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Carrier reverses denial of ERISA benefits during appeal – $947,394 Settlement (Administrative Appeal) (access required)

The claimant was a network planner/installer who was injured in a surfing accident in August 2014 when he fractured one of his cervical vertebrae. He then developed chronic, debilitating pain. He applied for disability benefits through his employer’s ERISA governed ...

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Juror misconduct was alleged in med-mal trial – Defense Verdict (access required)

This medical malpractice trial involved the death of a patient after an arrest and code during an upper endoscopy.  Plaintiff alleged that the defendants were negligent in their pre-procedure planning, performance of the sedation and endoscopy, and that the resuscitative ...

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Defense admitted negligence, but claimed cell phone use by plaintiff (access required)

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, at approximately 1:19 p.m. Cathy Skeeters was driving a 2013 Chevrolet Impala southbound on Route 35 in Sussex County. Skeeters approached the intersection of Route 626, a 1995 Western S Tractor, with trailer, owned by ...

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Man died during series of tests set by cardiologist – Defense Verdict (access required)

Jody Houston, a 54-year-old avid kayaker and stock trader, presented to the defendant cardiologist on March 25, 2013, with a history of chest pain for two months, gastric reflux, high cholesterol, a lifetime of cigarette smoking, and an abnormal EKG ...

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Coverage issues complicate worker’s comp settlement (access required)

The claimant, an employee of A, a contractor, fell from a height. Discovery, motions, a change in venue, and joinder and dismissal of various parties occasioned by added defenses delayed a hearing. In the course of the litigation Nationwide, insurer ...

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Testimony of ‘medical certainty’ was issue in med-mal appeal – $1,700,000 Verdict (access required)

This case was previously reported back in March 2015. There were numerous post-trial motions filed, most of which dealing with the issue of whether or not a treating physician was limited in the testimony he could provide at the trial ...

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Nurse failed to tell surgeon that patient called him with post-op complaints – $1,850,000 Verdict (access required)

A 62-year-old female had blood work done to evaluate an inflamed tick bite. Testing showed elevated liver function results. Further investigation lead to a discovery of a large gallstone. Surgery was recommended and was performed in September 2012 in Fredericksburg. ...

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Commercial truck crossed lines, hit couple on scooter (access required)

Plaintiff passenger and her boyfriend (plaintiff driver) were riding on a scooter on a divided two-lane road in Virginia Beach when an 18-wheeler refrigerator commercial truck crossed the double yellow lines around the bend in the road, striking the plaintiffs. ...

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