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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Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen ranked in 2017 “Best Law Firms”

Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen ranked in 2017 “Best Law Firms”

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® announced today that Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen has been ranked in the 2017 “Best Law Firms” as a Metropolitan Tier 1 Firm in Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs and Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs in Richmond, Virginia, and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs in Washington, D.C. This is the eighth year the Firm has been included. Rankings will be published in U.S. News & World Report and in local publications later this month.

2017 “Best Law Firms” recognizes firms that display a combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise while receiving consistently…

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Hackers Remotely Access and Control Tesla Model S

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

Imagine yourself driving down Interstate 95 when all of a sudden the engine on your car dies, not because of a mechanical failure, but because a person behind a computer told the car to stop. While this may seem like a scene out of an action movie, this is a real problem that can affect cars on the road today. How does this happen, and what can we do to stop it from occurring?

What is Hacking?

Hacking. We have all heard of it. Noteworthy hacks making the news include hacks of celebrity iPhones, social media accounts, retailers such as Target[1] and even internet portal Yahoo[2]. The hackers take credit and debit card information,…

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Halloween Safety Tips

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

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

Halloween is a fun communal event that is exciting for children young and old.  We all know there can be dangers involved with strangers giving out candy, so adults are encouraged to chaperone their children closely during trick-or-treating. However, there are other avoidable dangers associated with the witch’s brew of roaming children, costumes, darkness, drivers, fire-lit jack o’lanterns, and unfamiliar homes. Most Halloween accidents can be avoided with some preparation and by following a few safety tips. Parents, drivers, and homeowners can all take steps to avoid accidents and make for a wonderful All Hallows’ Eve.

Halloween Safety…

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School Bus Safety Tips

Edward L. Allen, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

New clothes, school supply lists and heavy backpacks are all signs that the school year is underway. Yellow school buses are now part of many driver's morning commute. School Bus Safety week, held each year in October[1], helps encourage safety for everyone involved. 

Getting On and Off a School Bus Safely

Getting on and off school buses is likely the riskiest part of riding a school bus.[2] Often, children have to cross a street to get to the bus stop, which raises the risk of traffic accidents.[3] Other times, children may not wait until the school bus comes to a complete stop before approaching the bus.[4] Make sure children…

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Halloween Treats and Food Allergies

Sandra S. Gregor, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

Many parents are anxious about the safety of their children while trick-or-treating on Halloween. Parents with children who have food allergies have an additional concern – will my children be exposed to the foods they’re allergic to?

Candy containing nuts can be deadly for a child with a nut allergy. Children with milk allergies should stay away from chocolate. For many children with food allergies, candy is simply off-limits and they are unable to join their friends and family in this fun holiday tradition.

As you decide what to hand out this Halloween, be sure to think about trick-or-treaters who may have a food allergy.…

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Blood Thinner Xarelto Linked to Severe Internal Bleeding and Infections

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Product Liability Attorney

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

Xarelto is a new generation anti-coagulant (blood thinner) that is manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceutical and marketed by Bayer Healthcare. It is widely prescribed to prevent blood clots in patients with atrial fibrillation. The drug is also used to prevent deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the deep veins, typically in the legs) and pulmonary embolism (blood clots in the lungs). Xarelto and other similar anti-coagulant drugs including Pradaxa, Eliquis, Zontivity and Savaysa are typically prescribed as an alternative to Coumadin (also known as Warfarin), which has been widely used since the mid-1950’s.

Coumadin is an effective blood…

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The Personal Injury Recipe: Liability (Part 1 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 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 is the first in a three-part series exploring…

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Pets In The Workplace

Melinda H. South, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

Rufus, Zynga & Brady are all dogs that were brought to work by their owners. Rufus, a corgi, was the first dog to come to work at Amazon. Zynga, an American bulldog, not only went to work with his owner, but also had the company named after him. Human Movement Management’s president owns Brady, a golden retriever.

Imagine walking into the workplace and seeing dogs roaming the halls. Would this be an exciting sight or absolute terror for you?  Animal lovers take their pets with them almost everywhere they go, while others may have had traumatic experiences in the past and cannot be near an animal without feeling some panic.

Some…

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General Motors Settles Two Lawsuits Over Defective Ignition Switches

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

General Motors Co. (GM) has settled two federal court cases involving its faulty ignition switches. The plaintiffs in each case suffered serious injuries when the airbags in their vehicles failed to deploy. GM acknowledged that ignition switches could fall out of position and shut off the engine, thereby shutting off the power needed to deploy airbags. Without airbags, front seat passengers are very likely to be injured or killed in a severe car crash.[1]  The cases were settled for undisclosed amounts.

GM previously agreed to pay $900 million as a result of a criminal investigation stemming from the company’s failure to fix ignition…

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