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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)

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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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Six-week-old infant died after sepsis went undiagnosed – $950,000 Settlement (access required)

A six-week-old infant was admitted with a one-week history of projectile vomiting and an ultrasound consistent with the diagnosis of pyloric stenosis. Pyloric stenosis most often occurs between two to eight weeks of age; it is a postnatal thickening of ...

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Woman died from severe blood loss after childbirth – Defense Verdict (access required)

The decedent was a 33-year-old pregnant woman who presented to a hospital on Nov. 4, 2007, at 41 and 6/7 weeks with ruptured membranes and mild contractions. The defendant obstetrician ordered the administration of pitocin to stimulate labor. Later that ...

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Patient had fatal seizure after receiving anesthesia – Defense Verdict (access required)

Decedent, a 50-year-old woman, was scheduled to undergo shoulder surgery at an outpatient surgery center. The defendant anesthesiologist planned to provide a regional interscalene block with general anesthesia. He performed the block by administering 40cc of 2 percent mepivacaine (or ...

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Patient’s health declined within first week of facility stay – $1,250,000 Settlement (access required)

Decedent, a 76-year-old woman, was admitted to a skilled and long-term care facility where she was to undergo physical therapy following hospitalization for aggravation of a pre-existing compression fracture in her spine. Upon admission, she was noted to be alert ...

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Identity of driver at issue in wrongful death case – $1,880,385 Verdict (access required)

This wrongful death litigation arose out of a single-vehicle accident that occurred at approximately 6:00 a.m. on Feb. 10, 2013. Ikeyia Jones, age 18, was killed after being ejected from a speeding car that struck the brick wall of Blandford ...

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Decedent hit by tractor-trailer while turning into driveway – $2,300,000 Settlement (access required)

The decedent, a 51-year-old male, suffered fatal injuries in a motor vehicle accident that occurred on a two-lane highway. The decedent was driving an automobile that was in the process of making a left tum into a driveway. The defendant, ...

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Beneficiaries needn’t apply settlement cash to medical bills – $250,000 Settlement (access required)

On Aug. 1, 2013, decedent was a pedestrian crossing Chain Bridge Road at its intersection with Laughlin Avenue in a marked crosswalk with a walk signal when she was hit by a vehicle driven by the defendant. At the time ...

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