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Man hurt by improper positioning during long surgery — $950,000 settlement (access required)

Plaintiff was a 57-year-old man who was diagnosed with Gleason 6 prostate cancer.  He underwent a robotic radical prostatectomy with the da Vinci robot. During surgery, plaintiff was placed in the Trendelenburg lithotomy position, a head-down position similar to that ...

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Discovery misstep nets $21K in sanctions (access required)

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Despite a “suspicious” omission of unfavorable medical information, a Norfolk judge refused to hobble a medical malpractice case because the plaintiff and his lawyer dragged their feet in supplementing discovery responses. The defendant hospital claimed there was a “blatant abuse ...

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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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