Why You Should Hire a Personal Injury Attorney - VIDEO

David M. Irvine, Charlottesville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

A driver who has been injured through no fault of his or her own in an automobile collision often will be contacted by the insurance company for the at-fault party very soon after the accident occurs. The insurance adjuster will gather information about the individual’s injuries, and may make a settlement offer to quickly resolve the case.  I have found that some injured people question why they need a personal injury lawyer to represent them with their claim when they have already established a relationship with the adjuster, may already have received an offer of compensation, and feel that they can simply deal with the insurance company…

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Pedestrian Safety: Crosswalks

P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

We typically think of a crosswalk as a safe place for pedestrians to cross the street, but the rules and laws that govern crosswalk safety are not always well known by drivers and pedestrians. Sometimes, pedestrians choose not to use crosswalks or cross at incorrect times, which puts their safety in jeopardy. To ensure your own safety as well as the safety of others at crosswalks, you should use crosswalks properly and understand the appropriate laws and safety precautions.

Always Use Crosswalks

The first step in crosswalk safety for pedestrians is to use crosswalks when they are available, and to use them correctly.…

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What is the Virginia Consumer Protection Act?

Amy S. Whitelaw, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

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

Consumers purchase goods and services with the expectation that they will be safe and function properly. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Products may fail and consequently cause injury to innocent people. If the product itself is what causes the injury, a person may have a products liability claim.[1]  But if a person is harmed by the way a product has been advertised or offered, there may be another avenue under which they can recover for the harm.

The Virginia Consumer Protection Act was first enacted in 1977 to “promote fair and ethical standards of dealings between suppliers and the consuming public.”[2] The…

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Nursing Malpractice Claims Increase

Malcolm P.

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

Medical malpractice claims against nurses are on the rise. Recent studies suggest that nurses are more frequently being found liable when a patient is harmed as a result of a failure to provide reasonable care. For example, researchers at the Nurses Services Organization (NSO) found in one study that more than $90 million was paid out in malpractice claims against nurses filed over a five-year period.[1] The NSO report included malpractice claims that were filed against registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and licensed vocational nurses.[2]

The NSO report explores the ways in which nursing malpractice can…

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Safe Stopping Distances and Headlights

Paul D. Hux, Chesterfield, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

A study by the American Automobile Association (AAA) revealed that most automobile headlamps are inadequate on low-beam setting for drivers to safely react to obstacles in the roadway. According to AAA’s research, it takes approximately 500 feet for a vehicle traveling 55 miles per hour to identify, react to, and safely stop before encountering an obstacle.[1] However, halogen headlamps, installed in about 80% of U.S. automobiles, only illuminate up to around 300 feet in front of each vehicle while on the low-beam setting. High-intensity discharge lights reach about 400 feet while light-emitting diode lights fall close to 450 feet. They still…

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Breast Cancer Drug Taxotere Linked to Permanent Hair Loss

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

Taxotere, a chemotherapy drug manufactured by Sanofi-Aventis, has been linked to permanent hair loss in patients undergoing cancer treatment.[1] While there are safe and effective alternative drugs that do not cause permanent hair loss, the side effect warnings for Taxotere indicate hair loss is only temporary. Of all patients with breast cancer who used Taxotere, approximately 9% suffer from permanent hair loss, according to doctors participating in Taxotere studies. This unintended effect irreversibly damages a woman’s self-esteem, causes emotional distress, and can even lead to severe depression.

Taxotere and hair loss (alopecia)

Taxotere…

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Meet The Attorneys of Allen & Allen: Derrick L. Walker - VIDEO

Derrick L. Walker

Derrick Walker started his legal career in 2000 as a defense attorney, working on behalf of insurance companies and major corporations. In 2004, Derrick shifted the focus of his practice and began representing individuals who had been hurt or injured due to the negligence of another. Since then, Derrick has proven himself an accomplished and determined trial attorney who keeps his clients' interests at the forefront.

 

Derrick has represented clients in a wide range of federal and state court cases, consistently winning favorable outcomes at the negotiation table and in the courtroom. Highlights of his achievements include a $4.5 million award in a tractor trailer collision case, multiple million-dollar…

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Cases Against the Commonwealth: Examining the Doctrine of Sovereign Immunity

Kathleen M. Smith, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

Motor vehicle collisions occur on Virginia’s roads and highways on a daily basis. When people are injured through no fault of their own, Virginia’s law affords them the right to recover monetary damages from the individual who is civilly liable for causing the crash. From time to time, however, these everyday collisions involve state employees who are on the job. When a state actor causes a collision, the law regarding liability and recovery becomes much more complex, and may involve consideration of a doctrine known as “sovereign immunity.”  

To understand the concept of immunity in the context of motor vehicle collisions,…

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Vaporizers and E-Cigarette Explosions

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

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

More and more people are switching away from standard tobacco cigarettes in favor of e-cigarettes or vaporizers. Reasons include convenience, the belief that they are safer alternatives to smoking, and the belief that they can help the user quit smoking. Whatever the reason may be, manufacturers have rushed to fill the marketplace with options for consumers looking to purchase different vaping devices. This evolving industry has only existed in the U.S. since 2007, and currently, it is not well regulated.

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates traditional tobacco products, does not currently have authority over e-cigarettes…

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Five Things That Affect How Long Your Personal Injury Case Takes

Ryan E. Wind, Mechanicsville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

My clients frequently ask me how long it will take to settle a personal injury case. While there is no straightforward or simple answer, there are five main factors that significantly affect how long it takes to resolve a claim.

Severity of Injuries/Length of Treatment

If you are injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, we encourage you to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Some insurance companies are unwilling to discuss resolving your claim until you have fully recovered or reached maximum medical improvement. If the insurance company is unwilling to discuss your case until the full…

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