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Plaintiff injured by falling window valance in hotel room – $400,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff, a 55-year-old flight attendant trainee, was a guest of the defendant hotel when a 40-pound wood valance and drapes in her room fell upon her. Plaintiff alleged that the heavy wood valance was improperly secured into the drywall only, ...

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Red light violation notice is not a summons, judge rules – Case dismissed (access required)

The defendant was issued a red light camera citation under the PhotoSafe camera program at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Oyster Point Road in Newport News. The case was dismissed due to language in authorizing statute (Code § 15.2-968.1(H)) ...

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Dec action dismissed as part of police shooting settlement – $300,000 Settlement (access required)

This case arose out of the shooting of Patricia Cook by Officer Daniel Harmon-Wright of the Culpeper Police Department. Cook’s husband qualified as administrator of her estate, and sued Harmon-Wright for wrongful death. That case was stayed pending Harmon-Wright’s criminal ...

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Jury: FAA doctor not liable for failure to diagnose prostate cancer – Defense Verdict (access required)

This medical malpractice case involved allegations of delayed diagnosis of prostate cancer. The plaintiff is a successful real estate developer and former state government official. He alleged that the defendant practice group’s physician was negligent in failing to diagnose his ...

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Two family members killed in Interstate collision – $4,550,000 Settlement and $2,000,000 Settlement (access required)

Decedents, a 71-year-old driver and her 17-year-old female passenger, were in an automobile traveling on the Interstate, when the car directly ahead became disabled and slowed in order to exit onto the shoulder of the highway.  The decedent driver, a ...

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Adult children deemed beneficiaries in wrongful death settlement – $635,000 Settlement (access required)

On March 5, 2013, the 79-year-old decedent was driving south toward Harrisonburg on Route 11. At the same time, defendant was driving a poultry litter delivery truck for his employer, headed north on Route 11. Defendant suddenly drove off the ...

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Disabled student thrown from bus wheelchair ramp – $110,000 Settlement (access required)

On Jan. 13, 2012, the 22-year-old plaintiff, who is disabled with cerebral palsy, was injured when two Henrico County Public School bus attendants attempted to remove him from the school’s handicapped bus by utilizing the bus’s lift. The attendants got ...

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