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Driver ran stop sign, plaintiff suffered concussion – $175,000 Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff was broad­sided by defendant who ran a stop sign. He had to be extricated from his vehicle but did not suf­fer any life-threatening injury. He was taken to the emergency depart­ment, evaluated and re­leased. He returned sev­eral hours later ...

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Plaintiff sued over gangrene following leg amputation – Defense Verdict (access required)

Suffering from severe and longstand­ing peripheral vascular disease, Mar­tha Aughavin, an active 87-year-old who worked until she was 85, underwent a right below-the-knee amputation with vas­cular surgeon, Stanley Crossland, MD, on March 27, 2011, at Reston Hospital. Cross­land had performed ...

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VSB Disciplinary Action (access required)

On June 29, the Sixth District subcommittee of the Virginia State Bar issued a public reprimand with terms to James W. Hilldrup of Fredericksburg for violating professional rules that govern competence, diligence, communication, bar admission and disciplinary matters, and misconduct. ...

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Hand injury restricted man from working out, resulted in weight gain – $175,000 Settlement (access required)

The plaintiff was a young man who suf­fered injuries to his dominant right hand when he was rear-end­ed on I-495 in heavy Labor Day weekend traffic. At the time of impact, the plaintiff had just finished down-shifting and was moving ...

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VSB Disciplinary Action (access required)

Effective May 27, the Virginia State Bar suspended the license to practice law of Jane K. Eshagpoor of Richmond for two years for violating professional rules that govern diligence, communication, safekeeping property, fairness to opposing party and counsel, and misconduct.

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Patient developed pressure wound during hospital stay – $575,000 Settlement (access required)

The 55-year-old male patient present­ed to a local teaching hospital with altered mental status, gener­alized weakness and shortness of breath. His health history in­cluded end stage renal disease requiring hemodialysis, diabetes, tobacco use, obesity, and hypertension, all of which are ...

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Plaintiff had bile duct injured during operation, suffered permanent scarring – $700,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff, age 50 and disabled, underwent a laparoscopic cholecys­tectomy. During the pro­cedure, the defendant surgeon transected her common bile duct and right common hepatic duct. Plaintiff’s injury was not recognized until 10 days post-op­eratively as she continued to recover in ...

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