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Doctor injury spinal nerve during biopsy – $1.85 Million Verdict (access required)

The case involved a 33-year-old woman who underwent a lymph node biopsy in August 2011. During the procedure, the defendant ENT doctor transected the plaintiff’s spinal accessory nerve, causing permanent atrophy and paralysis of the trapezius muscle with significant pain, ...

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Man fell on converted ramp at hardware store – $280,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff was awarded total disability from the Railroad Retirement Board in 1998 for degenerative spine disease weakness, pain of his right shoulder and gout. Plaintiff entered the defendants’ hardware store from a public entrance and slipped and fell on a ...

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Recent legislative changes on spousal support law

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By Anne L. Roddy There are three important takeaway points for domestic relations lawyers from recent legislation – two bills from the 2018 General Assembly session and one from Congress: If you want spousal support to be non-modifiable, state that affirmatively in your agreements. Effective ...

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Workers’ Comp Settlement is second largest ever – $3.9 Million Settlement (access required)

Claimant is a 42-year-old quadriplegic as a result of a fall from a second story balcony. Claimant lives at home by himself in a rental house. He has no contact with any family members and requires 24/7 home health care ...

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Man stepped on unsecured water meter cover – $205,000 Settlement (access required)

Plaintiff stepped on an unsecured water meter cover. Her foot fell through resulting in surgery to re-attach the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th metatarsal bones that had separated from the tarsal bones. Fairfax Water initially denied the claim, stating lack ...

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Doctor’s reconstruction surgery didn’t cause later complications – Defense Verdict (access required)

At age 3, plaintiff had a facial tumor removed from the right side of his face. As a result, the growth centers of his face were altered resulting in the right side being smaller. He had numerous surgeries over the ...

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