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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Did an Accident Exacerbate or Aggravate your Pre-Existing Medical Condition?

Richard C. Armstrong, Charlottesville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

 Author: Richard C. Armstrong, Charlottesville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Sometimes people injured in an accident think they don't have a claim if their injuries consist of an aggravation of a medical condition or injury that they already had before the motor vehicle collision occurred. However, that's not the law in Virginia or in most other states. 

How Does the Law Protect Me If I Have a Pre-Existing Condition?

In Virginia, the law takes a very practical view of new injuries to those with pre-existing conditions. You are entitled to recover for the extent of the aggravation, but you cannot recover for the pre-existing condition itself. 

In the model instruction that is read…

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Fall Campfire Safety Tips and Information

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

This fall, campers with varying degrees of experience will head out into parks and forests all over the country to experience the world around them. Camping trips expose campers to certain risks and dangers, with one of the biggest issues being campfire safety. As the weather grows colder, it is essential to know how to make a safe campfire and what to do once a campfire has been lit. Here are some information and tips on how to stay campfire safe.

Preparing to Build a Campfire:

It is important to know if any fire restrictions are in place before going camping. Campers…

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Decorating for Halloween: Keep it Fun and Safe

Paul D. Hux, Chesterfield, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Paul D. Hux, Chesterfield, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Decorating for Halloween

When it comes to decorations, Halloween is one time of the year when you can let your imagination run wild. Ghosts, ghouls, goblins, pumpkins, bats, witches on broomsticks – it’s all allowed, and in fact, celebrated!

When planning your spooky Halloween décor, you might want to start with a theme. That gives all your decorations (inside and outside) continuity, and allows you to change the theme each year to keep your deco fresh. Popular themes are ghosts and graveyards, famous monsters, Halloween nature themes (bats, rats, cornstalks, etc), witches or a…

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More Issues with Stryker Hip Implants

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

Stryker LFIT V40

Stryker has already settled for over one billion dollars due to complications surrounding its Rejuvenate and ABG II hip stems. Stryker now faces further litigation as its LFIT V40 line of hips come under scrutiny. We are seeing a significant increase in the number of Stryker LFIT V40 lawsuits being filed due to serious injuries including, but not limited to, metallosis.

Metallosis is caused by friction as the different metal parts of the hip implant rub against each other when the patient moves around. Over time, the metal components become corroded,…

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Keeping Kids Safe in Strollers and Baby Carriers


Author: Sandra S. Gregor, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Buckle up! That’s what researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio are telling parents to do for their kids in strollers or baby carriers. A recent study shows that more than 17,000 children end up in the emergency room each year due to injuries involving strollers and infant carriers. And over a quarter of those injuries were concussions or traumatic brain injuries.

Most of the injuries occurred when a child fell out of a stroller or carrier, or when they tipped over. The researchers analyzed two decades of data from 1990-2010…

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Educating Teen Drivers and Their Parents During Teen Driver Safety Week

R. Clayton Allen, Mechanicsville, Va Personal Injury Attorney

Clayton Allen, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teen drivers ages 15 to 19. In 2015, there were 2,333 teen drivers involved in fatal crashes and an estimated 100,000 teens were injured. [1] In other words, an average of six teens die every day from motor vehicle injuries. This age range coincides with the age most Americans begin driving. However, a study determined that only 25% of parents engage in a meaningful dialogue with their children concerning the dangers associated with driving. [2]

Parents can help improve teen driver safety

Led by the National Highway traffic…

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Fire Prevention Week (October 9-15): Fire Safety Tips and Information

Ashley T. Davis, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

Fire Prevention Safety Week, the longest-running public health and safety observance on record in America, is this week with “Don’t Wait – Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” as its theme. [1]

Smoke alarms should be replaced if they are ten years old or older. To check the date of manufacture for your smoke alarms, remove them from the ceiling and look at the date on the back of the alarm. If the alarm is less than ten years old, put the alarm back on the ceiling. Otherwise, the alarm should be replaced. [2]

In keeping with the event, here are some tips and information…

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