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Patient breaks leg, cuts forehead in fall from bed – $310,000 Verdict (access required)

A 91-year-old female nursing home patient was allowed to fall from her bed to the floor. As a result of the fall, she sustained a forehead laceration and a non-displaced left femur fracture. The forehead laceration required 10 sutures. No ...

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Heel, hand fractures caused by collision – $400,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff exited Interstate 195 at the Carytown exit in Richmond, intending to proceed to Ellwood Thompson grocery store. As she approached the intersection of Cary Street and Thompson Street, her light was green. She drove through the intersection, and the ...

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Complications arise from serious ear infection – $2,200,000 Verdict (access required)

The plaintiff, age 72, was referred to the defendant, a specialist in neurotology and otology for ear pain and drainage. The defendant correctly diagnosed the condition as necrotizing otitis externa (NOE), a serious infection that invades ear structures, cranial nerves ...

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Employment Discrimination – Public Health Nurse – Title VII – Race (access required)

An African-American registered nurse who alleges she was not hired by the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps because of race discrimination may have a claim under Title VII, if she applied for a vacancy not designated for commissioned officers that ...

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A question of technique (access required)

Virginia could end up adopting a different method of lethal injection, following a line of questioning from a 4th Circuit judge during a death-penalty case. As Washington defense attorney Matthew S. Hellman was describing what he saw as Virginia’s “unique ...

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Agee and Conrad tapped for 4th Circuit (access required)

President Bush’s recent nomination of two Virginia judges for the 4th U.S.Circuit Court of Appeals holds the promise of fast relief for that shorthanded court. Moreover, the president’s choice of nominees may signal a thaw in the chilly political climate ...

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Lawyer counsels colleagues on ways to collect appointed pay (access required)

Come on, guys. It’s not that hard to track the time spent on criminal cases, and it probably will im-prove your practice in the long run. That’s the advice of Chesapeake sole practitioner Robert E. Kowalsky Jr. to his colleagues ...

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Judicial evaluation program gets new leadership (access required)

WILLIAMSBURG—There will be some new faces in the Judicial Performance Evaluation Program, as two of the people who helped launch the program turn the reins over to new leadership. Justice Lawrence L. Koontz Jr., of the Supreme Court of Virginia, ...

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One-handed jail applicant can sue under the ADA (access required)

A one-handed applicant rejected for a job as a guard at a regional jail can go forward with her employment discrimination claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act, a Norfolk federal judge has ruled. To overcome the conclusions of the ...

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Obituaries (access required)

David T. Stitt David T. Stitt, a Fairfax circuit judge for more than 12 years and a former county attorney, died May 10 after suffering a heart attack while on vacation in Topsail Beach, N.C. He was 65. Judge Stitt ...

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