A Newport News Circuit Court Judge has recently ruled that the plaintiff may introduce materials used to teach nursing students at Riverside hospital's School of Health Careers in order to corroborate plaintiff's experts opinions in the case scheduled to begin next Monday.
The case is Shirley Frazier Burrell v. Riverside Hospital Inc., No. CL1101633F-15 in Circuit Court for the City of Newport News, Virginia.
The plaintiff, who is represented by Newport News medical malpractice attorney Sandy Waterman, is expected to introduce nursing textbooks and other exhibits used to teach nurses in a trial in which it alleges that a patient was negligently permitted to fall, suffering significant brain damage.
In the case Waterman also seeks punitive damages against Riverside. He has previously represented at least one other patient in the successful lawsuit against Riverside-a lawsuit that also involved a patient fall. The verdict in that case was $1.6 million. That verdict was upheld by the Supreme Court of Virginia in Riverside Hospital, Inc. v. Johnson, 262 Va. 518 (2006).