On March 20, 2012, Circuit Court for the City of Newport News, Virginia, entered a Scheduling Order in the medical malpractice suit of Shirley Frazier Burrell v. Riverside Hospital, Inc., et al., No. CL1101633F-15. Two-week jury trial on the merits is scheduled for November 26-December 7, 2012.
In the Burrell patient fall case, Riverside and its nurse allegedly failed to assess and to intervene properly for the patient being a high fall risk. Riverside already has lost in a similar medical malpractice suit, in which another Newport News jury awarded approximately $1,600,000.00 to a patient fall victim and the Virginia Supreme Court upheld that plaintiff verdict in a precedent-setting decision. Riverside Hosp., Inc. v. Johnson, 272 Va. 518 (2006).