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Cause of defendant’s behind-the-wheel blackout questioned – $1,150,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff was driving on High Street in Portsmouth when the defendant, who was driving in the scope of his employment, crossed over the center line striking the plaintiff’s vehicle. The defendant contended that he had an unforeseen medical emergency causing ...

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Plaintiff claims ovarian cancer spread due to surgical procedure – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff was a 44-year-old postmenopausal woman who was referred to the defendant OB/GYN on Dec. 15, 2009, for complaints of right-sided pelvic pain. A pelvic ultrasound revealed a nearly 12 cm complex solid mass in the area of her right ...

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Patient suffered burns during unsupervised smoke break – $1,280,000 Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff was a wheelchair-bound nursing home patient who suffered from psychosis, left side paralysis due to a stroke, a fractured left hip, total left arm contractors, a bad back, left side neuropathy, impaired field of vision and partial immobility. He ...

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Jury rewards verdict in excess of auto insurance coverage – $350,000 Verdict (access required)

The plaintiff, who was 38 at the time of the accident, was stopped at a stop light when she was struck from behind by an elderly driver. The plaintiff suffered a torn patella tendon that was not diagnosed until three ...

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Diagnosis of gastric band slippage at issue in med-mal action – Defense Verdict (access required)

On Nov. 18, 2008, the patient presented to the emergency room at Lewis Gale Hospital in Salem with complaints of sudden vomiting, chest pains and abdominal pains after eating a piece of banana. She was an obese patient who had ...

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Delay in treatment led to vision loss, plaintiff claims – $1,100,000 Settlement (access required)

On Sept. 22, 2009, the plaintiff was seen by the defendant neuro-opthalmologist for evaluation.  The plaintiff reported a history of approximately six months of intermittent bilateral blurred vision and the acute onset of flashes of light bilaterally, which would encompass ...

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Mug shot publication listed wrong charges under plaintiff’s photo – $22,000 Verdict (access required)

On March 20, 2012, Shenandoah Crime Times published the plaintiff’s mug shot and alleged criminal charge, which read: “JAMES SUDDARTH, POSSESS, TRANSPORT FIREARMS BY CONVICTED FELONS X 2; DISCHARGE OF FIREARM IN OCCUPIED BUILDING; RECKLESS HANDLING OF FIREARM CPD.” The ...

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Both parties claimed to have right-of-way in auto accident – $100,000 Verdict (access required)

The plaintiff was traveling westbound in the left through lane of E. Little Creek Road in Norfolk with a claim of a solid green light. Defendant was traveling eastbound on the same road, attempting to exercise a U-turn from the ...

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Family doctor failed to investigate patient’s elevated liver enzymes – $950,000 Settlement (access required)

The defendant was the primary care physician for the plaintiff’s decedent for approximately 12 years. During that 12-year period, the decedent saw the defendant more than 40 times, and underwent more than 20 separate blood studies. Each study showed elevated ...

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