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Unnecessary abdominal surgery led to additional corrective surgeries – $900,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff, age 20, had abdominal complaints over the course of five months, which included diffuse pain that improved with eating, black stools, diarrhea and nausea. Plaintiff’s gastrointestinal work-up resulted in negative findings and included an abdominal ultrasound, colonoscopy and stool ...

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Car buyer: dealership didn’t disclose prior accident damage – $125,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff purchased a vehicle from the defendant dealership. The plaintiff alleged that during the negotiations for the vehicle, she explained her need for reliable and safe transportation for her family. She asked the salesman why the vehicle was being sold ...

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Plaintiff claims timelier procedure would have prevented brain injury – Defense Verdict (access required)

This case involved a 39-year-old married police officer with two young sons. For a few weeks, the decedent had been struggling with headaches that had caused him to come home from work early on several occasions. The headaches were accompanied ...

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VSB Disciplinary Actions (access required)

On June 16, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked the license to practice law of Tony M. Hutchinson of Norton based on his guilty plea to a felony in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. ...

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Mary Ellen Craig (access required)

Retired Reston family law attorney Mary Ellen Craig died on June 12, surrounded by her family. She was 76. Ms. Craig received a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in 1961 and a master’s degree from Columbia University in 1964.  She ...

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T-bone accident left plaintiff with 17 percent leg impairment – $500,000 Settlement (access required)

Defendant ran a red light at the intersection of Massaponax Church Road and Mills Drive in Spotsylvania County, t-boning the plaintiff’s vehicle. Suit was filed in Prince William County where the named individual defendant lived and the corporate defendant had ...

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Man suffered broken hip in head-on collision – $1,175,000 Settlement (access required)

The plaintiff was injured in a motor vehicle collision in Fairfax County. The collision occurred when the defendant driver crossed the double yellow line and hit the plaintiff’s vehicle head-on. The plaintiff suffered a dislocated right hip with a comminuted ...

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Claim: brake lights not working, identity of driver an issue – Defense Verdict (access required)

This rear-end collision occurred at nighttime on Midlothian Turnpike. The defendant was driving a pick-up truck and had been traveling behind the plaintiff’s black sedan for 10 minutes prior to the crash. The defendant testified that he was unfamiliar with ...

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Benefits terminated after definition of disability changed – $488,965 Insurance Benefits (access required)

The claimant was a telephone sales consultant for Intuit Inc. She developed interstitial cystitis (a bladder condition which causes urinary pain, urgency and frequency).  In 2012, she applied for long-term disability benefits under her employer’s ERISA disability plan. Her initial ...

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VSB Disciplinary Action (access required)

On June 6, the Virginia State Bar Fifth District, Section III subcommittee issued a public reprimand to Scott H. Donovan of Manassas for violating professional rules that govern misconduct. This discipline was an agreed disposition of misconduct charges against Donovan, ...

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