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Trial for June 2021 features 3 vehicle crash articles in its “Verdicts & SETTLEMENTS”. “Defective designed of Hyundai Elantra seat back” marquees a $38,160,000.00 jury award in 2020 in Wisconsin to a paraplegic. Id. at 10. “Truck driver hits moped rider” reports a $1,000,000.00 settlement...

On May 4, 2021, a split panel of the Court of Appeals of Virginia reversed and remanded for retrial a criminal conviction for Defendant having been precluded from introducing expert testimony. Specifically, Defendant was tried on multiple counts of computer solicitation of a minor, but...

On April 29, 2021, the Virginia Supreme Court unanimously affirmed in part, reversed in part, and remanded a personal injury case for sexual molestation of a minor in a pastor’s home against various individual and institutional church defendants. Specifically, it reversed and remanded certain counts...

Trial for May 2021 is emblazoned “Drugs & Devices,” and features 5 crash cases in its “Verdicts & SETTLEMENTS”. “Unsafe condition of roadway” reports a $575,000.00 Illinois settlement for a bicyclist’s personal injuries in 2021. Id. at 10. “Failure to investigate driver’s medical history” highlights...

Mr. Waterman was selected for 2021 Virginia SuperLawyers for “Personal Injury Medical Malpractice – Plaintiff”. He has been recognized by SuperLawyers for 13 consecutive years from and including 2009.His law practice focuses on vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, and other cases of wrongful death and personal...

On April 28, 2021, a car crash victim obtained a $350,000.00 jury award for personal injuries in Green County Circuit Court against the offending driver insured by State Farm. State Farm had denied liability and refused to make any settlement offer, so stands to be...

The Trial Lawyer for Spring 2021 features medical device and product liability articles. “Investigation Suggests Johnson & Johnson Targeted Minority Women for Talc Sales” marquees discovery findings in that product liability litigation. Id. at 90. “Deadly Consequences Of Defective Diabetes Medical Devices” highlights a Medtronic...

For $2,000,000.00, Mr. Waterman settled a medical malpractice personal injury case for removal of 59 year-old’s kidney instead of spleen.Mr. Waterman focuses his law practice on medical malpractice, car accidents, and other cases of personal injury and wrongful death. Contact this top lawyer about your...

At hearing on April 20, 2021, Circuit Court for City of Williamsburg and James City County granted Plaintiff’s Amended Motion for Leave to Amend. The two-car crash case is Gardner v. H.E.A. Company, Inc., No. CL21000478-00. The offending driver from Newport News recently pleaded guilty...

By unanimous Opinion on April 15, 2021, the Virginia Supreme Court found that a plaintiff’s “evidence of emotional distress alone, without any evidence of monetary damages, [is] sufficient to support the jury’s award [of ‘compensatory and punitive damages’].” The personal injury case is Northern Virginia...

On April 2, 2021, Roanoke City Circuit Court granted the medical malpractice Plaintiff’s motion to compel discovery, finding that the Defendant hospital’s policies and procedures are not privileged. The Court also denied the Defendant hospital’s motion for protective order as to its policies and procedures....

At hearing on April 6, 2021, Circuit Court for the City of Williamsburg and James City County ruled that Defendant’s neuropsychology expert, Edward A. Peck, III, Ph.D., “shall produce the raw data [of his examination] to counsel for [Plaintiff] under the protective order [entered in...

By Protective Order entered December 31, 2020, Richmond Circuit Court entitled Plaintiff to the defense neuropsychology expert’s “Raw Data,” including particularly all “raw and scaled test scores, Plaintiff’s responses to test questions or stimuli, and Dr. Peck’s notes and recordings concerning Plaintiff’s statements and behavior...

Trial for April 2021 features 2 vehicle collision cases. “Failure to perform adequate background check” marquees a $9,000,000.00 2020 Texas settlement with a tractor-trailer company for a wrongful death case. Id. at 12, 14. “Driver strikes woman in grocery store parking lot” chronicles a $500,000.00...

On March 25, 2021, the Virginia Supreme Court opined that landowners owed neighboring persons “a duty in tort to exercise reasonable care to control the conduct of a third party, who has been granted permission by the landowner to use the land, to prevent that...

