Medical Expense Benefits: What are they and how do they work?

Kathleen M. Smith, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

Few people have a complete and thorough understanding of the various types of coverage afforded under their personal motor vehicle insurance policy. Whether the policy is purchased online or through a local agent, the primary consideration for most consumers is total annual cost. Once a policy is selected and these premiums are paid, the issue of automotive insurance is understandably set aside in favor of more pressing every day concerns. In the aftermath of a motor vehicle collision, insurance coverage once again takes center stage as medical costs begin to mount, time is missed from work and painful days turn into weeks and even…

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Dangerous Toys: A call of concern to children’s toys that can be harmful

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Warning labels and recalls on toys can give adults cause for concern when purchasing toys for holiday giving. To make sure children’s toys are safe, adults should carefully read warning labels before purchasing toys, stay up to date on the latest toy-recall lists, and take notice of where the toys are made. Toys that are made in some foreign countries might contain harmful substances like lead. [1]

Lead in Children’s Toys

Parents are often concerned that toys that are made today may contain lead, which can cause lead poisoning in children.[2] Some toys that are made in foreign countries – such as China – are known to contain…

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How long will my personal injury case take? VIDEO


Personal injury attorney Paul D. Hux explains the factors that determine how long a personal injury claim can take to resolve.

Hi my name is Paul Hux, I’m a trial attorney and I’m also a partner at the Allen and Allen Law Firm. The first question almost across the board from all of my clients is “how long is my claim going to take?”

Your injuries and treatment affect how long your personal injury case takes to resolve

It depends every single time: how badly you’re hurt, how long you see a doctor, what sort of treatments you need, and how quickly you can get better and be released from your doctor.

Insurance companies review your personal injury case information

Once you’re released from medical…

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Class Action Lawsuit Alleges Design Flaw in Keyless Ignition Switches


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

In August of this year, a class action lawsuit was filed in federal court claiming that major automakers failed to install an essential safeguard in the keyless ignition switches of their vehicles.[1]  With keyless ignitions, which use a key fob rather than a traditional key with teeth, an electronic signal is sent to the vehicle to start the engine. The key fob must be in close proximity to the vehicle in order to send this electronic signal to start the vehicle, which is accomplished by pushing an On/Off button on the dash. 

The lawsuit alleges that manufacturers, despite possessing the knowledge and capability to do so, declined…

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How Judges Are Selected In Virginia


Author: Tammy S. Ruble, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Many states use elections to select the judges who preside over their courts.  Virginia is one of only two states, the other being South Carolina, in which judges are selected by vote of the legislature.[1]  Article VI, section 7 of the Constitution of Virginia, states: “The justices of the Supreme Court shall be chosen by the vote of a majority of the members elected to each house of the General Assembly  . . . . The judges of all other courts of record shall be chosen by the vote of a majority of the members elected to each house of the General Assembly . . . .”[2]

The Constitution provides for those occasions when the General Assembly…

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A Dangerous Prospect: Motorcycles and Traumatic Brain Injury

P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Motorcycles are one exciting means of travel, but that feeling of exhilaration comes with serious risks. The exposed position of the rider and small mass of the bike combine to cause thousands of injuries and deaths every year. Each million miles driven by motorcycles causes roughly 25 deaths, thirty times the expected deaths from cars covering the same distance. Legs and hips may be the most vulnerable parts of the body on a motorcycle, but a blow to the head is the most common fatal injury.[1]

Traumatic brain injury is of particular concern for bikers. 12% of all emergency room visits and 26% of all hospitalizations involving…

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What is Umbrella Insurance and do I need it? VIDEO


Richmond, VA based personal injury attorney Jason Konvicka answers the question: “What is Umbrella Insurance and do I need it?"

What is Umbrella Insurance and do I need it?

Sometimes people ask me “what’s an umbrella insurance policy, and do I need one?” An umbrella insurance policy is an extra level of coverage that provides additional insurance coverage to you and your family if you’re involved in a truly catastrophic accident. Insurance companies in Virginia won’t typically provide an umbrella insurance policy unless you have an underlying liability policy of at least $250,000 or $500,000. If you have that type of insurance coverage, and want even more coverage, your only option is an umbrella insurance policy.


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Why you should use your health insurance after an accident, even when the accident was not your fault.


Author: Ryan E. Wind, Mechanicsville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

After being injured in an accident caused by someone else some people are reluctant to use their own health insurance.  I often hear clients ask, “Why should my insurance have to pay, if the accident was not my fault?”  This is an understandable question, but the truth is that you are generally better off, especially in Virginia, if you use your health insurance after you are injured in an accident. 

The negligent party is required to pay the full amount of your related medical bills

When you have been injured through no fault of your own in an automobile accident and have to seek medical treatment, the law…

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2016 “Best Law Firms” ranks Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen


U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers ® announced today that Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen has been ranked in the 2016 “Best Law Firms” as a Tier 1 Firm in Personal Injury Litigation and Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs in Richmond, Virginia. 2016 “Best Law Firms” recognizes firms for a combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise while receiving consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. The rankings will be published in US News & World Reports and in local publications later this month.

2016 marked the sixth year for the “Best Law Firms” rankings. The rigorous evaluation process included the collection of client and lawyer evaluations…

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Tips for a Safe Halloween


Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Halloween is a fun, exciting time of year, especially for children.  It can also be a scary time – accidents and injuries can happen, even during all of the activities and excitement.[1]  To keep Halloween safe for everybody, follow some basic safety tips.[2]

Trick-or-Treat Safety Tips Always trick-or-treat with a group, never alone.[3] Carry a flashlight to make sure drivers can see you.[4]  Applying reflective tape to costumes or treat bags can also help make you visible in the dark.[5] Walk while trick-or-treating.[6] Running in costumes can cause tripping, falling, and other accidents.[7] Be careful crossing streets,…

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