New Program Launched to Reduce Unrepaired Vehicle Safety Recalls

Trent S. Kerns, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

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

The State of Maryland was awarded a $222,000 grant by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to implement its pilot program to notify automobile owners of unrepaired safety recalls.

What Happens When a Vehicle Has a Safety Recall?

With a standard safety recall, the manufacturer first notifies the NHTSA of the defect, then the manufacturer sends a notice to vehicle owners informing them to take their car to a local dealership to make the repairs free of charge. While most owners of new cars follow through with repair of these safety recalls, not all do. When a vehicle is sold, the buyer can research the list…

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Nurturing Community By Supporting Local Food Banks

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

As we enter the season of giving and sharing, I find myself reflecting on ways we at Allen & Allen can continue to support our communities. One of my favorite annual traditions is the Legal Food Frenzy, a fun and competitive food and fundraising drive that pits law firm against law firm to aid Virginia Food Banks in their efforts to feed tens of thousands of families in need.[1]


Gathering a Plentiful Harvest

In 2009, our first year participating in the event, Allen & Allen collected thirty thousand pounds of food during Legal Food Frenzy. Every year since, we have increased our contribution goal and succeeded in…

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Fire Extinguisher Recall Affects Millions

R. Clayton Allen, Personal Injury Attorney

Author: R. Clayton Allen, Personal Injury Attorney

Kidde, the world’s largest manufacturer of fire safety equipment, issued a recall in early November, 2017 that includes 37.8 million fire extinguishers with plastic handles or plastic push-buttons manufactured between 1973 and August, 2017.

Models included in this historic recall include most Kidde fire extinguishers rated ABC or BC, the most common varieties purchased by consumers in North America for home use, and which are widely available at home improvement and hardware stores nationwide. Affected models were produced in red, white, or silver, and they can be easily identified by checking the date of manufacture for fire extinguishers…

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The Dangers of Trinity Guardrail End Terminals in Virginia

Scott D. Fitzgerald, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

On October 9, 2011, Adam Coster lost control of his vehicle on I-64 eastbound in Newport News.[1]  His car ran off the side of the road and struck a guardrail end terminal, which impaled him.[2]  Adam died at the scene.[3]  His family filed suit against the manufacturer of the guardrail end terminal, Trinity Industries.[4]  In the lawsuit, the Coster family alleges that the end terminal, called the ET-Plus, pierced through the vehicle and impaled Adam rather than sliding harmlessly off to the side, as it was designed to do.[5]  

Trinity Guardrail Lawsuits

Trinity ET-Plus end terminals have been the source of countless…

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The Truth About Auto Safety

Clayton Allen, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Clayton Allen, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Most people believe that if a dangerous safety issue is found with an automobile or other motor vehicle, the manufacturer will take immediate action to notify its customers. Unfortunately, this is not always true. 


In 2010, Brooke Melton died in a crash caused by the sudden failure of the ignition in her 2005 Chevy Cobalt. Melton was 29 years old. She died when she skidded into another vehicle after the ignition module of her 2005 Cobalt slipped into the accessory position. Documents and evidence developed in the Melton case showed that GM knew about the ignition switch problem as early as 2001 – almost a decade earlier.  


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How to Organize a Food Drive in Your Community

Edward L. Allen, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

With the holidays just around the corner, you may be feeling the generosity that flavors the season and are in search of different ways to give. If you want to support your community while also having fun in the process, you can easily organize your own food drive.


Collecting cans for your local food bank offers many opportunities to express your creativity and it serves as a tremendous value to those suffering from hunger during these chilly months. You can follow these tips for organizing a food drive in your community and enjoy the generous spirit of the holidays by helping those in need. 

1. Select…

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What the Insurance Claim Rep Won't Tell You About Your Personal Injury Claim

David M. Williams, Personal Injury Attorney

 Author: David Williams, Stafford, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Claim representatives for the insurance carriers are professionals who are experts at what they do. The claims representative[1] for the liability insurance company is a trained professional whose job is to have your claim cost the insurance company as little as possible. That means your compensation may be a small percentage of what is considered a "fair and reasonable" settlement amount.

If you are hurt and unrepresented, and not familiar with personal injury claims, the hardball tactics used by some claims representatives can leave you feeling dazed and confused. You are likely to feel that you are being taken advantage…

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10 Scholarships for the Community-Minded


Like the falling leaves of November, we welcome the opportunity for falling out-of-pocket tuition costs with help from the programs highlighted during National Scholarship Month.

These 10 Virginia scholarships could help you save thousands of dollars on your college investment and leave you feeling grateful long after you’ve earned your degree. 

1. George E. Allen Academic Scholarship Program

Amount: $1,500 per award Deadline: December, 2017

Allen & Allen awards fifteen scholarships per year to dedicated and deserving high-school students in the community who have overcome misfortune and who exhibit academic success. The firm honors students who show strength and perseverance as well as a commitment…

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Should Surgeons Be Banned From Performing “Simultaneous Surgeries”?

Malcolm P.

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

Surgical procedures require coordinating the schedules of patients, surgeons, nursing and support staff, as well as the availability of the hospital operating room where the surgery will take place. The complexity of managing all these schedules means that some facilities schedule “concurrent surgery” to make the best use of everyone’s time. Also known as overlapping surgery or simultaneous surgeries, concurrent surgery is a method of managing surgeries where two operations, whose critical parts occur at the same time, are managed by the same surgeon. [1] At times there may be only a minimal overlap, where the…

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What are your rights when you’ve been injured by a drunk or drugged driver?

Danielle M. Bringard, Fredericksburg VA Personal Injury Attorney

What are your rights when you’ve been injured by a drunk or drugged driver?

Drunk and drugged driving comes with a cost.  According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), “every two minutes, someone is injured in a drunk driving crash.”  If we break down those numbers even further, every fifty-one minutes someone is killed as a result of drunk driving.  These statistics by themselves are frightening.  Imagine if you or a loved one are the victim of one of these crashes.

Most people are aware that drunk driving has criminal penalties.  These penalties exist whether or not the drunk driver injured someone else with his or her decision.  But, what about the victims…

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