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The summer sun is almost upon the North Carolina and Virginia coast and so is bathing suit season. Many of those battling with obesity and trying to get slimmer have also opted for gastric bypass surgery, also known as stomach stapling, when they have exhausted all other options. Gastric bypass is a procedure where the stomach size may be reduced by over 90%.

Success with gastric bypass surgery results in the loss of weight and requires following a healthy diet regime. However, for some, gastric bypass surgery results in major medical problems or even death. The problem has been so widespread that these problems have been commonly referred to by many nurses as a “gastric bypass gone bad”.

When the desire to lose the excess weight is so passionate that a major surgery is chosen the desired result is to live the new life with a new healthy body. When something goes wrong that result is not only lost physically bad, but emotionally bad. In 2008, two sons of a New York woman were awarded $16.8 Million in damages for the loss of their mother. The 36 year-old woman had her intestines rerouted and her stomach stapled down to where it would hold two tablespoons of food. She later died of malnutrition and liver failure. Her lawyer stated that he considered her case predatory medicine as she wasn’t even a good candidate for the surgery.

In a similar situation a woman from Virginia Beach, VA had the surgery which was done improperly and then underwent two more surgeries to correct the problems.The key in her case was to prove that the doctor had committed medical malpractice and had not met applicable medical standards. The mediation resulted in the Elizabeth City resident being awarded $500,000, in her claim against the Naval Hospital and its doctors.

Our injury law firm maintains a NE NC office in Elizabeth City, and our main law office is in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Four of our law firm’s injury lawyers are licensed to practice law in North Carolina, Virginia, and beyond. For over a decade we have been helping North Carolina residents, including those suffering injuries or wrongful death in VA/NC.

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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