Website Launched to Help Educate the Public by the Virginia Supreme Court

Melinda H. South, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Melinda H. South, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

The attorneys at the Allen Law Firm provide free initial consultations to help people know their rights and make a decision on whether to hire an attorney or handle the matter on their own. Our contingency fee agreements allow the injured party to seek justice without having to pay an attorney on an hourly basis. This allows more injured persons to obtain the justice they deserve. The Virginia Supreme Court set up the Access to Justice Commission, hoping to give more people access to the civil justice system. The Commission created a website, http://selfhelp.vacourts.gov/, to answer commonly asked questions by people who are trying to defend…

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Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

Stringing up lights and putting ornaments on the tree is a family tradition that marks the beginning of the holiday season for many. As you begin work on this year's decorations, remember that taking a few safety precautions can keep the fun in your holidays. Unfortunately, holiday trees and decorations resulted in 180 fires, 14 injuries and more than $14 million in property damage. [1] In order to reduce the occurrence of injury, death, or property damage during the holiday season, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has published a list of safe decorating guidelines. Here are some important things to keep in mind when you…

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Two Allen & Allen Attorneys Selected in the 2016 Legal Elite

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The personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen is pleased to announce that P. Christopher Guedri and Christopher J. Toepp have been recognized by Virginia Business Magazine as two of the 2016 Legal Elite in Civil Litigation in Virginia.

Chris Guedri practices out of the Firm's Richmond office. His ability to master complex technical, scientific and medical facts has made him a formidable adversary who delivers exceptional results in the courtroom, including multi-million dollar verdicts listed in Virginia Lawyers Weekly's "Top Verdicts." He was selected as Best Lawyers' Richmond Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs "Lawyer of the Year" in 2015. In 2016, Chris and partner Jason Konvicka…

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What You Need to Know about Dash Cams in Virginia

R. Christopher Jones, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: R. Christopher Jones, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Dashboard cameras, also known as ‘dash cams,’ are small devices that are mounted on cars and record what is happening in and around the vehicle. Though they are commonly mounted on a car’s dashboard, they can also be attached to the windshield or elsewhere.[1] The cameras can be programmed to begin recording as soon as the driver turns on the car, and they record everything onto a memory device that can be reviewed after each drive.[2]

Why use a dash cam?

Dash cams are useful due to what they capture. Because dash cams record everything from the driver’s perspective, they can be used to show a series of events in the order that…

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Staying Safe at the Mall

Ashley T. Davis, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

For many people, Black Friday sales kick off the start of the holiday season. Black Friday is one of the busiest shopping days of the year, and crowds of people flock to the mall to take advantage of one-of-a-kind sales. Here are some ways that you can keep yourself and your loved ones safe at the mall during this hectic, but fun, time of year.

Staying safe inside the mall Choose restrooms that are located in central areas, or areas that have a lot of foot traffic.  Stay in public, well-trafficked areas, especially near closing time. Staying safe in parking lots If possible, walk to and from your vehicle with other people. Keep…

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Fried Turkey for Thanksgiving: Tips to Keep You Safe

Danielle M. Bringard, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

Author: Danielle M. Bringard, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

The United States Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC) reported that since 2002, there have been more than 157 turkey fryer-related incidents. These include fires, burns, and explosions or carbon dioxide poisoning.[1] Among the 68 listed injuries, none have been fatal;[2] however, this should not take away from how dangerous conventional turkey fryers can be.

In 2007, a seven year old was badly burned when he stepped on a rubber hose connecting a turkey fryer to a propane tank, causing the pot to fall over and heated oil to pour onto his back.[3] In another incident, a mother and her teenage daughter were injured…

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Fall Hunting Season Safety Tips

David M. Irvine, Charlottesville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

Each fall, sportsmen and women across Virginia take to the woods during hunting season. Whether you are a hunter or just plan to spend recreational time in the outdoors, here are some important safety tips to keep in mind.

Be Aware of your Surroundings

If you are venturing into the woods this fall, make yourself aware of the public hunting lands in your area. Become familiar with the various hunting seasons in your county.  Note that early in the morning and late in the afternoon tend to be peak times for hunters. Go with a friend and let others know when you are leaving, where you are going, and when you plan to return.

Be…

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What is a Guardian Ad Litem?

Tammy S. Ruble, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

If you have watched law shows on television, you may have heard the phrase “guardian ad litem”, or “GAL”, and wondered what it meant. A guardian ad litem, or “guardian for the suit,” is an attorney who is appointed during the course of certain of lawsuits for a very limited purpose. The GAL’s function is to represent those persons, such as children or incapacitated persons, who are unable to speak for themselves. When the lawsuit concludes, so does the job of the GAL. A GAL may be appointed to represent the children in a divorce case, for example, or for an older person whose family or friends believe he or she needs a conservator to help manage…

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The Personal Injury Recipe: Damages (Part 2 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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Three Things You May Not Know About Your Wearable Device

Danielle M. Bringard, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

Author: Danielle M. Bringard, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

The market for technology that you can wear, such as smart watches, is on the rise.[1]  Fitbit is a company that makes wearable devices which gather information about your health as your wear them; they track statistics such as steps, heart rate, and will even monitor your sleep.[2] In 2014, Fitbit had approximately 6.7 million paid/active users and sold 10.9 million devices.[3] While the health benefits for these devices are numerous, a few precautions must be shared when it comes to your personal injury case.

1. Wearables May Be Used to Aid Your Damages Claim

A young woman who was injured in Canada last year was the first…

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