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The Zydron Law Firm Case Results Archive

Attorney John E. Zydron is the CEO and owner of the Zydron Law Firm, P.L.L.C. and previous 50% owner of The Bennett and Zydron, P.C. Law Firm (01/01/1991-12/31/2015). Attorney Zydron serves Virginia and North Carolina and concentrates on cases involving personal injury, traumatic brain injury, trucking accidents, wrongful death, medical malpractice, nursing home malpractice, and cases of first impression (unborn fetus injuries). The following case archive contains some of the results of cases that Mr. Zydron has been involved with either at the Zydron Law Firm, P.L.L.C. or Bennett and Zydron, P.C.


  • $7,500,000 - Million Dollar Settlement - Traumatic Brain Injury / School Bus Case
    Watford v. City of Hampton Public Schools, et al., Hampton Circuit Court (2004)

    Motorcycle rider struck in back of head by side mirror of school bus, school bus making negligent left turn in the path of motorcycle. Plaintiff suffered brain stem injury, pelvic and leg fractures and medical bills in excess of $400,000.00. Plaintiff will never be able to return to work at his job at the Newport News Shipbuilding & Drydock and suffered a loss of earning capacity of approximately $900,000.00. Plaintiff will also require future medical costs for physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy estimated at $227,000.00 per year for support care. Parties settled after lengthy mediation for $7.5 million dollars.

  • $3,750,000.00 - Million Dollar Settlement - Wrongful Death

    Plaintiff's decedent, a 30-year-old Navy Petty Officer First Class, was operating his 2004 Yamaha YZF-R6 motorcycle on the interstate in the far left HOV lane, which had very light traffic. All other lanes of traffic were heavy. The defendant's employee, driving his corporation's truck, a 2008 Ford Econoline F-150, was in the middle left lane. He was on duty going between facilities. The defendant's employee made a reckless lane change to the left into the restricted HOV lane colliding with decedent's motorcycle knocking it and decedent onto the roadway, and then running over the motorcycle and the decedent. Plaintiff's decedent died at the scene.

  • $2,500,000 - Million Dollar Settlement - Wrongful Death
    Plaintiff's decedent, a 15 year old boy, was killed while riding as a passenger on a motorcycle when a car turned in front of them causing the crash.

  • $1,550,000 - Million Dollar Settlement - Tractor Trailer Truck Collision-Traumatic Brain Injury
    Smaw vs. Raymond S. Buffington and New Prime, Inc., Norfolk Circuit Court (2013)

    Plaintiff suffered a mild traumatic brain injury when his vehicle was struck by a tractor trailer truck that negligently moved into his lane. Mr. Smaw was able to return to work. The parties settled at mediation for $1,550,000.00.

  • $1,450,000 - Million Dollar Settlement - Brain Injury Led to Loss of Employment, Total Disability
    Confidential (2013)

    Plaintiff had stopped his 2006 Pontiac G-6 at a red traffic signal in Isle of Wight County. A 2006 International Van Truck driven by defendant, who was not paying attention, collided with the rear of plaintiff's vehicle at a speed of 40 mph with no braking. Plaintiff estimated damages to his car of $12,000.00 and to the defendant's truck at $6,000.00. Plaintiff's vehicle was thrust into the intersection. Plaintiff exited his vehicle and indicated that he was dazed. Three weeks later he reported to his family care physician complaining of severe headaches, loss of memory, inability to focus and vision problems. Plaintiff was referred to numerous medical experts for care. He sought care at a resident rehabilitation center for three and a half months; but continues to suffer from traumatic brain injury symptoms. Plaintiff was awarded Social Security total disability for his injuries. Mediation ensued two weeks before trial, unsuccessfully, with a $175,000.00 offer and a $9,800,000.00 demand. Parties continued negotiating until two days before trial when the matter was settled for $1,450,000.00.

