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Doctor prevails in botched hand surgery claim Defense Verdict (access required)

On August 15, 2012, plaintiff, a 23-year-old female, sustained a deep slice to her left thumb while working as a bartender. After initial care at the emergency department, the plaintiff underwent primary flexor tendon and nerve repair by the defendant ...

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VLW 2017 Survey of Alternative Dispute Resolution Providers

The VLW 2017 Survey of ADR Providers Help drive business to your ADR group by participating in the Alternative Dispute Resolution Survey. On August 21, 2017, Virginia Lawyers Weekly will feature the results of our Survey of ADR Providers. This ...

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Woman suffered perforation in colon during hysterectomy – $1 Million Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff, age 59, un­derwent laparoscopic total hysterectomy and salpingectomy, which involves the removal of the uterus, cervix and fallopian tubes. Plain­tiff had a known histo­ry of umbilical hernia repair. For initial access to the abdomen, de­fendant gynecological surgeon inserted a ...

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Carrier offered more than total payout due to tendered limits – $1.3M Settlement (access required)

The claimant, a 32-year-old plumber, was injured on Nov. 20, 2015, when his work van was T-boned by a reckless driver trav­elling over 100 mph. As a result of the accident, claimant suf­fered a C2 fracture, a L1 burst fracture ...

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Plaintiff settles TBI claim for 90 percent of UM limits – $90,000 Settlement (access required)

The uninsured defendant pulled out into the path of the plaintiff’s vehicle right at the Virgin­ia-North Caroli­na line (raising interesting choice of law issues). The plaintiff, a security specialist for a major na­tional bank, was proceeding at 55 mph through ...

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Path to getting court to seal record not always clear

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By Erik Baines Statutes and the common law govern the court’s authority to seal (or sequester) its re­cord. See generally Shenandoah Pub. House, Inc. v. Fanning, 235 Va. 25 (1988). The common law has long-recognized a public right to access ...

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Third-party custody and visitation present challenges

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By Melissa VanZile Third-party custody and visita­tion are among the more chal­lenging custody issues for family law practitioners and courts, as they involve people who may not be a child’s parent but a per­son who has usually played an ac­tive role ...

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