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Plaintiff suffered bowel leak following surgery – $850,000 Settlement (access required)

The plaintiff was a 45-year-old man who had managed the symptoms of diverticulitis conservatively with antibiotics for approximately 10 years. After a severe flare-up that required hospitalization, he was referred to the defendant general surgeon for consideration of sigmoid resection. ...

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Lawyer who served time in prison nets legal malpractice award – $5,750,000 Verdict (access required)

A Fairfax jury of five men and two women awarded plaintiff, Bruce McLaughlin, $5.75 million in his legal malpractice case against the law firm of Shevlin Smith. The case is unique in that McLaughlin prevailed in proving his case within ...

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Claim: Surgical complications led to premature menopause – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff, a 41-year-old woman with a longstanding history of Crohn’s disease, presented in March 2007 to a gynecologist/gynecologic surgeon with reports of left-sided pelvic pain. A recent pelvic ultrasound report provided to the surgeon indicated as part of the patient’s ...

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Plaintiff claimed retained IUD led to years of abdominal pain – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff underwent placement of a Mirena intrauterine device (IUD) at defendant OB/GYN practice in September 2006. On March 29, 2007, she presented to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital emergency department complaining of lower abdominal and pelvic pain. Work-up was negative for ectopic ...

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T-bone crash resulted in knee pain and memory issues – $190,000 Settlement (access required)

The 29-year-old plaintiff was t-boned in an intersection. She suffered bruised patella in the left knee, concussion, memory issues and right knee pain. Defendant was an 83-year-old man. The case settled via negotiations after suit was filed. [13-T-174] Type of ...

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Electrical burn injuries to child net additional settlement – $10,570,001.64 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff was 7 years old at the time that he suffered his injuries. He was playing in his family’s yard in Chesapeake in March 2010 when he came in contact with a communications cable that had been left on his ...

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Jury awards less than half of total medical damages – $8,000 Verdict (access required)

On Nov. 17, 2010, the plaintiff was driving her bicycle eastbound and the defendant was driving his vehicle westbound on W. Brookland Park Blvd. in Richmond. The defendant turned left on 3rd Avenue, but before he could complete the turn, ...

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Complications followed breast reconstruction surgery, plaintiff claimed – Defense Verdict (access required)

In 2006, the plaintiff, a 40-year-old female with a family history of breast cancer, was diagnosed positive for carrying the BRCA-II breast cancer gene. She elected to have prophylactic bilateral mastectomies and two-stage breast reconstruction with implants. She also desired ...

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Plaintiff questioned necessity of biopsy – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff, an attorney, saw her primary care provider after experiencing flu-like symptoms. A chest CT scan showed worrisome mediastinal lymphadenopathy. Plaintiff went to two pulmonologists, who could not tell her the cause of her lymphadenopathy, although both felt that it ...

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