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Patient with breathing problems died after hospital discharge – $2,475,000 Verdict (access required)

The plaintiff proved to a nine-member jury that on Sept. 1, 2011, Virginia Hospital Center negligently discharged the decedent, Jill Decker, with an impaired respiratory status and low O2 levels. Decedent, age 78, was a patient at VHC for wrist ...

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Subcontractor’s mishap caused hydrochloric acid spill – $7,250,000 Settlement (access required)

This litigation involved a June 2011 hydrochloric acid spill at Micron’s Manassas microchip factory. A worker for a Safway subcontractor dropped a scaffolding deck board. The board broke a pipe carrying concentrated hydrochloric acid. More than 4,000 gallons of acid ...

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Court to Rehear ‘Dangling Parking Pass’ Case (Published Order) (access required)

On Sept. 9, 2014, the Court of Appeals granted rehearing en banc in Mason v. Commonwealth, No. 1542-13-2. The court vacated its Aug. 5 split panel opinion [VLW 014-7-246] holding that observing a “dangling object” from a motorist’s rearview mirror ...

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Pedestrian crossed intersection against “don’t walk” signal – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff claimed that as he was crossing the street he was struck by defendant’s pick-up truck, which was making a left turn at the intersection of Cary Street and Auburn Avenue in Richmond’s Carytown. Plaintiff alleged that the pedestrian had ...

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Auto accident complicated prior cervical injuries – $700,000 Settlement (access required)

The plaintiff, a 52-year-old female, was exiting a private driveway onto Hull Street Road in Richmond when she claims the defendant ran a red light, thereby striking her vehicle. The defendant denied running the red light. The plaintiff was transported ...

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Plaintiff claimed permanent leg injury from skin cancer – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff was treated at defendant’s dermatology practice from 2005 to 2010 for leg ulcerations, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. Defendant performed multiple biopsies, injections, ED&Cs and eventually Mohs procedures. Plaintiff alleged that defendant’s failure to diagnose and provide ...

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