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Doctor prevails in suit over size of airway – Defense Verdict (access required)

On April 11, 2012, plaintiff, a 68-year-old retired female, present­ed to an outpatient sur­gery center for a bunio­nectomy. The plaintiff underwent a preopera­tive anesthesia evalua­tion by an anesthesiol­ogist who documented that her airway was within normal limits. However, he then ...

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Martha B. Brissette (access required)

Martha Joy Blevins Brissette, an attorney with the State Board of Elections, died March 27. She was 56. A native of Maryland, Ms. Brissette earned her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Richmond. She spent much of her ...

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Drunken driver drove on wrong side of highway, hurt passenger – $350,000 Settlement (access required)

On July 25, 2014, plaintiff, an 18-year-old female, was the passen­ger in a vehicle that was hit head on by a drunk­en driver proceeding on the wrong side of Route 522 in Warren County, Virginia. The defendant pulled onto the ...

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Woman suffered back injuries in Goochland car wreck – $106,991.31 Verdict (access required)

This personal in­jury action arose out of an automobile ac­cident that occurred on May 29, 2013, in Goochland County. The plaintiff, Gail Smith, was driving on Patterson Avenue and the defendant, Irina Sery, was attempting to cross Patterson Avenue from ...

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Man suffered stroke, then received improper treatment – $1,200,000 Settlement (access required)

One Saturday morning this young man awoke normally with his wife, a nurse. After a discussion about the events of the day, his speech became garbled, he began vomiting, and when trying to get to the bathroom, he experi­enced left-sided ...

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Woman had low back pain following rear-ender – $150,000 Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff was struck in the rear by defen­dant while travelling home from work on Route 15 in Prince Edward County. De­fendant claimed the plaintiff stopped sud­denly because the car in front of plaintiff put on brakes. Plaintiff testified she was ...

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Teacher suffered perforation of bowel during hysterectomy – $860,000 Verdict (access required)

A 58-year-old first grade teacher agreed to undergo a laparoscopic hys­terectomy on July 9, 2010, at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, due to excessive vaginal bleeding and the discovery of pre-cancerous ovarian cysts. Instead of being released the next day ...

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