  • $1,275,000 - Million Dollar Settlement - Head on Auto Collision - Personal Injury
    Negotiated Settlement (2012)

    Plaintiff, Mary and Edward Kehoe, 84 and 79 respectively were traveling eastbound at 55 mph in a 2007 Lexus 350 on Victory Blvd in York County, VA when the Miss Harvey, 16, who was traveling westbound on Victory Blvd at a speed of 55 mph drifted off the road and tried to correct herself and lost control of her vehicle, crossing the double yellow lines and striking the Kehoe vehicle head-on. Plaintiffs were taken to ER at Riverside Regional Medical Center where both were treated for multiple injuries. Mrs. Kehoe sustained a permanent injury to her ankle but otherwise both have fully recovered.

  • $1,250,000 - Million Dollar Settlement - Wrongful Death Motor Scooter Case
    Staff v. Hurst, et. al, Norfolk Circuit Court (2010)

    Plaintiff was killed after she was struck by a Hummer while riding a motor scooter. Case was settled for the maximum amount of insurance coverage available.

  • $1,247,144 - Personal Injury - Truck/Motorcycle Collision
    Paul Eugene O'Brien vs. Mitchell Townsend (2013)

    Plaintiff is a 63 year old resident of Portsmouth, Virginia and is a member of the Patriot Guard Motorcycle Association and was on a mission to attend a funeral for a fallen veteran when the defendant, driving an F-250 Ford pickup truck, crossed the double yellow lines and struck the left front of the plaintiff's Harley Davidson motorcycle. Plaintiff, O'Brien, was admitted to the hospital with the following diagnosis: (1) multiple left rib fractures; (2) left grade two renal laceration; (3) left adrenal hematoma; (4) left colonic hematoma; (5) small left retroperitoneal hematoma; (6) left closed distal severely comminuted femur fracture; (7) right elbow fracture dislocation; (8) right distal radius fracture; (9) left 2nd metatarsal fracture and 3rd and 4th proximal phalanx fractures; (10) left distal phalanx fracture of the great toe; (11) non-insulin dependent diabetes; (12) hemorrhagic shock; (13) renal insufficiency. Plaintiff was treated from December 20, 2011 until November, 2012. Medical specials totaled $201,188.52, together with a life care plan totaling $116,759.87. Plaintiff has recovered with some disabilities and returned to part-time work.

  • $1,200,000 - Million Dollar Settlement - Wrongful Death/DUI
    Vega v. Looker, Virginia Beach Circuit Court (2003)

    Mrs. Vega, 41, was a passenger in a minivan. As the van entered an intersection, a sport-utility vehicle ran a red light, striking the van, and killed Mrs. Vega. She is survived by two adult children and one minor child. A hotel housekeeper who had earned approximately $25,000 annually, she had also been studying to be a chef's assistant and had been attending beauty school. Her future lost earnings are estimated at between $650,000 and $780,000. Her medical expenses were approximately $330,000. The defendant was criminally indicted for driving under the influence and plead guilty to a charge of vehicular manslaughter. The parties settled the case before trial for $1.2 million.

  • $1,000,000 - Million Dollar Settlement - Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
    Confidential (2012)

    Plaintiff was struck on the top of his head by a metal stabilizer bar. He suffered balance disorder and mood changes. Medical expenses were $ 51,000.00. The case settled at mediation prior to trial.

  • $1,000,000 - Million Dollar Settlement - Traumatic Brain Injury - Motorcycle Accident
    Confidential (2015)

    Virginia case settled prior to trial for policy limits. Damages included loss of earning capacity.

  • $900,000 - Settlement - Traumatic Brain Injury Auto Accident
    Walker v. Buck and Re-Steel Supply Company, Inc., U.S. District Court - Eastern District Norfolk (2010)

    Plaintiff was injured when he was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer. William Buck, the driver of the truck and an employee of Re-Steel Supply, had fallen asleep at the wheel. Toxicology tests showed that Buck had a 0.57 mg/L concentration of Oxycodone in his blood at the time of the crash. Police were also able to download data from the tractor's ECM or "black box" which showed that the truck was traveling 64.5 mph (50 mph zone) at the time of impact. Plaintiff struck his head on the headrest and suffered a permanent closed head injury. His ongoing symptoms included post-traumatic headaches, short term memory problems, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), blurry vision when reading, and attention-deficit disorder. The case was settled out of court for $900,000.

