The Discovery Process in Personal Injury Cases

Tara L. Umbrino, Stafford, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

For those who are not familiar with litigation, the process of taking legal action may seem mysterious. Many of us have heard the term “discovery” on TV shows, but what does it really mean

If you’re injured in an accident and your attorney files a complaint, you have the facts from one side of the story – yours.  But we know that there’s more than one side to any story.  In a civil case (where one person sues another person or company, for example, seeking compensation for injuries resulting from a car crash, or from slipping and falling, or in a divorce case),  discovery is the process that entitles the parties in the case…

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Virginia’s Juvenile Driver’s License Ceremony

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

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

During a recent visit to our local courthouse, I walked into the lobby and saw many nervous, nicely dressed teens and their parents.  The courthouse is the center of many legal and civic activities, and the teens waiting outside the courtroom were there for a special purpose – to receive their driver’s licenses.

The Code of Virginia §46.2-336  legislates and describes the Juvenile Driver Licensing Ceremony. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) sends all original driver’s licenses issued to applicants under the age of eighteen years to the judge of the juvenile and domestic relations court in the city or county…

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Meet The Attorneys of Allen & Allen: Danielle M. Bringard - VIDEO

Danielle M. Bringard

Since joining Allen & Allen, Danielle Bringard has shown a high-level of empathy for her clients. Danielle has a rich theater background, and she brings this confidence and poise to her role as an advocate for the injured. She was a victim of a motor vehicle accident herself, and she uses this experience often to connect with her clients.

As a coach for undergraduate students in the University of Richmond Mock Trial Program, Danielle teaches trial skills and leads these students as they compete across the nation. Meet the attorney clients describe as trustworthy and thorough. Meet Danielle Bringard. 


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Metal-on-Metal Hip Implants Linked to Complications for Patients

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned metal-on-metal hip implants due to design flaws that are related to wear and tear. Daily wear and tear results in particle debris that can lead to serious complications and implant failure. Among these complications is a dangerous condition known as metallosis, or metal poisoning.

Metallosis has been linked to several side effects: severe joint pain, tissue death around the implant (local tissue necrosis), deterioration of the bone around the implant, implant loosening, implant failure, formation of cysts, formation of pseudotumors, and even osteolysis (bone death).


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Passing on the Right

Ashley T. Davis, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

All states allow drivers to use the left lane to pass a slower moving vehicle, as long as there is more than one lane traveling in the same direction. But have you ever wondered whether – and when – it is permissible to pass a vehicle on the right?

The answer to this question depends upon the state in which you are driving. In most states, it is legal to pass on the right under certain conditions.

In Virginia, a driver is allowed to pass another vehicle on the right:[1]

When the other vehicle is making or is about to make a left turn, and its driver has given the required signal;[2] On a roadway that is wide…

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Medicare - The "Super Duper" Lien: Can Your Plaintiff's Attorney Handle the Liability Insurance Company and the Federal Government at Settlement Time?

Trent S. Kerns, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Trent S. Kerns, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Since July 1, 2009, a change in Medicare law[1] has made it more difficult for claimants, plaintiffs, and defendants to settle personal injury claims. Now, more than ever, an  injured claimant needs to retain an experienced plaintiff attorney who can embrace these new procedures and maneuver through them so that the claimants' Medicare rights and benefits are protected while getting them the best possible settlement in a timely manner.

What, you might ask, does Medicare have to do with a personal injury claim? Medicare is a federal program that pays for a portion of medical expenses and hospitalizations for people who are eligible.…

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Expert Witnesses and Your Medical Malpractice Case


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

When patients are dissatisfied with their doctors or healthcare providers, they may feel justified in filing a medical malpractice claim. However, medical malpractice lawsuits can be complex, and a valid claim requires that a doctor or healthcare provider was negligent when providing care to the patient. Virginia law also has other requirements that must be met, such as certification by an expert witness and filing your claim within the statute of limitations.[1] An experienced attorney can help you determine the validity of your claim and help make sure these legal requirements are satisfied.

In medical…

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The Personal Injury Recipe: Insurance Coverage (Part 3 of 3)

Christopher J. Toepp, Fredericksburg, VA, Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Christopher J. Toepp, Fredericksburg, VA, Personal Injury Attorney

At the outset of each lawsuit, I tell all my clients that, in the broadest sense, every Virginia personal injury claim consists of three components: liability, damages and insurance coverage. These are the ingredients necessary for success in the personal injury process.  As my initial meeting unfolds, I go into more detail about the individual considerations that are contained within each of these three broad categories. If the facts and circumstances are deficient in any one of the three, there may be a major obstacle in the path to obtaining full and fair financial recovery. This article follows The Personal Injury Recipe: Liability…

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Do I Need A Bus Accident Attorney? - VIDEO

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

Every year, passengers, other drivers and pedestrians are killed or seriously injured by bus accidents. Due to their large size - sometimes 45 feet long and 17,000 pounds - buses are more difficult to control than the average vehicle. Buses require more time and distance to turn or stop, and they can have very large blind spots. This means that buses have increased opportunities for accidents compared to smaller vehicles.


If you have been injured in a bus accident - either as a passenger, pedestrian, or while driving another vehicle - you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. However, bus accident…

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FAQ: Should I use my health insurance to pay my medical bills when the accident is someone else's fault? Shouldn't their auto insurance company be responsible for those bills?

Charles Littlepage Allen, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Charles Littlepage Allen, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Clients often ask if they should use their own health insurance to pay their medical bills after a collision. The answer is yes. If you've been injured in a crash, using your health insurance to cover your medical expenses will get them paid now.

Many medical providers and specialists require patients to have health insurance before the providers will provide treatment. Since accidents are never anticipated, having health insurance provides the means to obtain the proper care required for the injuries incurred, without depleting your finances until the case settles.


Under Virginia law, health insurance companies…

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