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Trial is the monthly law journal of the American Association for Justice (“AAJ”), formerly American Trial Lawyers Association (“ATLA”). Its “Transportation” issue for February, 2019, is titled “DANGER ON THE ROAD”. February 2019 Trial features several lead articles about vehicle collisions: (A) “Same Roads, NEW RULES,”...

On January 31, 2019, the Virginia Supreme Court issued Norfolk So. Ry. Co. v. Sumner, No. 180121, upholding a personal injury victim’s jury verdict under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (“FELA”). It held that Defendant waived its summary claim that Plaintiff expert’s testimony exceeded his...

In January, 2019, Mr. Waterman was invited for inclusion in the 72nd Edition of Marquis Who’s Who in America. He has been listed in previous editions. Mr. Waterman’s law practice focuses on vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, and other cases of wrongful death and personal injury. Contact...

Mr. Waterman settled for $750,000.00 a medical malpractice case for personal injuries survival damages of an 87 year-old DNR resident due to fall. Mr. Waterman’s law practice focuses on medical malpractice, vehicle accidents, and other cases of wrongful death and personal injury. Contact him with...

By Standing Order entered January 22, 2019, by Chief United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, all Court activities are suspended and staff is limited until financial appropriations are made by and for the federal government,...

On December 21, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held unconstitutional Tennessee’s $700,000.00 statutory cap on punitive damages, upholding the jury’s punitive damages award of $3,000,000.00. The case is Lindenberg v. Jackson Nat’l Life Ins. Co., No. 17-603416079. Virginia’s $350,000.00...

The Trial Lawyer is the quarterly law journal of The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers. Its issue for Winter 2018 features article “The A To Z of Bus Accident Cases”. Id. at 88-91. Responsibility for bus accidents, 4 main causes of bus accidents,...

Trial is the monthly journal of the American Association for Justice (“AAJ”), formerly American Trial Lawyers Association (“ATLA”). Its issue for January, 2019, is emblazoned “PREMISES LIABILITY”. The “Verdicts & SETTLEMENTS” section of January 2019’s Trial marquees two motor vehicle accident cases. First, “Negligent hiring/entrustment” is...

On December 24, 2018, Mr. Waterman was recognized by The National Trial Lawyers as “Top 25 Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers” in Virginia. He is now a member of The Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers Association Top 25. Mr. Waterman’s law practice focuses on vehicle accidents, medical malpractice,...

On January 3, 2019, Newport News Circuit Court granted Plaintiff’s Motion to Compel against Defendant GEICO insured in a vehicle accident case, ruling that Plaintiff did not have to wait to depose Defendant until the same day Defendant planned to depose Plaintiff in April, and...

On December 21, 2018, Circuit Court for the City of Winchester, Virginia, ordered the following extensive written discovery against Defendant nursing home in the medical malpractice case for wrongful death of Bunting v. Pinnacle Services Winchester, Inc., No. CL18-62: A. Incident report, id. at 1; B. Nurses...

2017 Virginia Traffic Crash Facts of Virginia Highway Safety Office show 127,375 vehicle crashes, 843 vehicle fatalities, and 65,306 vehicle injuries. Significantly, about 30% of vehicle accident fatalities are alcohol-related, about 40% of vehicle accident fatalities are speed-related, and about 35% of vehicle accident fatalities...

On December 20, 2018, the Virginia Supreme Court issued Shumate v. Mitchell, No. 180012. It upheld as admissible under Va. Code §8.01-397 – Virginia’s Dead Man’s Statute – deceased Defendant driver’s uncorroborated post-collision hearsay statements to his son away from the vehicle accident scene. Shumate...

On June 27, 2018, Circuit Court for Nelson County, Virginia issued its 16-page letter opinion in the nursing facility case of Stevens v. Medical Facilities of America XXXII (32) Limited Partnership, No. CL17000208-00, denying arbitration and venue change requested by the medical malpractice Defendant. Stevens...

On December 11, 2018, Circuit Court for Loudoun County, Virginia, granted Plaintiff medical malpractice victim’s motion to compel Defendants’ 6-year pre-incident online and reading histories in Trigg v. Loudoun OB/GYN, LLC, et al., No. CL00108164-00. Specifically, over defense Objections the Judge found relevant and ordered...

