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Missed diagnosis of deep venous thrombosis leads to teen’s death – $455,000 settlement (access required)

The decedent was a 17-year-old female who presented to a community hospital emergency department with a history of severe right leg pain and swelling beginning after a surgical abortion performed five days earlier. The emergency room physician did not calculate ...

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Doctors failed to diagnose neck fracture visible on X-ray – $1,350,000 Settlement (access required)

As of December 2012, the plaintiff, 83, was the primary caretaker of his wife of more than 60 years and their mentally challenged adult son. He was a retired Air Force chaplain who had been awarded a Bronze Star for ...

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Surgeon lacerated small bowel, arteries during hysterectomy – $650,000 Verdict (access required)

The plaintiff, 45, was an administrative specialist with a top secret clearance employed at a U.S. defense intelligence center in Charlottesville when she suffered “atypical complex hyperplasia,” a female endometrial abnormal condition marked by excessive bleeding, cramping and pain. The ...

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Man diagnosed with blood disorder discharged from hospital – Defense Verdict (access required)

On a Sunday morning in 2009, the 65-year-old decedent presented to the emergency department with symptoms of worsening skin rash, specifically petechiae and purpura (bleeding in the skin) all over his body including his face, scalp and in his mouth. ...

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Plaintiff claimed cardiologist failed to diagnose impending heart failure – Defense Verdict (access required)

In 2002, plaintiff was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, likely viral, and ventricular tachycardia. Echocardiography showed an ejection fraction of 25 percent or less, indicating severe disease. An AICD was placed, and plaintiff was prescribed medications including an ace inhibitor and beta ...

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Patient with history of sleep apnea died during surgical recovery – Defense Verdict (access required)

The decedent, 63, underwent a five-hour back surgery (laminectomy and fusion) on March 23, 2009, at Inova Fairfax Hospital. Her medical history was significant for obesity, severe obstructive sleep apnea, renal failure, congestive heart failure, hypertension and diabetes. The defendant ...

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Spinal operation performed at wrong level, further surgery required – $1,000,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff, age 44, was married, a father of three young children and employed full time in a position that required travel across Virginia. He had a long history of minor neck pain for which he underwent conservative treatments, physical therapy ...

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Judges open new doors for patients in hospital lawsuits (access required)


Newport News judges have been giving patients new access to hospital data – both medical and business records – in connection with their medical malpractice lawsuits. Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman Jr. of Newport News says he won rulings in April ...

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