Support Services for Victims of Drunk Driving

Noreen M. Dinndorf

Author: Noreen M. Dinndorf, Senior Victim Advocate, Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Every two minutes, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash. The consequences of drunk driving are far reaching and can include not only physical injuries, but also emotional, long lasting damage. An average of 27 people die every day in America as a result of drunk driving crashes. Family and friends may experience emotional trauma due to the loss of a loved one. We encourage victims impacted by impaired driving crashes to utilize the free services provided to them by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

If you or a loved one has been the victim of a drunk driver,…

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Reduce Your Baby’s Risk for SIDS

Abbigale B. Fredrick, Richmond, VA Attorney

Author: Abbigale B. Fredrick, Richmond, VA Attorney

What Is SIDS?

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, or is the sudden, unexplained death of a baby who seems to be healthy and is less than one year old. These deaths typically occur during sleep, and the infants often die in their cribs, which is why SIDS is sometimes known as “crib death.” SIDS is the leading cause of death in infants 1 to 12 months old.

The specific cause of SIDS is not known, although researchers have identified some factors that may put some babies at extra risk. These factors include abnormalities in the infant’s brain relating to arousal from sleep and breathing.…

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What is GAP insurance and is it worth purchasing?

Attorney R. Christopher Jones

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

Only a few things compare to the feeling of driving a brand-new vehicle home from the dealership. The paint job is immaculate, the audio system sounds amazing and the interior smells, well, new! Despite all of the joys of new car ownership, there is one glaring negative – most vehicles depreciate in value the moment they’re driven off the lot.  In fact, it’s been estimated that new cars can lose as much as 20 percent of their value in the first year. [1] 

A “total loss” puts you “upside down”Such rapid depreciation can be extremely problematic if your shiny, new…

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Will this accident affect my insurance premium?

Ryan E. Wind, Mechanicsville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

One of the most frequent questions I receive from new clients is, "how will this accident affect my insurance premium?"  If the accident was not the client’s fault, then the answer is simple: it will not affect that client’s insurance premium.   

Insurance premiums and accidentsWhy do people believe that using their insurance to help cover an accident will cause their premiums to rise? The exact reason for this belief is unclear; perhaps the insurance company has scared its customers about using their own coverage. Or, perhaps people have heard that others had their…

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April is Alcohol Awareness Month: The CDC Publishes New Statistics on American Alcohol Consumption

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

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

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (“NCADD”) established Alcohol Awareness Month in 1987 in an effort to reach out to the American public each April and provide information about alcohol, alcoholism and recovery. [1] While most people are aware that drinking too much alcohol over time can lead to myriad adverse health effects such as liver and heart disease, consuming a significant amount of alcohol in a short period of time is directly linked to violence, alcohol poisoning and motor vehicle crashes.  

New data published by the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”)…

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Medical Malpractice: Surgery and Hospital Stays

Malcolm P.

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

When a doctor or healthcare provider is negligent, and a patient is harmed by that negligence, that patient may have a medical malpractice claim. These claims can arise in countless different situations, but often come up in complicated circumstances—such as during surgery or when patients stay in the hospital for an extended period of time. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) estimates that between 44,000 and 98,000 patients die each year as a result of medical errors.[1]

How medical malpractice can occur: Surgery

One place where negligent errors can occur is in the operating room. Due to the complexities…

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Can a Personal Injury Claim Be Affected by the Outcome of a Traffic Court Hearing?

Ryan E. Wind, Mechanicsville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

Personal injury clients often have questions about what a hearing in traffic court means to their case.  Whether the client or the other driver is facing the charge in traffic court, clients can be uneasy about this process.

Traffic court and your personal injury caseThe majority of our personal injury clients have not received a citation related to the collision.  However, they can be subpoenaed by the investigating officer to testify as a witness about the collision in court, and should consult with their personal injury attorney before they do so.  It is important for clients to understand…

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Bard and Cook IVC Filters Linked to Complications in Patients

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

Patients unable to take blood thinners to reduce an artery blockage (embolism) may be provided a Retrievable Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filter. These devices are meant to be a “last resort” for healthcare providers. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recommended that these filters should never be left in patients once the risk of pulmonary embolism has passed.[1] However, this warning has gone unheeded by doctors, clinicians, patients, and pharmaceutical companies.

What are the risks of IVC filters?

Retrievable IVC filters have a tendency to break away from where they have been implanted and become embedded into…

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Five Myths about “Slip and Fall” Injury Cases

Bridget N. Long, Petersburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Bridget N. Long, Petersburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Serious injuries can occur from even a simple fall. The effects of serious injury from the result of a fall can be devastating. If the fall occurs on someone else’s property, you may wonder whether the property owner should be responsible for your bills and other losses. The answer is not as simple as you may think it is. 

“Slip and fall” injuries occur for many different reasons, such as when floors are wet or slippery due to spills, rain, snow and ice, or cleaning. They can occur when floors or steps are defective, or when items are misplaced and tripped over.

Do I have a “slip and fall” injury case?

Many people…

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Bicyclists and Car Doors – Virginia’s Dooring Law

Sandra S. Gregor, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

The term “dooring” may not be familiar to all drivers, but bicyclists know what it means and the dangers that come with it. Since July 1, 2016, all Virginia drivers need to know it, too. “Dooring” occurs when a driver opens a car door into a lane of moving traffic and a bicyclist runs into the door. Getting “doored” is a common cause of crashes between bikes and cars, and it can result in serious injuries to bicyclists.[1]

Virginia, along with Washington, D.C. and forty other states, have “dooring” laws. The law states that the driver of a vehicle is responsible to look out for others, particularly bikers, before opening…

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