  • $900,000 - Settlement - Auto Accident / Orthopaedic Injuries
    Walters v. City of Chesapeake, et. al. (2008)

    Plaintiff, a teenage boy, was headed south on Dominion Boulevard just north of the Steel Bridge in Chesapeake, Virginia. A northbound SUV went off the right shoulder, overcorrected, and hit plaintiff head-on in the southbound lane. Deep rutting on the side of the shoulder caused the SUV to lose control. Suit was filed in federal court against the City of Chesapeake due to its failure to properly maintain the shoulder in a safe manner. Plaintiff suffered severe orthopaedic injuries to his legs. The case was settled before trial for $900,000.00.

  • $884,000 - Settlement - I-95 Tractor Trailer Accident Case
    Edgecombe County, North Carolina (2008)

    Mother and daughter plaintiffs were struck by a tractor trailer truck as they were standing on the side of the highway helping others from a previous accident. Mother suffered a leg injury and her daughter suffered a head injury and was out of work. The cases were settled together for a combined $884,000.00.

  • $800,000 - Settlement - Traumatic Brain Injury Car Accident
    Jane Doe v. Janet Roe, Chesapeake Circuit Court (2009)

    A woman suffered a mild traumatic brain injury in a two vehicle collision. Her injuries included short term memory loss, depression, mood changes, fatigue, partial complex seizures now controlled by Dilantin, and a knee injury. The defendant contested all conditions except the knee problems, which had pre-existed before the wreck. Plaintiff had also been treated for depression and anxiety in the 15 months before the wreck. The case was settled through mediation one week before trial.

  • $750,000 - Jury Verdict - Assisted Living Sexual Assault Case
    Crewe v. Cote De Neige - Assisted Living Center Newport News Circuit Court (2009)

    Plaintiff, a 56 year old mentally handicapped resident, was repeatedly sodomized by a male certified nurse assistant hired by the facility. The numerous sexual violations caused plaintiff to suffer permanent damage to his sphincter muscle in his rectum. The facility allowed the CNA to work there despite knowing that he had 5 assault and battery convictions and thereafter, that he had sexually assaulted another resident who also had mental impairment. The case was tried before a jury who returned a verdict for $750,000 including $500,000 in compensatory damages and $250,000 in punitive damages.

  • $750,000 - Jury Verdict - Medical Malpractice
    Holland v. Dixon M. Rollins, M.D. and Suffolk Radiology Associates, Inc. (2010)

    72 year old decedent underwent a gastrograffin enema procedure by defendant radiologist for inspection of suspected anastomosis leak in small bowel. An earlier CT of pelvis showed a pocket of fluid, but no leak. The decedent's surgeon requested 50cc contrast and gentle enema to evaluate the site. Defendant used excessive amount of contrast and did not gently introduce the contrast resulting in rupture of the pocket of fluid and large perforation. Decedent died of resulting sepsis.

  • $625,000 - Settlement - Automobile Wrongful Death
    Minor v. Younger, Chesapeake Circuit Court (2005)

    Plaintiff, 16 years old, was killed when riding as a passenger in a car being driven by Defendant. Defendant, a 17 year old who had his driver's license just 30 days, drove down a wet, dark, two-lane road at speeds of up to 100 mph. Defendant lost control of the car on a curve and hit a tree. Plaintiff was killed instantly. The parties reached a settlement for $625,000.

  • $525,000 - Settlement - Trucking Accident (2012)
    John Doe vs. Moe Trucking and Jane Doe vs. Moe Trucking

    Tractor-Trailer truck lost control and crashed into a convenience store. John Doe was standing near the counter and suffered a concussion and back injury. Jane Doe was behind the counter when the truck crashed through the front wall and suffered a concussion. The cases were settled prior to trial.

  • $450,000 - Mediated Settlement
    Harris v. Commercial Ready Mix Products, Inc., et al. U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Virginia (2011)

    Mack truck failed to stop at a stop sign resulting in a collision with the plaintiff's vehicle causing neck, mid and lower back injury. Settlement amount: $450,000.00.

