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Brain injury from auto accident led to subsequent fall, fracture – $404,000 Settlement (access required)

On July 19, 2011, the defendant failed to stop at a red light and struck the plaintiff’s vehicle. The plaintiff’s vehicle was destroyed by a fire as a result of the impact. The defendant was traveling 50 miles per hour ...

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VDOT worker with history of injuries settles case in mediation – $400,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff, a 53-year-old career VDOT employee, was driving his orange VDOT pick-up truck on Interstate 64 when traffic slowed for an object in the road. The defendant, a driver of a fuel tanker truck for a local construction company, rear-ended ...

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Plaintiff suffered wrist injury after recovering from surgery – $175,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff, a 50-year-old unemployed male, was an unlicensed driver of a friend’s car, driving home an intoxicated friend who was fighting with a boyfriend. The defendant struck his vehicle in a severe collision, totaling both cars. The week before, plaintiff ...

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UIM carrier offers more than half of limits weeks after settlement talks – $385,000 Settlement (access required)

On Dec. 15, 2010, the plaintiff was stopped for traffic when the defendant slammed into the rear of her vehicle, causing her to strike a vehicle in front of her.  The defendant stated that he was traveling 45 miles per ...

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Anesthesia and intubation sequence led to permanent brain injury – $1,950,000 Settlement (access required)

The 53-year-old plaintiff had suffered an odontoid fracture in 2001, which required a spinal fusion from C1 to C5. He had recovered well, and was employed as a supervisor for 30 years. When he developed some difficulty walking with secondary ...

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Man died of staph infection after suffering injuries in ATV crash – Defense Verdict (access required)

The case involved a 59-year-old male who sustained multiple rib fractures and bilateral hemothoraces in an ATV rollover accident that occurred on April 25, 2009. He was airlifted to VCU Medical Center, where he was treated conservatively for four days ...

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Docs never advised patient to follow up after lung nodule discovered – $1,400,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff, age 54, was having flu-like and sinus symptoms, with cough, fever, and headache. He sought help from his primary care provider who diagnosed a sinus infection and prescribed an antibiotic. The next day, the plaintiff felt worse and decided ...

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Colon H. Whitehurst (access required)

Retired Chesapeake General District Judge Colon H. Whitehurst died Dec. 18 after a battle with cancer. He was 64. The judge attended Virginia Wesleyan College and earned his law degree from the College of William & Mary in 1979. After ...

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VSB Disciplinary Action (access required)

Effective Dec. 11, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board suspended the license to practice law of James A. Thurman of Virginia Beach for five months for violating professional rules that govern safekeeping of property. This discipline was an agreed disposition ...

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