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Nursing home negligence alleged in patient fall – $200,000 Settlement (access required)

In August 2010, a Southwest Virginia resident was sent to a local skilled-care nursing facility after a knee replacement to receive physical therapy. Upon admission and assessment, nursing staff determined she required a two-person assist on all transfers, and a ...

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Jury finds for co-defendant in legal malpractice case – Defense Verdict (access required)

The plaintiff alleged that her attorneys breached the standard of care in handling her divorce and equitable distribution matter. Because of this alleged breach, she claimed she agreed to enter into a property settlement agreement that provided less than she ...

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Woman ejected from wheelchair on airport boarding ramp – $315,000 Settlement (access required)

The 56-year-old plaintiff was being pushed down the boarding ramp in a wheelchair at a major Virginia airport. Instead of transporting the victim down the ramp by facing the wheelchair towards the airport terminal, the airline employee admitted he was ...

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Nurse failed to recognize fetal distress, infant delivered stillborn – $845,000 Settlement (access required)

Following a completely healthy and full-term pregnancy without any maternal or fetal complications, plaintiff, age 29, was admitted into the hospital in labor. This was her first pregnancy and she and her husband were very excited. A baby shower had ...

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Driver negligent, but not liable (access required)

Inches from a clean get-away. Maybe that’s what Beverly Hyde thought when she received suit papers some time after a five-mph rear-end collision. With little in the way of damage to the vehicles, the parties decided not to call police. ...

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Judge dismisses school president from Virginia Tech lawsuits

The judge hearing the pair of $10-million wrongful death lawsuits based on the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings has narrowed the claims as the cases near trial. Circuit Judge William Alexander ruled that claims against VT president Charles Steger were barred ...

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Leading questions, plain words and control on cross-ex (access required)

Dean Wigmore stated that cross-examination is beyond doubt “the greatest legal engine ever invented for the discovery of the truth.” But, truth is rarely what a skillful trial lawyer seeks to accomplish on cross-examination. Cross-examination is not only a truth-seeking ...

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