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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...

The Trial Lawyer, a magazine for trial lawyers and a voice for justice, features an article concerning brain injury. It is “Pradaxa: The Less Effective, More Dangerous Alternative to Coumadin.” The subheading is, “Pradaxa is revealing itself as less effective and disturbingly more dangerous than advertised.” Id. at...

On November 9, 2012, Circuit Court for Gloucester County, Virginia, denied the written Motion of American Home Assurance Company to substitute for it a related insurer, Illinois National Insurance Co.; and instead accepted Mr. Waterman's opposition argument that Illinois National simply should be added to...

On November 12, 15 and 19, 2012, first, second and third Final Pre-Trial Conferences were held in Shirley Frazier Burrell v. Riverside Hospital Inc., No. CL1101633F-15 in Circuit Court for the City of Newport News, Virginia. That lawsuit arising from a serious patient fall in 2006 finally will...

On November 9, 2012, dailypress.com headlined: “Lawsuit filed in death of elderly Gloucester woman”. It reports the $4,450,000.00 medical malpractice suit filed by Mr. Waterman on November 5, 2012, Case No.: CL12000440-00 in Circuit Court for Gloucester County, Virginia, captioned Patrick Lee Cherrie, Administrator of the Estate of...

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, Plaintiff’s orthopaedic surgeon was her attending physician during her Riverside hospital stay. He performed her initial and her repair orthopedic surgeries...

The Richmond-based 349-lawyer 21-office law firm of LeClair Ryan, a professional corporation, is representing the Defendants in Mr. Waterman’s medical malpractice case for a patient fall victim, Shirley Frazier Burrell v. Riverside Hospital, Inc., et al., No. CL1101633F-15 in Circuit Court for the City of Newport News, Virginia,...

In person on October 18, 2012, and by telephone on November 6, 2012, the Court heard Plaintiff’s Motion to Enforce Subpoenas Duces Tecum, VCU Health System’s Objections and Response to Subpoena Duces Tecum, and Defendants’ Motion to Quash Subpoenae Duces Tecum in the patient fall lawsuit of Shirley...

At discovery hearing on November 5, 2012, the Circuit Court for the City of Newport News, Virginia, granted the patient fall victim’s Motion to Compel against Defendant, Riverside Hospital, Inc., in Shirley F. Burrell v. Riverside Hospital, Inc., et al., No. CL1101633F-15. Since August, 2012, Riverside had resisted...

In Shirley Frazier Burrell v. Riverside Hospital, Inc., et al., No. CL1101633F-15 in Circuit Court for the City of Newport News, Virginia, the patient fall victim suffered broken femur, head injury, and disabling stroke due to allegedly substandard fall risk assessment and intervention by her nurses at Riverside...

A cornerstone of Plaintiff’s medical malpractice claim in Burrell v. Riverside Hosp., Inc., No. CL11-01633F-15 in Circuit Court for the City of Newport News, Virginia, is Riverside’s failure to use a “bed alarm” for the high fall risk patient. Use of a “bed alarm” is one of the relevant...

On October 25, 2012, Mr. Waterman settled a car accident claim for personal injuries of his client without having to file suit. The two-car collision occurred on Lightfoot Road in Williamsburg, Virginia, and involved residents of Toano and James City County. The car crash victim was taken by ambulance to...

On October 15, 2012, Mr. Waterman filed Plaintiff’s Reply Memorandum in Shirley Frazier Burrell v. Riverside Hospital, Inc. and Nurse M. Ames, No. CL1101633F-15 in Circuit Court for the City of Newport News, Virginia. Plaintiff victim inBurrell suffered a broken hip and disabling stroke following a patient fall at...

On October 11, 2012, Mr. Waterman filed and noticed Plaintiff’s Plea of Law of the Case, Res Judicata, and Estoppel in thebrain injury case of Gregory J. Gagnon v. Travis Burns, No. CL08-572 in the Circuit Court for Gloucester County, Virginia. His Reply Memorandum filed contemporaneously distinguished all...

In the brain injury case of Gagnon v. Burns, No. CL08-572 in Circuit Court for Gloucester County, Virginia, Assistant Principal Burns at his leisure typed up 3 different revised accounts of what transpired: (1) Narrative on Gregory Gagnon, B-2 to B-5; (2) Narrative on Gregory Gagnon, B-6 to...

On October 4, 2012, Riverside Hospital, Inc. brought two Motions on for “emergency” telephonic hearing before the Judge in the patient fall case of Shirley Frazier Burrell v. Riverside Hospital, Inc. and Nurse M. Ames, No. CL11-1633 in the Circuit Court for the City of Newport News, Virginia....

The Virginia Supreme Court remanded Mr. Waterman’s brain injury case to Circuit Court for Gloucester County, Virginia, “for a new trial limited to Gagnon’s gross negligence claim against Burns,” Burns v. Gagnon, 2012 Va. LEXIS 93, *40 (Apr. 20, 2012). But the parties have disagreed over the scope...

On September 28, 2012, Mr. Waterman argued Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to Amend in the wrongful death suit of Arshan v. Stephen E. Plotnick, M.D., et al., No. CL11-1316 in the Circuit Court for the City of Williamsburg and James City County, Virginia. The Judge granted the Motion...

On September 24, 2012, The Wall Street Journal (www.wsj.com) headlined “How to Stop Hospitals from Killing Us,” subtitled: “Medical errors kill enough people to fill four jumbo jets a week. A surgeon with five simple ways to make health care safer.” Authored by a doctor...