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The sufficiency of §1983 civil rights wrongful death and other federal suits is scrutinized in the light most favorable to the plaintiff, particularly when the initial complainant is pro se. Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman, Jr., Esq. recently prevailed on the point against Rule 12Motions to Dismiss in Webb v. Stevens, 2008 U.S....

The timeliness of §1983 civil rights wrongful death and other federal suits depends on when the complaint physically was delivered to a Court officer, not when it is stamped “filed” and/or its fees are paid. Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman, Jr., Esq. recently has survived the point in Webb v....

Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a) strongly favors leave to amend being granted, including in §1983 civil right suits for wrongful death. Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman, Jr., Esq. recently was granted leave to amend a wrongful death suit against a former North Carolina state trooper with Rule 12 motions to dismiss pending. Webb v....

Federal wrongful death suits properly are amended to substitute the correct estate representative after the limitation period has run. The leading Virginia case was litigated by Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman, Jr., Esq. Zhu v. Rocco Farms, Inc., 1998 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 21781 (W.D. Va. 1998). A leading North...

An estate representative filing a federal suit for wrongful death pro se is not impermissible per se and does not constitute unauthorized practice of law. 28 U.S.C. §1654 expressly provides for pro se representation in Federal Court. Moreover, even assumingarguendo that such a temporary practice is disallowed, it is not just grounds for dismissal where...

Limiting access to courts by wrongful death and other personal injury victims and/or conspiring to abridge their constitutional protections under color of state law may violate federal civil rights under 42 U.S.C. §1983. Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman, Jr., Esq. recently withstood Fed. R. Civ. P. 12 motions to dismiss such...

A federal civil rights suit for wrongful death under 42 U.S.C. §1983 was cleared for discovery and Court-facilitated mediation at Status Conference earlier this month. The case is Webb v. Stevens, No. 5:05-CV-33-BO(1) in the Eastern District of North Carolina, with Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman, Jr., Esq. as lead counsel. Webb alleges...

Wrongful death and personal injury victims are entitled to discover case facts underlying their 42 U.S.C. §1983 civil rights claims before adverse adjudication of a dispositive motion, even if a defendant claims qualified immunity. On January 2, 2009, Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman, Jr., Esq. was ordered discovery in...

Qualified immunity does not insulate all officers from wrongful deaths or other personal injury claims under 42 U.S.C. §1983 for excessive force. See, e.g., Tennessee v. Garner, 471 U.S. 1 (1985); Massasoit v. Carter, 253 Fed. Appx. 295 (4th Cir. 2007);Schultz v. Braga, 455 F.3d 470 (4th Cir. 2006); Clem v. Corbeau,...

On June 9, 2008, Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman, Jr., Esq. served suit under Virginia’s Multiple Claimant Litigation Act. The case is Gilliam v. Hampton University, et al., No. CL07-1562, pending in the Circuit Court for the City of Hampton, Virginia. The multi-claimant action in Gilliam involves Doctor of Physical Therapy students suing...

Public notice, particularly Court-facilitated notice, of a class action, collective action or multi-claimant action often is critical to the lawsuit maximizing the number of victims obtaining redress. Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman, Jr., Esq. recently has obtained such favorable notice in Newport News and Williamsburg, Virginia. The Norfolk Division...

The defense may dispute mild and even moderate traumatic brain injury, particularly where neuroimaging is inconclusive. The defense opportunistically may contest the fact of brain injury and, alternatively, may assert that the victim is malingering. The victim’s lawyer must protect his brain injury client against any such unfounded ploy...

The defense may dispute mild and even moderate traumatic brain injury, particularly where neuroimaging is inconclusive. The defense opportunistically may contest the fact of brain injury and, alternatively, may assert that the victim is malingering. The victim’s lawyer must protect his brain injury client against any...

Use of neuroradiology is critical to diagnosis of traumatic brain injuries in general. Use of the best imaging techniques may be crucial to accurate evaluation of mild and diffuse axonal injury in particular. Computerized Axial Tomography (“CAT”), renamed Computer Tomography (“CT”), scans still are entrenched as...

Traumatic brain injuries frequently are closed-head sequelae of high-velocity acceleration, deceleration and/or rotational force incidents, such as vehicle accidents or patient falls. Significantly, no direct impact is necessary for causation, although often it is present and intensifies injury. Rapid external acceleration, deceleration and/or rotational forces propel the unprotected soft...

On January 8, 2009, The Daily Press covered a successor suit for traumatic brain injury filed by Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman, Jr., Esq. in Gloucester. Its headline is titled “New suit seeks $9M over fight”. In December, 2006, a Gloucester High School student was victim of a vicious unprovoked assault and battery by another...

On January 7, 2009, the Gloucester Gazette reported a brain injury suit filed by Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman, Jr., Esq. The article is titled “Suit seeks $9 million in GHS incident”. Virginia Municipal League Insurance Programs retained Richmond counsel for Defendant, Assistant Principal Burns, who was new on the job in...

The Virginia Supreme Court long has held that routine accident reports and statements are not privileged under Virginia’s “work product” doctrine." A statement made by an employee to his employer, in the course of his ordinary duty, concerning a recent accident, and before litigation has been...

Proper auto accident case work-up, evaluation, and negotiation by an experienced local personal injury lawyer often can result in attractive settlement without having to file suit – even for an out-of-state vehicle accident. Last month, Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman, Jr., Esq. obtained a $50,000.00 personal injury settlement...

What really happens in a vehicle accident should govern case outcome. But too often liability and/or damages for personal injuries in Virginia actually are affected by what happens after the accident. For example, aggressive claims adjusters can shape accident accounts for posterity, settle cases for paltry quick money,...

On November 27, 2008, The Daily Press featured authority about patient falls in Virginia. That expert authority on medical malpractice was introduced by Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman, Jr., Esq., who has obtained a record verdict and record settlements in Virginia patient fall cases. Per The Daily Press, over 20...

On December 26, 2008, The Daily Press featured medical malpractice cases of Avery T. “Sandy” Waterman, Jr., Esq., including three patient fall cases settled for $2,600,000.00 in 2008. The article is “Attorney fights to get the facts on patient care in hospitals,” subtitled “He contends most institutions keep ‘double...