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Oct 12, 2020

70-year-old plaintiff traumatically injured in car crash — $1,200,000 settlement

The plaintiff, a 70-year-old retired police officer/captain, was injured on July 13, 2018, in a motor vehicle collision in Rockingham County. The defendant failed to keep a reasonable lookout and yield the right of way when she pulled out in front of the plaintiff’s vehicle, causing the crash. The property damage was extensive. As a […]

Sep 21, 2020

Doctors misdiagnosed man with high risks for heart attack — $1.7 million settlement

A 53-year-old man presented to an urgent care clinic with a chief complaint of chest pain radiating to his arms, back and mouth. He reported that the pain sometimes also made his teeth hurt. The man’s risk factors were highly suggestive of heart-related chest pain, and they included his age, gender, a personal history of […]

Aug 24, 2020

Special needs adults raped, impregnated by employee — $4,500,000 settlement

Doe 1 and Doe 2 are female adults with special needs who were enrolled in a sheltered workshop. Doe 1 and Doe 2 enjoyed going to the sheltered workshop, as it allowed them to have social interaction and perform meaningful labor. Roe Inc. employed an individual who preyed upon Doe 1 and Doe 2. Somehow, […]

Aug 24, 2020

Boy, thrown from van despite seatbelt, suffers TGI in wreck — $2,000,000 settlement

On Feb. 1, 2016, plaintiff TM, who was 7 years old, was riding with JD, his 10-year-old classmate, in a van driven by JD’s mother, “Defendant One.” Both TM and JD were riding in the rear seat with their seatbelts on. As the van entered an intersection that was controlled by a stoplight, an employee […]

Aug 17, 2020

Air bubble injected into artery caused stroke — $1.2 million settlement

During a cardiac catheterization procedure, plaintiff’s cardiologist violated at least five different warnings and improperly attached an air-filled syringe to the wrong catheter. Thereafter, the cardiologist injected 20ml of air into plaintiff’s radial artery, which caused an “arterial air embolism,” or an air bubble that enters an artery. In this case, the air bubble traveled […]

Aug 10, 2020

Global mediation covered more than 50 hurt passengers — $1 million settlement

Plaintiff, a 10-year-old girl, was traveling in an interstate bus with her mother when the driver lost control and drove off the highway. More than 50 passengers were injured, as well as several fatalities. Plaintiff, who is not a Virginia resident, suffered a fractured thigh bone, which ultimately required surgery in her home state. Her […]

May 25, 2020

New mom prepping for exam burned by wrong solution

Plaintiff, a woman in her mid-20s, was injured when she was burned while being prepared for a colposcopy after the birth of her child. Plaintiff had received concerning results from a Pap smear, which brought her back to the defendant doctor’s office for a colposcopy; rather, a close examination of her vagina, cervix and vulva. […]

May 11, 2020

Driver passed out due to heavy coughing, rearended woman — $200,000 settlement

Plaintiff was rearended on an Interstate 564 exit ramp as she was waiting to enter the naval base for work. She was transported from the scene by an ambulance to a local emergency room with complaints of cervical pain and discomfort in her upper extremity. One week following the collision, plaintiff followed up with an […]

May 4, 2020

Remote mediation: Best practices for lawyers

In the blink of an eye, the pandemic changed everything.  Even courts have curtailed their activities.  Yet, the disputes confronting our citizens have not abated. Lawyers have responded to these challenges by using phones, desktops, laptops and tablets to mediate remotely.  It’s working!  Cases are settling.  Importantly, people are safe.  Lawyers and mediators are now […]

May 4, 2020

Two children killed while crossing road to school bus – $7 million settlement

These two wrongful death actions arose out of an incident on March 30, 2017, when a tractor-trailer was being operated on a two-lane road in Buckingham County. A school bus was approaching from the opposite direction. Both the school bus and the tractor-trailer were approaching a school bus stop. The bus stop was on the […]

Apr 27, 2020

Passenger hurt in wreck with tractor-trailer — $850,000 settlement

A tractor-trailer and motor vehicle collision occurred in North Carolina wherein the tractor-trailer driver, the automobile driver and its passenger were Virginia residents, therefore a suit was filed in a Virginia Circuit Court with North Carolina law being substantive. Plaintiff was a passenger in the automobile which had been followed by a tractor-trailer. There were […]

Mar 7, 2017

Using your client’s authenticity in mediation

It’s relatively easy to recall your tri­al victories when the jury identified with your client. They’re probably some of your best results. How did that happen? On a superficial level, there is a signif­icant body of evidence showing that ju­rors are influenced by a party’s physical characteristics. At least one study found that attractive plaintiffs […]

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