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Biopsy tissue mix-up led to unnecessary mastectomy – $1,780,000 Settlement (access required)

The plaintiff, a 53-year-old woman, began experiencing pain and tenderness in her right breast in November 2011. A mammogram revealed scattered fibroglandular elements within the breast parenchyma. A targeted ultrasound revealed a solid nodule that could “represent either an intramammary ...

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Man struck by vehicle asked for $500K policy-limit settlement – $3,000,000 Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff and five other individuals were walking across Virginia Avenue in Henry County when the defendant struck two individuals, including the plaintiff. The road consisted of five lanes with the center lane being a turn-only lane to be used by ...

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Failure to perform surgery led to organ failure, death – $1,150,000 Settlement (access required)

A 49-year-old woman with a history of having undergone gastric bypass surgery approximately one year prior presented to the emergency department with 10/10 abdominal pain and a recent history of nausea and vomiting. She was given pain and anti-nausea medication ...

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Plaintiff’s husband made turn into oncoming traffic – $493,000 Settlement (access required)

A 74-year-old woman was a passenger in her husband’s vehicle. The plaintiff’s husband made a left-hand turn in front of oncoming traffic, which caused a collision. Injuries included a subarachnoid hemorrhage, loss of consciousness, open wound of scalp, forehead, knee, ...

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Perforation during catheter placement results in death – $578,500 Settlement (access required)

Decedent was 60 years old with five adult children, none of whom was financially dependent.  She had a number of co-morbidities including diabetes, congestive heart failure, hypertension, end stage renal failure, pulmonary edema and morbid obesity. Decedent, however, lived independently ...

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Infant diagnosed with cerebral palsy, intellectual disability – Defense Verdict (access required)

This case involved a nearly full term girl born on Oct. 24, 2005. The baby was admitted to the newborn nursery. She had no root reflex and problems breast feeding on Oct. 25. She was discharged home on Oct. 26. ...

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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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