  • $395,000 - Settlement
    Mild Traumatic Injury in a 25 mph t-bone crash (2019)

  • $350,000 - Settlement - Virginia Nursing Home Malpractice
    Confidential - settlement of case for resident who was assaulted by another resident (2015)

  • $350,000 - Settlement - Nursing Home Case
    A Virginia Nursing Home (2008)

    A 79 year old nursing home resident, was transferred to the nursing home for rehabilitation following knee replacement surgery. While at the nursing home, the resident developed Stage IV pressure sores of the sacrum and on both heels. The resident was admitted to the hospital and died 7 months later due to end stage renal disease.

  • $300,000 - Settlement - Personal Injury Pedestrian/Automobile Collision
    Jimenez v. Jane Doe (2014)

    Plaintiff, an E-3 US Naval Seaman, was struck by Defendant's vehicle as a pedestrian walking through a crosswalk in Norfolk, Virginia. On February 8, 2013, Plaintiff was on brief military leave as his deployment date was delayed by a day. Around 2:00pm on that clear afternoon, Plaintiff went to cross the street on base. A motor vehicle stopped to allow Plaintiff to cross the street in the crosswalk. Defendant saw the stopped vehicle as she approached the intersection and changed lanes to go around the stopped vehicle. Defendant did not keep a proper look out and struck the plaintiff. The collision caused Plaintiff to strike his head on the windshield and then again on the pavement, when he was thrown approximately 10 feet. Plaintiff arrived at the emergency room classified as a "bravo alert." Plaintiff was diagnosed with multiple orbital and facial fractures as well as a subarachnoid hemorrhage. Plaintiff was placed immediately in the intensive care unit. Plaintiff's medical bills totaled $38,084.29.

  • $290,000 - Negotiated Settlement - Auto Collision
    Kinzey v. Jane Doe (2014)

    Plaintiff was driving his 2000 Honda Accord on Old Donation Parkway approaching the intersection of Old Donation Parkway and North Great Neck Road. As plaintiff proceeded through a green light, the defendant made a left turn from Old Donation Parkway onto North Great Neck Road, directly in the path of plaintiff. Defendant's vehicle collided with the front driver side door of the Honda Accord which was totaled as a result of the accident. Plaintiff and his passenger were injured as a result of the accident. Plaintiff sustained a comminuted femoral fracture of the left leg. He was immediately taken to Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital and underwent intramedullary fixation with left femoral shaft fixation and insertion of a femoral nail. Plaintiff underwent a course of physical therapy with a successful outcome. Defendant, a minor, maintained an insurance policy of $300,000.00 per injury but limited to $300,000.00 per accident. After lengthy negotiations, defendant's carrier agreed to settle plaintiff's claim for $290,000.00 prior to filing suit.

  • $275,000 - Settlement - Nursing Home Negligence
    John Doe v. Roe Nursing Home, Norfolk Circuit Court (2003)

    Plaintiff's decedent, 95 years old, admitted to Nursing Home with known propensity to fall. Inadequate assessment upon admission to Home, inadequate reassessment after falling in Home, and lack of communication among staff about implementation of least-restrictive fall prevention measures for this patient, lead to his death from subdural hemotoma due to later fall. Statutory beneficiaries were four stepchildren and three estranged natural children. Special damages were $11,291.95 in medical bills, and a $3,010.00 funeral bill. Settlement amount: $275,000.00.

  • $250,000 - Nursing Home Malpractice
    John Doe v. Nursing Home (2005)

    Plaintiff was a non-ambulatory, demented resident with severe Alzheimer's who was fed through a feeding tube. When the tube became clogged, the nursing home's RN called and advised the doctor of the situation. The RN then obtained an order to replace the feeding tube. Despite never having replaced a feeding tube before, the RN attempted to replace the feeding tube without any assistance. The nursing home was negligent when it failed to follow procedure for proper placement of the tube, as well as when it failed to confirm the tube was placed correctly after it was inserted. The tube was negligently inserted into the abdomen instead of the stomach pouch. Medication and food were pumped into the abdomen resulting in septic shock and death a few days later.

  • $250,000 - Jury Verdict - Traumatic Brain Injury Case
    Armbrister v. McDade, Hampton Circuit Court (2006)

    Plaintiff, 17 years old, suffered a mild traumatic brain injury when Defendant broadsided her vehicle going 35 mph. Plaintiff suffered a brain injury which caused headaches, memory loss, concentration problems, and depression. Despite her injury, plaintiff was able to work as an officer in the U.S. Army. The case was tried before a jury who returned a verdict for the plaintiff in the amount of $250,000.

