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Diabetic lost full use of hand after mole removal surgery – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff, a diabetic, was referred to the defendant for diagnosis and treatment of a bleeding mole on her right index finger. Defendant diagnosed the mole as a pyogenic granuloma and excised it on June 17, 2011. Defendant did not prescribe ...

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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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Plaintiff claimed she experienced allergic reaction to Doripenem – Defense Verdict (access required)

On Oct. 30, 2009, the plaintiff was admitted to Memorial Hospital of Martinsville under the care of the defendant family practice due to spreading cellulitis of the face. At the time of her admission, the plaintiff informed hospital staff that ...

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Small intestine perforated during gynecological surgery – Defense Verdict (access required)

In August 2010, plaintiff, a 47-year-old financial analyst with the Department of Defense, saw the defendant gynecologist for longstanding pelvic pain due to uterine fibroids. A laparoscopic hysterectomy was planned. On Nov. 3, 2010, the defendant started the laparoscopic procedure ...

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Docs’ records contradicted plaintiff’s version of events – Defense Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff underwent an ACL reconstruction with a hamstring graft. Afterwards, plaintiff presented to defendants’ office for her post-operative visit. Plaintiff alleged that she told defendants of a fever, chills, pain and nausea. Defendants denied any mention of fever or chills. ...

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Woman died from heart disease six days after hospitalization – Motion to Strike Granted (access required)

The decedent was a 28-year-old female who presented to the emergency department of Sentara CarePlex Hospital on Feb. 1, 2011, shortly after midnight. She complained of having developed episodes of sharp subscapular chest pain (lasting about five minutes) earlier that ...

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Trauma patient’s hand became purple and swollen after IV infiltration – Defense Verdict (access required)

On May 25, 2009, the 20-year-old plaintiff was involved in a major auto accident in Winchester. Plaintiff’s boyfriend and driver of the car in which she was a passenger died at the scene. Plaintiff was pulled from the burning wreckage ...

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Use of intubation during a Code Blue at issue in med-mal case – Defense Verdict (access required)

The patient was a 68-year-old male with a history of hypertension, a half-pack per day smoking habit, hypertensive heart disease, GERD, alcoholism and colon polyps. He presented to the hospital on Aug. 8, 2011, for a colectomy and subtotal and ...

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