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Plaintiff claimed cardiologist failed to diagnose impending heart failure – Defense Verdict (access required)

In 2002, plaintiff was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, likely viral, and ventricular tachycardia. Echocardiography showed an ejection fraction of 25 percent or less, indicating severe disease. An AICD was placed, and plaintiff was prescribed medications including an ace inhibitor and beta ...

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Patient with history of sleep apnea died during surgical recovery – Defense Verdict (access required)

The decedent, 63, underwent a five-hour back surgery (laminectomy and fusion) on March 23, 2009, at Inova Fairfax Hospital. Her medical history was significant for obesity, severe obstructive sleep apnea, renal failure, congestive heart failure, hypertension and diabetes. The defendant ...

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Spinal operation performed at wrong level, further surgery required – $1,000,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff, age 44, was married, a father of three young children and employed full time in a position that required travel across Virginia. He had a long history of minor neck pain for which he underwent conservative treatments, physical therapy ...

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Donna Schewel Clark (access required)

Lynchburg attorney and businesswoman Donna Schewel Clark died at her home May 8 after a brief illness. She was 64. She graduated from Goucher College in 1972, and did postgraduate work at Brown University. After teaching high school briefly in ...

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Dennis W. Dohnal (access required)

Retired U.S. Magistrate Judge Dennis W. Dohnal died May 10 at his home in Richmond. He was 69. A graduate of Bucknell University, Judge Dohnal earned his law degree from George Washington University. He began his career as an assistant ...

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Criminal proceedings in arson case revitalized wrongful death suit – $250,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiffs’ decedent died two days after suffering burns covering 60 percent of his body in a residential house fire that occurred in Nelson County on Aug. 2, 2009. Plaintiffs retained counsel and considered filing a case shortly after the fire, ...

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Layoffs at coal mining company prompted two WARN Act suits – $625,000 Settlement and $745,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiffs brought two class actions under the federal WARN Act against two affiliates of Southern Coal Corporation. Both class actions were filed in the U.S. District Court in Abingdon. These actions arose from layoffs of approximately 155 coal miners by ...

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Chesterfield residents involved in single-car wreck in Arizona – $20,173 Verdict (access required)

The Spanish-speaking plaintiff was injured in a single-vehicle accident that occurred in Arizona. Both parties live in Chesterfield County. Plaintiff was taken by ambulance to the emergency room. He received no follow-up treatment. [15-T-050]   Type of action: Personal injury ...

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