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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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Plaintiff Gets Training Materials, Reports (access required)

Recognizing a split among Virginia circuit courts, an Abingdon U.S. District Court magistrate judge grants plaintiff’s motion to compel production of hospital training materials and incident reports in a lawsuit involving decedent’s fatal fall after his bed sensor was turned ...

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Laceration of artery during surgery led to amputation – $1,500,000 Settlement (access required)

This case involved the inadvertent laceration of the popliteal artery during knee surgery that eventually required amputation of the patient’s leg. The plaintiff was a 52-year-old woman who underwent revision of a right total knee replacement on Sept. 13, 2010. ...

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Woman died from blood clot after spinal surgery – Defense verdict (access required)

Plaintiff’s decedent was a 31-year-old woman admitted to the hospital on Aug. 9, 2007, for spine surgery. While in the pre-operative holding area, she was found to have deep venous thrombosis (DVT) involving three vessels in her right lower leg. ...

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Ruptured artery led to amputation of woman’s leg – Defense Verdict (access required)

This case arose after the plaintiff fell while walking down a sidewalk. EMS was called and plaintiff was taken to the hospital. Both the EMS provider and the treating emergency physician noted a normal neurovascular exam and bilateral pulses in ...

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Plaintiff claimed unauthorized practice of medicine to avoid the cap – Defense Verdict (access required)

James Planicka, DDS, suffered a severe heart attack in 2005 at age 65, after which he received an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). In May 2010, at age 70, he presented to Inova Fairfax Hospital for replacement of the ICD generator. ...

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Experts: Obstetrician should have discussed shoulder dystocia risks – $900,000 Settlement (access required)

In 2004, plaintiff began receiving prenatal care. During the course of prenatal care, the history, physical examinations, and tests showed the plaintiff had an increased risk for encountering shoulder dystocia during a vaginal delivery, including but not limited to, excessive ...

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Child with asthma negligently diagnosed and treated for Cystic Fibrosis – $2,000,000 Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff, a 15-year-old male with mild persistent asthma, was negligently diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (“CF”) and pancreatic insufficiency (“PI”) at the age of five, and treated for the diseases until shortly before his 13th birthday. His diagnoses were never properly ...

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