By 10-page letter opinion on March 19, 2021, Chesapeake Circuit Court recognized Plaintiff patient’s direct liability negligence claim for negligent credentialing against Defendant hospital, regardless whether the offending surgeon was its employee or independent contractor; and rejected that the medical malpractice victim had to allege...

By Order on March 17, 2021, Norfolk Circuit Court granted the medical malpractice Plaintiff’s Motion to Compel production of Defendant’s “Post Event Discussion” document that memorialized an ad hoc roundtable about a patient incident. It rejected privilege claims under Va. Code §8.01-581.16-17 and as a...

Trial for March 2021 is emblazoned “THE BUSINESS OF LAW: ADAPT & EVOLVE”. Its Verdicts & Settlements cover 4 vehicle accident cases. Id. at 10, 12.“Driving under the influence of heroin” marquees a $4,600,000.00 Florida jury award (including $1,000,000.00 punitive damages) in 2020. Id. at...

By Order entered February 26, 2021, Prince William County Circuit Court granted Plaintiff’s Motion to Allow Audio Recording of the Rule 4:10 Examination, with the vehicle accident victim to record the entire defense medical examination (“DME”) “on her personal device”. The case is La’Cour v....

The February 2021 issue of Trial reports 4 vehicle accident cases in its “Verdicts & SETTLEMENTS”. First is “Failure to yield right of way,” a $450,000.00 Washington settlement in 2020. Id. at 10. “SUV driver strikes pedestrian” marquees a $3,500,000.00 settlement in 2020. Id. at...

By Order for Examination Pursuant to Rule 4:10 entered February 4, 2021, Circuit Court for Prince William County, Virginia, subjected defense neuropsychological examination of the Plaintiff personal injury victim to the following conditions:Plaintiff can choose an independent location other than the expert’s office or...

By Order entered January 29, 2021, Circuit Court for Albemarle County, Virginia, granted Plaintiff’s Motion to Exclude Testimony and Opinions of Defense Expert Hanna Cox CPC on the ground that the defense “billing code audit is not sufficient to show similar treatment in the same...

The Winter 2020 issue of The Trial Lawyer marquees two over-the-counter products allegedly causing serious personal injuries and even death. First is “Advil and Other NSAIDs Can Harm Babies in Utero”. Id. at 34. Second is “New Study Lends More Proof to Link Between Talc...

On December 30, 2020, Fairfax Circuit ordered $213,196.95 in attorney’s fees sanctions for repeated factual misrepresentations, improper expert designation, and deposition misconduct. The case is AV Automotive LLC v. Preske, No. CL2018-7749....

By Order entered January 22, 2021, Newport News Circuit Court denied the medical malpractice Defendants’ motions to reconsider the Court denying Defendants’ Motion for In Camera Review of Plaintiff’s expert certification, granting Plaintiff’s Motion for Sanction, and awarding $2,800.00 in attorney’s fees for violation of...

The January 2021 issue of Trial reports 4 vehicle accidents cases in its “Verdicts & SETTLEMENT”. First, “Failure to yield right-of-way” marquees $18,000,000.00 2020 California jury verdict against an offending pickup truck operator. Id. at 12. “Failure to heed red light” highlights $2,000,000.00 2020 Virginia...

By Order entered October 20, 2020, Fairfax Circuit Court found the medical malpractice Defendant’s “policies, procedures, and protocols and nursing training materials” discoverable, not privileged. The case is Myers v. Rose, No. 2019-13444....

On December 10, 2020, the Virginia Supreme Court held that a litigation expert must have only a “substantial,” not a “direct,” relationship with a party’s insurer for the same to be admissible in evidence for bias; and that an “insurer’s payment of a considerable sum...

By letter opinion dated October 30, 2020, Powhatan County Circuit Court denied the medical malpractice Defendant’s Motion for Protective Order and required its corporate representative to submit to Va. S. Ct. Rule 4:5(b)(6) deposition for the following topics:Department of Social Services’ report about Defendant’s...

The December 2020 issue of Trial features 5 vehicle accident cases in its “Verdicts & SETTLEMENTS”. Id. at 14-16. “Failure to maintain brakes on flatbed trailer” covers a $1,350,000.00 North Carolina settlement. Id. at 14. “Failure to yield right-of-way” recounts a $1,200,000.00 New Jersey settlement...