Theme Park Liability – The Roller Coaster from Amusement to Misery

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

We go to amusement parks to escape to a world of thrilling experiences, immersive themes, and family fun.  The amusement quickly disappears when you or a loved one is injured on a ride that you thought would be safe.  As theme park operators strive to achieve ever more intense thrills and higher speeds to compete for customers, the potential for severe injuries and even death increases dramatically.  Every summer we see stories on the news of dramatic accidents occurring on amusement rides in Virginia and all over the country.  A recent study reviewing amusement park injuries to children over 20 years found that there was an average of 4,423…

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Premises Liability Claims in Virginia

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

I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up! 

As a personal injury attorney, I speak with injured people nearly every day. Although injuries from motor vehicle accidents are the most common in my form of practice, I see people who have been injured in all types of circumstances and scenarios – while shopping, eating in restaurants, socializing with friends, visiting amusement parks, and so on.

What is a premises liability claim?

Under Virginia law, an incident that occurs on another person’s property is called a premises liability…

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Multiple Concussions are Dangerous for Young People

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

Concussions are among the most widely reported injuries in young people who participate in sports and recreational activities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated there are as many as 3.8 million sports and recreation related concussions in the United States every year. [1]

Classified as traumatic brain injuries, concussions are caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that causes the soft, gelatin-like substance of the brain to move rapidly back and forth inside the hard, bony skull. Concussions can change the way the brain normally works.

Although…

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Preventing Death from Heat Stroke in Cars

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

UPDATE 8/11/2017: An article published by CNN last week notes that the number of children dying of heatstroke while alone in hot cars reached a record high in July. Parents and caregivers should note that the average rise in car temperature within 10 minutes of turning off the car is 19 degrees. Even on an 80-degree day – which is a mild summer day for most of the country - you’re at 109 degrees in 20 minutes inside a car”.

Even a few minutes in a hot car can have a devastating outcome for young children since their central nervous system is not fully developed. Children’s bodies are less able to cope with temperature changes, leading…

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Authorities Question Accuracy of Zika Virus Testing

Tara L. Umbrino, Stafford, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

One of the biggest news stories during the summer of 2016 was the outbreak of the Zika virus. The alarming spread of the virus was followed closely by international travelers and residents of the United States. In Brazil, Olympic athletes refused to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games due to concerns about contracting the virus.  The virus could spread quickly and was linked to many incidents of birth defects. The World Health Organization declared Zika a Public Health Emergency.[1]

In response to the Zika epidemic, health officials rushed to find a test for Zika. However, it turns out that…

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Are Larger Trucks a Good Idea?

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

While many people find big rigs scary enough, the trucking industry would like them even bigger. The trucking industry is once again requesting legislation that would allow larger trucks with heavier loads to be allowed on the highways. The current weight load is 80,000 pounds and they would like an increase bringing that weight up to 91,000 pounds.

Shockingly, 3,852 people died in large truck crashes in 2015. Only sixteen percent of these deaths were truck occupants.  Sixty-nine percent were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles hit by the trucks, and fifteen percent were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists.…

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Safety Tips for a Great Summer

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Author: Abbigale B. Fredrick, Richmond, VA Attorney

School is out and students are excited for the weeks ahead. Summer provides children with ample amounts of time to enjoy the outdoors while hiking, riding bikes, swimming, or playing with friends.

While it is important for kids to enjoy this special time in their lives, parents need to be reminded of the potential dangers that summer may bring. It is also important that caretakers are aware of the potential illnesses and injuries that may occur so that they are less likely to happen.

What you need to know:

Windows safety: Opening your windows to enjoy a summer breeze can…

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Allen & Allen Presents the 2017 George E. Allen Academic Scholarship Winners

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The Virginia personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen awarded the George E. Allen Scholarship to 15 deserving high school seniors on May 16, 2017 at an awards dinner at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. The law firm's Scholarship Program, now in its 26th year, recognizes students who have overcome significant obstacles or special challenges, while achieving high standards of community service and academic performance. Recipients this year come from throughout the state of Virginia, including: Richmond, Colonial Heights, Fredericksburg, Dayton, Broadway, Montpelier, and Ashland.

Congratulations to:

 

Kerry Akers Kayla Allen Destiny Dozier Gabriella Hines Kevin…

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Distracted Drivers: An In-Depth Look At This Danger On Our Roadways

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

It’s the middle of lunch hour traffic. You’re driving from meeting to meeting, fitting in a quick bite as you go, and looking for a good song on the radio. You have every intention of being a courteous, law-abiding driver. Then your cell phone rings, or maybe you get a notification from an app. Should you check to see if it’s important?

We all have the best of intentions when we get behind the wheel of a car, but we may not realize how each distraction – glancing at text messages, turning around to settle a fight between the kids, or even eating lunch on the go - can impact…

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Three Things You Should Do After an Accident - VIDEO

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Author: Derrick L. Walker, Richmond, VA  Personal Injury Attorney

Car accidents can be extremely stressful and overwhelming. Often, drivers involved in collisions may not know exactly what to do, or they may be too overwhelmed or injured to think clearly right after an accident. But there are three things that you should absolutely do anytime you are involved in an accident. First, you should call the police; second, you should seek medical attention; and third, you should contact an attorney. Even if you think your accident was trivial or no one was at fault or you are not badly hurt, these three steps can help avoid complications down the line. By making…

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