  • $250,000 - Mild Concussion
    Longtin vs. Gibson, Norfolk Circuit Court (2012)

    Plaintiff, a 62 year old elementary school teacher who was considering retirement, was rear ended. She sustained a mild concussion and returned to work. The defense disputed that she suffered a concussion and that her difficulties had nothing to do with the wreck and she would have soon retired, regardless of the accident. Case settled through mediation just prior to trial.

  • $230,000 - Arbitration Award
    Long v. Medical Facilities of America (2014)

    Nursing home malpractice case; resident falls from bed and fractures her neck while rehabbing from a stroke. She had to wear a brace for eight months. No surgery. Medical specialist were $20,000.00.

  • $190,000 - Jury Verdict - Auto Collision
    Hofheimer v. McKenna, Virginia Beach Circuit Court (2012)

    lantiff suffered a concussion injury and loss of gag reflex.Plantiff had no loss of earnings.

  • $190,000 - Settlement - Intersection crash led to mild TBI
    Kemick v. McCarley, Virginia Beach Circuit Court (2012)

    Plaintiff was traveling west-bound on Dam Neck Road in Virginia Beach. The defendant ran a red light at the intersection of Dam Neck and General Booth Boulevard as she was making a left turn, and collided with the plaintiff's vehicle.

  • $160,000 - Settlement - Veterans Nursing Negligence
    U.S. District Court, E.D.Va. Lauth v. United States (Dept. of Veterans' Affairs) (2002)

    Death of 83 year old amputee from subdural hematoma caused by nurse's improper turning of patient in bed at Hampton VA Medical Center. Settlement amount: $160,000.00.

  • $150,000 - Jury Verdict - Auto Collision
    Ellsworth v. Jeter, Hampton Circuit Court (2008)

    Man suffered a strained ankle with 16% partial impairment. The case was tried to a jury who returned a verdict of $150,000.

  • $125,000 - Settlement - Nursing Home Malpractice & Federal Tort Claims Act
    Pearl Taylor v. U.S.A. and Confidential Nursing Home, U.S. District Court, Norfolk (2002)

    99-year-old woman developed a Stage IV sacral decubitus ulcer due to the combined negligence of the Nursing Home, the attending physician, and his nurse practitioner. Upon discovery of the wound, plaintiff's family removed her from the facility, sought appropriate medical care, placed her in a better facility, and after several months the wound healed. Suit originally was filed in State court against both the Nursing Home, and also the physician and his nurse practitioner, both employees of Eastern Shore Rural Health Systems, Inc., which also was a defendant. It was removed to federal court by Eastern Shore as, unbeknownst to plaintiff and not discoverable beforehand, this defendant was a participant in the federal malpractice insurance program created by the Federally Supported Health Centers Assistance Act, 42 USC 233; hence, the sole remedy against Eastern Shore and its employees is under the Federal Tort Claims Act. Dismissal was stipulated allowing plaintiff to pursue her administrative remedies under the FTCA and, immediately upon their exhaustion, she filed suit against the United States and Nursing Home. The United States offered judgment, and Nursing Home settled for the remainder. Medical bills totaled $14,341.49. Settlement amount: $125,000.00.

  • $125,000 - Settlement - Medical Malpractice - Federal Tort Claims Act
    Callahan v. Inited States of America, U.S.D.C Richmond (2015)

    Retired veteran fell from a ladder at home and suffered a complex skull fracture and severe traumatic brain injury. Prior to a second surgery to implant skill inserts the VA surgeon took him off blood thinners. The rehab resident negligently placed him back on full therapy dosage of blood thinner with 3 days following this surgery, resulting in massive bleeding and formation of brain hematomas. His surgery had to be redone and he had a diminishment of his cognition. There were no monetary damages.

  • $125,000 - Settlement - Gacial Scar and Headaches
    Gabris v. Ashman, Norfolk Circuit Court (2015)

    College student's vehicle struck from rear, suffering a broken nose and cut in lower lip. $11,000 in medical bills. Client continues to have headaches and $21,000 projected for future medications.

