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December 26, 2012 - Richmond Times, Dispatch by Bill McKelway

CHRISTMAS MIRACLE: DISABLED CHILD RECEIVES
PROMISE OF LIFETIME CARE

The certified letter came Saturday evening after months of waiting and a decade of anxiety. When Leigh Taylor Bernard opened the manila envelope and got to page 37, she burst into tears. “I was shaking so much and the girls were there and it was just a miracle, a Christmas miracle of lifetime care,” Bernard, a single mother, said Monday.
Christmas this morning at the Bernard family’s Wyndham home in western Henrico marks a new beginning, a promise of help, and hopefully the end of a long battle fought for her two girls, born minutes apart with vastly different outcomes.

At 28 weeks, they each weighed less than 3 pounds. But little Taylor Brooke Bernard, for reasons that would be argued over in hundreds of pages of legal documents, came first and had undergone what ...READ MORE.

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July 25, 2008 - The VTLA Journal, by Ann LaCroix Jones

The Virginia Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Program: A Lifetime of Care?
Misconceptions

The Virginia Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Act was enacted in 1987 at the proposal of the Medical Society of Virginia amidst mounting fears that major medical malpractice insurers would not renew obstetrical malpractice insurance within the Commonwealth.

The Act became effective January 1, 1988. It bars traditional tort claims arising out of the birth of profoundly injured infants who have been delivered by "participating physicians" or in "participating hospitals." As a result, participating physicians and hospitals avoid the prospect of obstetrical negligence litigation, in exchange for reduced malpractice insurance premiums, a yearly assessment, quality review of claims filed, and agreeing to provide care to indigent patients.PDF Icon READ MORE.

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February 2, 2008 - Washington Post, by Sandra G. Boodman

Testimony at Hearing Seals Fate of Arlington Psychiatrist
State Medical Board

The Virginia Board of Medicine denied Stein's petition to reinstate the license he surrendered six years ago for his treatment of 10 patients, among them a 4-year-old whose legs he bound with duct tape. The three-member panel found that Stein had harmed 17 other patients by over-prescribing sometimes dangerous combinations of drugs, diagnosing nonexistent conditions and engaging in unethical behavior with female patients.

Neurologist Sam Potolicchio, a professor of medicine at George Washington University, said he was willing to help monitor Stein, whom he called "a very astute neuropsychiatrist" who was sometimes "misled" by patients. But Donna Rostant, a Fairfax lawyer who represented 12 clients whose malpractice cases against Stein were resolved confidentially, told the panel that it was patients who were misled. "I saw the fallout from this," Rostant said. "It destroyed some lives." READ MORE.

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February 2, 2008 - Richmond Times-Dispach, by Bill McKelway

Arlington psychiatrist fails to get license back
Arlington Doctor Is Unfit to Resume Practice, Board Rules

A once-prominent Arlington County psychiatrist's five-year effort to regain his medical license failed Thursday before the state's Board of Medicine.Martin H. Stein declined to comment after a three-member panel of the board concluded that the longtime physician and Yale graduate is unfit to resume practice.Stein, 67, surrendered his license in 2002 rather than face possible revocation for his care of more than a dozen patients during the previous decade. READ MORE.

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September 11, 2007 

The Best Lawyers In America Recognizes
Jones & Rostant attorney
Attorneys in Best Lawyers List are Chosen by Peers as Best in Practice

Jones & Rostant, P.C. announced today that Donna Rostant has been selected for inclusion in the 2008 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. Published since 1983, The Best Lawyers in America is widely regarded as the preeminent referral guide to the legal profession in the United States. The Best Lawyers lists, representing 78 specialties in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., are compiled through an exhaustive peer-review survey in which tens of thousands of the top attorneys in the United States confidentially evaluate their professional peers. The current edition is based on more than two million detailed evaluations of attorneys by other attorneys. Donna Rostant was recognized as a leader in the area of medical malpractice law. READ MORE.

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August 23, 2006 - Richmond Times-Dispatch, by Bill McKelway

STATE LOSES IN BIRTH-INJURY CASE
Court Rules That Virginia Shortchanged Lawyers Working for Families

The state shortchanged lawyers for families challenging the birth-injury program by denying legal fees, then refusing to include interest when ordered to pay, the state appeals court said yesterday. ... "We are hopeful that this ruling will decrease the amount of litigation in Birth Act cases, reduce expenses to the families, and most importantly, make lawyers once again willing to take on these worthy clients and challenging cases," said Northern Virginia attorney Ann Jones. Jones and her partner, Donna Miller Rostant, have placed more than two dozen children in the program, often in the face of prolonged opposition from the program and the state attorney general's office. PDF IconREAD MORE.

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Summer 2005 - Richmond Law Magazine, by Rob Walker

alumni profile
Jones Takes Lead in Virginia Fight for Birth-Injury Program

Ann LaCroix Jones, L'90, first encountered families with profoundly injured children soon after joining a personal injury firm in Fairfax, VA. Her firm, like many firms, rarely took these cases. "They are incredibly complex. They're enormously time-consuming, and you're not going to get a huge payout at the end," Jones says. ... Parents of these children are persistent and one mother kept calling, reaching Jones directly, and striking a deeply sympathetic chord. PDF IconREAD MORE.

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March 23, 2005 - The Baltimore Daily Record, by Robyn Lamb

MD lawsuit
Protection Fund Derailed Amid Criticism

Critics succeeded in altering a bill that would have created a fund to protect doctors from certain birth-related injury malpractice lawsuits. ... Such a fund would allow the state to bar malpractice suits in birth-injury cases, which according to [Sen. Andrew P. Harris, R-Baltimore and Harford] make up about 70 percent of cases involving obstetricians. That would theoretically lower obstetrical liability premiums. READ MORE.

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September 10, 2004 - Richmond Times-Dispatch, by Bill McKelway

board orders review of boy's case
Attorney Finds That a Brain Scan Mentioned in Officer's First Ruling
Was Never Taken

Citing "inaccurate evidence" that had been used by the state Attorney General's office to argue against lifelong medical care for a severely brain-damaged Roanoke boy, the Workers' Compensation Commission has ordered a new hearing in the case. ... Fairfax lawyer Ann Jones uncovered discrepancies among hundreds of pages of medical reports ... PDF IconREAD MORE.

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