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Contract case tests birth-injury coverage (access required)

The Supreme Court of Virginia has agreed to consider whether a medical malpractice insurance policy covers a doctor’s failure to participate in the Virginia birth injury fund as promised to the mother. The coverage dispute arises out of an emotionally ...

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Surgeon cut wrong duct during gallbladder surgery – Defense Verdict (access required)

On Feb. 5, 2009, the 26-year-old plaintiff was admitted to the hospital after a series of gallbladder attacks. Pre-operative imaging disclosed that the plaintiff had a common bile duct that was 2.9 mm in diameter, but her biliary anatomy was ...

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Heel fracture not diagnosed after auto accident – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff, a 57-year-old male, was involved in a high-speed, head-on motor vehicle accident on Oct. 4, 2006. He was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries, including intra-abdominal bleeding requiring emergency surgery and a bowel resection. Pre-operatively, numerous radiology ...

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Implant became stuck during hip replacement surgery – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff, age 59, underwent left hip replacement surgery with defendant orthopedic surgeon on Oct. 22, 2007. At surgery, the defendant inserted the trial stem implant into the plaintiff’s femur without incident. It advanced to the proper position, i.e., it fully ...

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Surgeon failed to remove appendix during appendectomy – $1,475,000 Settlement (access required)

A 63-year-old male on disability was admitted to the hospital with right lower quadrant pain of three days’ duration. He underwent a CT scan showing a six-centimeter fluid collection posteriorly to the cecum, consistent with abscess/perforated appendix. Given this diagnosis, ...

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Increased Damages OK, New Defendants Barred (access required)

A nonsuited personal injury suit refiled as a wrongful death suit with additional defendants and an increased ad damnum may seek additional damages, but the claims against the additional defendants are time-barred, the Norfolk Circuit Court says. Defendants raise two ...

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Plaintiff argues docs should have recommended a mammogram – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff’s decedent was seen by the providers at the defendant family practice over an approximately 22-year span. This care was episodic and occurred only when the decedent was ill or injured. At no time was the patient ever counseled by ...

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Urologist operated on wrong portion of plaintiff’s kidney – $500,000 Settlement (access required)

A 57-year-old physical therapist had been diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease at age 25. The plaintiff lived a normal life without significant difficulty with her kidneys, experiencing no obstructions, stones or blood in her urine. In the spring of 2009, ...

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