Virginia Lawyers Weekly//March 6, 2023
Virginia Lawyers Weekly//March 6, 2023//
Type of action: Personal injury
Injuries alleged: Premature labor contractions and related complications following an automobile collision
Name of case: Rosel v. Anderson
Court: Loudoun Circuit Court
Case no.: CL22004258
Date resolved: 11/19/2022
Special damages: $45,000 in medical expenses; $3,000 in lost wages
Verdict or settlement: Settlement
Attorney for plaintiff (and city): Matthew C. Perushek, Fairfax
Description of case: The plaintiff was seven months pregnant with her first child. She was driving in Lovettsville, Virginia, when the defendant drove his vehicle through a stop sign at a high rate of speed and hit her. The plaintiff was brought to the hospital to be worked up, and the emergency department detected fetal blood in her bloodstream. She was admitted, and it was discovered that she had a partial placenta abruption and began having premature labor contractions. She was treated for four days, and the hospital was able to stop a premature birth. The plaintiff’s child was born two months later and, luckily, neither the mother nor child suffered any long-term consequences from the accident. The lawsuit was filed, and the case settled with both the defendant’s carrier and the UIM carrier shortly after written discovery was answered.
Plaintiff’s counsel Matthew Perushek provided case information.