GM Issues Third Recall for Sport Utility Vehicles: Vehicles Should be Kept Outside to Prevent House Fires

Paul D. Hux

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

In the wake of massive recalls issued to correct problems with faulty ignition switches, the safety of General Motors’ vehicles remains in question. Amidst concerns that faulty power window switches could cause fires, General Motors recently recalled a group of sport utility vehicles.[1]

In North America the recall affects approximately 189,000 vehicles manufactured between 2006 and 2007. They include: GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, Isuzu Ascender, and the Saab 97-X. General Motors advises all customers who own these vehicles to park them outside until the issue is resolved. Their concern is that a fire started in the garage could spread to the house.  


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Claims for Lost Earning Capacity in Virginia

Author: Ashley T. Davis, Esquire, Personal Injury Lawyer, Richmond Virginia

Being injured in an accident can be a devastating and life-changing experience.  With time, some accident victims are able to recover from their injuries and resume the life that they were living before the accident.  Others might not be so fortunate.

You might have heard that accident victims can seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.  But what if that is not enough?  What happens if you are forced to give up your job, because you are physically or mentally unable to do it anymore?   What happens if you have been forced to give up on your dreams and career goals, because you were injured by someone else?  If so,…

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The Check is in the Mail: Explaining the Delay Between “Notification of Payment” and Closing a Personal Injury Claim

Author: J. David Douthit, Esq., Richmond Virginia Attorney

In 2013 the General assembly enacted Code of Virginia section 38.2-236.[1] This section requires an insurer to give written notice whenever it makes a payment of $5000 or more to settle an injured person’s claim.  Pursuant to Virginia’s Code, this notice of payment must be made directly to the injured person within five business days from the date the payment is made or sent to the injured person’s attorney.  An injured person who receives a notice of payment from an insurance company often, and quite reasonably, expects that their attorney has received the settlement check when they get the “notification of payment” in the mail.  In cases that are settled without a lawsuit…

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Suspected Child Sexual Abuse at Day Care

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

Many parents trust day cares and other child care providers to keep their children safe and healthy, both physically and mentally. In order to foster that trust, the Virginia legislature has mandated that any employee of a child welfare agency who is involved in the “day-to-day operations of the center or who is or will be alone with, in control of, or supervising one or more of the children” must pass a background check[1]. Among other barriers to employment at a day care, a day care may not hire any applicant with a “founded complaint of child abuse or neglect within or outside” Virginia[2]. These standards have helped diminish the occurrence of day care abuse.…

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Common Head Injuries in the NFL

Author: Edward L. Allen, Personal Injury Attorney, Fredericksburg, Virginia

America’s national pastime has been under increased scrutiny over the past couple of years, from complaints over team names to controversies over head injuries among its players. It was the relatively recent string of suicides among NFL veterans that prompted a closer examination of football safety practices, eventually culminating in a number of lawsuits filed against both the NFL and the NCAA. Many hope that this will lead to a better understanding of head injuries and a clearer focus on player safety.

There is no denying that football is, and always will be, a highly physical sport. Player collisions are an inescapable part of the game, and though…

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More Than Medical Bills: Losses Covered In Virginia Personal Injury Claims

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

Motor vehicle accidents impact injured people’s lives dramatically. After a serious collision on the road people are often physically injured, left without a vehicle, unable to work for a significant period of time and are required to travel to and from countless medical appointments. Over time, many accident victims become depressed, overwhelmed emotionally or overcome with stress when they get back behind the wheel of a car. For a person injured through no fault of their own, the inconveniences of recovery can be substantial. In the aftermath of a collision, it is important that you understand what damages are financially compensable in a personal injury claim and…

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Preventing Child Brain Injuries

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

There has been a lot of media attention recently linking concussions received by professional athletes to more serious brain-injuries. You might have used this information as a spring-board for discussing with your children the dangers associated with contact sports and the importance of safety equipment like helmets and pads. However, it is important to remember that it is possible for children to be injured, sometimes permanently, in a myriad of other ways. Thankfully, Heads Up to Parents, an organization focused on preventing child brain injuries, has developed a website,, that provides parents with a wide variety of…

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Allen & Allen Attorneys Recognized in Best Lawyers in America and as Lawyer of the Year in 2015

The Allen Law Firm is pleased to announce that six Allen & Allen attorneys have been recognized in the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers in America. For over thirty years, Best Lawyers has published their list of exemplary legal professionals and it has since become one of the highest respected peer-review publications.

Edward L. Allen was selected in 2015 Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs in Fredericksburg, VA.  George Edward Allen, III, W. Coleman Allen, Jr. and P. Christopher Guedri were selected in 2015 Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs in Richmond, VA, Malcolm P. McConnell, III was selected in 2015 Best Lawyers in America for Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs…

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Drowning Can Be a Silent Killer: Signs of Drowning and the Importance of Keeping Your Eyes on the Water

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

Although it has been almost 15 years and my oldest son is now grown, I still clearly remember my friend Jackie’s words when she cried out, “Is Wil ok?” I turned and saw my 7 year old submerged under water. We were at a friend’s back yard pool and I had been unpacking towels and getting the baby situated in the stroller. Wilson’s terrified eyes were wide open under the water. He was right in the area where the shallow end gradually becomes the deep. He was not ok. I jumped in and pulled him out. He choked and spit up some water but thankfully he was fine. We never heard a sound, not a splash or a call for help. He just went under and couldn’t get back up.…

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Faulty Guardrails: Intended to Protect the Public, Now Blamed for Injuries and Deaths Nationwide

Author: Scott D. Fitzgerald, Personal Injury Lawyer, Richmond VA 

On September 17, 2012, Melton Tucker fell asleep at the wheel on his commute to work on Highway 81, outside of Dallas, Texas.  His car drifted off the highway and collided with a guardrail.  His Chevrolet Cruze struck the beginning piece of a guardrail, otherwise known as an end terminal or guardrail head.  The guardrail came through the car and struck Tucker in the head, killing him instantly.[1] 

This accident and others like it have raised questions about the effectiveness of guardrail heads manufactured by Trinity Highway Products, based in Dallas.  The ET-Plus, designed by Trinity, is one of the most common guardrail end terminals used in the United…

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