In recent news in the area of personal injury law reported in Virginia Lawyers Weekly, a mediation in Fairfax County Circuit Court resulted in a settlement of $1 million for the plaintiff. The plaintiff in the case was a back seat passenger in a car traveling in Oakton, Virginia following a night out with friends. The car left the road and crashed into utility pole and a tree. The plaintiff suffered injuries to her back which resulted in surgeries as well as ongoing treatments for both the injury and for pain. The issue during mediation was whether the plaintiff had assumed the risk by getting into a car with a driver who had been drinking and who was charged with driving under the influence following the accident. While the defendant admitted he had consumed as many as six drinks over the course of the evening, independent witnesses testified that he appeared fine. Following mediation, the plaintiff was awarded $1 million.