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Doc delayed testing despite symptoms, history – $2,000,000 Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff is a 45-year-old husband and father of four young children. He is a professional who earns an excellent living for his family. In 2010, plaintiff presented to his primary care provider with stomach pain and gastrointestinal problems. He had ...

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Patient with breathing problems died after hospital discharge – $2,475,000 Verdict (access required)

The plaintiff proved to a nine-member jury that on Sept. 1, 2011, Virginia Hospital Center negligently discharged the decedent, Jill Decker, with an impaired respiratory status and low O2 levels. Decedent, age 78, was a patient at VHC for wrist ...

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Unnecessary back surgery resulted in chronic pain – $1,000,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff alleged unnecessary spinal surgery employing 22 medical devices in an anterior-posterior three-level fusion. Plaintiff’s experts, two orthopedic surgeons, were anticipated to testify that the surgery was unsupported by clinical findings, history and imaging, which indicated mild degenerative changes and ...

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Plaintiff claimed permanent leg injury from skin cancer – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff was treated at defendant’s dermatology practice from 2005 to 2010 for leg ulcerations, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. Defendant performed multiple biopsies, injections, ED&Cs and eventually Mohs procedures. Plaintiff alleged that defendant’s failure to diagnose and provide ...

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Hospital Ordered to Provide Discovery (access required)

After two hearings on a hospital’s claims of privilege, a Newport News Circuit Court orders the hospital to provide patient’s counsel all internal “factual investigation, witness interview notes and correspondence” authored by the hospital and not counsel, responsive to patient’s ...

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Hip surgery patient claimed she was not informed of nerve injury risk – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff, a 64-year-old woman, underwent right total hip arthroplasty in 2008 with the defendant orthopedic surgeon and suffered a sciatic nerve injury resulting in foot drop. Prior to the 2008 surgery, the patient had undergone several procedures, including spine surgery ...

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Stiffer spinal brace would have prevented surgery, plaintiff claimed – Defense Verdict (access required)

On Nov. 29, 2005, the plaintiff was involved in a single car accident, after which she was brought to the emergency department at Smyth County Community Hospital. Imaging studies showed a mild compression fracture of T-12. The patient was admitted ...

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Despite diagnosis of brain swelling, patient not referred to surgeon – $4,000,000 Verdict (access required)

This case arose from medical care provided to the plaintiff at INOVA Mt. Vernon Rehabilitation Hospital by defendant doctor from Sept. 14 to Oct. 9, 2010. Plaintiff contended that he is now permanently blind because, while under defendant’s care, he ...

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Undiagnosed mass caused sudden death of 1-year-old – Defense Verdict (access required)

Decedent was born on May 11, 2011. The defendant pediatricians treated her from her first day of life and saw her regularly in the office over the next 12 months for routine wellness checks and sick visits. At three months ...

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Court Orders Discovery of Risk Management Reports (access required)

A Newport News Circuit Court orders defendant hospital to produce to a patient certain risk management records and audit trail records, and also orders the patient not to disseminate her own medical records outside of the litigation. The court denies ...

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