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MOTOR VEHICLE Truck crossed center line and struck minivan head-on A man who sustained a fractured hip in an accident with a tractor-trailer was awarded $866,000 by a Virginia jury on Sept. 8. William James, 56, was a passenger in a Chrysler Town and Country minivan traveling south in Fairfax, Va. The minivan stopped to make a left turn. A construction van traveling north on the same road slowed to turn into a restaurant when a 35-ton tractor-trailer, operated by Envirite Inc. of Canton, Ohio, rear-ended it. The impact sent the tractor-trailer over the road’s dividing line, where it struck the minivan head-on. James sued Envirite Inc., which claimed that the truck was being operated in a safe manner. Case/Court/Date: James v. Envirite Inc.,No. 208788 (Fairfax County Circuit Court), Sept. 8, 2003 Plaintiff’s attorney:Benjamin Glass, III, Law Offices of Benjamin Glass, Fairfax, Va. Defense attorney:Frank Prier, Fairfax, Va. MEDICAL MALPRACTICE Nurse’s failure to monitor fluids led to neurogenic bladder A 70-year-old woman who has a permanent neurogenic bladder as a result of a nurse’s failure to monitor her fluid intake and urinary output in a timely fashion after elective surgery is entitled to $2 million from the hospital where the surgery was performed, a Virginia jury found on Sept. 9. The woman underwent elective shoulder surgery at Bon Secours-St. Mary’s Hospital of Richmond Inc. She sued the hospital, alleging that as a result of negligent care of the nurse, she now must self-catheterize and is depressed. The hospital admitted liability and argued that her depression was a pre-existing condition unrelated to her neurogenic bladder. A statutory cap reduced the award to $1.6 million. Case/Court/Date: Doe v. Bon Secours-St. Mary’s Hospital of Richmond Inc.,No. LP3081-4 (Richmond City Circuit Court), Sept. 9, 2003. Plaintiff’s attorneys:Stephanie Grana, Lewis Stoneburner, and Wallace Wason Jr., Cantor Arkema, Richmond, Va. Defense attorneys:Michael Goodman, and Kathleen McCauley, Goodman, Allen & Filetti, Glen Allen, Va. EMPLOYMENT Manufacturer hired dealer’s prospective employee A company claiming it was tortiously interfered with when another company hired one of its prospective employees was awarded $412,600 by a Virginia jury on June 18. Spagnolo Manufacturers’ Representatives LLC, a building products distributor based in Glen Allen, Va., entered into a “prospective business relationship” with Thomas Horan under which Horan would soon begin working for Spagnolo. Spagnolo introduced Horan to officials from Tapco International Co., Plymouth, Mich., a company whose products Spagnolo had distributed for years. Spagnolo claimed that it informed Tapco of the prospective business relationship with Horan. When Tapco ended dealings with Spagnolo and hired Horan, Spagnolo sued Tapco and Horan. Horan was found not liable. Case/Court/Date: Spagnolo Manufacturers’ Representatives LLC v. Tapco International Co. Inc.,No. CL-01-1751 (Henrico County Circuit Court), June 18, 2003. Plaintiff’s attorneys:Craig Curwood and John Donahue Jr., Thorsen & Scher, Richmond, Va. Defense attorney:Bryan House, Foley & Lardner, Washington, D.C. MEDICAL MALPRACTICE Feces in woman’s appendix area went undetected In the case of a woman in whose appendix a hard mass of feces went undetected, a Wicomico County, Md., jury on Jan. 29 found a hospital and two of its doctors jointly and severally liable for $247,000 in damages. Sandra Sullivan, 23, presented to the emergency room at the Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md., with abdominal pain. She claimed that radiologist Peter Libby reviewed the flat film, missed the mass, diagnosed gastroenteritis, and discharged her. The next day, Sullivan again presented to the ER. William Todd, the ER physician, did not review her films, diagnosed pelvic inflammatory disease, and discharged her to the care of an OB-GYN whose diagnosis was gastroenteritis. A week later, Sullivan was seen by a surgeon, who diagnosed her problem as a perforated appendix and performed immediate surgery. Sullivan claimed Libby was negligent in missing the mass of feces upon review of the film, and that Todd should have given her a CAT scan. Case/Court/Date: Sullivan v. Peninsula Regional Medical Center,No. 22-c-01-000751oc (Wicomico County Circuit Court), Jan. 29, 2003. Plaintiff’s attorney:Barry Nace, Washington, D.C. Defense attorneys:John Billmyre, Easton, Md., and Gary Dumer Jr., Baltimore. Editor’s Note: These jury verdicts were collected and reported by VerdictSearch, an American Lawyer Media affiliate serving lawyers in the D.C. area and nationwide. More information about these cases, as well as full reports on other verdicts and settlements, can be found in theVerdictSearch National Reporter or at www.VerdictSearch.com. For subscription information or jury verdict research call 1-800-832-1900. To submit a case, call (212) 313-9057, fax (212) 313-9145, e-mail [email protected], or use the form at www.VerdictSearch.com/submit.

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