Rarely does the public get to see the “inside story” on a lawsuit, let alone the medical malpractice claim in Virginia. If the case settles, the defendants always request a confidentiality agreement. (Then medical malpractice insurance companies lobby the government for more tort reform and medical malpractice caps, but don't allow the patients who have settled their cases to come and testify.)
Newport News Virginia medical malpractice attorney Sandy Waterman posts frequently at his medical malpractice blog. Recently his posts have included commentary on 2 cases he has running against the same law firm. Apparently this law firm has asked the judge to curtail Waterman's blogging but the judge saw no legal basis to do so. (There is no legal basis-such a motion is indeed not going to prevail in just about any court in the country.)
Today, Waterman blogs about having to prepare for one trial while the same firm that is going against and not trial serves his client in the 2nd case with a ton of discovery. He's asked for an extension of time to respond to discovery. It will be interesting to see if the defense attorney grants it.
Meanwhile, Waterman and his client are set to start trial just after the Thanksgiving weekend in the case against Riverside Hospital.
The case is Shirley Frazier Burrell v. Riverside Hospital, Inc., et al., No. CL1101633F-15 in Circuit Court for the City of Newport News, Virginia.
Waterman's other case, Myron M. Arshan, Executor of the Estate of Sharon Lorrie Britt, Deceased v. Stephen E. Plotnick, M.D., et al., No. CL11-1316 in Circuit Court for the City of Williamsburg, Virginia, alleges that the doctor overprescribed medication which lead to the death of his patient.