  • $115,000 - Settlement - Personal Injury Boating Case
    Virginia Beach Circuit Court

    A 16 year old boy was injured by a boat propeller while tubing. The boat operator had left the motor running while the boy attempted to board the boat resulting in severe lacerations to his right leg. The case settled without having to file suit.

  • $108,000 - Settlement - Medical Transport Negligence
    Jane Doe v. Moe Transport, Inc., Virginia Beach Circuit Court (2002)

    Client falls and fractures hip and hip is pinned by surgeon and he has her admitted for rehab to a nursing home. Client completes rehab and is released to go home and medical transport takes her to her apartment building. Medical transport employee decides to pull client up backwards up the three stairs to the stoop of the apartment building, gets up onto the stoop and then releases the wheelchair, which then falls along with the client, down the three steps, and the employee then falls down the steps on top of the client, re-fracturing her hip. Client has to undergo prosthetic hip placement, recovers and again goes home. Settlement amount $108,000.00.

  • $105,450 - Jury Verdict - Auto Collision
    Alan v. Gray, Chesapeake Circuit Court (2012)

    Plaintiff suffered knee injury resulting in arthroscopic surgery, and also suffered aggravation of his low back condition. Plaintiff had no loss of earnings.

  • $50,000 - Settlement - Nursing Home Negligence
    Jane Doe v. Moe Nursing Home, Richmond Circuit Court (2002)

    The plaintiff was admitted to defendant nursing home for skilled rehab. Four days after admission a licensed practical nurse, who worked part-time at defendant nursing home, administered medications to plaintiff that where prescribed for plaintiff's roommate. Plaintiff was on two medications but her roommate was on nine medications and the LPN who was not familiar with plaintiff gave her the roommate's medications in error. Negligent acts by the nursing home included failure to provide plaintiff with a patient name-band; failure to make sure plaintiff was the right patient to receive the medications; failure to mark the pharmacy drawer on the medication cart with plaintiff's name and instead labeled the pharmacy drawer meant for the plaintiff with the roommate's, and failed to correctly label plaintiff's name as being assigned to her bed, but instead labeled the door to the room with the name of her roommate for that bed. Plaintiff had an adverse reaction and her blood pressure fell abruptly, requiring four days of hospitalization and total medical specials of approximately $11,000.00. Parties settled for $50,000.00. Plaintiff did not suffer any long term ill effects.

  • Policy Limits plus $14,000.00
    Drunk Driver Killed Off-Duty Police Officer (2018)

  • Confidential Amount - Mediated Settlement for Nursing Home Medical Malpractice
    Virginia Beach, Virginia

    Plaintiff's decedent, a 92 year old female, was placed at a nursing home for one week respite care while her daughter, who home cared for her mother since 2004, went on a one week vacation. Mother was diagnosed with advance dementia, hypertension (high blood pressure), peripheral arterial disease, non-insulin dependent diabetes, vitamin D deficiency, degenerative joint disease (arthritis), and a history of gastritis and in need of assistance for all ADLS (Activities of Daily Living). Daughter investigated the nursing home, which was highly recommended by a friend whose parent had been in the facility. Daughter met with nursing home staff who assured daughter that their facility could provide the care that mother needed. Mother was admitted to the nursing home on September 4, 2009. Her skin was assessed as "intact" but she had a small red area on her coccyx and staff noted it as a stage one pressure ulcer. Staff completed the Braden Scale Assessment on mother which resulted in a 12 (high risk for pressure ulcers). Staff assured daughter that they were competent to treat pressure ulcers and not to worry. Daughter went on her vacation and upon return she went to the facility and was advised on September 14, 2009 that the pressure ulcer had enlarged to a stage II pressure ulcer. By September 29, 2009, the pressure ulcer was assessed as a stage IV pressure ulcer and became infected on October 6, 2009. On October 10, 2009 mother died and the "immediate cause of death" as diagnosed by her treating physician was "infected sacral pressure ulcer." Mother was survived by six daughters and sons. Plaintiff's experts opined that the nursing home's staff failed to properly and timely assess the pressure ulcer and put into place interventions to cure the ulcer.

