Virginia Medical Malpractice Dilatory Pleadings – a Lawyer’s Hearing

Virginia Medical Malpractice Dilatory Pleadings – a Lawyer’s Hearing

On February 9, 2010, the medical malpractice lawsuit of Marshall v. Moniz, No. CL08-2018 in Circuit Court for the County of York and the Town of Poquoson, Virginia, was heard on the Defendants’ three dilatory pleadings. Plaintiff seeks $12,000,000.00 in compesatory damages, alleging that various surgery-related acts and/or omissions caused him grievous permanent personal injuries, over $1,000,000.00 in medical expenses, and loss of his lucrative career.

First, Defendants’ Motion to Transfer Venue to the Circuit Court for the City of Williamsburg/James City County, Virginia, was denied. The Court found in the Marshall v. Moniz medical malpractice case that York County was permissible venue based on tortious acts and/or omissions occurring there at the new Sentara Williamsburg Community Hospital and Defendants regularly conducting substantial business activity there at the hospital, pursuant to Va. Code Ann. §8.01-262(3 & 4). The Court in Marshall v. Moniz found that Defendants failed to bear their burden of proving “substantial inconvenience” to witnesses, despite Defendants claiming a 13-mile difference in driving distance. Plaintiff initially having filed suit in Williamsburg was not pertinent to forum non conveniens pursuant to Va. Code Ann. §8.01-265.

Second, Defendants’ Demurrer and Special Pleas of Statute of Limitations, Res Judicata, and Autre Action did not defeat the proceedings and was overruled. The Court in the Marshall v. Moniz medical malpractice case found that the doctrine was not self-executing, only applied if two identical suits were pending at the time of filing and, in and event, did not require that the initial action be the one maintained.

Third, Defendants’ Demurrer for allegations of unspecified negligence was overruled too. The Court in the Marshall v. Moniz medical malpractice suit found that Plaintiff’s negligence itemization of “such other acts and/or omissions as may be discovered, investigated and proved at trial” was gratuitous and, if anything, subject to a Motion to Bill of Particulars and not a Demurrer.

Plaintiff already has requested the discovery deposition of Defendant, Dr. Moniz. Plaintiff is moving to schedule the medical malpractice lawsuit in Marshall v. Moniz for jury trial on the merits in early 2011 at Yorktown Courthouse.