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Rehab hospital patient was at risk due to cognitive deterioration – $1,150,000 Verdict (access required)

Plaintiff’s decedent was 69 years old, working successfully as a stockbroker and independent in all activities of daily living. On Nov. 1, 2010, the decedent was admitted to the hospital with complaints of double vision, dizziness and unsteady gait. Although ...

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Third party texting liability at issue in wrongful death case – $1,000,000 Settlement (access required)

In March 2013, the 30-year-old decedent, a Virginia resident, was lawfully operating his motorcycle with the right of way on a Maryland roadway, traveling at about 40 to 45 miles per hour (below the posted 50 mile per hour speed ...

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Repairman killed in fiery head-on collision with drunk driver – $6,350,000 Verdict (access required)

The decedent was driving a flatbed truck loaded with a forklift at 12:30 p.m. when the defendant tried to cross a double solid yellow line and crashed head-on into the decedent’s truck. The truck then exploded into flames. The decedent ...

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No witnesses to accident that killed both drivers – $1,250,000 Settlement (access required)

Decedent was operating his vehicle on a two-lane road. Defendant driver was operating his vehicle on the same road, coming from the opposite direction. The two vehicles collided. Decedent died at the scene, and the defendant driver died at the ...

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Plaintiff claimed seizure medication led to wife’s fatal skin condition – Defense Verdict (access required)

On Jan. 31, 2009, decedent, age 38 and Filipino, suffered an intracerebral hemorrhage at home. She had stopped taking her hypertensive medication because she was breast-feeding at the time. She was airlifted from Reston Hospital to Inova Fairfax, where she ...

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Reversing Course: Supreme Court switches its view on contributory negligence issue (access required)


The Supreme Court of Virginia has reversed itself and restored a $2.5 million wrongful death verdict, revealing disagreement among the justices on two tort law issues. In an Oct. 31 opinion, two justices switched sides on the question of a ...

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Man died after pulmonary embolism went undiagnosed – $1,100,000 Settlement (access required)

On Feb. 4, 2013, decedent presented to his primary care physician with cold symptoms and complaints of shortness of breath, dizziness and left calf pain. He was treated for respiratory infection. Decedent returned three days later with continuing complaints of ...

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