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Judge JoAnne F. Alper

Nov 9, 2018

Man hit in crosswalk by city employee – $2 Million Settlement

On Oct. 18, 2016, plaintiff Albert Weadon, then 78 years old, was crossing Mount Vernon Avenue in a marked crosswalk at its intersection with E. Oxford Street in the Del Ray section of Alexandria. Defendant Carol Layer, a City of Alexandria employee acting within the scope of employment, was making a left from E. Oxford […]

Jul 27, 2018

Man died after slipping on black ice – $750,000 Settlement

The decedent lived at an apartment complex owned by the defendant. After a snow storm in March 2017, the parking lot and sidewalks of the property were plowed, and the snow was piled onto the grassy areas of the property. The temperature rose during the day, so the snow melted, and water ran onto the […]

Jun 4, 2018

Man stepped on unsecured water meter cover – $205,000 Settlement

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 of notice and that the loose cover was the result of a third party accessing […]

Apr 18, 2017

Boy, swung by ankles by daycare worker, had fractured skull – $450,000 Settlement

On Dec. 21, 2015, Jack Smedley, a 6-year-old child, was enrolled by his parents in a before and after school program at Tiger Martial Arts. The premises of this daycare center had a surveillance system which captured Justin Branick, for reasons which were never clear, grabbing the plaintiff by his ankles and swinging him over […]

Feb 28, 2017

Woman burned during facial at nail salon – $30,000 Settlement

Plaintiff went into a local nail salon that also offered facial treatments. She decided to treat herself to a facial. The woman giving the facial proceeded to place extremely hot wax on plaintiff’s already irritated skin to give our client a waxing that she did not ask for. This irresponsible action by the technician caused […]

Jan 26, 2015

Doc sues former medical partner for fraudulent conveyance – $590,000 Verdict

The plaintiff, Dr. Raley, joined the defendant, Dr. Haider, in a medical practice from late 2008 through 2009. Plaintiff contended that the defendant promised to make him a co-owner of the practice entity, Minimally Invasive Spine Institute, PLLC (MISI), and that he was then to share in the practice’s expenses while getting paid for all […]

Jan 13, 2015

Court offers guidance on disability act claims

A disabled Arlington resident has struck out in his bid to force his condominium association to provide a handicapped parking space. The Supreme Court of Virginia upheld dismissal of the man’s claims in a Dec. 31 decision that addresses whether the resident and his advocates were seeking an accommodation or a modification under the Virginia […]

Jul 22, 2013

Collision aggravated pre-existing spinal condition – $600,000 Settlement

Plaintiff and his wife were traveling northbound in the right lane of Route 1 in Fredericksburg when defendant, driving a tractor-trailer, pulled out from a truck stop and collided with the right side of plaintiff’s car. The impact aggravated pre-existing conditions in the plaintiff’s cervical and lumbar spinal areas. The cervical injury was the most […]

Mar 26, 2012

Arlington needs judges

Lawyers and county officials in Arlington are pleading for an extra circuit court judge from the General Assembly, where money for judgeships remains tied up in a political showdown. Arlington has four authorized circuit judgeships, but is making do with only two. Even if the Assembly approves current budget proposals from the House and Senate, […]

Dec 13, 2011

Denial of Variance Upheld

An owner who used his property for sale and repair of batteries loses his appeal of a denial of his request for a variance to operate a taxi detailing business, in this case from Arlington County Circuit Court. These two consolidated cases concern a single property located at 1120 N. Jackson in Arlington County. The […]

May 16, 2011

Woman suffers stroke after infertility treatment – $1,500,000 Verdict

Plaintiff suffered a stroke after undergoing in vitro fertilization therapy. Her attorneys contended that that the defendant physician was negligent because he ignored warning signs for ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) and continued the therapy. The syndrome developed and caused enlargement of the ovaries and leakage of fluid from plaintiff’s blood vessels into her abdomen. The […[...]

May 10, 2011

Woman wins $1.5M for negligent in vitro therapy

An Arlington jury has returned a $1.5 million verdict for a woman who alleged that she suffered a stroke because a physician was negligent in providing in vitro fertilization therapy. At the time of the stroke in November 2008, the plaintiff, Maimunah Jafer, was relatively young for IVF therapy at age 30. She also was […]

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