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On April 18, 2008, the Virginia Supreme Court addressed the admissibility of “reliable authority” under Va. Code Ann. §8.01-401.1. The medical malpractice case is Bostic v. About Women OB/GYN, P.C., 275 Va. 567 (2008). In Bostic, defense counsel read article quotes and questioned his client about the same while on the...

On June 6, 2008, the Virginia Supreme Court addressed the superseding intervening cause instruction. The medical malpractice case of wrongful death is Williams v. Le, 276 Va. 161 (2008). In Williams, the defendant radiologist failed to communicate directly to the treating physician a positive Dopplar ultrasound, and the patient later...

On June 6, 2008, the Virginia Supreme Court upheld a medical malpractice verdict for roughly $100,000.00 unsupported by a medical expert. The case is Webb v. Smith, 276 Va. 305 (2008). The Virginia Supreme Court in Webb reiterated that “in medical malpractice cases, ‘expert testimony is ordinarily necessary to establish the appropriate standard...

On October 31, 2008, the Virginia Supreme Court decided issues of physician-patient relationship and damages proximate causation. The “wrongful birth” medical malpractice case is Fruiterman v. Granata, 276 Va. 629 (2008). In Fruiterman, the plaintiff mother claimed medical malpractice for her Ob/Gyn failing to inform her about first trimester testing for genetic...

On January 16, 2009, the Virginia Supreme Court handed down an opinion on qualification of out-of-state experts pursuant to Va. Code Ann. §8.01-581.20. The medical malpractice case of wrongful death is Jackson v. Qureshi, 277 Va. 114 (2009). Jackson addressed the statutory presumption, “knowledge” requirement, and “active clinical practice” requirement for medical...