Brake Safety: Valuable Tips and Tests to Ensure Safe Operation

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

Summer is a busy driving season when families enjoy long trips to the beach, mountains, or to visit with extended family and friends.  Although most road trips end safely, it is important to make sure that your vehicle is well maintained before any outing, particularly a long drive.  Brakes are one of the most important parts of any vehicle.  Thankfully, sudden and catastrophic brake failures are rare.  However, they can and do occur.  Here are some safety tips to keep in mind. 

Most instances of brake failure can be avoided with regular maintenance.  The old adage:  “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” is particularly true with your car. …

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Children, Vehicles and Heat Strokes

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

Summers in Virginia are known for two things: heat and humidity. This summer has already been an especially difficult one to bear, with daily temperatures averaging in the 90’s and very little rain. Aside from remembering to stay hydrated throughout the day, it is important to remember that the slightest mistake in this kind of heat can result in life-threatening consequences and even death.

The Georgia father of 22-month old Cooper Harris is currently paying the consequences for such a mistake. While a criminal investigation is ongoing, what he has claimed is that he forgot to drop Cooper off at day care, leaving him in a locked car…

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The GM Recall from an Employee’s Perspective

Allen & Allen is currently investigating claims for people who were injured or killed in accidents involving GM vehicles that were recently recalled due to defective ignition switches. 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. 

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Short Pump Virginia, Personal Injury Lawyer

The GM recall has had far-reaching consequences, but for some GM employees the consequences have hit closer to home. A recent blog article sheds light on the timeline of the GM recall and the whistle-blower who first identified the faulty ignition switch that has been linked to at least 13 deaths and 54 crashes.…

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Should I Submit My Accident-Related Medical Bills To My Health Insurance Company? The Answer is Always Yes

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

One of the most common questions asked by a new client is: should I use my own health insurance to pay my medical bills.  The answer is always yes.  People who have been injured through no fault of their own are often confused about who should pay their accident-related medical bills.  One source of this confusion is that emergency room personnel or doctors treating injured people may ask for car insurance information if they know their patient was injured in an automobile accident.  Other times, injured people don’t think it is fair that their health insurance should pay for harm caused by someone else.  Regardless of the source of the confusion, the answer is clear,…

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Worst Times to Check into a Hospital

Author: Malcolm P. McConnell III, Medical Malpractice Lawyer, Richmond VA

If you’ve scheduled a surgery or other procedure that requires hospitalization, you most likely have a lot of things to worry about: you might be worried about the risk that your hospital stay results in unforeseen complications; you might have concerns regarding the quality of care you will receive; you might have even started thinking about your options for post-hospital care. One thing you probably haven’t given much thought to, however, is how the date of your surgery might affect your risk of developing surgical post-surgical complications.

A recent study conducted by researchers at the University Medicine Berlin shows that certain days of the…

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GM Recall Continues to Grow

Allen & Allen is currently investigating claims for people who were injured or killed in accidents involving GM vehicles that were recently recalled due to defective ignition switches. 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. 

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

The GM recall continues to grow, with the company announcing six new recalls involving 8.4 million more vehicles worldwide. These vehicles were found to have had the same problems as the earlier recalled vehicles, namely faulty ignition switches. Additionally, GM discovered that some cars had faulty wiring and fasteners and it…

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New Law Affecting Cyclists in Virginia: Effective July 1

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Short Pump VA, Personal Injury Attorney

As biking grows in popularity in cities across Virginia, so does the number of accidents involving cyclists. Bike accidents are often very one-sided, resulting in irreparable damage to the bicycle and serious injury to the cyclist. And, though some people are quick to blame the cyclists in these situations, it is all of our responsibility to be aware of our surroundings, share the roads, and help make Virginia a safer place for bicyclists and motorists alike. The Virginia Legislature has recognized the risks that cyclists face on the roads, and has passed a new law aimed at reducing these risks and keeping cyclists safe.

Effective July 1, 2014, automobiles…

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Tips for a Fun and Safe Fourth of July

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

A gathering by the pool, a backyard barbeque and, at the end of the night, the all-important fireworks show. The Fourth of July is one of our most appreciated and cherished holidays, but the very traditions that make this holiday such a fun event also create serious safety hazards. Fireworks in the hands of untrained amateurs have a breathtaking potential for tragedy and destruction. Large gatherings at pools or other bodies of water can be very dangerous for less experienced swimmers. The dry summer heat increases the likelihood of fire when grilling or cooking outdoors. Swimming, grilling and watching a fireworks display are great Fourth of July activities.…

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New Auto Recall by Honda, Mazda, and Nissan Affecting Millions of Vehicles

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

Amid the fallout from GM’s recent massive recall, some of the world’s largest automakers have recently issued recalls of their own. BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan, and Toyota have announced plans to recall millions of cars sold in the US. Whereas GM’s recall involved a faulty ignition switch, this new round of recalls involves air bag systems installed in older-model cars and affects areas with hot and humid weather.

The reason this recall affects more than one automaker is that the automakers have a common supplier for the air bags. Some of the air bag systems have air bag inflators that can rupture. If an accident occurs and the air bag inflators…

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2014 Allen & Allen HOMETOWN HEROES Award Winners Announced

Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen, the oldest and largest personal injury law firm in Virginia, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Allen & Allen HOMETOWN HEROES award. The award recognizes local Virginia heroes who make Virginia a great place to live and work.

“It is our honor to celebrate amazing Virginians who give back to our communities” said Trent Kerns, President of Allen & Allen. “We created the Allen & Allen HOMETOWN HERO award to thank the good citizens of the Commonwealth who define what it takes to be a true hero.”

Nominations for the fifth annual Allen & Allen HOMETOWN HEROES award were accepted from April 1, 2014 to May 23, 2014. The public was asked to complete a nomination form in honor of their favorite…

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