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Plaintiffs: Teen developed spinal epidural hematoma after surgery – $1,040,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff alleged that defendants failed to timely diagnose a blood clot spinal epidural hematoma (SEH) that formed in the lower spine of their 14-year-old daughter following scoliosis surgery on Aug. 19, 2011. They further alleged that they were never informed ...

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Teacher, he was mean to me (access required)

Dear Editor: I read with surprise your front page article on the recent policing of civility among attorneys (“Lawyer is Disciplined for Sarcasm,” VLW, Nov. 2, 2015).  I am not familiar with the attorney who was reprimanded, but as a ...

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Plaintiff: Conservative Coumadin dosage led to stroke, death – Defense Verdict (access required)

The decedent, who suffered from atrial fibrillation was on Coumadin as a result, was admitted to a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Fairfax following a hospitalization. Upon her arrival, the defendant physician performed an admitting evaluation on her, during ...

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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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