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm is based in Virginia, with offices in northeast NC and Virginia Beach (VA), practicing primarily in the southeastern U.S. and handles only injury law, including car, truck, railroad, and medical negligence cases and more. The firm’s website is:, the firm edits three injury law blogs: Virginia Beach Injuryboard & Norfolk Injuryboard, as well as the Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard and also hosts a video library covering many FAQ’s on personal injury subjects

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