One of the Largest Data Breaches in US History May Affect You

James Mick Kessel, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

Author: James "Jamie" Kessel, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

Equifax is one of three nationwide credit-reporting agencies that track and rate the financial history of consumers. The company gets its data from credit card companies, banks, retailers and lenders – often without you knowing. The information it has about you determines whether you get mortgage loans, credit cards, auto loans, etc. It is critically important personal and private information about you that can also allow someone else to create an account in your name or steal your identity.

In September, more than a month after the company discovered it, Equifax revealed that it had experienced one of the largest breaches…

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EpiPen Manufacturer Under Fire for Faulty EpiPens That Resulted in Patient Deaths

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

Just one year after a Congressional investigation regarding the skyrocketing price of EpiPen, a medical device used to treat life-threatening allergic reactions (anaphylaxis), the manufacturers of EpiPen are embroiled in yet another controversy.

On September 5, 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent a warning letter to the Pfizer company that manufacturers EpiPen and EpiPen, Jr. auto-injectors (Meridian Medical Technologies, Inc.), regarding “significant violations of current good manufacturing practice requirements.”  [1]

The letter accuses Meridian of failing…

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Side Underride Collisions: Simple Solution Saves Lives

Edward L. Allen, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

There is a growing movement in the United States to mandate tractor trailers install side guard rails to prevent deaths from “side underride collisions.” These crashes are some of the most gruesome of automobile wrecks, and they occur when a car slams into the side of a tractor trailer. While momentum carries the bottom half of the car beneath the trailer, the side of the truck plows through the windshield and smashes into the driver, possibly leading to decapitation. One such crash gained global attention in June 2016, when the first Tesla driver died while using the autopilot mode. The vehicle failed to recognize a white tractor…

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Parking Lots are Dangerous: Tips for Navigating Parking Lot Collisions

Kathleen M. Smith, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

Parking lots are dangerous places for both pedestrians and motorists. Cars are pulling into and out of parking spots, drivers’ attention is diverted, customers are walking to and from their vehicles, designated travel lanes are not clearly marked, parked vehicles obscure sight lines and signage directing the flow of traffic is often inadequate. These factors create a veritable perfect storm for motor vehicle collisions. This article is intended to provide important guidance for people involved in parking lot accidents.

Most Parking Lots are on Private Property:

Most parking lots are located on…

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Do I Really Need Motorcycle Insurance?

Tara L. Umbrino, Stafford, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

The short answer is YES!

Motorcyclists are some of the most vulnerable people on the road. Unlike a passenger in a car, a motorcyclist doesn’t have a lot to protect him from the dangers of the road in case of an accident.  A passenger in a car has airbags, a seatbelt, and the frame of the car.  A motorcyclist has very little between him and the road – usually just a helmet and other protective gear. As a result, a person involved in a motorcycle accident is likely to have severe injuries and motorcycle insurance can help to protect the motorcyclist if he is hit.

Most auto insurance policies…

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Following at a Safe Distance

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

Vehicles are becoming more sophisticated every year as automakers introduce more equipment aimed at creating a safer driving experience.  Recently, crash prevention systems have been introduced to reduce rear-end collisions, and for good reason - the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that over 40% of the car accidents on U.S. roads (2.5 million) are rear-enders. In some vehicles, the technology is so advanced that they can brake automatically to avoid objects. In the future, these automated systems may become standard equipment.  Until that day, drivers must take affirmative steps to avoid these…

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Three Hundred Million Dollar Law Suit - Benicar, Azkor and Tribenzor

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

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The Japanese drug maker Daiichi Sankyo announced on August 1st that it has agreed to pay up to $300 million to settle some 2,300 U.S. lawsuits filed in US courts.

The widely used blood pressure medication, Benicar (along with its sister drugs, Azor, Tribenzor, Benicar HCT, and Olmesartan/Medoxomil) are charged with causing serious gastrointestinal damage to users. Benicar is an angiotensin II receptor blocker (ARB), FDA-approved to lower blood pressure associated with hypertension, Benicar is a top selling, 2.4 billion dollar a year product for its manufacturer.

The…

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Asleep at the Wheel

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Author: Paul D. Hux, Petersburg Personal Injury Lawyer

In April of this year, thirty-two-year-old Jessica Marciano was on vacation in Crockett County, Texas. Driving at night, she fell asleep at the wheel, her pickup truck drifted to the center median, then flipped over, partially blocking the eastbound lane of traffic.  Marciano freed herself from the truck and climbed on top of it to wait for help. But a man driving a tractor trailer hauling a disabled vehicle did not see her. He hit her, killing her instantly, then swerved into an oncoming line of traffic hitting one vehicle and killing its three occupants.  

In Charlotte, North Carolina, also this year, twenty-three year old Trungquan…

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Expired Vehicle Inspection Stickers and Virginia Law

Tammy S. Ruble, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

Judging from the number of cars on the road with expired inspection stickers, there is not a shortage of people who forget to take their cars in for their Virginia State inspection in a timely manner. Virginia Code §46.2-1157 requires that “[t]he owner or operator of any motor vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer registered in Virginia and operated or parked on a highway within the Commonwealth shall submit his vehicle to an inspection of its mechanism and equipment by an official inspection station.” [1] Motor vehicles must be inspected on a yearly basis. [2] Failure to have your motor vehicle inspected is a traffic infraction [3] and…

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What Happens When You File a Lawsuit?

Robert C. T. Reed, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Robert C. T. Reed, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Many personal injury cases resolve without requiring a lawsuit.  In an ideal world, an injured person would simply submit a claim to the insurance company and then be able to negotiate a fair value to resolve the claim.  Unfortunately, this is not always possible.  Often insurance companies deny responsibility or make offers that are far less than what claims are worth.  As a result, an injured person may need to file a lawsuit to obtain the compensation they deserve.  In this post, I will provide a basic overview of what happens when you file a lawsuit in Circuit Court and the events that take place afterward. [1]

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