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Tag Archives: Lynchburg Circuit Court

Woman had bad headache, later suffered aneurysm and died – Defense Verdict (access required)

Decedent presented to Lynchburg General Hospital’s emergency department on July 19, 2013, complaining of “one of the worst headaches” she had ever experienced. Decedent’s symptoms in­cluded a week-long head­ache unaffected by over-the-counter medication, dizziness upon standing, nausea, and vomiting. Decedent’s ...

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Med-Mal Plaintiff Sues for Negligent Credentialing (access required)

A Lynchburg Circuit Court says a plaintiff suing for medical malpractice by defendant physician also has stated a claim for negligent credentialing and privileging with allegations that he reasonably relied on defendant’s credentialing process and that such reliance caused him ...

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Patient’s Rights Statute Supports Negligence Per Se (access required)

In a psychiatric patient’s suit alleging sexual assault by a hospital staff member, the Lynchburg Circuit Court overrules defendant hospital’s demurrers and holds that plaintiff has stated a claim under the Virginia Consumer Protection Act and a claim for negligence ...

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Young man fell to his death after deck rail broke off – $900,000 Settlement (access required)

On Jan. 17, 2014, the decedent, Peter Thornton and his girlfriend, were invited guests at the residence of Brian Landergan. The residence was owned by Landergan’s parents. Just after midnight on Jan. 18, 2014, Thornton and Landergan walked out of ...

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How to win cases and influence damages (access required)

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The Supreme Court of Virginia had mostly good news this month for lawyers seeking damages in state courts. The court opened doors for disgruntled consumers and removed one possible hurdle for litigants seeking punitive damages. The court also made it ...

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Nuclear energy company sought royalties owed under agreement – $16,075,000 Verdict (access required)

Areva alleged that the Babcock & Wilcox Companies owed it money pursuant to a 2004 sub-license of a nuclear technology agreement. Under that agreement, B & W was supposed to pay Areva a 4 percent royalty on contracts it obtained ...

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Plaintiff became legally blind following heart surgery – Defense Verdict (access required)

On Sept. 29, 2010, plaintiff presented to the emergency department complaining of shortness of breath and chest pain. After an echocardiogram and cardiac catheterization confirmed a prior myocardial infarction and severe coronary artery disease, a decision was made to take ...

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Defendant may have pleaded too much in nude photo lawsuit (access required)

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A professional photographer may have overplayed his hand responding to accusations he published online nude photos to harass a model turned soccer coach. Last month, a Lynchburg federal judge dismissed the photographer’s counterclaims and refused to trim the coach’s lawsuit, ...

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Catheter came loose during dialysis, causing stroke, death – $1,700,000 Settlement (access required)

The decedent was a 33-year-old mother of three minor children who went for dialysis therapy at the University of Virginia Health System Dialysis Center in Amherst. During the dialysis treatment, a catheter was used to remove blood from the decedent, ...

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