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?


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


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


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

Derrick L. Walker, Richmond, VA  Personal Injury Attorney

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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In Memoriam: George Edward “Ted” Allen, III by Linda Lipsen


Kind words from Linda A. Lipsen of American Association for Justice. 

The American Association for Justice In Memorial.


For more information read the "Tribute to Ted Allen" Reflections by P. Christopher Guedri, colleague and friend.

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Proper Medicine Dosing For Children

Bridget N. Long, Petersburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Bridget N. Long, Petersburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

When children are sick, you want to do everything you can to make them feel better. However, giving your child the proper amount of medication can sometimes be difficult and confusing because the medication labels are unclear and do not match the dosing devices provided with the medication.  This is a problem, and the FDA has recalled some medications due to confusing dosing markings and additional markings that are unnecessary.[1]

It is not uncommon for young children to be accidentally overmedicated.[2] However, if you follow a few simple safety steps, you can avoid this problem and give your…

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Virginia Dog Owner's Responsibilities & "Leash Laws"


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

Owning a dog brings great joy but also great responsibility. Rarely does an owner want to acknowledge that their favorite pooch has the potential to harm someone. Many states have adopted state-wide laws, generally referred to as “leash laws”, regarding the responsibilities of a dog owner to control their dog.[1] 

In Virginia, there is a two-part system. First, there is no state-wide “leash law” but the law empowers local jurisdictions (cities, counties and towns) to adopt regulations concerning control of certain breeds of dogs or at certain times of the year. These local ordinances have the effect of law and are called “running…

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What Did the Defendant Tell the Insurance Company?


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

In the days following an automobile collision, it is common for the at-fault driver to provide a recorded statement to his or her insurance company, describing how the incident occurred.  The insurance company can then use this statement in deciding how to handle the matter, if and when the not-at-fault driver makes a claim for damages sustained in the collision.

Once the injured party asserts his or her claim, the insurance company has no obligation to share the recorded statement of the at-fault driver, and typically it has no reason to do so.  This is the case even though the defendant’s account of the incident…

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