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Hospitals and nursing homes decry and lobby against patient claims for medical malpractice. But Virginia Business’ 2013 “Big Book” shows 50 healthcare institution to be “big business” in Virginia - with at least a half-dozen healthcare systems and even stand-alones to have collected more...

“DANGEROUS DRINKS” is another feature article in AAJ’s Trial magazine in March, 2013. It exposes wrongful deaths and personal injuries caused by popular “energy drinks”. Id. at 28-34. “Energy drink warning labels lack the specificity that would allow consumers to make an informed choice whether to...

Trial magazine’s March 2013 issue publishes 5 vehicle accident matters. A $2,750,000.00 New Jersey settlement entitled “Port Worker Strikes Dockworker with Forklift” and a $2,000,000.00 Illinois settlement in another forklift case entitled “Company Settles Despite ‘Borrowed Servant’ Defense” are headlined under its “Verdicts and Settlements.”...

AAJ’s March 2013 Trial issue also reports 2 medical malpractice topics. One is under “Verdicts and Settlements,” the other a feature article. “Oxycodone Overdose” details a Florida jury verdict for $5,330,000.00 for wrongful death. The victim patient had been prescribed hundred of Oxycodone pills before dying...

The March 2013 issue of Trial, the monthly magazine of the American Association for Justice (“AAJ”), formerly the American Trial Lawyers Association (“ATLA”), is entitled “Protect the Innocent”. It marquees 3 crime victim writings, the first being “BULLYING BASICS,” which addresses school-related bullying of students...

On March 4, 2013, the United States Supreme Court decided the medical malpractice case of Levin v. United States, No. 11-1351. It upheld a military veteran’s suit for intentional tort against the United States for a Navy surgeon allegedly operating on a patient without consent...

On February 28, 2013, the Virginia Supreme Court issued Tharpe v. Saunders, No. 120985, an appeal from the Circuit Court of Halifax County. In that special case, the Court held that the allegedly false attribution of a statement constituted defamation regardless whether the statement was...

On February 28, 2013, the Virginia Supreme Court handed down Osman v. Osman, No. 120291, and appeal of a case involving wrongful death from the Circuit Court of Virginia Beach. It construed Virginia’s “slayer” statute, Va. Code Ann. §55-401, to preclude a son from inheriting...

During March 8-9, 2013, Mr. Waterman was a speaker and a panelist at the national “Winning Medical Negligence Cases” seminar in Scottsdale, Arizona. The 2-day seminar was presented by the American Association for Justice (“AAJ”), the nation’s largest association of plaintiff trial lawyers. Mr. Waterman’s topic...

On February 28, 2013, a divided Virginia Supreme Court opined in Hunter v. Virginia State Bar, No. 121472, an appeal from the Circuit Court for the City of Richmond. It addressed a special case of blogging by a lawyer in which “[n]owhere in these [trademarked...

On March 6, 2013, Mr. Waterman filed Plaintiff’s Motion to Enforce 1/23/13 Hearing Order in William M. Snovell, Executor of the Estate of Bernadette Teresa Connelly Snovell, Deceased v. Williamsburg Facility Operations, LLC, et al., No. CL12-4966 in Circuit Court for York County, Virginia. It...

Healthcare providers, insurers and so-called “tort-reformers” are wont to attribute high rising healthcare costs to medical malpractice claims. However, such self-serving cries belie statistics that put medical negligence claims at less than 1% - possibly less than ½ of 1% - of all healthcare costs. TIME’s...

On February 26, 2013, Mr. Waterman concluded a car accident case arising in James City County, Virginia. An out-of-state driver insured by State Farm and cited for “unsafe lane change” under Va. Code Ann. §46.2-804 allegedly forced a Newport News resident off of State Route...

During February 22-23, 2012, Mr. Waterman attended the Wrongful Death Retreat of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association (“VTLA”) entitled “Understanding and Proving Intangible Losses”. Its site was Kingsmill in Williamsburg, Virginia, his neighborhood. VTLA’s Wrongful Death Retreat featured an innovative roundtable discussion format. Its small group...

Trial magazine of the American Association of Justice reported a half-dozen notable “Verdicts and Settlements” in its February 2013 issue. Three were variants of medical negligence. Id. at 8-11. A Georgia jury awarded $3,400,000.00 for medical malpractice against a clinic physician’s assistant using a dirty syringe...

