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Reform of comp system under study (access required)

Comprehensive reform of Virginia’s workers’ compensation system is under study by a committee of the Boyd-Graves Conference, a group of lawyers and judges that meets annually to propose changes in Virginia civil practice. Workers’ comp practice in Virginia has become ...

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High court to review med-mal cap (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has agreed to hear a challenge to the constitutionality of Virginia’s cap on med-mal damages. On June 11, the court awarded an appeal in Pulliam v. Coastal Emergency Services of Richmond, (Record No. 980659), a ...

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Evidence on alcohol ?prejudicial? (access required)

An auto-accident plaintiff lost a $225,000 jury award because his evidence that the defendant had been drinking and “playing chicken” to run a red light was “irrelevant and prejudicial,” according to a Fauquier County Circuit judge. Even with a claim ...

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Comp commission sets new rules on job rehab (access required)

The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission has released new guidelines for vocational rehabilitation for employees injured on the job. The guidelines cover a number of issues that have caused friction among claimants, carriers and rehabilitation counselors in the past few years, ...

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