In medical malpractice suits alleging wrongful death and brain injury, Circuit Court for the City of Newport News, Virginia, has granted plaintiffs leave to amend their Complaints, including after the statute of limitation has run. The cases are Licare v. Riverside Health System, No. 0702452T-01, and Morel v. Mary Immaculate Nursing Center, Inc., No. CL0703905P-03.
Both medical malpractice decisions were predicted on three independent grounds: (1) Plaintiff not being provided all factual patient care records and papers voluntarily; (2) Plaintiff being delayed by defense pleading; and (3) Plaintiff having originally alleged generally “such other tortious acts and/or omissions as may be investigated, discovered and proved”. Orders were entered in the wrongful death case of Licare on February 1, 2008, and in the brain injury case of Morel on September 2, 2008.