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Tractor-trailer rear ends car, kills passenger – $3,500,000 Settlement (access required)

A commercial driver in a tractor-trailer rear-ended a passenger vehicle on Interstate 64 in Norfolk on Dec. 17, 2009. Plaintiff’s decedent was a passenger in the car being operated by a friend who was driving slowly after a tire problem. ...

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Earlier disabilities complicate valuation of injuries to spine – $1,500,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff was stopped in traffic when he was rear-ended by a truck. Prior to the accident, the plaintiff was already disabled with long-term depression and orthopedic issues, and he had very limited part-time employment. Causation of his post-accident condition, and ...

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Mentally retarded woman injured when cab strikes van – $957,250 Settlement (access required)

In July 2008, Tawanda Howard was injured when a Black and White Cab operated by defendant Jorge Roberto Rodriguez struck a van on Military Highway in Chesapeake. Tawanda suffered from mental retardation and cerebral palsy and was disabled before the ...

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Dental malpractice alleged in pain, TMJ disorder – Defense Verdict (access required)

The plaintiff sued his dentist for $1,000,000 alleging that the defendant’s treatment approach, including occlusal adjustments (grinding small bits of teeth enamel to correct bite problems) was negligent and caused him to experience joint problems, pain, sleeplessness and emotional injury. ...

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Patient dies from complications from multiple pressure sores – Confidential Settlement (access required)

This case involved a mandatory arbitration clause in a nursing home contract. Plaintiff’s decedent’s son signed the contract as “responsible party”. The son did not have power of attorney nor had he been appointed legal guardian or conservator. Defendant filed ...

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Woman suffers brain injury from fireworks accident – $4,750,000 Verdict (access required)

Kathryn Hollis, 36 at the time of the incident, was a homemaker attending a Fourth of July fireworks display in 2007 when an aerial “salute” shell —a 3-inch package of flash powder, rice, and cardboard – exploded next to her ...

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Physician fails to report biopsy, woman dies from cervical cancer – $1,400,000 Settlement (access required)

A married mother of two children, age 37, went to her physician for an annual physical. A pap smear revealed human papillomavirus (HPV) and abnormal cells. The physician ordered a Cone Biopsy. The pathology report from the biopsy revealed adenoid ...

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