  • Confidential Settlement - Nursing Home Wrongful Death
    Virginia Circuit Court (2010)

    Elderly nursing home resident died as a result of a fall sustained at the nursing home. A resident at the nursing home for 33 years, resident suffered from mental retardation. Resident had fallen numerous times while at the facility, and was assessed as a high risk for falls. Two of the primary goals of the nursing home's care plan for the decedent was to keep the resident free from falls and to maintain a safe environment for resident. The fall that caused his death occurred when the resident fell out of his bed onto the floor and struck his head. A nursing assistant had left the bedrail down and had turned away to go to the closet. After the fall, the nursing staff failed to notify the doctor, failed to have him evaluated at the emergency room, and failed to complete required neurological assessments after the fall. The resident died two days later from an undiagnosed subdural hematoma caused by the fall.

  • Confidential Settlement - Assisted Living Center Wrongful Death
    John Doe v. Roe Assisted Care Facility Virginia Circuit Court (2010)

    Wrongful death settlement in favor of surviving children of an elderly man with dementia who lived in an assisted care facility. The resident ingested a liquid cleaning product that had been left out on a table in another resident's room. The decedent resident was known by staff to wander the facility and go into other residents' rooms. The decedent died as a result of the ingestion of the cleaning product

  • Confidential Settlement - Wrongful Death Scalding Case
    Norfolk Circuit Court (2007)

    A 63 year old handicapped woman died after being scalded by water emitting from her bathtub. Her third degree burns resulted in infection which caused her death. The case was settled before trial for a confidential amount.

  • Confidential Settlement - Personal Injury Case Against the City
    Elizabeth City, North Carolina (2008)

    Plaintiff turned right onto a two lane city street while traveling behind a City dump truck which had been stopped. As plaintiff waited for oncoming traffic to clear, the City dump truck backed over plaintiff's car resulting in injury to plaintiff.

  • Confidential Settlement - Medical Malpractice Against Hospital

    76 year old plaintiff had hip surgery with complications which resulted in an extended stay in the hospital. Plaintiff was later transferred to a nursing home where it was discovered that plaintiff had four Stage IV pressure ulcers of which two were on his heels. The hospital's skin assessment upon discharge indicated that plaintiff's skin was intact with no pressure sores. After proper treatment, the pressure ulcers healed leaving plaintiff unable to stand without assistance.

  • Confidential Settlement - North Carolina Adult Long Term Care Negligence
    John Doe v. Adult Long Term Care Facility (2005)

    Plaintiff, who suffered from dementia and severe Alzheimer's, was ambulatory and had all his teeth removed. Plaintiff did not have dentures, and his meals were required to be soft-mechanical (pureed). To protect him, it was ordered that Plaintiff eat meals in the dining room and that staff members monitor Plaintiff while he ate. Despite the order, Plaintiff was served a regular-diet meal in his room by a CNA staff member without any supervision. Plaintiff stuffed food into his mouth, including hamburger and a bread roll, and choked to death. The staff was negligent in providing Plaintiff a tray of regular-diet food in his room, was negligent in failing to monitor Plaintiff while he was eating, and was negligent in allowing Plaintiff to eat in his room instead of the dining room. The assistant administrator was also negligent in that she observed the CNA staff member leave Plaintiff's room after giving him a tray of food and then failed to monitor the plaintiff herself or require Plaintiff to go to the dining room. Settlement: Confidential.

  • Confidential Settlement - Nursing Home Malpractice
    John Doe v. Moe Nursing Home, Virginia Circuit Court (2000)

    Resident fell more than 30 times before the nursing home reassessed his care plan and provided least restrictive restraint. Falls then ceased. Injuries to face and head. Settlement amount: Confidential.

