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Ed Atkinson named a 2016 Super Lawyer Rising Star

Ed Atkinson named a 2016 Super Lawyer Rising Star

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I am pleased to report that I was named for this peer-nominated award presented by the Thompson-Reuters company.  While the representative from the company did not specifically say so, I feel certain that the 2016 Rising Star award confirms that:

“I’m rocking my peers, puttin’ suckers in fear” in the great tradition of LL Cool Jay.

Many thanks to my wife and family, my office staff, and my friends and colleagues in the legal profession.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

Compensation for Virginia Victims of Eugenics Sterilization

Attorney Representation for Virginia Eugenics Sterilization Victims

The Commonwealth of Virginia forcibly sterilized over 7,000 people between 1924 and 1981 under the Eugenical Sterilization Act, claiming that they were either “mentally ill” or “mentally deficient.” In an effort to remedy this historic crime, Virginia law now offers up to $25,000 of compensation to sterilization victims who were alive as of February 1, 2015.

The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services is developing an application that will require those seeking compensation to prove their claim. Requirements will include proof that the applicant was sterilized at Eastern State Hospital, Southwestern State Hospital, Western State Hospital, Central State Mental Hospital or Virginia Colony for the Epileptic and Feebleminded (Central Virginia Training Center) between 1924 and 1981.

If you or a loved one were sterilized, my law firm will seek maximum compensation in your claim. My office will gather the records and documents needed for your claim and prepare an application package for the DBHDS without any up front charges. Let a licensed Virginia attorney handle your paperwork and deal with the government. Call Atkinson Law at 757-656-3084 for a free consultation.

Medical Malpractice verdict: obstetrician’s negligence caused mother’s death

A jury awarded nearly $2 million to the surviving husband and children of a 26-year-old Chinese national who died in Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center in Orange County, California as a result of postpartum hemorrhaging following the delivery of a child.

Obstetrician Long-Dei Liu was the main defendant, as the hospital settled before trial for over $3 million.  Evidence at trial showed that Liu left the patient when she was not in a medically stable condition, a charge Liu denied.  He testified that he left the hospital without checking the patient’s vital signs.  He did not make a note in her chart that she was stable when he left.

One factor that may have weighed heavily on jurors’ minds was the fact that the deceased, Ling Nie, and her family had travelled to the United States at great expense seeking the best available conditions for the birth of their child, only to suffer a catastrophe.  If you or a loved one is a victim of medical negligence, contact Norfolk medical malpractice lawyer Ed Atkinson to pursue justice for your loss.

Fatal Truck Accident May Result in Wrongful Death Claim

At around 3:42 a.m. this morning, a crash involving multiple semi trailers on I-64 in Newport News resulted in the death of 69-year-old William E. Robinson of Staunton, Virginia.  Robinson, who was operating a 1999 Mack truck, died at the scene.

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Car accident on 264 in Virginia Beach kills one person

The Virginian-Pilot reports that around 2:25 a.m. this morning a traffic accident on Interstate 264 in Virginia Beach left one person dead.  Virginia State Police have released very little information so far.  Spokesperson Michelle Anaya told the Pilot that the accident took place on the westbound section of interstate 264 near the old toll plaza.

Because of high speeds, interstate car accidents have a higher chance of causing serious injury or death.  If your loved one has been killed in a car crash because of another driver’s negligence, contact Norfolk wrongful death attorney Ed Atkinson to get justice.

Wrongful Death suit for medical malpractice filed against clinic

According to an article this week in the Insurance Journal, an Oregon family is suing the clinic where their loved one died during a medical procedure that was supposed to treat her migraine headaches.  The suit alleges that the clinic was negligent for failure to train staff in life-saving techniques.  It also claims that the doctor performing the optical nerve block procedure committed medical malpractice when he did not properly respond when the plaintiff become short of breath.

Wrongful death and medical malpractice cases present difficult legal issues.  If your family needs help, contact a Norfolk wrongful death attorney today for a free evaluation.

The suit also names Neurology Associates of Eugene-Springfield as a defendant.  The family of decedent Christine Port, age 47, is suing for $2.2 million.

Man paralyzed by medical malpractice wins $9.1 million jury award

Minnesota resident and former auto mechanic Joe Lakoskey won $9.1 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit arising out of a 2012 surgery for a perforated bowel.  Lakoskey’s attorney proved that the anesthesiologist was negligent for putting him under in preparation for surgery when he was severely dehydrated.  In fact, the anesthesiologist actually halted the treatment for dehydration that was already underway.  This resulted in a drop in blood pressure and insufficient blood flow to Lakoskey’s spinal cord.

Lakoskey was unable to continue running his mechanic shop due to permanent loss of use of his legs.  The verdict is the third largest recorded medical malpractice award in the state.

As I say on my Norfolk medical malpractice attorney page, these incidents of medical negligence can be shocking, but they do happen.  The personal injuries can be devastating, and the process of getting legal compensation is usually difficult.  If you have suffered a catastrophic loss like the paralysis in this case, contact a Norfolk, VA personal injury lawyer now for a free case evaluation.

Norfolk Bicycle Infrastructure could reduce collisions with cars

Last week, the city of Norfolk unveiled its Bicycle and Pedestrian Strategic Plan, which outlines a proposed network of bicycle lanes and pedestrian routes across the city.  The new bicycle infrastructure would consist of 12 “corridors” of connected bike lanes and walkways linking popular parts of the Norfolk, including the oceanfront, Old Dominion University and downtown.  If put into action, the Strategic plan would cost the city an estimated $17 million.

The city of Norfolk is eager to lure young professionals to the area, and this drives the new Bicycle and Pedestrian Strategic Plan.  Millennials value a more walkable and bike-friendly urban setting, and the city of Norfolk values the increased tax revenue that comes with a larger middle class population.

“We’re putting the sexy back in being downtown,” Norfolk’s Planning Director George Homewood told the Virginian-Pilot.

The specific routes in the plan come in large part from input from local cyclists.  One told the Pilot that he hoped the new plan would cut down on accidents between bicycles and motor vehicles.

According to Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles records, in 2013 there were 45 traffic accidents with cyclist in Norfolk. Every one of these cycling accidents resulted in injury.

If you have been hit by a car while riding a bicycle, speak with a Norfolk injury attorney right away.

Norfolk motorcyclist suffers life-threatening injuries after crash with train in Wards Corner

According to Wavy.com a motorcyclist collided with a train early Monday morning in the Wards Corner neighborhood, leaving him in critical condition. The accident happened around 1:45 a.m. at the 7700 block of Granby Street. The train stopped at that location during an investigation by Norfolk Police Department, but has since moved. The injured man was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

 

If you are injured in an accident, contact Norfolk motorcycle crash lawyer Ed Atkinson to pursue your personal injury or wrongful death claim.  Call 757-656-3084 today.

 

It appears that the train blocked several intersections until around 5:00 am. At the time of this writing, the motorcycle driver was expected to survive. For updates on this story and other serious accident in Norfolk and Hampton Roads, check back here at the Norfolk Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer Blog.