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Tag Archives: Verdicts & Settlements

Eye doctor collects $760K from former practice (access required)

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An eye care center in Greensboro will have to pay over $760,000 to a doctor after a jury said it reneged on an offer made to entice a retina surgeon to relocate from California to the practice. Central Carolina Surgical Eye Associates signed Dr. Greer L. Geiger to a three-year written contract in January 2011. Under the contract, the practice agreed to pay her a $350,000 base salary for the first year, and for the following two years she would be paid based on net collections.

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Family settles suit over deadly colostomy operation (access required)

The family of a 33-year-old man who died from a botched colostomy operation and substandard post-op care has settled a lawsuit against a trio of doctors and their medical practice. An attorney for the plaintiffs, Robert E. Zaytoun of Raleigh, said this was the first case in his nearly 28 years of specializing in medical negligence that the defendants filed a pretrial public admission of liability with the court.

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Top Verdicts and Settlements: Lucky Thirteen (access required)

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Everyone loves a list, except the people who compile one. That’s because they (and in this case, that means “we”) never quite shake the feeling that somebody or something was inadvertently left off the list. The annual roundup of the previous year’s Top Verdicts & Settlements is, in some ways, an exercise in cat-herding. There are a number of subjective judgments that figure into the process, but the broad outline is this: The list represents the 25 highest dollar-amount awards and settlements, either in a North Carolina court or as the result of work done by a North Carolina lawyer in another state, that have been reported to Lawyers Weekly.

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Duke clinic ordered to pay $2M for delayed cancer diagnosis (access required)

An arbitration panel in Durham County Superior Court has awarded more than $2 million to a man who sued the Duke Private Diagnostic Clinic for taking too long to detect cancer near his vocal cords. David W. Crittenton, 46, sued the Duke clinic after one of its radiologists failed to detect cancer near his vocal cord and he was left with permanent pain in his face, jaw and neck.

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Couple hit with $863K verdict for stealing customers (access required)

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A Johnston County husband and wife engaged in some high-tech skullduggery to cover their tracks as they tried to steal market share in the decidedly low-tech industry of historical re-enactment tours. A jury ordered the pair to pay over $863,000 in damages for conversion, fraud and trade practice violations after they tried to siphon off clients from Camp Flintlock, a Four Oaks-based company that offers field trips and summer camps depicting what life was like in Colonial America.

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Young father’s death results in $2M settlement (access required)

Quick investigative work lead to a pretrial settlement and payment of the policy limits of $2 million in a Duplin County wrongful death case. In June 2011, the defendant was driving 63 mph in a 55 mph zone on Highway 117 in Duplin County. He crossed a double yellow line to pass a car stopped in front of him at an intersection and collided head-on with a car approaching from the opposite direction, killing the 21-year-old driver, and injuring his 20-year-old wife and three-year-old daughter.

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