Largest Verdicts of 2005
Lawyer recovers $1.8M in med-mal retrial
By Virginia Lawyers Weekly
January 23, 2006
#12 – $1.8 million
Allen v. Mid-Atlantic Health Alliance
Type of case: Medical malpractice
Court: Fredericksburg Circuit Court
Summary: This was a retrial of a case that produced one of the largest medical malpractice verdicts in state history in April 2003.
In 2003, a Fredericksburg jury awarded $6.5 million to lawyer Craig Allen, who contended a physician was negligent in failing to diagnose an inflammation in his spinal column. The Supreme Court of Virginia affirmed the jury’s finding of negligence but sent the case back for a new trial on the issues of proximate cause and damages. On Oct. 14, a second jury returned a verdict for $1.8 million, which will be reduced to $1.55 million, as was the first verdict, under the med-mal damages cap.
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