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Plaintiff suffered multiple orthopedic injuries in I-81 head-on crash – $1,300,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff, a 49-year-old woman, was driving southbound on I-81 for work when the defendant’s decedent left the northbound lanes of I-81, crossed the median, entered the southbound lanes, and collided head-on with the plaintiff’s vehicle. Decedent, a beloved schoolteacher in ...

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Witnesses supported claim that rear lights were obstructed – $800,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff was traveling home after visiting with his wife in a local hospital. On his way home, defendant was operating a farm use truck on a dark country four-lane highway. Plaintiff’s car struck the rear of the farm truck at ...

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Experts: Steroids would not have prevented progression of lung disease – Defense Verdict (access required)

On June 25, 2010, plaintiff’s decedent, a 49-year-old female who worked as a computer systems analyst making $175,000 per year, presented to the defendant rheumatologist for diagnosis and treatment of a persistent forearm rash, aching joints, shortness of breath and ...

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Man jailed for intoxication not immediately treated for seizures – $2,700,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff was arrested for public intoxication and taken to a regional jail, to be released upon his own recognizance once sober. Several hours after being booked and while still in custody, plaintiff began experiencing seizures consistent with alcohol withdrawal. Over ...

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Plaintiff did not follow up after abnormal X-ray in 2009 – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff, 49, had been treated by various physicians at the defendant clinic since at least 1999 for recurrent sinusitis, upper respiratory infections and allergic rhinitis. He presented to the defendant doctor in December 2009 for an annual physical. The physical ...

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Despite slow fetal heart rate, labor allowed to continue for 8 hours – $1,300,000 Settlement (access required)

A young pregnant mother presented to her doctor at 37 weeks gestation with complaints of contractions. Fetal movement was noted to be absent and persistent fetal bradycardia was observed. The patient was sent to labor and delivery by ambulance for ...

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Specialist performed outdated procedure, rendering plaintiff infertile – $450,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff was a 34-year-old woman who had been trying with her husband to have a baby for about eight years. Plaintiff had been pregnant five times, and miscarried each time in the first trimester. An MRI was performed, which showed ...

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Rehab hospital patient was at risk due to cognitive deterioration – $1,150,000 Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff’s decedent was 69 years old, working successfully as a stockbroker and independent in all activities of daily living. On Nov. 1, 2010, the decedent was admitted to the hospital with complaints of double vision, dizziness and unsteady gait. Although ...

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Third party texting liability at issue in wrongful death case – $1,000,000 Settlement (access required)

In March 2013, the 30-year-old decedent, a Virginia resident, was lawfully operating his motorcycle with the right of way on a Maryland roadway, traveling at about 40 to 45 miles per hour (below the posted 50 mile per hour speed ...

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Vehicle rear-ended stopped tractor-trailer at 70 mph – $375,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff was behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer that was stopped for traffic in Warren County when he was struck from behind by the defendant. Defendant was driving a vehicle, owned by Breeden Mechanical, which struck the back of the ...

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