What Did the Defendant Tell the Insurance Company?

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Author: David M. Irvine, Charlottesville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

In the days following an automobile collision, it is common for the at-fault driver to provide a recorded statement to his or her insurance company, describing how the incident occurred.  The insurance company can then use this statement in deciding how to handle the matter, if and when the not-at-fault driver makes a claim for damages sustained in the collision.

Once the injured party asserts his or her claim, the insurance company has no obligation to share the recorded statement of the at-fault driver, and typically it has no reason to do so.  This is the case even though the defendant’s account of the incident may…

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Why You Should Avoid Posting Accident Details On Social Media

Amy S. Whitelaw

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

Social media is a great way to stay in touch with friends and family across the globe.  You can share pictures or thoughts, update people on what’s going on in your life, or even follow the news.  But when you’re in a car accident, social media can make your personal injury claim more difficult.

If you're ever in an accident, you should avoid posting information about that accident or your injuries on social media. There’s very little you can do on social media that can help your case, but there’s a lot you can do to harm your case.  Social media can certainly complicate things but there are ways to protect yourself and…

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Medicare and your Personal Injury Case

Danielle M. Bringard

Author: Danielle M. Bringard, Fredericksburg, VA., Personal Injury Attorney 

More than fifty years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare into law.1 Today, Medicare provides coverage for about 55 million Americans.2 These include people 65 years and older and people of all ages with certain disabilities such as permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis.3

What types of Medicare exist?

There are four types of Medicare “health plans” that provide varying degrees of coverage.

Medicare Part A covers in-patient care in hospitals, and Part B covers doctors’ services and out-patient care.4…

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Help Your Teen Have a Safe Prom

W. Coleman Allen Jr.

Author: W. Coleman Allen, Jr., Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Prom is a right of passage. It is an institution in the modern teenager’s world. It is dramatized in movies and television. It is supposed to be the perfect night. But for some, Help Your Teen Have a Safe Prom Teen Dancingprom night is very different from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood interpretations.

Last prom season a high school senior was killed on his way home from a prom after party. [1] His friend was driving the car, crossed over the center line and collided with a truck.[2] The truck driver also died. The driver of the car was under the influence of drugs.[3] In another unrelated accident,…

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Support Services for Victims of Drunk Driving

Noreen M. Dinndorf

Author: Noreen M. Dinndorf, Senior Victim Advocate, Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Every two minutes, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash. The consequences of drunk driving are far reaching and can include not only physical injuries, but also emotional, long lasting damage. An average of 27 people die every day in America as a result of drunk driving crashes. Family and friends may experience emotional trauma due to the loss of a loved one. We encourage victims impacted by impaired driving crashes to utilize the free services provided to them by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a drunk driver,…

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Reduce Your Baby’s Risk for SIDS

Abbigale B. Fredrick, Richmond, VA Attorney

Author: Abbigale B. Fredrick, Richmond, VA Attorney

What Is SIDS?

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, or is the sudden, unexplained death of a baby who seems to be healthy and is less than one year old. These deaths typically occur during sleep, and the infants often die in their cribs, which is why SIDS is sometimes known as “crib death.” SIDS is the leading cause of death in infants 1 to 12 months old.

The specific cause of SIDS is not known, although researchers have identified some factors that may put some babies at extra risk. These factors include abnormalities in the infant’s brain relating to arousal from sleep and breathing. Researchers have also…

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What is GAP insurance and is it worth purchasing?

Attorney R. Christopher Jones

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

Only a few things compare to the feeling of driving a brand-new vehicle home from the dealership. The paint job is immaculate, the audio system sounds amazing and the interior smells, well, new! Despite all of the joys of new car ownership, there is one glaring negative – most vehicles depreciate in value the moment they’re driven off the lot.  In fact, it’s been estimated that new cars can lose as much as 20 percent of their value in the first year. [1] 

A “total loss” puts you “upside down” Such rapid depreciation can be extremely problematic if your shiny, new vehicle gets damaged…

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Will this accident affect my insurance premium?

Ryan E. Wind, Mechanicsville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Ryan E. Wind, Mechanicsville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

One of the most frequent questions I receive from new clients is, "how will this accident affect my insurance premium?"  If the accident was not the client’s fault, then the answer is simple: it will not affect that client’s insurance premium.   

Insurance premiums and accidents Why do people believe that using their insurance to help cover an accident will cause their premiums to rise? The exact reason for this belief is unclear; perhaps the insurance company has scared its customers about using their own coverage. Or, perhaps people have heard that others had their insurance premiums…

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month: The CDC Publishes New Statistics on American Alcohol Consumption

Christopher J. Toepp, Fredericksburg, VA, Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Christopher J. Toepp, Fredericksburg, VA, Personal Injury Attorney

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (“NCADD”) established Alcohol Awareness Month in 1987 in an effort to reach out to the American public each April and provide information about alcohol, alcoholism and recovery. [1] While most people are aware that drinking too much alcohol over time can lead to myriad adverse health effects such as liver and heart disease, consuming a significant amount of alcohol in a short period of time is directly linked to violence, alcohol poisoning and motor vehicle crashes.  

New data published by the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”) indicates that alcohol…

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Medical Malpractice: Surgery and Hospital Stays

Malcolm P.

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

When a doctor or healthcare provider is negligent, and a patient is harmed by that negligence, that patient may have a medical malpractice claim. These claims can arise in countless different situations, but often come up in complicated circumstances—such as during surgery or when patients stay in the hospital for an extended period of time. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) estimates that between 44,000 and 98,000 patients die each year as a result of medical errors.[1]

How medical malpractice can occur: Surgery

One place where negligent errors can occur is in the operating room. Due to the complexities of surgery,…

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