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Chesterfield County Circuit Court

Jul 13, 2015

Plaintiff claims timelier procedure would have prevented brain injury – Defense Verdict

This case involved a 39-year-old married police officer with two young sons. For a few weeks, the decedent had been struggling with headaches that had caused him to come home from work early on several occasions. The headaches were accompanied by some nausea and vomiting. He had visited his primary care physician and was prescribed […]

May 11, 2015

Chesterfield residents involved in single-car wreck in Arizona – $20,173 Verdict

The Spanish-speaking plaintiff was injured in a single-vehicle accident that occurred in Arizona. Both parties live in Chesterfield County. Plaintiff was taken by ambulance to the emergency room. He received no follow-up treatment. [15-T-050]   Type of action: Personal injury – auto accident Injuries alleged: Soft tissue injuries to neck, back and chest Name of […]

Feb 6, 2015

Lawyer owes $600k for botched will

A Richmond lawyer and his firm are on the hook for a $603,409.90 bequest that should have gone to the Richmond Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, under a judge’s ruling last month in a legal malpractice case. The lawyer – Richmond’s James B. Thorsen – prepared a will that failed to provide […]

Feb 2, 2015

Court ordered insurance carrier to produce adjuster’s notes – $700,000 Settlement

Plaintiff, a 64-year-old female, was walking in a parking lot to her car when she was struck by a vehicle. Plaintiff claimed she was in the marked crosswalk and defendant claimed she was not. Defendant talked to his insurance company the day after the accident, before counsel was retained or a claim had been made. […]

Dec 15, 2014

Truck driver was not permitted to help supplier with loading – $800,000 Settlement

Plaintiff was employed as a supply clerk in Chesterfield. In August 2011, the defendant driver was in the course of his employment as a truck driver for a major national and international intermodal freight transport company, making a pick-up of products in order to make a delivery at a Walmart store in North Carolina. Per […]

Sep 13, 2014

Auto accident complicated prior cervical injuries – $700,000 Settlement

The plaintiff, a 52-year-old female, was exiting a private driveway onto Hull Street Road in Richmond when she claims the defendant ran a red light, thereby striking her vehicle. The defendant denied running the red light. The plaintiff was transported from the scene to VCU Medical Center where she was hospitalized for three days. Six […]

Jul 28, 2014

Elderly wedding guest injured by dance partner – $250,000 Settlement

On June 23, 2012, the 92-year-old plaintiff was injured while attending a wedding reception at a country club in the Richmond area. During the reception the defendant, a local doctor, repeatedly asked the plaintiff to dance. The plaintiff told the defendant that she had no interest in dancing with him. The plaintiff claimed the defendant […]

Mar 28, 2014

Children of same-sex marriages recognized

As Virginia federal courts grapple with the constitutional status of same-sex marriage, a more modest change has come quietly through orders in two Virginia circuit courts that recognize the parentage rights of same-sex couples. Each case resulted in a Virginia birth certificate being issued listing both members of a same-sex marriage as parents of a […]

Mar 2, 2014

Three women injured in red-light rear-ender – $32,400 Verdict; $186,000 Verdict; $185,000 Settlement

The three plaintiffs were in a vehicle stopped at a red light at the intersection of Courthouse Road and Smoketree Drive in Chesterfield County. Defendant, traveling at more than 55 mph, rear-ended the plaintiffs’ vehicle without applying his brakes. Plaintiffs suffered various injuries, including back and neck injuries and injury to the pelvic floor muscles. […]

Feb 20, 2014

Patient died from sepsis after colon resection – Defense Verdict

This case involved a 43-year-old male with a history of recurring diverticulitis who underwent a laparoscopic colon resection performed by the defendant, a board certified colon and rectal surgeon, in March 2006. A colonoscopy performed earlier that month by the defendant revealed fairly extensive diverticulosis of the sigmoid colon and evidence of resolving diverticulitis. The […]

Feb 10, 2014

Defendant fled, then returned to scene after striking bicyclist – $290,000 Settlement

On April 2, 2012, at approximately 8:00 p.m., the plaintiff was riding his bicycle in the direction of traffic on the right-most edge of a two-lane road. The defendant, who had recently turned 18, struck the plaintiff on the rear of the bicycle and fled the accident scene. The defendant returned to the accident scene […]

Jan 24, 2014

Defendant contributed $85K of personal assets to settlement – $385,000 Settlement

Plaintiff, a 47-year-old auto mechanic and divorced father of one, was riding his motorcycle to work on July 17, 2012. The defendant, a 71-year-old retired father of four, stopped at a stop sign and then pulled out without seeing the plaintiff, striking his motorcycle. Plaintiff was thrown from his bike and hospitalized at VCU Medical […]

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