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Stafford County Circuit Court

May 2, 2022

Single mom injured after head hit ­steering wheel in crash — $225,000 settlement

Type of action: Personal injury Injuries alleged: Concussion, headaches, PTSD, neck pain, back pain and arm/hand pain Name of case: Kalen v. Dreyhaupt Court: Stafford County Circuit Court Date resolved: 8/10/2021 Special damages: Medical bills totaling $45,935.07 Verdict or settlement: Settlement Amount: $225,000 Attorneys for plaintiff (and city): Danielle Bringard Kent and Leslee Soudrette, Fred[...]

Aug 9, 2021

Driver found not liable for injuries in red light accident — Defense verdict

Type of action: Auto accident/personal injury Injuries alleged: Plaintiff claimed orthopedic injuries to neck and shoulder (resolved) as well as permanent lumbar spine injuries Court: Stafford County Circuit Court Tried before: Jury Name of judge or mediator: Judge Joseph J. Ellis Date resolved: 4/29/2021 Special damages: Plaintiff claimed approximately $30,000 in medical bills and lost […]

Dec 7, 2020

Tractor-trailer pulled out in front of motorcycle — $1,986,884 settlement

Type of action: Motor vehicle collision Court: Stafford County Circuit Court Verdict or settlement: Settlement Amount: $1,986,884 (remaining liability limits) Attorney(s) for plaintiff (and city): Gregory S. Hooe and Tara A. Enix, Petersburg;  Michele L. Chiocca, Richmond Insurance carrier: National Fire & Marine Insurance Company; Progressive Insurance Company Description of Case: On May 12,[...]

Sep 28, 2020

Back in business: Jury trials resume in state, federal courts

With elaborate preparations, Virginia courts are holding jury trials again, even in the midst of the pandemic. Henrico County was first, holding jury selection in a two-day drug case on Sept. 15. But Stafford County and the U.S. District Court in Abingdon both empaneled juries the next day. At mid-September, Norfolk Circuit Court was preparing […]

Aug 10, 2020

Woman, 57, rear-ended and permanently injured — $100,000 settlement

The plaintiff, a 57-year-old female, was driving to work northbound on Jefferson Davis Highway in Stafford County. Plaintiff came to a complete stop as she waited for southbound traffic to clear so she could make a left turn when she was rear-ended by a truck driven by the defendant. The impact launched plaintiff’s vehicle approximately […]

Aug 19, 2019

Man suffered back injury in rearend auto accident – $775,000 Settlement

On July 6, 2016 Ronald Johnson, a 49-year-old high-speed door technician, was a passenger in a vehicle operated by a co-worker, when they were struck from behind on Interstate 95 in Stafford County. Mr. Johnson did not receive emergency treatment. The following day he consulted his primary care physician for back pain. Mr. Johnson was […]

Apr 2, 2019

No breach regarding developer’s fees and improvements

A real estate project owner did not breach a reciprocal easement agreement (REA) with a business that bought property within the project by adding common area repair and construction costs to monthly common area maintenance (CAM) fees. Facts RAMCO Virginia’s REA governed property rights within its commercial real estate project. When the REA was created, […]

Jan 30, 2019

Judge orders new trial after missing cellphone surfaces

A once-missing cellphone and the questions it raised about the credibility of an alleged assault victim led a Stafford County circuit judge to overturn a jury’s guilty verdicts and its recommended 35-year sentence this month. The judge ordered a new trial, but the state’s case now may be hampered by evidence that surfaced about the […]

Feb 19, 2018

Purchaser agreed to pay property assessments

Petitioners Delancey Street Financial LLC and Delancey Street Financial II, LLC initiated this action requesting this court to compel its Clerk to “cause the lien of taxes, levies, and assessments to be marked satisfied upon the list of delinquent lands regardless of whether the same shall have been paid in full” following confirmation of a […]

Jun 19, 2017

Driver couldn’t explain not seeing pedestrian in crosswalk – $245,000 Settlement

Danielle Davis was a 23-year-old graduate student walking home at 8:20 p.m. (dusk) while carrying gro­ceries from WalMart with her fiancee when she was struck while crossing a four-way controlled intersection against a red light. The car made a left turn starting from the op­posite direction and proceeded on a green bulb and green turn […]

Apr 24, 2017

Man sued dentist over teeth removal, unworkable dentures – Defense Verdict

On July 27, 2011, plaintiff presented to the defendant general dentist complaining of loose teeth. The defendant diagnosed plaintiff with Stage IV periodontitis, recommended extraction of all but six teeth and dentures as a prosthetic. Plaintiff decided to move forward with the plan and underwent extraction on Aug. 31, 2011. Over the next four months, […]

Apr 18, 2017

Spinal surgeon placed instruments too deeply – $2,550,000 Verdict

This was a medical malpractice case against spinal surgeon Thomas J. Raley Jr., M.D., and his practice group, Advanced Spine and Pain PLLC, for injury to a patient during spinal surgery called posterior lumbar interbody fusion (“PLIF”). During surgery, Raley inserted surgical instruments called shavers too deeply into the patient’s body and lacerated two major […]

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