Automotive Recalls: Are They Enough to Ensure Public Safety on the Roads?

James Mick Kessel, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Short Pump, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Takata, the world’s fourth-ranked airbag manufacturing company, recently initiated a recall of a number of cars assembled with their products. Since the announcement was made, the number of recalled cars has steadily increased, and Takata has stated that more than 33 million cars worldwide could contain a defective airbag.[1] Even with the recall in place, history suggests that the majority of recalled cars will remain on the road in their defective state.[2]

The recall was ordered due to a defect that caused the airbags to shoot shrapnel into the driver and passenger area of the car when deployed. This shrapnel produced…

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Safety Tips for Hoverboards

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

Self-balancing scooters, more commonly known as “hoverboards,” were one of the most popular toys of 2015.[1] Despite reports of many hoverboards catching on fire, they were still under high demand this holiday season.[2] The high number of sales has resulted in many accidents due to fires and falls.

Fire Hazards of Hoverboards

In Los Angeles, a hoverboard explosion was caught on video after the board started sizzling while being ridden down the sidewalk.[3] Additional fire incidents have been reported while hoverboards are charging, and even while sitting on the floor at a shopping mall.[4] According to the Consumer Product Safety…

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Skiing Safety Tips

Paul D. Hux, Chesterfield, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

Skiing can be a fun wintertime activity as long as skiers exercise awareness and follow safety precautions on the slopes. Being unprepared for the possible dangers of skiing can result in serious injury or even death, but taking the proper precautions can reduce these risks.

Ski Equipment and Safety

A large percentage of all ski injuries are the result of improper binding performance.[1] Ski bindings can fail to release or otherwise malfunction, causing ankle or knee injuries. To prevent this type of injury, skiers should check their equipment before taking it out on the slopes. Rented and owned equipment should be checked for defects…

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Protecting Children from Online Dangers: Safety Tips

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

Computers and smart phones have become increasingly prevalent in recent years, with research showing that 84% of United States households own a computer and 64% of Americans owning cell phones.[1] While not all children have their own computer or phone, many have at least some access to one. The internet can be a positive place for children to learn and talk with friends, but there are many dangers involved if proper precautions are not taken.

Threats

Perhaps the most imposing and well-known threats to children’s safety are online predators. These predators are usually strangers using online profiles and chats to communicate…

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Can I recover medical expenses even though my health insurance paid them?

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

Yes, you can.  Virginia law includes what is called the “collateral source” rule.  If someone is negligent and hurts you, there is no reason why he should get the benefit of health insurance that you paid for.  As the Supreme Court of Virginia has said, “A person who is negligent and injures another ‘owes to the latter full compensation for the injury inflicted[,] . . . and payment for such injury from a collateral source in no way relieves the wrongdoer of [the] obligation.’”[1] Thus, the wrongdoer’s obligation to you is not diminished by your receipt of insurance payments, social security benefits, public and private pension…

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Liability in a World of Driverless Cars

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

When an accident occurs, many drivers will move their vehicle to a safe place on the side of the road, if the vehicle can be moved.[1] Drivers might call the police and exchange information with the other driver.  But what happens when the other vehicle does not have a driver?

Google launched its self-driving car project in 2009, hoping that their prototype car could help make roads safer and easier to navigate.[2]  Since then, autonomous cars have driven over 1,158,818 miles.[3]  Currently, Google has 28 self-driving cars on the road.[4]  To see the Google car on the road, click here.

“In the six years of our project,…

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What Should Be In Your Winter Driving Safety Kit?

Charles L. Allen, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Charles L. Allen, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

What is a winter driving safety kit?

A winter driving safety kit is a collection of items that you can keep in your vehicle, to assist you if you are stranded or if your vehicle gets stuck in ice or snow this winter.   In the event of an emergency, a winter driving safety kit could be the difference between a minor inconvenience and a life-threatening situation.

What items should a winter driving safety kit contain?

Although the items that you select for your kit might vary, typical items include:[1]

A shovel A windshield scraper A small broom Water Non-perishable food A first aid kit including any necessary medications Salt…

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Who May Give Medical Causation Testimony in Virginia Courts?

David M. Irvine, Charlottesville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

At the trial of a personal injury case, it is critical for the plaintiff to establish not only the nature and extent of her injuries, but also that those injuries were caused by the defendant’s negligence. Ordinarily this medical “causation” evidence is presented through expert opinion testimony of the physicians and other health care providers who treated the plaintiff following the incident.

Expert Witnesses at Personal Injury Trials

Most witnesses who testify at trial are permitted to state only facts and not opinions. However, the law of evidence permits witnesses with “specialized knowledge” which will assist the jury…

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Why Submitting your Bills to your Health Insurance Company After an Accident is Always Important | VIDEO

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Personal injury lawyer Bridget Long explains why it's important for you to submit your bills to your health insurance company after an accident.

Should I I use my health insurance when I’ve been in an accident to pay my medical bills?

One question I frequently hear from a new client is “should I use my health insurance when I’ve been in an accident to pay my medical bills,” the answer is always yes. One reason people may be confused about whether they should use their health insurance is because hospital or emergency room personnel may ask for the car insurance.

Why should I use my heatlh insurance benefits after an accident that wasn't my fault?

You may not believe it’s fair to use…

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People not Paperwork: Taking a Personal Injury Case to Trial

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

My goal in every personal injury case is to obtain full and fair compensation for my client(s). This includes their accident-related medical expenses, bodily injuries, pain, suffering, inconvenience, lost wages, and everything in between. I begin working toward this objective from the very first day I meet with someone who has been injured through no fault of their own, and I continue to work towards this goal until the case is ultimately resolved.

I believe that the details of my client’s life, both before and after their injury, are essential in determining what full and fair compensation means to their particular case.…

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