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Plaintiff suffered complications after gynecological surgery – Defense Verdict (access required)

The 39-year-old plaintiff sought treatment from the defendant gynecologist on May 18, 2004, for complaints of pelvic pain, dyspareunia and urinary frequency. Plaintiff had a previous history of hysterectomy, pelvic adhesions, lysis of pelvic adhesions, childhood sexual abuse and a ...

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Dudley J. Emick Jr. (access required)

Retired Botetourt County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Judge Dudley J. “Buzz” Emick Jr. of Daleville died Oct. 26. He was 75. A former state delegate and senator, Judge Emick served 11 years on the J&DR bench before retiring in 2004. ...

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Tourniquet remained on patient’s leg throughout surgery – $270,000 Settlement (access required)

The plaintiff, a 20-year-old university student, was involved in an automobile accident that resulted in a right humeral fracture and brachial artery injury resulting in a pulseless arm. He was admitted to the hospital for trauma surgery in May 2012, ...

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Nurse injured in auto accident unable to return to job – $3,600,000 Settlement (access required)

The plaintiff was a 55-year-old woman traveling to her home in Isle of Wight in August 2011.  As she approached an intersection with a green light, the defendant was traveling in the opposite direction in the southbound lane in a ...

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Plaintiff claims surgeon used outdated procedure – Defense Verdict (access required)

The 71-year-old plaintiff underwent a laparascopic cholecystectomy on May 21, 2008, for acute and chronic cholecystitis (inflammation of the gall bladder) and gall stones (cholelithiasis). Intra-operatively, the defendant surgeon found a severely taut and inflamed gall bladder. Otherwise, the surgery ...

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Inadequate oxygenation led to permanent brain injury – $1,700,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff was an independent and healthy 27-year-old who was injured in a car accident in December 2011, and underwent surgery for multiple orthopedic injuries. Plaintiff tolerated the surgery well. At the close of the surgery, plaintiff exhibited airway difficulties following ...

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Tractor-trailer struck vehicle stopped on bridge during snowstorm – $720,000 Verdict (access required)

The plaintiff was traveling on I-64 eastbound near the Queens Creek Bridge during a heavy snowstorm. There was an accident on the bridge in front of the plaintiff. The plaintiff was able to bring his vehicle to a stop. The ...

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Plaintiff’s ureteral injury was a known risk of hysterectomy, expert testified – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff, a 48-year-old woman, underwent a hysterectomy on Nov. 30, 2009, for complaints of long-standing severe pain and dysfunctional bleeding with her menstrual cycle. The surgery was performed by two experienced surgeons employed by the defendant, an obstetrical/ gynecological practice. ...

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Nursing facility failed to monitor patient’s Coumadin therapy – $290,000 Settlement (access required)

The decedent, a 73-year-old woman, fell at home, breaking her leg and ankle. The injuries required hospitalization and surgical repair. Her orthopedic surgeon ordered anti-coagulation therapy/Coumadin (5mg/day) to start on post-op day number three, which was the day she was ...

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VSB Disciplinary Actions (access required)

Effective Sept. 15, a three-judge Richmond Circuit Court panel suspended the law license of Kenneth W. Paciocco of Richmond for three years for violating professional rules that govern communication, safekeeping property and misconduct. ** On Sept. 23, the Virginia State ...

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