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Mother awarded $101 million in medical malpractice suit

Most parents in Virginia and elsewhere can understand how it feels to wait for the birth of their baby and wonder if the process will be smooth and all will end well. Unfortunately, since a number of complications can arise, some people endure a difficult time, and some birth experiences end tragically. Such was the case for a mother in a different state who, recently, was awarded $101 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital at which her brain-damaged son was born.

The woman gave birth at the hospital in 2014. Reportedly, during labor, she had informed staff that she was concerned as she could not feel the baby move. Apparently, she also underwent an ultrasound that indicated the baby had not moved for six hours, but according to the plaintiff's attorneys, the hospital's medical staff ignored the ultrasound results.

Head-on car accident in Hanover County results in two fatalities

Virginia drivers know the importance of staying alert while behind the wheel. To ensure they are able to focus on the task at hand, drivers are smart to avoid drugs or alcohol prior to getting into a vehicle. They should also be well-rested and free from any health issues that may impair their abilities. Drivers whose attention is diverted for even a few seconds can cause serious car accidents, sometimes because they end up in the wrong lane where they may encounter vehicles traveling in the opposite direction. While many factors may contribute to this type of car accident, when two vehicles collide head-on, the drivers and passengers do not often all survive the tremendous impact.

An example of such a car accident happened on a recent Tuesday afternoon. According to authorities, a driver in a pickup truck traveling west on a roadway in Hanover County crossed the solid center line. The pickup crashed head-on into a sedan traveling in the opposite lane.

Measuring fault in an auto accident claim

Auto accidents occur every day. Unfortunately, unexpected accidents can lead to serious physical, financial and even emotional strain.

Thankfully, an auto accident claim can aid parties in receiving the reparations they deserve. Determining fault in an auto accident case is critical to the claim's viability.

Hit-and-run car accident kills 15-year-old pedestrian

Many Virginia residents enjoy walking as a form of exercise, transportation or perhaps both. Most people find walking is an inexpensive, healthy and safe way to get around, but unfortunately, the latter is not always true, especially in areas where pedestrians share space with a high volume of motorized vehicles. Occasionally, a car accident involving a pedestrian occurs, sometimes resulting in death. Such was the case in Hampton when a teenage girl was killed in a hit-and-run accident.

The incident happened on a recent Friday just after 7 p.m. Reportedly, the 15-year-old girl was walking across a busy intersection with her mother after attending church. According to police, a vehicle crashed into them, killing the teenager and sending the woman to a local hospital. The driver fled the scene immediately.

Hospital accused of negligence in medical malpractice suit

Most Virginia residents who spend time in hospitals are aware that some of the patients have communicable diseases. Although medical professionals, typically, take every possible measure to prevent transmission of these diseases to other patients, occasionally, mistakes are made, sometimes resulting in tragedy. Such was the case when a woman in a different state died, allegedly after contracting Legionnaire's disease from another patient during a hospital stay. Her family has filed a medical malpractice suit, accusing the hospital of negligence and wrongful death.

According to the family's attorney, in Oct 2014, the woman was admitted to the hospital as a participant in a clinical trial to help patients with multiple sclerosis. Only a few weeks after her hospital stay, the 35-year-old woman died after contracting Legionnaire's disease. Her family claims she contracted the disease from another person on the same hospital floor. They say that since the woman's immune system was suppressed, the hospital should have placed her on a different floor.

2 people dead following Roanoke County car accident

Most Virginia drivers can relate to the experience of traveling on a highway and suddenly coming upon traffic that has slowed significantly or even stopped. To avoid a collision, drivers approaching this type of situation must follow the traffic laws and paying close attention to the road ahead so they can safely brake in time. Failure to do so may cause a car accident, and unfortunately, this was the case recently on a Roanoke County highway.

The crash occurred in the early evening on a Wednesday. Northbound traffic on the highway was slowing and coming to a stop. A 38-year-old man driving a tractor-trailer collided with two cars and another tractor-trailer before coming to a stop on the median.

Encouraging responsibility with your trucking log

Driving a big truck requires you to practice vigilance as your job description includes the need to drive long hours, sometimes-treacherous terrain and in a vehicle that can be temperamental at times. Additionally, depending on who you work for, the loads you transport could pose unique risks of their own. Protecting yourself and other motorists in Virginia requires you to drive responsibly and stay aware of your surroundings and any potential hazards so you can safely handle them before they become dangerous. 

One way that you can have accountability and motivation to drive responsibly is by using a truck driver log. Logging metrics were designed to help you document your travels and any safety issues or concerns you encounter, as well as whether or not you are involved in any accidents or receive any traffic citations. When properly filled out and filed, you and your employer can use the data for reference. The information can also be used to provide visuals during training for new drivers at your company. 

Unclear distracted driving laws may lead to accidents

Many Virginia residents know that distracted driving is dangerous, but the specific provisions of the state's laws are not completely clear. While many states have enacted laws that ban drivers from even holding a cellphone or personal electronic device while behind the wheel, such legislation has not yet passed in Virginia. Confusion about what counts as distracted driving may make it more difficult to enforce existing laws.

The Virginia Law Library provides details of the current distracted driving laws. According to the Code of Virginia, drivers may not use a handheld personal communication device to create, send or read text messages. They may not read emails, and individuals must not hold their devices in their hands while driving in a highway work zone. However, the current law does not restrict drivers from talking on their cell phones while holding them, a behavior that many experts say qualifies as distracted driving. Additionally, the existing laws do not address other distracting behaviors, such as watching videos, reading websites or searching the internet.

How to handle your insurance company after a car crash

Car crashes are rarely straightforward, especially when more than one vehicle is at the scene. Between three and five vehicles were in a crash on I-664, where state police had to rescue a dog that ended up in nearby water. 

After a car accident of any severity, you want to contact your insurance agency right away. Your insurer can reimburse you for the cost to pay any medical bills and have your vehicle repaired quickly. However, your insurance company only wants to turn a profit, which sometimes means paying out as little as possible. Here is some advice on how to deal with your insurance following a collision. 

Understanding the legal side of motorcycle injuries

Virginia roads are relatively safe — but there is room for improvement. Collisions do happen. At Cranwell & Moore P.L.C., Attorneys at Law, we know that these so-called accidents are actually sometimes due to somebody's negligence. When that is the case, the injured party could be able to secure compensation.

While every situation is different, there are some common factors involved when it comes to motorcycle crashes. Please continue reading for a list of common injuries and the typical legal issues associated with them.

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