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Tag Archives: Negligence

Inmate’s wrongful death suit settles for $3 million (access required)

An inmate’s death at the Hampton Roads Regional Jail, which led to the enactment of legislation outlining procedures for the “review of death of inmates in local correctional facilities,” has now resulted in a $3 million wrongful-death settlement. Background Jamycheal ...

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Injured pedestrian cannot sue county garbage truck driver (access required)

Sovereign immunity bars a suit against a county garbage truck driver who hit and injured a pedestrian while he was driving his route. Background Defendant was driving his garbage collection route when he struck and injured plaintiff while making a ...

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The cost of smoking (access required)

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A Norfolk Circuit Court jury returned a $5 million asbestos verdict for the family of a deceased railroad employee, but cut the verdict to $1 million based on the employee’s smoking habit. The reduction was possible under rules for railroad ...

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Employee’s remark shows likely actual notice of spill (access required)

Where the plaintiff and her boyfriend both testified an employee of the defendant stated a spill should have been cleaned up, a reasonable juror could conclude that statement demonstrated the defendant’s actual notice of the spill. Background On or about ...

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Economic loss doctrine no bar to caregiver’s injury claim (access required)

The economic loss doctrine does nor bar a contractual caregiver’s personal injury claim arising from a patient’s attack where the complaint alleges the patient’s wife, who hired the caregiver, did not warn her of her husband’s behavioral issues. Background Rosa ...

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Festival immune from personal injury claim (access required)

Because a Virginia statute immunizes a landowner if property is occupied for “recreational use” and the plaintiff benefitted from the charitable purpose of promoting the City of Suffolk, the court found the Suffolk Peanut Festival immune from plaintiff’s injury claim. ...

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