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Man suffered broken hip in head-on collision – $1,175,000 Settlement (access required)

The plaintiff was injured in a motor vehicle collision in Fairfax County. The collision occurred when the defendant driver crossed the double yellow line and hit the plaintiff’s vehicle head-on. The plaintiff suffered a dislocated right hip with a comminuted ...

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Claim: brake lights not working, identity of driver an issue – Defense Verdict (access required)

This rear-end collision occurred at nighttime on Midlothian Turnpike. The defendant was driving a pick-up truck and had been traveling behind the plaintiff’s black sedan for 10 minutes prior to the crash. The defendant testified that he was unfamiliar with ...

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Benefits terminated after definition of disability changed – $488,965 Insurance Benefits (access required)

The claimant was a telephone sales consultant for Intuit Inc. She developed interstitial cystitis (a bladder condition which causes urinary pain, urgency and frequency).  In 2012, she applied for long-term disability benefits under her employer’s ERISA disability plan. Her initial ...

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Back pay awarded in Title VII case, parties settle compensatories – $28,321 Verdict, $55,000 Settlement (access required)

A female deputy at a state correctional center made protected complaints regarding her immediate supervisor’s unwanted sexual advances. The deputy was then terminated after management alleged she had abandoned her post. At trial, the plaintiff argued that her termination was ...

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Woman injured when SUV crashed into bank lobby – $175,000 Verdict (access required)

On Oct. 10, 2012, the 72-year-old defendant was pulling into a parking spot at a local bank when she lost control of her SUV,  jumped the sidewalk and crashed into the bank’s vestibule. The impact occurred just as the plaintiff, ...

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Claimant won ERISA appeal against disability insurer – $262,158 Insurance Benefit (access required)

The claimant was a senior systems analyst who became disabled after struggling with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, de Quervain syndrome (similar to carpal tunnel syndrome) and myriad other related conditions. Her employer’s ERISA long-term disability plan originally approved the claim and ...

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Jury awards full amount of unpaid wages to former jeweler – $185,000 Verdict (access required)

In 2007, long-time jeweler Ralph Brown told his friend, Robert “Buddy” Goodnight, that he was planning to close his jewelry store and retire. Brown told Goodnight a liquidator had given him a value of $483,000 as to what he would ...

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Pedestrian struck when two cars collided at Beach intersection – $875,000 Settlement (access required)

The plaintiff was a pedestrian walking westbound on Virginia Beach Boulevard toward the intersection of Groveland Road on Sept. 4, 2013. The defendant was traveling westbound on Virginia Beach Boulevard and attempted to turn left onto Groveland Road. Upon turning, ...

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Missed diagnosis of deep venous thrombosis leads to teen’s death – $455,000 settlement (access required)

The decedent was a 17-year-old female who presented to a community hospital emergency department with a history of severe right leg pain and swelling beginning after a surgical abortion performed five days earlier. The emergency room physician did not calculate ...

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