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Judge: Infant settlement terms must be public (access required)

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Litigants settling a child’s medical malpractice claim cannot keep the terms secret under Virginia law that requires a judge’s approval of the compromise, a circuit judge has ruled. The decision underscores transparency principles established in a 2008 Virginia Supreme Court ...

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Man: chiropractor burned his back, used too much force – $425,000 verdict (access required)

Plaintiff, a first-time chiropractic patient, went to chiropractor with some sharp and radiating low back pain on April 13, 2016. Plaintiff’s evidence was that the chiropractor used moist heat at about 165 degrees on his middle and upper back. Plaintiff’s ...

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C-section was not offered to woman having childbirth problems – $615,000 settlement (access required)

Plaintiff presented to labor and delivery for delivery of her first child. During the labor the baby had abnormal fetal heart rate patterns, but no C-section was offered. At the time of vaginal delivery, shoulder dystocia was encountered, and the ...

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Dealing with ‘disaster,’ care providers seek expanded immunity (access required)

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Amid the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Virginia health care providers are asking Gov. Ralph Northam to expand the liability immunity now offered by two Virginia statutes for medical professionals treating patients during a “disaster.” In a collaborative process, the ...

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Newborn suffered brain injury during long labor – $2 million settlement (access required)

The injured plaintiff, now age 5, suffered hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy at birth after a delayed vacuum-assisted delivery. Following the induction of labor, initial fetal heart rate strips were reassuring. When labor failed to progress, Cytotec and Pitocin were administered in ...

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Deputy sued orthopaedist for missed fracture – $1.204 million verdict ($882,000 verdict, plus interest of $322,000) (access required)

A Loudoun County sheriff’s deputy was injured in a car crash, suffering injuries to his right ankle. He was referred to Dr. Cyrus Press of Center for Advanced Orthopaedics in Woodbridge. Dr. Press sent the plaintiff for an MRI, which ...

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Doctor sued after prescribed medication caused neurological disorder – Defense verdict (access required)

Plaintiff was a 57-year-old woman with a long and complicated history of psychiatric illness. She came under the care of the defendant psychiatrist at the Hampton-Newport News CSB in April 2010 and remained under his care until June 2014. During ...

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