The February 2013 issue of Trial, a monthly magazine of the American Association for Justice (“AAJ”), is titled “DANGER ON THE ROAD”. Its focus is on vehicle accidents. There are five major articles: (1) “Discovery Issues in Distracted Driving Cases,” id. at 14-20; (2) “SMALL TRUCKS,...

On February 1, 2013, the corporate Defendant in the medical malpractice lawsuit of William M. Snovell, Executor of the Estate of Bernadette Teresa Connelly Snovell, Deceased v. Williamsburg Facility Operations, LLC, D/B/A Consulate Health Care of Williamsburg, and “Jane Roe/John Doe,” No. CL12-4966 in Circuit...

On January 10, 2013, the Virginia Supreme Court upheld 4 separate jury awards totaling $10,577,000.00 in a two-vehicle accident trial in Circuit Court for the City of Charlottesville, Virginia. The case is Allied Concrete Co. v. Lester, Record No. 120074. First, Allied Concrete held the trial...

During February 7-9, 2013, Mr. Waterman attends the annual conference of the Southern Trial Lawyers Association (“STLA”) in New Orleans, Louisiana, which coincides with Mardi Gras. It features 3 days of continuing legal education on vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, product liability, and other special cases,...

On January 29, 2013, Circuit Court for the City of Newport News, Virginia, entered Final Judgment Order in Shirley Frazier Burrell v. Riverside Hospital, Inc., et al., No. CL1101633F-15. On December 7, 2012, the jury unanimously awarded $3,500,000.00 in damages against Defendant, Riverside Hospital, Inc.,...

The Trial Lawyer is a quarterly magazine for trial lawyers and a voice for justice. A lead article in its late Fall 2012 issue focuses on vehicle accidents: “THE INTERSTATE TRUCKING ‘Wheel-off’ Case And The ‘We’re Not A Motor Carrier’ Defense’.” Id. at 12-16. Another leading...

Trial is the monthly magazine of the American Association for Justice (“AAJ”), formerly American Trial Lawyers Association (“ATLA”), of which Mr. Waterman has been a member for decades. Its January 2013 issue reports Verdicts & Settlements. Trial covered that on August 1, 2012, $117,000,000.00 was awarded...

On January 21, 2013, Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly ranked Mr. Waterman’s $3,500,000.00 jury award as trying for 9th of “Virginia’s Largest Verdicts of 2012”. It was in the medical malpractice case of Shirley Frazier Burrell v. Riverside Hospital, Inc., et al., No. CL1101633F in Circuit Court...

On January 23, 2013, the Motion to Quash of Williamsburg Facility Operations, LLC, d/b/a Consulate Health Care of Williamsburg, the Patient’s Motion to Enforce Va. Code Ann. §8.01-413(C) Subpoena, and the Plaintiff’s Motion to Compel were heard in the $4,550,000.00 wrongful death case of William...

The deposition videotape of Patricia [Hoadley] Williams, Midas System Manager (formerly QMS Coordinator) for Defendant, Riverside Hospital, Inc., was taken on October 29, 2008. Hers is the third of 22 to be run on Mr. Waterman’s website from his patient fall jury trial, Shirley Frazier...

The deposition videotape of Joann Rae “Jodi” Friend, Director of Risk Management for Riverside Health System, whose office is located at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Virginia, was taken on October 29, 2008. It is the second of 22 to be launched on...

The deposition videotape of Christopher Stolle, M.D., Vice-President of Medical Affairs at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News, Virginia, taken on February 26, 2009, is the first of 22 deposition videotapes to be posted on Mr. Waterman’s website from Shirley Frazier Burrell v. Riverside...

On January 7, 2012, Virginia Lawyers Weekly (“VLW”) newspaper headlined on the front page: “A return to ‘Riverside’: Patient’s $3.5M verdict for fall prompts comparisons to 2006 case”. VLW’s print version is substantially similar to its prior online reporting of Mr. Waterman’s Newport News brain...

In the patient fall case of Shirley Frazier Burrell v. Riverside Hospital, Inc., et al., No. CL1101633F-15 in Circuit Court for the City of Newport News, Virginia, Mr. Waterman deposed on videotape 22 Riverside representatives, essentially all as “most knowledgeable persons” pursuant to Va. Sup....

On December 28, 2012, the Virginia Supreme Court quickly vacated a Fairfax Circuit Court Order that enjoined a litigant from maintaining past accusative postings online and from posting again during the pending lawsuit. The unpublished opinion in Record No. 122157, Perez v. Dietz Development, LLC,...