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Preterm labor not detected during visit with OB – Defense Verdict (access required)

On Feb. 12, 2007, the plaintiff mother presented to the defendant obstetrician at 26 weeks gestation with complaints of decreased fetal movement and cramping since the previous evening that was occurring every five minutes and lasting two minutes at the ...

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VSB Disciplinary Actions (access required)

On July 18, a three-judge panel of the Richmond Circuit Court re-imposed a public admonition with terms on Richmond lawyer Horace F. Hunter for violating professional rules that govern communications concerning a lawyer’s services and advertising.  On Nov. 8, 2011, ...

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Obituary: John L. Melnick (access required)

John L. “Jack” Melnick, a lawyer and former member of the Virginia General Assembly best-known for sponsoring legislation that created a state fund to compensate victims of major crime, died Aug. 21 at an Arlington hospital. He was 78. The ...

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Uterine scar rupture, kidney failure result of VBAC delivery – $4,000,000 Verdict (access required)

The plaintiff, a 34-year-old mother, was scheduled for a repeat Caesarean section, but went into labor nine days early on Aug. 1, 2010.  Labor progressed quickly. She delivered a healthy baby girl vaginally, with no complications. After delivery, plaintiff complained ...

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Delivery methods met standard of care, defense experts claim – Defense Verdict (access required)

During the plaintiff mother’s delivery on Jan. 22, 2010, the defendant obstetrician encountered a shoulder dystocia. In response, the defendant obstetrician performed various delivery maneuvers in an effort to safely deliver the infant plaintiff including gentle downward traction, the McRobert’s ...

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