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100-year-old passenger killed as result of driver’s error – $500,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff’s decedent was a passenger in a vehicle driven by the defendant, a family member. Defendant drove into the path of another automobile, causing a significant collision and decedent’s injuries. Decedent had celebrated his 100th birthday the month before the ...

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Prostate cancer patient died due to pulmonary emboli – $1,000,000 Settlement (access required)

The decedent, age 62, was diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent an open radical retropubic prostatectomy. Although pre-operative imaging indicated no extra-prostatic extension of the cancer, the defendant conducted an extensive 30-lymph node dissection with an estimated blood loss of ...

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Three-car parking lot crash caused mild traumatic brain injury – $210,000 Settlement (access required)

On May 6, 2013, the defendant ran a stop sign and struck the plaintiff’s vehicle in a Henrico County parking lot. The impact caused the plaintiff’s vehicle to strike another vehicle. The plaintiff was not transported by an ambulance, but ...

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Plaintiff said foot surgery was unnecessary, led to complications – Defense Verdict (access required)

Defendant diagnosed plaintiff with metatarsalgia, or pain in the ball of her foot. Defendant eventually determined that this excessive pain and pressure on the ball of the plaintiff’s left foot was caused by both positional and structural deformities. The positional ...

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VSB Disciplinary Actions (access required)

On Nov. 10, the Virginia State Bar Fifth District subcommittee issued a public reprimand with terms to John P. Forest II of Fairfax for violating professional rules that govern diligence and communication. This discipline was an agreed disposition of misconduct ...

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Leonard W. Lambert Sr. (access required)

Richmond lawyer Leonard W. Lambert Sr. died Nov. 18. He was 77. When he was tapped in 1973 as a substitute judge for Richmond juvenile and domestic relations court 1973, he was the first African-American to serve in any judgeship ...

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Trucker was high on meth when he struck and killed driver – $2,200,000 Settlement (access required)

The decedent was a 60-year-old wife and mother of four adult children who was killed by a tractor-trailer driver as she was leaving her job in Henrico County to begin preparations for a Thanksgiving meal for her family. Liability against ...

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Auto-accident plaintiff admitted to second crash, prior back pain – $7,000 Verdict (access required)

This was a minor rear-end collision with only scratches to the plaintiff’s bumper. The damage to plaintiff’s car was worth about $750. The plaintiff claimed $59,804.42 in medical bills over a two-year period. Most of the bills were for diagnostic ...

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Bacterial infection worsened after discharge from hospital – Defense Verdict (access required)

The defendant general surgeon operated on plaintiff, a 59-year-old male, on May 27, 2010. Plaintiff presented with cholelithiasis and acute cholecystitis. He underwent an urgent laparoscopic cholecystectomy that was converted to an open procedure after his gallbladder ruptured, spilling a ...

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