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Plaintiff claimed seizure medication led to wife’s fatal skin condition – Defense Verdict (access required)

On Jan. 31, 2009, decedent, age 38 and Filipino, suffered an intracerebral hemorrhage at home. She had stopped taking her hypertensive medication because she was breast-feeding at the time. She was airlifted from Reston Hospital to Inova Fairfax, where she ...

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Massive blood loss during surgery caused permanent leg injury – $1,650,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff, a 32-year-old mother of two, presented to a hospital emergency department with complaints of severe right-sided pelvic pain. The defendant gynecologist suspected a ruptured ovarian cyst and performed an exploratory laparoscopy. During the surgery, the defendant perforated the plaintiff’s ...

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Apartment tenant’s guest suffered head injuries in fall from balcony – $900,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff, an apartment tenant’s invitee, walked through the tenant’s apartment onto the balcony. Plaintiff leaned against the balcony railing, which allegedly collapsed, causing the plaintiff to fall to the ground and suffer serious injuries. The tenants were essentially judgment-proof, and ...

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VSB Disciplinary Actions (access required)

Effective July 18, 2014, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended the law license of Laura E. Jordan of Washington for 18 months based on her 18-month suspension by the Maryland Court of Appeals. This discipline was an agreed disposition ...

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Plaintiff suffered complications after gynecological surgery – Defense Verdict (access required)

The 39-year-old plaintiff sought treatment from the defendant gynecologist on May 18, 2004, for complaints of pelvic pain, dyspareunia and urinary frequency. Plaintiff had a previous history of hysterectomy, pelvic adhesions, lysis of pelvic adhesions, childhood sexual abuse and a ...

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Dudley J. Emick Jr. (access required)

Retired Botetourt County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Dudley J. “Buzz” Emick Jr. of Daleville died Oct. 26. He was 75. A former state delegate and senator, Judge Emick served 11 years on the J&DR bench before retiring in 2004. ...

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Plaintiff claims surgeon used outdated procedure – Defense Verdict (access required)

The 71-year-old plaintiff underwent a laparascopic cholecystectomy on May 21, 2008, for acute and chronic cholecystitis (inflammation of the gall bladder) and gall stones (cholelithiasis). Intra-operatively, the defendant surgeon found a severely taut and inflamed gall bladder. Otherwise, the surgery ...

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