Common Head Injuries in the NFL

Author: Edward L. Allen, Personal Injury Attorney, Fredericksburg, Virginia

America’s national pastime has been under increased scrutiny over the past couple of years, from complaints over team names to controversies over head injuries among its players. It was the relatively recent string of suicides among NFL veterans that prompted a closer examination of football safety practices, eventually culminating in a number of lawsuits filed against both the NFL and the NCAA. Many hope that this will lead to a better understanding of head injuries and a clearer focus on player safety.

There is no denying that football is, and always will be, a highly physical sport. Player collisions are an inescapable part of the game, and though…

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More Than Medical Bills: Losses Covered In Virginia Personal Injury Claims

Author: Charles L. Allen, Personal Injury Attorney, Richmond VA

Motor vehicle accidents impact injured people’s lives dramatically. After a serious collision on the road people are often physically injured, left without a vehicle, unable to work for a significant period of time and are required to travel to and from countless medical appointments. Over time, many accident victims become depressed, overwhelmed emotionally or overcome with stress when they get back behind the wheel of a car. For a person injured through no fault of their own, the inconveniences of recovery can be substantial. In the aftermath of a collision, it is important that you understand what damages are financially compensable in a personal injury claim and…

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Preventing Child Brain Injuries

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Personal Injury Lawyer, Richmond and Short Pump VA

There has been a lot of media attention recently linking concussions received by professional athletes to more serious brain-injuries. You might have used this information as a spring-board for discussing with your children the dangers associated with contact sports and the importance of safety equipment like helmets and pads. However, it is important to remember that it is possible for children to be injured, sometimes permanently, in a myriad of other ways. Thankfully, Heads Up to Parents, an organization focused on preventing child brain injuries, has developed a website,, that provides parents with a wide variety of…

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Allen & Allen Attorneys Recognized in Best Lawyers in America and as Lawyer of the Year in 2015

The Allen Law Firm is pleased to announce that six Allen & Allen attorneys have been recognized in the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers in America. For over thirty years, Best Lawyers has published their list of exemplary legal professionals and it has since become one of the highest respected peer-review publications.

Edward L. Allen was selected in 2015 Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs in Fredericksburg, VA.  George Edward Allen, III, W. Coleman Allen, Jr. and P. Christopher Guedri were selected in 2015 Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs in Richmond, VA, Malcolm P. McConnell, III was selected in 2015 Best Lawyers in America for Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs…

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Drowning Can Be a Silent Killer: Signs of Drowning and the Importance of Keeping Your Eyes on the Water

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Personal Injury Attorney, Short Pump, VA

Although it has been almost 15 years and my oldest son is now grown, I still clearly remember my friend Jackie’s words when she cried out, “Is Wil ok?” I turned and saw my 7 year old submerged under water. We were at a friend’s back yard pool and I had been unpacking towels and getting the baby situated in the stroller. Wilson’s terrified eyes were wide open under the water. He was right in the area where the shallow end gradually becomes the deep. He was not ok. I jumped in and pulled him out. He choked and spit up some water but thankfully he was fine. We never heard a sound, not a splash or a call for help. He just went under and couldn’t get back up.…

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Faulty Guardrails: Intended to Protect the Public, Now Blamed for Injuries and Deaths Nationwide

Author: Scott D. Fitzgerald, Personal Injury Lawyer, Richmond VA 

On September 17, 2012, Melton Tucker fell asleep at the wheel on his commute to work on Highway 81, outside of Dallas, Texas.  His car drifted off the highway and collided with a guardrail.  His Chevrolet Cruze struck the beginning piece of a guardrail, otherwise known as an end terminal or guardrail head.  The guardrail came through the car and struck Tucker in the head, killing him instantly.[1] 

This accident and others like it have raised questions about the effectiveness of guardrail heads manufactured by Trinity Highway Products, based in Dallas.  The ET-Plus, designed by Trinity, is one of the most common guardrail end terminals used in the United…

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Boating Accidents – Statistics and Prevention

Author: Trent S. Kerns, Personal Injury Lawyer, Chesterfield, VA 

As summer rolls across the United States and families take to the water to escape the heat, many people will find themselves on boats of all shapes and sizes. Boating is generally a safe activity, but accidents can and do occur. The U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety routinely publishes recreational boating statistics, the latest accounting for 2013. The 2013 report reveals that, although the number of accidents, injuries, and deaths all decreased from the previous year, improvements can be made in the realm of boating safety[1].

In 2013, there were 4062 recreational boating accidents across the United States. This represents a 10%…

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General Motors Recalls: A Full List of Recalled Vehicles

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Personal Injury Attorney, Richmond and Short Pump VA

As of July 22nd, General Motors has recalled 27 million cars, trucks and SUV’s in 2014. The number of cars recalled has surpassed the number of vehicles GM sold in the past five years.

Allen & Allen is currently investigating claims for people who were injured or killed in accidents involving GM vehicles that were recently recalled. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident involving one of those vehicles, please contact us today for a free consultation at 866-388-1307. 

Here is a list of the General Motors recalled vehicles to date in 2014:

July 22Issue: A part can break off the power-adjustable seats. If that…

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Selecting Appropriate Auto Insurance Coverage Limits in Virginia

Author: John G. "Jack" Berry, Charlottesville Personal Injury Attorney 

                The owner of an automobile or other motor vehicle faces a complicated and often confusing array of choices concerning the purchase of auto insurance coverage. Television and other advertisements which encourage purchasing automobile insurance over the internet compare only prices without any discussion of the coverage limits provided at that cost.  Accordingly, decisions about motor vehicle insurance coverage are often made in a hurry, with an eye only towards the price of the coverage and without any real understanding of the risks which arise from making the wrong decision when it comes to coverage limits.  

Selecting the limits of…

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Attorney Courtney Van Winkle Talks About Distracted Driving with Huffington Post

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Personal Injury Lawyer, Richmond and Short Pump Virginia

With the amount of technology readily available to any young driver, the temptation of checking that new text may be hard to resist, even when driving down the road. Teen drivers are at risk for believing themselves to be safe behind the wheel of the car, and statistics show that many teens feel confident in their abilities to text and drive. But those five seconds of distraction could mean the loss of someone else’s life – or your own.

Attorney Courtney Allen Van Winkle was featured in the recent Huffington Post article on “The Dangers Behind Teen Texting While Driving” by Dorit Sasson. In the article, Courtney shares some scary…

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