Virginia: Patient Fall – a Lawyer’s Victory

Virginia: Patient Fall – a Lawyer’s Victory

This morning in Shirley Frazier Burrell v. Riverside Hospital, Inc., et al., Case No. CL1101633F-15 in Circuit Court for the City of Newport News, Virginia, a jury awarded Mr. Waterman’s 87 year-old client $3,500,000.00 against Riverside Hospital, Inc. for her in-patient fall. For liability, Riverside relied on Nurse Janet Willersdorf of MCV; and for causation on Dr. Joel Bowers of Providence Hospital in DC.

In the Burrell medical malpractice trial, Mr. Waterman introduced cutting-edge 3.0 Tesla MRI, its “fractional anisotropy” a/k/a Diffusion Tensor Imaging (“DTI”), and NeuroQuant Analyisis. The Burrell jury verdict more than doubles Mr. Waterman’s 2005 Newport News jury verdict of $1,600,000.00 against Riverside Hospital, Inc. for another patient fall victim, which culminated in a landmark opinion of the Virginia Supreme Court, Riverside Hospital, Inc. v. Johnson, 272 Va. 518 (2006).