Back to School and Behind the Wheel

James Mick

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

The beginning of the school year signifies a shift from a leisurely summer schedule to a busy one filled with school and sports activities. Parents of teen drivers often welcome the presence of an additional driver as an opportunity to be relieved of some of the burdens of shuttling their kids between activities. Before doing so, parents should meet with their kids and discuss the importance of safe driving. To start the conversation with your teen driver, watch this video together and discuss it. This video is really powerful and is a good one for parents to share with their kids.

It's important for parents, teachers…

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Motorcycles and the Risk of Traumatic Brain Injury

Malcolm P.

Author: Malcolm P. "Mic" McConnell, III, Richmond, VA Medical Malpractice Attorney

Motorcycles may be an exhilarating method of transportation, but they have also developed a reputation for causing terrible injuries and death. Their small size and the exposed position of their riders creates a fatality rate of roughly 25 deaths per million miles driven, more than thirty times that of passenger vehicles. The most common injuries resulting from motorcycle crashes involve the legs and hips, but the most common cause of death is head injury.[1]

Motorcyclists are at a massively increased risk of sustaining a traumatic brain injury. One recent study found that 12% of motorcycle-related emergency room…

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Child Passenger Safety Week Information and Tips

Paul D. Hux, Chesterfield, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Paul D. Hux, Chesterfield, VA Personal Injury Attorney

During Child Passenger Safety Week (September 18-24), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is hoping to increase awareness about car safety for children. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages one to thirteen, with more than 9,000 fatalities occurring from 2002 to 2011.[1] NHTSA hopes that increasing awareness and spreading information about how to keep children safe can dramatically reduce this number.

How to Keep Child Passengers Safe

One of the most effective ways to increase the safety of child passengers is to have them ride in the rear seats of the vehicle. Data shows that this simple…

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Patients Suffer Complications Linked to Pelvic Mesh

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

Surgical mesh is a medical device that is used to provide additional support when repairing weakened or damaged tissue.[1]

What is surgical mesh and transvaginal mesh?

Surgical mesh can be used for urogynecologic procedures including repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). It is permanently implanted to reinforce the weakened vaginal wall for POP repair or support the urethra or bladder neck for the repair of SUI. There are three main surgical procedures performed to treat pelvic floor disorders with surgical mesh:[2]

Transvaginal mesh to treat POP Transabdominal mesh to treat POP Mesh…

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Virginia Law and Smoking in Your Car

Amy S. Whitelaw, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

Author: Amy S. Whitelaw, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

Smoking in your car is never a good idea. In addition to the health effects, lighting a cigarette could turn you into a distracted driver.[1] And now there’s one more reason not to smoke in your car. As of July 1, 2016, in Virginia, smoking in your car while a child is present could result in a $100 fine.

It’s all because of a new law that reads:

“It is unlawful for a person to smoke in a motor vehicle, whether in motion or at rest, when a minor under the age of eight is present in the motor vehicle. A violation of this section is punishable by a civil penalty of $100 . . .”[2]

The law bans lighting and holding,…

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Do I Need A Lawyer For Food Poisoning?

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

Food poisoning, or foodborne illness, is illness caused by eating contaminated food. Contaminants affecting food can range from bacteria and parasites to things like mold and mice. But because food poisoning is not an unusual ailment, you may not think to consult an attorney about your illness. However, if the contamination is caused by the negligence of a restaurant, food processor, or grocery store, you may have a valid claim against them.

Food Poisoning Risks

The most common causes of food poisoning are bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can contaminate food at any stage in the production process.[1] These kinds of contaminants…

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Do drivers have right of way during a funeral procession?

Sandra S. Gregor, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Sandra S. Gregor, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

I have vivid memories from my childhood of my parents pulling over to the side of the road when a funeral procession approached. The cars in the procession all had their headlights on and would proceed through red lights as we waited through several light sequences. When I started driving, I followed suit. At the time, I assumed this was something the people in my small community did to pay their respects. I didn’t consider how the drivers in the procession were allowed to disobey traffic laws we were all subject to.

Under Virginia law, however, not every funeral procession affords drivers this right. Instead, it is reserved…

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Children’s Backpack Safety Information and Tips

Charles L. Allen, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

For many schoolchildren, a heavy backpack is a necessary part of life. They bring home the books they need for homework each night, sometimes carrying as many as six or seven, and lug them back to school in the morning. It is also common for children to carry other materials, such as class projects, along with their books. Everything that they carry adds up, and the result is a load that can weigh around 30% of the child’s body weight.[1]

According to research studies, heavy backpacks have not conclusively been found to cause permanent back problems in children.[2] Still, packs that are too heavy may have adverse effects on children…

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Getting Medical Treatment for Your Injuries If You Are Uninsured

Bridget N. Long, Petersburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Bridget N. Long, Petersburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

If you are uninsured, getting medical care for everyday illnesses and routine checkups can be difficult.  If you are injured due to someone else’s negligence, whether it be in a car wreck, a fall or other personal injury, getting the medical care you need to treat your injuries can also be difficult without health insurance. 

Immediately after an accident, an injured person is often taken to the hospital emergency room. You may go in an ambulance or be driven by a friend or loved one. You will receive treatment by the ambulance and the emergency room regardless of whether you have health insurance.  What happens next is often more…

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Hepatitis A Linked To Virginia Tropical Smoothie Cafés

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has reported an increase in hepatitis A cases that may be linked to smoothies from Virginia Tropical Smoothie Café restaurants.[1] According to the VDH, the source of this hepatitis A outbreak is most likely frozen strawberries imported from Egypt.[2]

Hepatitis A is a viral infection that affects the liver.[3] This highly contagious disease is most often spread by contaminated food or water.[4] Symptoms usually develop 15-50 days after an individual is exposed to the virus and include jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fever, fatigue, loss of appetite,…

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