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Workers' Comp – Occupational Disease – Carpal Tunnel (313401) (access required)

Based on our decision in Perdue Farms Inc. v. McCutchan, 21 Va. App. 65 (1995), a woman is entitled to workers’ comp benefits after she developed acute carpal tunnel syndrome from her work on an assembly line lifting bags of ...

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Workers' Comp – Occupational Disease – Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (access required)

Based upon our holding in Perdue Farms Inc. v. McCutchan, 21 Va. App. 65 (1995), and upon the diagnoses of two physicians in this case, we conclude that a claimant who has worked for employer as a certified nursing assistant ...

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Criminal – Murder Of Wife – Evidence Of Another Suspect (313433) (access required)

Domestic Relations Waiver Of Spousal Support – Negotiations For The trial court did not err in refusing to enforce the parties’ handwritten agreement in which the wife agreed to waive spousal support in exchange for the husband paying her college ...

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Workers' Comp – Occupational Disease – Carpal Tunnel (313449) (access required)

A woman who worked for a clothing manufacturer ironing and steaming garments at the rate of one garment every two minutes is entitled to benefits for her occupational disease of carpel tunnel syndrome. Award affirmed. Craig Mfg. Co. v. Bradfield ...

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Evidence – Other Crimes – Sodomy – Abduction With Intent To Defile (access required)

Upon rehearing en banc, defendant’s convictions of abduction with the intent to defile and forcible sodomy are affirmed, and the stay of this court’s mandate is lifted for the reasons set forth in the panel’s majority opinion of March 14, ...

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Workers' Comp – Causation – Lifting Vulcanizer (access required)

Although the medical record showed that claimant had been doing heavy lifting over a three-day period prior to his back injury, that report is not inconsistent with claimant’s account, supported by claimant’s co-worker and claimant’s report to his employer, that ...

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Search & Seizure – Entry To Secure Premises – Cocaine Distribution (access required)

Police did not violate defendant’s constitutional rights by entering his apartment to secure the premises after his arrest for the sale of cocaine. Because defendant had produced a large amount of drugs on short notice by an undercover officer, and ...

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Unemployment Comp – Willful Misconduct – Reading Note To Supervisor (access required)

The Circuit Court did not err in upholding the Virginia Employment Commission’s conclusion that claimant was not barred from collecting unemployment comp because of an incident in which she opened and read a note attached to a gift to her ...

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Insurance – Arbitration – Property Damage Claims – Retroactivity (access required)

A 1994 Virginia statute that mandates arbitration of automobile physical-damage property claims does not apply retroactively to an automobile accident that happened prior to the statute’s effective date, July 1, 1994, and an arbitration award under the statute is vacated. ...

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