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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,...

On January 2, 2013, the Court issued its letter opinion in favor of Mr. Waterman’s client on all post-trial motions 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...

Trial’s December 2012 issue publishes “Elective Procedures, Not Elective Injuries.” That medical malpractice article covers holding “plastic surgeons accountable for clients’ injuries from elective cosmetic procedures.” Id. at 31. It advocates, “If the plastic surgeon had reason to believe your client’s physical or mental condition would...

Trial is the monthly magazine of the American Association for Justice (www.justice.org). Its December 2012 issue is dedicated to “RECLAIMING JUSTICE: BATTLING TORT ‘REFORM’,” which “reform” initiatives often result in medical malpractice legislation that limit victim rights. Trial’s feature article, “The WEB of TORT ‘REFORM’,” exposes...

The December 2012 issue of Trial covers nursing home litigation. A feature article is “Weaving a NURSING HOME DEPOSITION STRATEGY.” Id. at 40-41. “When it comes to proving violations of the safety rules and resulting harm to the nursing home residents, you need to know...

On December 21, 2012, Best Lawyers in America featured a 2013 “Washington, D.C. & Virginia’s Best Lawyers” supplement to The Washington Post, The Richmond Times-Dispatch, and The Virginian-Pilot. Its cover story is “The Powerful Trial Lawyers at Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein,” including Mr. Waterman...

On December 20, 2012, the medical malpractice lawsuit of Myron Arshan, Executor of the Estate of Sharon Lorrie Britt, Deceased v. Stephen Plotnick, M.D., et al., No. CL11-1316 in Circuit Court for the City of Williamsburg and James City County, Virginia, came on for hearing...

On December 14, 2012, The Daily Press headlined “Jury awards #3.5M to woman, 87, who fell” and www.dailypress.com headlined “NN jury makes $3.5 million award to 87 year-old.” The identical articles cover Mr. Waterman’s recent patient fall trial, Burrell v. Riverside Hospital, Inc., No. CL1101633F-15...

In Shirley Frazier Burrell v. Riverside Hospital, Inc., et al., No. CL1101633F15 in Circuit Court for the City if Newport New, Virginia, the deadline for filing post-trial motions is December 14, 2012. In anticipation of Defendant Riverside appealing versus paying Mr. Waterman’s client the statutory...

Mr. Waterman has been invited to speak at AAJ’s Seminar on Winning Medical Negligence  Cases with Rules of the Road in Scottsdale, Arizona, during March 8-9,  2013. The seminar is based on Rule of the Road (2d ed.) authored by CLE  organizer, Patrick Malone, and...

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...

In the medical malpractice case of McKinney v. Virginia Assocs., P.C., No. 111869 (Sep. 14, 2012), the Virginia Supreme Court interpreted Va. Code Ann, 8.01-229(E)(3) and 8.01-380. A survival action filed within six months of non-suit of a wrongful death action was held timely. Id....

Upon rehearing of John Crane, Inc. v Hardick, No. 101909 (Sep. 14, 2012), the Virginia Supreme Court reinstated a $2,000,000.00 damages  award for pre-death pain and suffering. The award was by a Newport News  Circuit Court jury in an asbestos wrongful death case handled by...