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Consent to terminate pregnancy at issue in med mal case – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff underwent a medical termination of pregnancy and bilateral tubal ligation procedure. She claimed she consented to the procedures due to a heart condition, which she subsequently learned did not exist. The defendant OB/GYN physician maintained the plaintiff herself requested ...

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James E. Sheffield (access required)

Former Richmond Circuit Judge James E. Sheffield, the first African-American appointed to a Virginia court since Reconstruction, died March 28. He was 80. Born in Hot Springs, Ark., Judge Sheffield earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois in ...

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Defendants say plaintiff knew risks, but gave her consent – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff, age 52, was seen initially by defendant urogynecologist on April 22, 2009, for a second opinion evaluation of stage III anterior pelvic organ prolapse, high transverse fascial defect, stress urinary incontinence and distal rectocele. A prior community gynecologist, Dr. ...

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Delayed diagnosis leads to sterility of 12-year-old girl – Confidential Settlement (access required)

This case arose from the delayed diagnosis of ovarian torsion, resulting in the sterility of a 12-year-old female. Plaintiff presented to the pediatric emergency department complaining of severe, sudden onset abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. Suspecting appendicitis, doctors performed an ...

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