Stephen C. Swain

Experienced Virginia Beach Attorney

If everyone and every business lived by this creed, there would be no need for my work. Unfortunately, too few people live accordingly. They fail to think of the effects of their actions that results in and injury to OTHERS. My goal has been to help “others” in need who have been injured by reckless drivers and businesses that failed to train employees or ignore safety rules and professionals who are more interested in making money than helping “others” they took an oath to help.

If you are injured call or come into the office and I will listen, offer advice and help you whether the case and injury are big or small.

My primary area of injury law involves:

Every day and every call is new and challenging. That is why I get up and get into the office at sun up – because of the work and people I help. You can read more about the work and types of cases I am involved with in the following sections of the site.

The most important things in my life are my family, my work, assisting those who have been hurt by businesses and individuals who do not follow the rules, and contributing to community, church, school and CASA – “Court Appointed Special Advocates” for abused and neglected children.

I was born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and received an undergraduate and law degree at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Case Summaries

Auto and Truck Accident Settlements

  • $12,000,000 for the brain injury to a mother of 3 who was struck by a drunk driver in an intersection collision.
  • $5,000,000 for brain injury to a teenage girl riding her bicycle when struck by a newspaper truck
  • $1,500,000 against a truck driver for the brain injury to a limo driver when unsecured stone flew from the truck through the limo driver’s windshield striking him in the head.
  • $1,100,000 for a trustee inmate who sustained a brain injury when a sheriff’s van that was transporting him to his work release location was struck by an 18-wheel truck.
  • $1,750,000 against a trucking company transporting an extra wide load at night without proper markings, without proper authorization and for failure to determine the width of the roadway. The truck cargo struck a man traveling in the opposite direction at night causing him severe injuries.
  • $9,000,000 for 3 men burned in an SUV that had a defectively designed fuel tank that ignited when struck in the rear by a truck. The claims were paid by the trucking company, the SUV manufacturer and the North Carolina Highway Department.
  • $1,000,000 settlement for a family of an 18- year old pedestrian struck by a drunk driver on a Currituck North Carolina beach.
  • $1,000,000 for the family of a woman driving along a roadway where road construction had recently replaced manhole covers. The manhole cover flipped up under the lady’s car when she passed over it causing her car to roll over in Richmond, Virginia.
  • $870,000 for an auto collision on Currituck Highway, North Carolina when a negligent driver pulled out from a gas station into the path of the oncoming car resulting in serious injuries to the driver.
  • $900,000 jury verdict in Winston-Salem, North Carolina when a pedestrian was hit by a vehicle while standing on a pedestrian crosswalk after another vehicle ran a red light.

Industrial and Shipyard Accidents

  • $3,545,000 – three shipyard workers at BAE were injured in an explosion in a Navy cruiser when slammed against the bulkhead as a result of ignition of chemical fumes where civilian employees were cleaning tile and misused electrical equipment in an enclosed space. See Moore v. Capitol Finishes, Inc., 699 F. Supp.2d 722 (E.D. Va. 2010)
  • $2,700,000 – A harbor worker settled a product liability claim alleging serious facial, foot and spine injuries occurring at a construction site.
  • $1,700,000 – working in a manlift crane 20 feet high, the defective hydraulic rod fractured and the user fell to the ground breaking both ankles. The company that sold the lift purchased defective rods from a foreign manufacturer.
  • $900,000 – verdict in an industrial accident in Chesapeake, Virginia against the manufacturer of a car crusher conveyor belt system alleging failure to design an interlocking machine guard resulting in arm entrapment and injury.
  • $2,200,000 for a product liability claim against a door manufacturer and the architect for the malfunction of the electric door that descended on a man driving a cargo tug under the door at the Ford Motor Plant in Norfolk, VA, the electronic sensing control device failed. (Stone v. Door-Man Mfg. Co., 206 Va. 406 (2000))
  • $1,000,000 a shipyard worker was trapped in the engine room when CO2 was accidentally released in a fire drill.
  • $1,500,000 against a car manufacturer for the family of a man who died in a car fire after a rear end collision caused by negligent design of the car maker that mounted the gas tank behind the rear axle.
  • $1,000,000 against a car manufacturer for a defective windshield design. During collision the windshield blew out during a rollover and the driver was ejected through the opening.
  • $1,000,000 against a car manufacturer for a man who was ejected from the rear hatchback of a van when it blew open during a spinout on a rain soaked highway. The man was asleep in the rear compartment when the accident occurred.
  • $1,100,000 in an industrial accident in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. The industrial worker attempted to make a torch cutting in a large canister that was filled with volatile gas, but unmarked for safety, resulting in an explosion and severe burns to the man’s face.

Medical Injuries-Children and Adults, Hospitals, Anesthesia, Surgery, Cancer, Birth Injuries

*See limitations in Virginia and South Carolina malpractice claims noted below

  • $5,200,000 for a child with brain injury and seizure disorder resulting from DP T vaccination. The claim is brought pursuant to federal law.
  • $2,750,000 verdict in Virginia Beach for a patient who suffered brain injury after surgeon cut an artery in her chest and did not diagnose and treat promptly. (Etheridge v. Medical Center Hospitals, 237 Va. 87)
  • $1,800,000 to a woman for brain injuries against a certified registered nurse anesthetist who gave excessive Propofol and failed to monitor and respond to slowing heart rate resulting in diminished oxygen to her brain.
  • $1,350,000 for the family of a mother who died from child-birth hemorrhage because the obstetrician failed to recognize blood loss timely. The doctor claimed there was a release of a toxin into the blood stream known as amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) that was unpreventable.
  • $600,000 for failure to diagnose colon cancer by an internist.
  • $450,000 for failure to diagnose bladder cancer by the urologist
  • $600,000 for failure to promptly treat a myocardial infarction (heart attack) in an emergency department of a hospital
  • $2,750,000 verdict in South Carolina for a young child who suffered a severe shoulder injury (Erb’s Palsy or brachial plexus injury) as a result of nurses using fundal pressure (pushing on abdomen) to hasten delivery after a shoulder dystocia was recognized.
  • $1,200,000 for a child who suffered severe shoulder injury (Erb’s Palsy or brachial plexus injury) because the obstetrician delivering the child vaginally applied excessive downward pulling pressure on the baby’s head to relieve a shoulder dystocia (shoulder stuck above the mother’s pubic bone)
  • $1,000,000 for a child who suffered severe shoulder injury (Erb’s Palsy or brachial plexus injury) because the obstetrician delivering the child vaginally applied excessive downward pulling pressure on the baby’s head to relieve a shoulder dystocia (shoulder stuck above the mother’s pubic bone).
  • $1,750,000 for a child who suffered brain injury in North Carolina due to the obstetrician or nursing staff failure to recognize the fetus distress and not promptly delivering the child by cesarean section.

*The total amount of money recoverable for any injury or death of a patient shall not exceed $2 million in Virginia. This severely hampers such claims and creates a compromising factor in any reasonable settlement (Va. Code Section 8.01-581.15).

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