Breast Cancer Drug Taxotere Linked to Permanent Hair Loss

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

Taxotere, a chemotherapy drug manufactured by Sanofi-Aventis, has been linked to permanent hair loss in patients undergoing cancer treatment.[1] While there are safe and effective alternative drugs that do not cause permanent hair loss, the side effect warnings for Taxotere indicate hair loss is only temporary. Of all patients with breast cancer who used Taxotere, approximately 9% suffer from permanent hair loss, according to doctors participating in Taxotere studies. This unintended effect irreversibly damages a woman’s self-esteem, causes emotional distress, and can even lead to severe depression.

Taxotere and hair loss (alopecia)


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Meet The Attorneys of Allen & Allen: Derrick L. Walker - VIDEO

Derrick L. Walker

Derrick Walker started his legal career in 2000 as a defense attorney, working on behalf of insurance companies and major corporations. In 2004, Derrick shifted the focus of his practice and began representing individuals who had been hurt or injured due to the negligence of another. Since then, Derrick has proven himself an accomplished and determined trial attorney who keeps his clients' interests at the forefront.


Derrick has represented clients in a wide range of federal and state court cases, consistently winning favorable outcomes at the negotiation table and in the courtroom. Highlights of his achievements include a $4.5 million award in a tractor trailer collision case, multiple million-dollar…

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Cases Against the Commonwealth: Examining the Doctrine of Sovereign Immunity

Kathleen M. Smith, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

Motor vehicle collisions occur on Virginia’s roads and highways on a daily basis. When people are injured through no fault of their own, Virginia’s law affords them the right to recover monetary damages from the individual who is civilly liable for causing the crash. From time to time, however, these everyday collisions involve state employees who are on the job. When a state actor causes a collision, the law regarding liability and recovery becomes much more complex, and may involve consideration of a doctrine known as “sovereign immunity.”  

To understand the concept of immunity in the context of motor vehicle collisions,…

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Vaporizers and E-Cigarette Explosions

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

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

More and more people are switching away from standard tobacco cigarettes in favor of e-cigarettes or vaporizers. Reasons include convenience, the belief that they are safer alternatives to smoking, and the belief that they can help the user quit smoking. Whatever the reason may be, manufacturers have rushed to fill the marketplace with options for consumers looking to purchase different vaping devices. This evolving industry has only existed in the U.S. since 2007, and currently, it is not well regulated.

The Federal Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates traditional tobacco products, does not currently have authority over e-cigarettes…

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Five Things That Affect How Long Your Personal Injury Case Takes

Ryan E. Wind, Mechanicsville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

My clients frequently ask me how long it will take to settle a personal injury case. While there is no straightforward or simple answer, there are five main factors that significantly affect how long it takes to resolve a claim.

Severity of Injuries/Length of Treatment

If you are injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, we encourage you to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Some insurance companies are unwilling to discuss resolving your claim until you have fully recovered or reached maximum medical improvement. If the insurance company is unwilling to discuss your case until the full…

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Uber Pushes For Mandatory Arbitration

James Mick

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

The online transportation network known as Uber is an alternative to hiring a taxi when traveling around cities. However, most Uber customers likely have no idea that by using the app, they are giving up their right to hold the company responsible for negligence with a lawsuit. Uber has recently appealed a decision about its right to force arbitration on its customers.

With the growth of internet-based companies, the legal rights of customers may be falling into uncharted territory. Most consumers are familiar with the customary “agree” requirement that they are required to click before proceeding with an app download or…

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Why We Call Richmond Home

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

In 1910, my grandfather, George E. Allen began a one man law firm in Lunenberg County, Virginia. Over twenty years later, in 1931, he moved his practice and his family to Richmond, where the firm would grow to become the largest personal injury firm in Virginia. In 2011, more than 100 years after George Allen began his  law firm, Scott Fitzgerald, a 4th generation Allen joined  the Allen Law Firm with a commitment to carry on the legacy of excellence. 

We are proud to call Richmond our home, a city filled with rich culture and compelling history.  Our location in the center of Virginia’s capital city is no coincidence. Since…

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Safe Sleep for Babies

Abbigale B. Fredrick, Richmond, VA Attorney

Author: Abbigale B. Fredrick, Richmond, VA Attorney

Decorating your baby’s nursery is a fun and exciting experience for many expectant parents. Baby bedding sets come in many colors and designs to match nearly every parent’s decorating style or theme. However, babies spend the majority of time sleeping. For that reason, the nursery needs to be the safest room in the house. Educating yourself about safe sleep is important for your baby’s well-being and your peace of mind.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says that to prevent suffocation, “Bare is Best” when it comes to a baby’s sleep environment. The fewer items in your baby’s crib, the better. According to the CPSC, there were nearly…

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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,, 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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