Virginia Lawyers Weekly released “Virginia’s Largest Verdicts of 2011” this week and four attorneys from Allen & Allen made list:
Taking the #6 position were attorneys P. Christopher Guedri and Douglas A. Barry with the $23 Million verdict in the Jones v. Moen case.
Taking the #19 position were attorneys Malcolm P. McConnell, III and Jason W. Konvicka with the $1.5 Million verdict in the Jafer v. DiMattina MD case.
Jones v. Moen – $23 Million
A truck owned by Moen Inc. had stopped for nine minutes in the emergency lane of I-295 before pulling out into the right traffic lane at 25 miles per hour. The plaintiff, whose rig hit the truck at about 55 mph, had no recollection of the accident.
Attorneys for the plaintiff relied on global positioning and electronic control modules on the defendant’s rig to establish how the wreck occurred.
In June, Richmond Circuit Judge Melvin Hughes denied defense motions to set aside or reduce the award. Moen filed an appeal in the Supreme Court of Virginia, but according to plaintiff’s attorney Christopher Guedri, the case was settled on confidential terms prior to the writ panel hearing.
Source: Virginias Lawyers Weekly; By Sarah Rodriguez; Published: January 9, 2012; http://valawyersweekly.com/2012/01/09/jones-v-moen/; © Copyright 2012 Virginia Lawyers Media. All Rights Reserved.
Jafer v. DiMattina MD – $1.5 Million
Summary: A 30-year-old woman suffered a stroke after undergoing in vitro fertilization therapy. She alleged that the defendant physician was negligent because he ignored warning signs of a complication called ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome and continued the therapy.
Due to low body weight and a hormone imbalance, the plaintiff was at risk for this complication. During the in vitro procedure, the syndrome developed.
The defendant injected fluids into her bloodstream, but did not prescribe anticoagulants. The plaintiff suffered a stroke on the right side of her brain, which initially paralyzed the left side of her body. She has since recovered, but still walks with a limp and has weakness in her left hand.
After the stroke, the plaintiff became pregnant without medical intervention and delivered a baby girl.
Source: Virginia Lawyers Weekly; By Sarah Rodriguez; Published: January 9, 2012; http://valawyersweekly.com/2012/01/09/jafer-v-dimattina-md/; © Copyright 2012 Virginia Lawyers Media. All Rights Reserved.