Signs and Symptoms of Mold Exposure

Tara L. Umbrino, Stafford, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Tara L. Umbrino, Stafford, VA Personal Injury Attorney

We all know that where there’s smoke, there’s fire. But did you know that where there’s water, there’s mold?

Water can get into your home many different ways.  A burst pipe.  A leaky roof.  Flooding after rain.  And when water settles in the house, mold will start to grow.

What is mold?

You might think of some old food in the back of the refrigerator when you hear the word mold, but it occurs in more locations than you would think.  Mold, like pollen or dust, is a natural part of the air that we breathe on a daily basis.  It can be a problem for people who are more sensitive or allergic to mold, or when there is a high concentration…

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Data Shows Traffic Deaths are on the Rise

David M. Williams, Fredericksburg Personal Injury Attorney

Author: David M. Williams, Jr., Stafford Personal Injury Attorney

The United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released its latest estimate of traffic deaths. The 2016 announcement was sobering. It showed a 9.3% increase in traffic fatalities in the first nine months of 2015 compared to 2014 figures. The most significant increases came for pedestrians and bicyclists. [1]

According to this NHTSA report, an estimated 26,000 people died in motor vehicle collisions during the first nine months of 2015, a large increase when compared to 23,796 deaths in the first nine months of 2014. The regions that saw the biggest jumps in traffic…

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The Dangers of Pokémon GO

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Product Liability Attorney

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

The new smartphone gaming app, Pokémon GO, may be to blame for your child’s renewed interest in the outdoors. Although it is an interactive game, players still have to stare at their smartphone screens to play. So, make sure that your children are not too distracted by the game to pay attention to their surroundings.

What is Pokémon GO?

Pokémon GO is an interactive game that encourages players to go outside and collect the game’s fictional animals known as “Pokémon.”[1] To find the Pokémon, the player must look at a real world map.[2] The Pokémon randomly pop up near the player and the player has to catch them.[3] The map also…

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Four Tips to Help Protect Your Family at the Beach

Trent S. Kerns, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

With school out of session and summer in full swing, it’s tempting to take a trip to enjoy the simple pleasures of the seashore – sun, sand, and surf. It is easy for these same things we love most about the beach to also cause us harm and turn a relaxing excursion into an ordeal. Here are a few factors that we think deserve special awareness, and, with proper attention, can minimize the risk of injury and keep your beach trip safe and fun.

Watch the Weather

Though it may seem silly to do on a clear sunny day, take a moment to check the weather forecast for your beach of choice before you or your family take to the sand. Paying attention…

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Tips To Prevent Child Heatstroke in Cars

James Mick

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

Busy parents and caregivers don’t get many breaks during hot summer months. With children out of school, the daily schedule may differ day to day and tragedies can occur during this hectic time. It’s vital to remain alert, engaged, and avoid distractions when transporting children on hot days in order to prevent injury or loss of life.

July 31st is National Heatstroke Prevention Day. Many organizations use this date to bring awareness to the dangers of leaving children, pets and adults in hot cars.

To make sure no child has been left behind, Safercar.gov recommends following these tips:[1]

Never leave a child…

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Pool Safety – Preventing Drain Entrapment

Malcolm P.

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

When we head to the pool on a warm summer day, most of us do not worry about the drain. A pool drain suctions water from the pool to capture dirt and other debris that collects at the bottom of the pool. Pool water and debris pass through the pool’s filtration system, which removes debris and allows filtered water to circulate back into the pool. However, information from the  Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that, in recent years, there have been several dozen serious injuries and two deaths caused by drain entrapment. A few simple precautions can help keep your kids safe from this unusual danger.[1]

Don’t…

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Keep Your Children S.A.F.E. on Playground Equipment

W. Coleman Allen Jr.

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

During the summer months, playgrounds are a busy place with children running, playing and being active. With so much activity going on, playgrounds are also a place where children frequently get hurt. Every year in the United States, more than 200,000 children ages 14 years and younger are treated for playground-related injuries.[1] 

Between 2001 and 2008, an average of 218,851 preschool and elementary children received emergency department care for injuries that occurred on playground equipment.[2]

Which playground equipment is the most dangerous? climbers swings slides overhead ladders/monkey bars[3] Four rules…

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Safety Tips for Travelers Staying in Hotels

Ashley T. Davis, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Ashley T. Davis, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Virginia law requires hotels to take precautions to protect their guests.[1] One such precaution required by Virginia law is that  hotels provide “suitable” locks on the doors and windows of all guest rooms.[2]

The Virginia Supreme Court declared that innkeepers and guests have a “special relationship” because guests entrust their safety to the innkeeper. Guests have little ability to control their environment, and therefore rely upon the innkeeper to make the property safe.[3] For these reasons, if the hotel knows or should know of any dangers or threats on the premises (i.e., if the criminal misconduct is “reasonably foreseeable”),…

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Volkswagen Offers Settlement Terms for Car Owners Defrauded in Virginia

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Product Liability Attorney

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

Volkswagen AG (VW) has agreed to pay up to $14.7 billion to settle claims resulting from its diesel emissions cheating scandal. Under the terms of the settlement, VW allocated a maximum of $10.03 billion to buy back vehicles included in the recall and also provide cash compensation to the affected owners. The cash compensation offered to each car owner will range from $5,100 to $10,000. Both the buyback price and the amount of the additional compensation will depend on the cars’ value prior to the revelation that Volkswagen intentionally cheated on emissions quality tests.[1]

In the U.S. alone, approximately 475,000 VW vehicles…

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Giving Back to our Community - The Central Virginia Legal Food Frenzy

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Looking around the room at the FeedMore luncheon, I am humbled, not only by the lawyers who surround me, but by the people who work and volunteer at FeedMore. These are the folks who are working together day in and day out to efficiently and effectively fight hunger all around us.

The need is enormous. Approximately 1 million people in Virginia do not know where their next meal is coming from. In 2015, FeedMore alone provided 18 million meals, serving 20 million pounds of food. Meals on Wheels, Mobile Pantry, Kids Café, and the Backpack program are some of the programs that facilitate distribution of these meals. Two hundred…

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