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Surgeon lacerated small bowel, arteries during hysterectomy – $650,000 Verdict (access required)

The plaintiff, 45, was an administrative specialist with a top secret clearance employed at a U.S. defense intelligence center in Charlottesville when she suffered “atypical complex hyperplasia,” a female endometrial abnormal condition marked by excessive bleeding, cramping and pain. The ...

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Extent of plaintiff’s brain injury at issue in auto accident case – $815,000 Settlement (access required)

A pick-up truck driver ran a red light at the intersection of Independence Boulevard and Virginia Beach Boulevard in Virginia Beach, hitting the plaintiff’s car. The 21-year-old plaintiff received standard work-up for concussion at the hospital emergency room. He was ...

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Office worker suffered neck and back injuries after elevator malfunction – $205,000 Settlement (access required)

A worker in an office building in Hampton Roads was injured by a malfunctioning elevator. The elevator twice stopped and started abruptly, trapping the plaintiff between floors before eventually opening. The exact nature of the event was hotly contested. The ...

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Kenneth E. Trabue (access required)

Retired Roanoke Circuit Judge Kenneth E. Trabue died May 25. He was 81. Judge Trabue was a judge of the 23rd Circuit from 1978-1995, served terms as chief judge, and was active as a mediator and designated judge for many ...

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Franklin P. Hall (access required)

Former House of Delegates Minority Leader Franklin P. Hall died May 25 after a battle with cancer. He was 76. Gov. Terry McAuliffe praised Mr. Hall as a public servant and as a friend and campaign supporter. “As a delegate, a ...

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VSB Disciplinary Actions (access required)

On May 15, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked the license to practice law of Elizabeth M. Fischer, formerly of Alexandria, for violating professional rules that govern meritorious claims and contentions, candor toward the tribunal, fairness to opposing party ...

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Injured truck driver resolves PI and workers’ comp claims – $831,000 Settlement and $369,619 Settlement (access required)

The plaintiff, a resident of Pittsylvania County, owned and operated a cattle farm and a bed and breakfast after retiring from Pepsi Cola. To earn some extra money, he took a job transporting mail for a private contractor to the ...

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Man diagnosed with blood disorder discharged from hospital – Defense Verdict (access required)

On a Sunday morning in 2009, the 65-year-old decedent presented to the emergency department with symptoms of worsening skin rash, specifically petechiae and purpura (bleeding in the skin) all over his body including his face, scalp and in his mouth. ...

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