Following at a Safe Distance

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Author: R. Christopher Jones, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Vehicles are becoming more sophisticated every year as automakers introduce more equipment aimed at creating a safer driving experience.  Recently, crash prevention systems have been introduced to reduce rear-end collisions, and for good reason - the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that over 40% of the car accidents on U.S. roads (2.5 million) are rear-enders. In some vehicles, the technology is so advanced that they can brake automatically to avoid objects. In the future, these automated systems may become standard equipment.  Until that day, drivers must take affirmative steps to avoid these…

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Three Hundred Million Dollar Law Suit - Benicar, Azkor and Tribenzor

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Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Diane York

The Japanese drug maker Daiichi Sankyo announced on August 1st that it has agreed to pay up to $300 million to settle some 2,300 U.S. lawsuits filed in US courts.

The widely used blood pressure medication, Benicar (along with its sister drugs, Azor, Tribenzor, Benicar HCT, and Olmesartan/Medoxomil) are charged with causing serious gastrointestinal damage to users. Benicar is an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB), FDA-approved to lower blood pressure associated with hypertension, Benicar is a top selling, 2.4 billion dollar a year product for its manufacturer.

The…

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Asleep at the Wheel

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Author: Paul D. Hux, Petersburg Personal Injury Lawyer

In April of this year, thirty-two-year-old Jessica Marciano was on vacation in Crockett County, Texas. Driving at night, she fell asleep at the wheel, her pickup truck drifted to the center median, then flipped over, partially blocking the eastbound lane of traffic.  Marciano freed herself from the truck and climbed on top of it to wait for help. But a man driving a tractor trailer hauling a disabled vehicle did not see her. He hit her, killing her instantly, then swerved into an oncoming line of traffic hitting one vehicle and killing its three occupants.  

In Charlotte, North Carolina, also this year, twenty-three year old Trungquan…

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Expired Vehicle Inspection Stickers and Virginia Law

Tammy S. Ruble, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Tammy S. Ruble, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Judging from the number of cars on the road with expired inspection stickers, there is not a shortage of people who forget to take their cars in for their Virginia State inspection in a timely manner. Virginia Code §46.2-1157 requires that “[t]he owner or operator of any motor vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer registered in Virginia and operated or parked on a highway within the Commonwealth shall submit his vehicle to an inspection of its mechanism and equipment by an official inspection station.” [1] Motor vehicles must be inspected on a yearly basis. [2] Failure to have your motor vehicle inspected is a traffic infraction [3] and…

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What Happens When You File a Lawsuit?

Robert C. T. Reed, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Robert C. T. Reed, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Many personal injury cases resolve without requiring a lawsuit.  In an ideal world, an injured person would simply submit a claim to the insurance company and then be able to negotiate a fair value to resolve the claim.  Unfortunately, this is not always possible.  Often insurance companies deny responsibility or make offers that are far less than what claims are worth.  As a result, an injured person may need to file a lawsuit to obtain the compensation they deserve.  In this post, I will provide a basic overview of what happens when you file a lawsuit in Circuit Court and the events that take place afterward. [1]

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Theme Park Liability – The Roller Coaster from Amusement to Misery

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Author: Robert C. T. Reed, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

We go to amusement parks to escape to a world of thrilling experiences, immersive themes, and family fun.  The amusement quickly disappears when you or a loved one is injured on a ride that you thought would be safe.  As theme park operators strive to achieve ever more intense thrills and higher speeds to compete for customers, the potential for severe injuries and even death increases dramatically.  Every summer we see stories on the news of dramatic accidents occurring on amusement rides in Virginia and all over the country.  A recent study reviewing amusement park injuries to children over 20 years found that there was an average of 4,423…

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Premises Liability Claims in Virginia

Kathleen M. Smith, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Kathleen M. Smith, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up! 

As a personal injury attorney, I speak with injured people nearly every day. Although injuries from motor vehicle accidents are the most common in my form of practice, I see people who have been injured in all types of circumstances and scenarios – while shopping, eating in restaurants, socializing with friends, visiting amusement parks, and so on.

What is a premises liability claim?

Under Virginia law, an incident that occurs on another person’s property is called a premises liability…

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Multiple Concussions are Dangerous for Young People

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Author: James "Jamie" Kessel, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

Concussions are among the most widely reported injuries in young people who participate in sports and recreational activities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated there are as many as 3.8 million sports and recreation related concussions in the United States every year. [1]

Classified as traumatic brain injuries, concussions are caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that causes the soft, gelatin-like substance of the brain to move rapidly back and forth inside the hard, bony skull. Concussions can change the way the brain normally works.

Although…

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Preventing Death from Heat Stroke in Cars

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Author: David M. Williams, Jr., Stafford Personal Injury Attorney

UPDATE 8/11/2017: An article published by CNN last week notes that the number of children dying of heatstroke while alone in hot cars reached a record high in July. Parents and caregivers should note that the average rise in car temperature within 10 minutes of turning off the car is 19 degrees. Even on an 80-degree day – which is a mild summer day for most of the country - you’re at 109 degrees in 20 minutes inside a car”.

Even a few minutes in a hot car can have a devastating outcome for young children since their central nervous system is not fully developed. Children’s bodies are less able to cope with temperature changes, leading…

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Authorities Question Accuracy of Zika Virus Testing

Tara L. Umbrino, Stafford, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Tara L. Umbrino, Stafford, VA Personal Injury Attorney

One of the biggest news stories during the summer of 2016 was the outbreak of the Zika virus. The alarming spread of the virus was followed closely by international travelers and residents of the United States. In Brazil, Olympic athletes refused to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games due to concerns about contracting the virus.  The virus could spread quickly and was linked to many incidents of birth defects. The World Health Organization declared Zika a Public Health Emergency.[1]

In response to the Zika epidemic, health officials rushed to find a test for Zika. However, it turns out that…

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