Lynchburg Circuit Court

Jul 1, 2022

Defense verdict reached in $2M medical malpractice claim

Type of action: Medical malpractice Name of case: Self v. Centra Medical Group, et al. Court: Lynchburg Circuit Court Case no.: CL-17000520 Tried before: Jury Name of judge or mediator: Judge F. Patrick Yeatts Date resolved: 4/1/2022 Demand: $2,000,000 Verdict or settlement: Verdict Amount: $0 (defense) Attorneys for defendant (and city): Ed McNelis and Chris […]

Jun 6, 2022

Right-of-way at issue in motorcycle accident case — $475,000 verdict

Type of action: Personal injury Injuries alleged: Punctured lung, grade 1 AC joint separation, displaced fracture of proximal phalanx of left middle finger, sprain of metacarpophalangeal joint of left thumb, rupture of ulnar collateral ligament of left thumb Name of case: Watts v. Giganti Court: Lynchburg Circuit Court Case no.: CL19-000503-00 Tried before: Jury Name […]

Jan 18, 2022

Lynchburg jury returns verdict in man’s drunken driving case — $1M verdict

Type of action: Personal injury, auto accident Injuries alleged: Crushed urethra; bulbar urethral stricture Name of case: Perkins v. Brown Court: Lynchburg Circuit Court Case no.: CL15000979-00 Tried before: Jury Name of judge or mediator: Judge F. Patrick Yeatts Date resolved: 8/27/2021 Special damages: $22,413.42 Demand: $250,000 Offer: $90,000 Verdict or settlement: Verdict Amount: $1,000,000 [[...]

May 14, 2020

Statute precludes gun range closing under COVID-19 order

Where the governor’s executive order, issued under Code § 44-146.17 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ordered the closure of indoor gun ranges, the power to do so is limited by § 44-146.15(3), which provides that the governor’s emergency powers cannot be used to limit the right to keep and bear arms under U.S. and […]

Aug 4, 2019

Man injured in two-motorcycle collision – $450,000 Verdict

On July 27, 2015, the plaintiff and defendant were each riding Suzuki sport motorcycles in Lynchburg, when they collided in the left travel lane of southbound Fort Avenue, near the intersection with Fenwick Drive. The parties did not know each other prior to the accident. Due to the trauma of the collision, the plaintiff had […]

Jul 13, 2018

Jury rejects claim in patient’s fall from window

After a five-day trial marked by a series of evidence rulings, a Lynchburg jury rejected the negligence claims of a nursing home patient who was injured when he leapt from a third-floor window. Despite claims that the nursing home staff had warning of his prior escape attempts at other facilities, the jury apparently felt the […]

May 7, 2018

Man in rehab removed window, fell – Defense Verdict

Plaintiff Dana Jones filed suit on behalf of her husband, Raymond Jones, against a Lynchburg-area hospital system alleging various theories of medical malpractice. In January 2013, Mr. Jones suffered a stroke to the right side of his brain. Three months later in April, Mr. Jones suffered a debilitating stroke to the left portion of his […]

Nov 10, 2016

Judge: No sovereign immunity for regional jails

In a decision that one lawyer says will create two separate classes of Virginia jail employees, a circuit judge has ruled that Virginia’s regional jails and their staff are not entitled to sovereign immunity. The decision appears to be the first from a state court judge addressing the issue. Federal judges have split 3-1 on […]

Oct 31, 2016

False confessions: Lawyer attacks police interrogation, gains acquittal

A Lynchburg jury has acquitted a jailor accused of hav­ing sex with an inmate despite the jail guard’s alleged confession during a police interrogation session. “The devil is always in the details,” observed the jailor’s lawyer, who said he poked holes in the state’s evidence and persuaded ju­rors that his client had been coerced into […]

Jun 27, 2016

Woman had bad headache, later suffered aneurysm and died – Defense Verdict

Decedent presented to Lynchburg General Hospital’s emergency department on July 19, 2013, complaining of “one of the worst headaches” she had ever experienced. Decedent’s symptoms in­cluded a week-long head­ache unaffected by over-the-counter medication, dizziness upon standing, nausea, and vomiting. Decedent’s treating ER physician diagnosed tension headache and instructed decedent to[...]

Mar 14, 2016

Med-Mal Plaintiff Sues for Negligent Credentialing

A Lynchburg Circuit Court says a plaintiff suing for medical malpractice by defendant physician also has stated a claim for negligent credentialing and privileging with allegations that he reasonably relied on defendant’s credentialing process and that such reliance caused him injury; no expert certification is needed for this claim. Plaintiff’s amended complaint alleges “negligent credentia[...]

Jan 25, 2016

Patient’s Rights Statute Supports Negligence Per Se

In a psychiatric patient’s suit alleging sexual assault by a hospital staff member, the Lynchburg Circuit Court overrules defendant hospital’s demurrers and holds that plaintiff has stated a claim under the Virginia Consumer Protection Act and a claim for negligence per se based on Va. Code § 37.2-400, the “Rights of Individuals Receiving Services.” No […]

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