Virginia: Car Accidents – a Lawyer’s Garbage

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Trial is the monthly law journal of the American Association for Justice (“AAJ”), formerly the American Trial Lawyers Association (“ATLA”). Its issue for November, 2018, is emblazoned “ACCESS TO JUSTICE”.

Trial’s current issue features a half-dozen vehicle accident cases in its “Verdicts & SETTLEMENTS” section. “Mishandling of [railroad] tanker cars filled with natural gasoline” marquees a $21,018,000.00 2018 Minnesota jury and judge award. Id. at 10. “Negligent operation of a garbage truck” reports a $9,500,000.00 2017 California settlement. Id. at 12. “Negligent operation of dump truck” highlights an $18,000,000.00 2018 Georgia jury verdict. Id. at 14. “Negligent [van] entrustment” covers a $15,400,000.00 2018 Texas jury award. Id. “Reckless driving near intersection” notes a $3,810,000.00 2018 Connecticut settlement. Id. “Failure to conduct [dump truck] safety inspection” publishes a $3,750,000.00 2018 California settlement. Id.

November 2018 Trial also features a medical malpractice article, “CAUGHT ON CAMERA”. Id. at 52-58. “Fetoscopic surgery is used to correct certain conditions in utero, but when complications arise, the possibility of medical negligence often goes unnoticed.” Id. at 53. “Patients often do not suspect malpractice” in this emerging practice area. Id. at 56. “Since the procedures are almost always digitally recorded – capturing the surgical errors on video – you have compelling visual evidence that can be played for the jury.” Id. at 54.

Mr. Waterman has been a member of AAJ/ATLA over 3 decades. His law practice focuses on vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, and other cases of wrongful death and person injury. Call him about your potential case!