The Personal Injury Recipe: Insurance Coverage (Part 3 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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Do I Need A Bus Accident Attorney? - VIDEO

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

Every year, passengers, other drivers and pedestrians are killed or seriously injured by bus accidents. Due to their large size - sometimes 45 feet long and 17,000 pounds - buses are more difficult to control than the average vehicle. Buses require more time and distance to turn or stop, and they can have very large blind spots. This means that buses have increased opportunities for accidents compared to smaller vehicles.


If you have been injured in a bus accident - either as a passenger, pedestrian, or while driving another vehicle - you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. However, bus accident…

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FAQ: Should I use my health insurance to pay my medical bills when the accident is someone else's fault? Shouldn't their auto insurance company be responsible for those bills?

Charles Littlepage Allen, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Charles Littlepage Allen, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Clients often ask if they should use their own health insurance to pay their medical bills after a collision. The answer is yes. If you've been injured in a crash, using your health insurance to cover your medical expenses will get them paid now.

Many medical providers and specialists require patients to have health insurance before the providers will provide treatment. Since accidents are never anticipated, having health insurance provides the means to obtain the proper care required for the injuries incurred, without depleting your finances until the case settles.


Under Virginia law, health insurance companies…

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Faulty Triggers in Remington Rifles and Firearms Linked to Injuries and Fatalities


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

As part of a proposed national class action settlement, Remington Arms Company, LLC has now agreed to replace the triggers for free in these rifles – Remington Model 700, Seven, Sportsman 78, 673, 710, 715, and 770 – for gun owners who file a claim. The Remington Model 700 and other included models can fire without the trigger being pulled, resulting in injury or death.

Remington has maintained that the guns are safe and free of defects even as it drafted a warning notice to customers in 1995.[1]  Documents from lawsuits against the company were reported by CNBC and in a 2010 documentary.[2] In 2014, the company agreed in…

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What Do I Need To Prove In My Premises Liability Case? - VIDEO

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

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

Premises liability claims can be some of the most difficult cases to prove. Unfortunately, such incidents can result in a range of severe injuries, such as permanent back pain, fractured ankles, dislocated knees, broken wrists, and even paralysis and traumatic brain injuries.

Before joining the Allen & Allen team, I defended large corporations against premises liability claims. These claims were filed by individuals who were severely injured as a result of slipping on spilled liquid, slipping on mopped floors, tripping over improperly stored boxes and grocery carts, and being run into by store employees with stock carts.  I learned…

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Allen & Allen Now Accepting Applications for the George E. Allen Scholarship


Are you a high school senior in Virginia? Now is the time to start thinking about applying for college scholarships. Allen & Allen's George E. Allen Academic Scholarship is awarded to 15 students throughout Virginia each year in the amount of $1500. The scholarship is given in honor of George E. Allen, the founder of the Allen Law Firm. Mr. Allen faced significant adversity throughout his life, but overcame his difficulties to achieve great success and became compassionate servant in his community. The scholarship is designed to recognize students who, despite obstacles or special challenges, have achieved high standards of performance.

Applications are now being accepted from Virginia high school seniors. Students…

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Why You Should Hire a Personal Injury Attorney - VIDEO

David M. Irvine, Charlottesville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

A driver who has been injured through no fault of his or her own in an automobile collision often will be contacted by the insurance company for the at-fault party very soon after the accident occurs. The insurance adjuster will gather information about the individual’s injuries, and may make a settlement offer to quickly resolve the case.  I have found that some injured people question why they need a personal injury lawyer to represent them with their claim when they have already established a relationship with the adjuster, may already have received an offer of compensation, and feel that they can simply deal with the insurance company…

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Pedestrian Safety: Crosswalks

P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

We typically think of a crosswalk as a safe place for pedestrians to cross the street, but the rules and laws that govern crosswalk safety are not always well known by drivers and pedestrians. Sometimes, pedestrians choose not to use crosswalks or cross at incorrect times, which puts their safety in jeopardy. To ensure your own safety as well as the safety of others at crosswalks, you should use crosswalks properly and understand the appropriate laws and safety precautions.

Always Use Crosswalks

The first step in crosswalk safety for pedestrians is to use crosswalks when they are available, and to use them correctly.…

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What is the Virginia Consumer Protection Act?

Amy S. Whitelaw, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

Author: Amy S. Whitelaw, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

Consumers purchase goods and services with the expectation that they will be safe and function properly. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Products may fail and consequently cause injury to innocent people. If the product itself is what causes the injury, a person may have a products liability claim.[1]  But if a person is harmed by the way a product has been advertised or offered, there may be another avenue under which they can recover for the harm.

The Virginia Consumer Protection Act was first enacted in 1977 to “promote fair and ethical standards of dealings between suppliers and the consuming public.”[2] The…

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Nursing Malpractice Claims Increase

Malcolm P.

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

Medical malpractice claims against nurses are on the rise. Recent studies suggest that nurses are more frequently being found liable when a patient is harmed as a result of a failure to provide reasonable care. For example, researchers at the Nurses Services Organization (NSO) found in one study that more than $90 million was paid out in malpractice claims against nurses filed over a five-year period.[1] The NSO report included malpractice claims that were filed against registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and licensed vocational nurses.[2]

The NSO report explores the ways in which nursing malpractice can…

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