  • Confidential Settlement - Nursing Home Malpractice
    John Doe v. Nursing Home (2004)

    57 year old stroke victim admitted for rehabilitation and long term nursing care with inability to turn and reposition himself, but with no skin breakdown. Prior to admission decedent had been in several hospital facilities several months, but again with no skin breakdown. After admission to defendant nursing home facility he was assigned to a room at the end of the hallway, as far as one can get from the nursing station, and assigned direct givers CNAs that did not turn and reposition him on a regular basis. Decedent could not talk in order to voice complaints or verbalize his needs. Within three weeks decedent had formed Stave IV bed sore on his scrotum. Depositions of the CNA staff proved inadequate staffing to meet decedent's needs to be turned and repositioned on a regular basis. Once the advanced bed sore was recognized by the staff, long delays occurred in providing sufficient and adequate treatment further contributing to the deterioration of his condition. Over 50 alternations in the nursing home chart were demonstrated using the services of a document expert. The decedent having life expectancy of approximately five years because of his underlying condition. The parties settled prior to trial for the maximum coverage available.

  • Confidential Settlement - Nursing Home Malpractice
    John Doe v. Nursing Home (2004)

    n January 28, 2003, the decedent, age 74, was admitted to defendant nursing home for rehab after a hip fracture suffered at home. The decedent suffered from dementia. Because of immobility and dementia, he was assessed as being at a high risk for the development of pressure sores. On February 21, 2003, a sacral pressure sore was first observed at a Stage II. By February 27, 2003, the wound had advanced to a Stage III. By March 7, the wound had advanced to a Stage IV and continued to advance in size until March 24, 2003 when he was discharged to the hospital. During the period January 28, 2003 through March 7, 2003, the decedent lost 36 pounds which is an excessive weight loss in only 38 days. A special air mattress was not provided until March 21, 2003, three days before his discharge to the hospital with infected sacral decubitus. The defendant facility did not seek a consultation by a wound care nurse until March 7, 2003. The decedent's family effectively testified during mediation that he was not turned or repositioned and that they had to feed him as his tray was left in his room during the day by the CNAs, with no help provided for the decedent to take his meal. The decedent had a life expectancy of approximately 3 years because of his underlying Parkinson's disease and dementia conditions. The parties settled the case at mediation, the amount of settlement being agreed upon as confidential.

  • Confidential Settlement - Wrongful Death/Dialysis/Nursing Malpractice
    Jane Doe v. Dialysis Center (2003)

    Decedent was exposed to harmful chemical during her regular dialysis treatment, resulting in fatal hemolysis of her blood (destruction of red blood cells). The parties settled for a substantial sum prior to trial.

  • Confidential Settlement - Medical Malpractice
    Jim Doe v. Larry Roe, M.D., Virginia Circuit Court (2001)

    Family physician failed to diagnose prostate cancer resulting in loss of chance for cure. Settlement amount: Confidential.

  • Confidential Settlement - Medical Malpractice
    John Doe v. Mike Moe, M.D., Virginia Circuit Court (2001)

    Surgical negligence. Dr. Moe failed to wait for full effect of anesthesia during umbilical hernia operation. Negligently failed to appreciate nicking the bowel; resulting sepsis. Settlement amount: Confidential.

  • Confidential Settlement - Nursing Home Malpractice
    Estate of Jane Doe v. Roe Nursing Home, Virginia Circuit Court (2001)

    Resident transferred by Hoyer Lift is dropped; allegedly "slides" out of sling. Multiple fractures; death. Settlement amount: Confidential.

  • Confidential Settlement - Nursing Home Malpractice
    Jane Doe v. Roe Nursing Home, Virginia Circuit Court and U.S. Bankruptcy Court (2001)

    Unexplained fall by Alzheimer's resident results in facial and upper body bruises and broken clavicle; delay in treatment of broken clavicle. Significant obstacles due to Home's bankruptcy overcome. Settlement amount: Confidential.

  • Confidential Settlement - Medical Malpractice
    Jane Doe v. John Doe, M.D., Virginia Circuit Court (2000)

    Mother of full-term baby is brought to hospital by OB/GYN for induced labor so he can go on vacation. Defendant does not timely respond to delivery difficulties and child suffers anoxia and resulting severe brain damage. Settlement amount: Confidential.

  • Confidential Settlement - Nursing Home Malpractice
    Estate of Jane Doe v. Roe Nursing Home, Virginia Circuit Court (2001)

    Resident on pureed diet order gets access to a hamburger, eats it, and chokes to death. Settlement amount: Confidential.

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