Daily Press: $25 million malpractice verdict against Riverside to be reduced to $2 million

Mathews County man wins medical malpractice case after suffering severe heart attack

By Peter Dujardin, pdujardin@dailypress.com | 247-47497:16 p.m. EST, February 15, 2013

HAMPTON -- A Mathews County man who had a severe heart attack months after being given Advil to treat his heart condition landed a $25 million verdict on Thursday from a jury in Hampton Circuit Court. According to the law firm that represented him, it's the largest ever medical malpractice verdict in Virginia and the largest personal inury verdict ever handed down in Hampton. But the verdict against Riverside Health System and one of its cardiologists won't stand. It's expected to be reduced to less than a tenth of the original amount because of a state…

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$25 Million Verdict in Hampton Believed to be Largest Medical Malpractice Verdict in the History of Virginia

Type of Action: Medical Malpractice

Attorneys for Plaintiff: Jason W. Konvicka, Esquire & Malcolm P. McConnell III, Esquire 

The $25,000,000 plus interest verdict awarded by a jury yesterday in the City of Hampton is believed to be the largest Medical Malpractice verdict in the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as the largest personal injury verdict in Hampton. Represented by Jason W. Konvicka and Malcolm P. McConnell, III of the law firm of Allen & Allen, the plaintiff was misdiagnosed by Riverside Physicians Services for a heart condition that ultimately resulted in a debilitating heart attack.

In January 2010, Christopher Denton, age 37, experienced a…

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Signs of a Spinal Cord Injury

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Personal Injury Attorney

The spinal cord is a long, thin bundle of nerves that runs from your brain to the lower part of your spine.  Together with your brain, the spinal cord makes up your central nervous system.  Pathways or "tracts" in your spinal cord carry signals from your brain to different parts of your body and back.  There are two types of nerves or tracts.  "Motor tracts" carry messages from your brain that control muscles.  "Sensory tracts" carry signals from body parts such as hands and feet to the brain regarding heat, cold, pain, pressure and the position of your body.

A spinal cord injury occurs when any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of…

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Meet the Attorneys of Allen & Allen: Jason W. Konvicka - VIDEO

Jason Konvicka is a partner and trial attorney in the Richmond, Virginia office of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen. He is a founding member of the firm's medical malpractice team but his practice also includes serious and complex injury case involving brain injury, truck accidents, bus accidents and wrongful death. He is also experienced in handling defective product cases and defective drug cases. Jason is listed in Best Lawyers in America and Virginia Super Lawyers. He is a Certified Civil Trial Advocate and he has successfully argued before the Virginia Supreme Court and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. To learn more about Jason, visit: http://www.allenandallen.com/jason-w-konvicka.html

Video: http://youtu.be/lYbtpGV45Oo…

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Motor Vehicle Safety: Passenger Van Safety

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Passenger vans are commonly used by colleges, churches, camps, and other groups during the active summer months. The National Highway Traffic Safety Agency ("NHTSA") recently urged the users of 15-passenger vans to take specific steps to keep drivers and passengers safe.[1]These vehicles have special dangers if not operated properly.

Passenger vans handle very differently from smaller passenger vehicles because they are typically longer, higher, wider, and heavier (especially when loaded).  They require trained drivers who are comfortable and experienced  with the unique driving characteristics of larger vehicles. These differences include…

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Allen & Allen Offering Free Consultation in Yaz* Related Cases

 If you used the birth control pill Yaz* and had a blot clot leading to a pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis or stroke, you should be aware that the national Judge handling this litigation has ordered the manufacturer to come to the bargaining table to work out a settlement for the victims.

Yaz* includes Yasmin, Beyaz, Gianvi, Loryna, Ocella, Syeda and Zarah.

The law firm of Allen & Allen is investigating claims arising from patients taking Yaz*, and helping those recipients who have valid claims.  Contact our product liability attorneys for a free consultation by calling 866-388-1307. We work on a contingency fee basis so you will pay nothing up front.

About the Author: Richmond, VA personal injury…

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Stay Safe Trick or Treating This Year

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Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Personal Injury Attorney, Richmond, VA

Halloween can be a magical time of year for children.  Costumes, trick or treating, parties, and, of course, eating candy are all part of the fun of Halloween.  But the excitement of the night can cause children and adults to be less careful.  The following are a few tips for making Halloween fun and safe for your children:

Costumes

1)    Purchase flame resistant costumes.  Look for the label "Flame Resistant."  Although this does not mean that the item will not catch fire, it does indicate that the item should resist burning.

2)    Make sure that costumes are visible, particularly outside in the dark. …

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Book Review: Grief and Loss: Identifying and Proving Damages in Wrongful Death Cases

Reviewed by Attorney Jason W. Konvicka

Book Review: Grief and Loss: Identifying and Proving Damages in Wrongful Death Cases Authors Robert T. Hall and Mila Ruiz Tecala Trial Guides, LLC, http://www.trialguides.com/book/grief-and-loss/ Portland, Oregon 2009 (340 pages) Source: http://www.vsb.org/docs/valawyermagazine/vl0211_book-review.pdf - Virginia Lawyer, Vol. 59, February 2011, pg. 55-56.

In their exceptional new book, Robert T. Hall and Mila Ruiz Tecala prove that wrongful death cases involve much more than funeral expenses, medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Wrongful death cases stem from the loss of a human being, frequently under traumatic circumstance. Such a loss forever changes…

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Medical Alert: DePuy Hip Replacement Recall

Author: Attorney Jason W. Konvicka

In August of 2010, Johnson & Johnson's artificial joint replacement company, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., issued a recall of two hip replacement products because of excessively high failure rates that required second surgeries.   If you or someone you know has had a hip replacement that may have used one of these products, you should be aware of this recall.

What DePuy Hip Replacement Products Have Been Recalled?

ASR Hip Resurfacing System ASR XL Acetabular System

What Was the Cause of the Recall?

The recall came after data showed that one in eight patients needed a "revision surgery," which is required when an artificial joint…

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What is mesothelioma? Why am I seeing so many commercials related to it?

Author Attorney Jason W. Konvicka

"Mesothelioma" is a rare form of cancer that typically involves the lungs, but can also affect the lining of the abdominal cavity (peritoneum) and the lining of the heart (pericardium).  The only known cause of this cancer is exposure to asbestos.

The recent increase of mesothelioma advertisements is due in part to the unusually long latency period between the exposure to asbestos and the development of mesothelioma.  The National Institute of Health and the Center for Disease Control estimate that latency period to be between 30 and 50 years.  Asbestos use in the United States peaked in 1973 when an estimated 1.6 trillion pounds were used.[1] Thus, when you consider…

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