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Wrongful death due to delay in lung cancer diagnosis – $2,000,000 Verdict (access required)

This wrongful death action was originally filed as a personal injury suit for failure to diagnose lung cancer. The plaintiff died during the pendency of the case, and it was amended to a wrongful death action, prosecuted by two adult ...

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Court grants summary judgment on liability, damages contested – $1,750,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff, a 41-year-old man, was driving on a rural highway in Hanover County when he was struck broadside by the defendant, who failed to stop at a stop sign. The high-speed collision knocked the plaintiff’s car a short distance off ...

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Tractor-trailer passenger killed in fiery interstate crash – $1,650,000 Settlement (access required)

Decedent was a passenger of a tractor-trailer driven by a fellow employee on Interstate 20 in Lincoln Parish, La., traveling in the left lane at approximately 70 mph. The vehicle was approximately 10-20 yards behind another tractor-trailer, at which time ...

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Claim: Delayed diagnosis of lung cancer led to 27-year-old’s death – $1,250,000 Settlement (access required)

An ER physician missed a mass in the left lung on a chest X-ray performed on Sept. 14, 2006. The reviewing radiologist saw the mass but failed to call the ER physician, or speak with her face to face, regarding ...

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Patient claims earlier surgery would have led to earlier diagnosis – Defense Verdict (access required)

A 32-year-old patient who was 24 weeks pregnant presented to the emergency department with reports of severe abdominal pain, cramping and nausea. She also reported to hospital staff that she had been born with a condition called gastroschisis—a birth defect ...

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Auto accident complications led to second injury, plaintiff claims – $250,000 Settlement (access required)

Defendant driver ran a red light and t-boned the elderly plaintiff. Plaintiff’s injuries included a broken pelvis and wrist. She was hospitalized, then went to rehabilitation. Due to severe pain, the plaintiff had trouble sleeping, so her doctor prescribed Ambien. ...

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Family of attorney killed in hit-and-run settles civil suit – $1,255,000 Settlement (access required)

Roanoke attorney Tom Farrell, 49, was running at 5:45 a.m. when he was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver. The defendant, Jeffrey Young, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and hit-and-run. He was acquitted of all charges by a Roanoke ...

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Stock qualified as ‘family heirloom’ exemption in bankruptcy case – $4,400 Verdict (access required)

This case involved a challenge to a debtor’s Virginia exemption of stock in a company that owned hunting real estate as a “family heirloom.” The issue was whether the stock ownership was a family heirloom and, further, if intangible personal ...

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