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Colon surgery error went undiscovered for a week – $1,500,000 Settlement (access required)

Decedent was diagnosed with anal cancer. To provide bowel rest in advance of surgery to remove the tumor, a physician employed by the defendant performed a diverting colostomy. The colostomy could not be fashioned from the descending colon due to ...

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Patient suffered cardiac arrest after transfer to rehab facility – Defense Verdict (access required)

On Sept. 24, 2009, the decedent was admitted to the hospital with a bleeding gastric ulcer. The defendant was her cardiologist and primary care physician. Decedent had a number of co-morbidities on admission, principally deforming rheumatoid arthritis, coronary artery disease, ...

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Gynecologist undertook fistula repair without assistance – $387,000 Verdict (access required)

The plaintiff underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy. During the surgery, the gynecologist improperly utilized blunt dissection as opposed to sharp dissection to isolate the bladder. Sharp dissection was required because of the plaintiff’s history of C-section and endometriosis, as well ...

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Decedent continued to hemorrhage after C-section delivery – $1,000,000 Settlement (access required)

A 19-year-old pregnant woman presented at full term to a community hospital. After several hours of labor and an arrested descent, she was taken shortly after midnight to the operating room for a caesarean section. Approximately 15 minutes following the ...

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VSB Disciplinary Actions (access required)

On June 30, the Virginia State Bar Ninth District subcommittee issued a public reprimand to Carter B. Garrett of Bedford for violating professional rules that govern conflict of interest: former client, and communication with persons represented by counsel. This discipline ...

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James C. Turk (access required)

Senior U.S. District Judge James C. Turk of Radford died July 6 at his home. He was 91. Judge Turk was appointed by President Richard Nixon to the federal bench in 1972. He took senior status in 2002, and continued ...

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Albert M. Orgain IV (access required)

Richmond area aviator and attorney Albert M. Orgain IV died June 27 when the airplane he was piloting crashed in North Carolina. He was 75. A member of Sands, Anderson, Marks and Miller for 43 years, he served as the ...

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Plaintiff’s Jeep caught fire after low-impact accident – $1,400,000+ Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff was operating her 2005 Jeep Liberty in rush hour traffic on Route 7 at the Fairfax/Loudoun County line. Plaintiff’s vehicle was struck in the rear by a Ford Expedition whose driver was checking his email. The collision occurred in ...

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Teen injured in auto accident had previously fractured skull – $1,600,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff was a high school student who was a rear-seat passenger in a vehicle driven by another high school student. The driver, who was speeding, lost control and crashed into a tree. Plaintiff had a previous occipital skull fracture two ...

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