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Monthly Archives: August 2008

Contributory negligence alleged in tractor-trailer crash – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff claimed significant ongoing neck, back and leg pain from a collision with the defendant’s tractor-trailer, which occurred with such force that the tractor-trailer’s headlight was impaled in the windshield of plaintiff’s minivan. Defendant driver was maneuvering his tractor-trailer across ...

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Operator killed when aerial boom tips over – $2,162,000 Settlement (access required)

Patrick Ott was an experienced mechanic employed by a heavy equipment rental company. A boom-supported aerial lift had been returned from the field the day before, and Ott was assigned to perform an inspection of the machine prior to its ...

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Payment higher than limits because of bad faith claim – $117,949 Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff, a Henrico County elementary school teacher, was southbound on Pouncey Tract Road when he saw traffic in front of him coming to a stop. According to plaintiff’s testimony, he applied his brakes and stopped approximately a foot behind the ...

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Renter moves in before owner buys tenant policy – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff purchased a property to fix up and flip in Charlottesville. While the property was under construction, plaintiff contacted Nuckols Insurance to purchase a builder’s risk policy to cover the premises while the project was being renovated. One month before ...

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Pregnant woman suffers back, neck injuries in crash – $80,000 Verdict (access required)

On May 10, 2005, Aaron Cramer’s vehicle ran a red light in Chesterfield County and collided with plaintiff Heather Krauss’s vehicle. Damages to Krauss’s car were significant. Cramer died a few months later of unrelated causes. Liability was admitted at ...

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Catch a thief and you’re sitting on top of the world… (access required)

A routine bar meeting at the beach this summer gave one Virginia prosecutor the chance to take his own bite out of crime. Fairfax County Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Morrogh was down in Virginia Beach for the annual confab of the ...

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Passenger wins $10.2M for second brain injury (access required)

By October 2003, Lynn Zoll had become something of a spokesperson for brain injury survivors. She had suffered a brain injury when she fell on a patch of ice in February 1987. Zoll was on her way to a brain ...

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Dispatcher pays for doubts about hit-and-run call (access required)

The family of a pedestrian killed in a hit-and-run accident has recovered $200,000 from a public safety dispatcher who ignored a call about the incident. The lawsuit arising from the 2001 death of Jody Swisher alleged a Staunton dispatcher was ...

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