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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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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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