On December 13, 2018, Avery T. ‘Sandy” Waterman, Jr. received America’s Top 100 Attorneys “Lifetime Achievement Award” for Virginia. He also was honored as an America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigator in Virginia. His litigation practice focuses on vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, and other cases...

Trial is the monthly law journal of the American Association for Justice (“AAJ”), formerly American Trial Lawyers Association (“ATLA”). Its issue cover for December, 2018, is emblazoned “PRODUCTS LIABILITY”. This Trial’s “Spotlight” section is “Lack of Truck Driver Safety Program Leads to Deaths”. It details a...

Pre-trial, nursing facility defense counsel are wont to saber-rattle about the deceased resident patient being Do-Not-Resuscitate (“DNR”). This month, however, in the wrongful death medical malpractice case of Swift v. Regency Healthcare, Circuit Court for York County, Virginia, ruled such DNR status irrelevant and inadmissible,...

Mr. Waterman recently received a pair of Orders from Fairfax Circuit Court denying transfer to Prince William Circuit Court in companion medical malpractice cases for ostensible “substantial inconvenience,” pursuant to Va. Code § 8.01-265.  The lawsuits are the personal injury claim in Perez v. Potomac...

By Order entered on November 30, 2018, Fairfax Circuit Court overruled Defendant doctor’s Demurrer inter alia to the “otherwise negligent” language of Plaintiff patient’s Complaint. Medical malpractice case is Bronley v. Tapazoglou, No. CL2017-2217....

On November 15, 2018, the Kentucky Supreme Court unanimously struck down as unconstitutional Kentucky’s 2017 Medical Review Panel Act, because of it conflicting impermissibly with entitlement to “open courts” by medical malpractice victims. The 27-page opinion is Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Claycomb, Nos. 2017-SC-000614-TG and...

On November 15, 2018, Mr. Waterman was selected as 2019 Super Lawyers for “Personal Injury – Malpractice: Plaintiff”. This is the 11th consecutive year that Mr. Waterman has been so honored. He is the ONLY lawyer on the Peninsula, and 1 of approximately 30 lawyers...

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...

Mr. Waterman settled for $750,000.00 a medical malpractice case of alleged personal injuries and wrongful death of 88 year-old resident due to fall. All other settlement details are confidential. Mr. Waterman’s law practice focuses on medical malpractice (including nursing home resident and hospital patient falls), vehicle...

On November 1, 2018, the Virginia Supreme Court issued Parker v. Carilion Clinic, No. 170132. It delineated pleading presumptions, requirements, and limitations for vicarious liability, direct liability, and negligence per se of the medical malpractice defendant hospital. Parker held the corporate defendant admitting plaintiff’s allegation that...

By Order entered October 30, 2018, Circuit Court for the City of Richmond, Virginia, denied Defendant offending motorist’s Motion to Transfer Venue in Anderson v. Bagheri, No. CL17-4969. It found dual residency in Richmond and Fairfax where Defendant had a Virginia driver’s license showing the...

By Order entered October 30, 2018, Norfolk Circuit Court found that Defendant Sentara’s policies and procedures were “not privileged,” i.e., were discoverable, and granted Plaintiff’s Motion to Compel. The medical malpractice case is Traina v. Sentara Healthcare, No. CL18-113. Traina ordered production of the following policies...

By Order entered September 21, 2018, in Adams v. Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, No. CL2018-2656 in Circuit Court for the City of Norfolk, Virginia, Judge Lannetti overruled in pertinent part the dilatory Demurrer of Defendant CHKD. Adams found that a Complaint stated claims...

In the wrongful death case of Scruggs v. Williamsburg Landing, Inc., No. CL18001644-00 in Circuit Court for the City of Williamsburg and James City County, Virginia, nursing home Defendant, Williamsburg Landing, Inc. (“WLI”), “accepts responsibility and liability for the April 15, 2016 fall,” see, 9/24/16...

At hearing and by Order entered on October 19, 2018, Judge Rupe of the Circuit Court for the City of Richmond, Virginia, upheld as timely the enhanced Complaint refiled outside the statute of limitations yet within 6 months of nonsuit; applied the same “conduct, transaction,...