Fourteen Attorneys from Virginia Personal Injury Law Firm Ranked in Virginia Super Lawyers 2016

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This year, 14 attorneys from Virginia personal injury law firm Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen were recognized for excellence by Virginia Super Lawyers. Those honored by Super Lawyers include Edward L. Allen, W. Coleman Allen Jr., John G. Berry, P. Christopher Guedri, Paul D. Hux, David M. Irvine, James Kessel, Jason W. Konvicka, Bridget N. Long, Malcolm P. McConnell III, Robert C. T. Reed, Christopher J. Toepp, Courtney Allen Van Winkle and Derrick L. Walker. The rankings, which include only 5% of attorneys in Virginia, were released in the May 2016 edition of Richmond Magazine.

Virginia Super Lawyers is a listing of attorneys, representing more than 70 practice areas, who have attained a high degree of peer…

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What To Do When a Product Fails or Malfunctions and Causes An Injury

Robert C. T. Reed

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

Nearly everything we use on a daily basis is either a product or something that requires the use of one. Unfortunately, even products that seem harmless can cause injuries when they malfunction or fail to perform their function as they were intended.  Injuries that result from the failure of common products often come as a complete surprise to the victim.  Sometimes, the injured person does not even realize that their injury was the result of poor design or a manufacturing defect in the product.  By the time it occurs to them that their injury was probably preventable, they have thrown the defective product away.  This is why it is important…

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Understanding the Contingent Fee

Kathleen M. Smith, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

Today, the contingent fee contract is the industry-standard for personal injury attorneys across the country. People who are new to the legal system might be unfamiliar with the structure and terms of a contingent fee agreement.

A contingent fee is simply any fee for services provided where the fee is payable only upon result. In the law, it is defined as a “fee charged for a lawyer’s services only if the lawsuit is successful or is favorably settled out of court.”[1]  As applied to personal injury cases, a contingent fee means that the client doesn’t have to pay their lawyer until their case is resolved and money is received…

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Drones and Your Personal Safety

Abbigale B. Fredrick, Richmond, VA Attorney

Author: Abbigale B. Fredrick, Richmond, VA Attorney

Drones were one of the most popular holiday gifts for 2015, and as more drones take to the sky, the potential for personal injury from reckless or inexperienced operation of these drones will escalate.

Even though they may look like toys, drones have the potential to seriously injure or endanger people and property. In response to the danger drones carry with them, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began registering remote-controlled aircraft on December 21, 2015 so the agency could track the owners of drones that collide with other aircraft or fly dangerously.

Anyone who owns a small, unmanned aircraft of a certain weight must…

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Seeking Nominations for the 2016 Allen & Allen Hometown Heroes Award

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The personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen is proudly seeking nominations for its annual Allen & Allen HOMETOWN HEROES award. The program celebrates local individuals responsible for giving back to their communities and promoting positivity through their inspiring acts of selflessness around Virginia.

Visit us online and fill out a short nomination form to tell us your local heroes and their stories. Nominations will be accepted through May 16, 2016.

Previous winners of the HOMETOWN HEROES award have included community leaders, foster parents, disability advocates, small business owners, teachers, police officers and fire fighters. 350 local heroes have been honored since the program was initiated…

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Virginia Drivers Affected by Takata Air Bag Recall

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

Automotive safety regulators announced that more than 80 million more Takata airbags may need to be recalled.[1] Takata airbag inflators have been the focus of a massive national product recall. More than ten automakers have released their models affected by the recall, including General Motors (GM), Honda, Fiat Chrysler, BMW, Ford, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Daimler Trucks, Mazda, Nissan, and Toyota.

The recalled vehicles are equipped with air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. of Japan that can inflate with too much force, rupture and spray shrapnel into the passenger compartment. Recently, a 17-year-old driver in Texas was killed…

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Possible Higher Compensation for J&J Pelvic Mesh Victims

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Product Liability Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Product Liability Attorney

Johnson & Johnson, the well-known company that manufactures medical devices and pharmaceutical and consumer goods, may be facing some extremely high costs to settle a number of products liability cases. The company is currently dealing with over 46,000 product liability lawsuits involving its pelvic mesh products.[1]

Pelvic Mesh Product Liability Settlement Could Lead to Higher Compensation for Pelvic Mesh Victims

In January 2016, Johnson & Johnson agreed to settle between 2,000 and 3,000 of these lawsuits for a total of $120 million.[2] However, publication of an additional suit, brought by Pamela Wicker, revealed that the company…

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Walk Like MADD Brings Community Together to Inspire Change and Commit to End Drunk Driving

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 MADD Virginia hosts 9th annual signature fundraising event 

WHAT:  Mothers Against Drunk Driving® (MADD) in Richmond will host its 9th annual Walk Like MADD® fundraiser. Victims, survivors and supporters will line up for this non-competitive 5K run/walk to remember lost loved ones, inspire change and commit to a nation with no more victims.

Funds raised through Walk Like MADD help further MADD’s lifesaving mission and the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving® which calls for high-visibility law enforcement, ignition interlocks or “in-car breathalyzers” for all convicted drunk drivers and support for the development of advanced technology…

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Will my personal injury case go to trial? VIDEO

Edward L. Allen, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Although most personal injury cases ultimately result in settlement outside of the courtroom, Fredericksburg, VA based personal injury attorney Edward L. Allen discusses how we determine whether or not a personal injury case will go to trial.

If you hire an attorney, will your personal injury case go to trial? The great majority of personal injury cases are settled out of court, but it is very difficult to predict from the beginning which ones will settle and which ones will go to trial.

The important thing is that every personal injury case that settles should do so based on a prediction of what would happen at trial.

Medical expenses and lost time

You probably have medical bills as a result…

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Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen Supports Distracted Driving Awareness Month

James Mick

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

The month of April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen has helped to get the word out about distracted driving across the state of Virginia.

There are distracted drivers of all ages on the roads at all times and they are contributing to the greatest driving threat in recent years.

Many campaigns will take place during April to help promote awareness of the severity of distracted driving. The National Safety Council (NSC) asks drivers to take the Focused Driver Challenge and pledge to drive cell free. Websites like Distraction.gov and EndDD.org…

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