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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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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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