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No workers' comp for carpal tunnel (access required)

Repetitive-motion injuries such as “carpal tunnel syndrome” are not covered by the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act, the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled in a long-awaited case. The high court reversed comp awards in three consolidated cases argued in January. Speaking ...

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Claimants' attorneys ponder next move (access required)

Last week, claimant’s lawyers were still hoping the General Assembly would add coverage for carpal tunnel syndrome to the Workers’ Comp Act. After Stenrich was decided March 1, House Majority Leader C. Richard Cranwell, D-Roanoke County, revived an earlier bill ...

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Accident report fracas surfaces in Richmond (access required)

A discovery dispute that has engaged Tidewater courts in recent months has rolled into Richmond. The dispute is over accident or incident reports filed in personal-injury cases. In a typical auto-accident case, an insurance adjuster investigates and makes a report ...

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Beach judges settle p.i. discovery spat (access required)

A Virginia Beach plaintiff’s lawyer is on a one-woman campaign to break open insurance files. For the past six months, Mary Jane Hall has been racking up plaintiff’s wins in a standard discovery contest in personal-injury cases: disclosure of statements ...

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Deal's failure not due to legal malpractice (access required)

The Virginia Supreme Court has reversed a legal malpractice judgment because the client, a purchaser of commercial real estate, did not prove that his lawyer’s failure to negotiate two critical provisions in the sales contract caused the client’s losses. The ...

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