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.


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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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Back to School and Behind the Wheel

James Mick

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


The beginning of the school year signifies a shift from a leisurely summer schedule to a busy one filled with school and sports activities. Parents of teen drivers often welcome the presence of an additional driver as an opportunity to be relieved of some of the burdens of shuttling their kids between activities. Before doing so, parents should meet with their kids and discuss the importance of safe driving. To start the conversation with your teen driver, watch this video together and discuss it. This video is really powerful and is a good one for parents to share with their kids.

It's important…

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Motorcycles and the Risk of Traumatic Brain Injury

Malcolm P.

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

Motorcycles may be an exhilarating method of transportation, but they have also developed a reputation for causing terrible injuries and death. Their small size and the exposed position of their riders creates a fatality rate of roughly 25 deaths per million miles driven, more than thirty times that of passenger vehicles. The most common injuries resulting from motorcycle crashes involve the legs and hips, but the most common cause of death is head injury.[1]

Motorcyclists are at a massively increased risk of sustaining a traumatic brain injury. One recent study found that 12% of motorcycle-related emergency room…

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Child Passenger Safety Week Information and Tips

Paul D. Hux, Chesterfield, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Paul D. Hux, Chesterfield, VA Personal Injury Attorney

During Child Passenger Safety Week (September 18-24), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is hoping to increase awareness about car safety for children. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages one to thirteen, with more than 9,000 fatalities occurring from 2002 to 2011.[1] NHTSA hopes that increasing awareness and spreading information about how to keep children safe can dramatically reduce this number.

How to Keep Child Passengers Safe

One of the most effective ways to increase the safety of child passengers is to have them ride in the rear seats of the vehicle. Data shows that this simple…

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Patients Suffer Complications Linked to Pelvic Mesh

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

Surgical mesh is a medical device that is used to provide additional support when repairing weakened or damaged tissue.[1]

What is surgical mesh and transvaginal mesh?

Surgical mesh can be used for urogynecologic procedures including repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). It is permanently implanted to reinforce the weakened vaginal wall for POP repair or support the urethra or bladder neck for the repair of SUI. There are three main surgical procedures performed to treat pelvic floor disorders with surgical mesh:[2]

Transvaginal mesh to treat POP Transabdominal mesh to treat POP Mesh…

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Virginia Law and Smoking in Your Car

Amy S. Whitelaw, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

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

Smoking in your car is never a good idea. In addition to the health effects, lighting a cigarette could turn you into a distracted driver.[1] And now there’s one more reason not to smoke in your car. As of July 1, 2016, in Virginia, smoking in your car while a child is present could result in a $100 fine.

It’s all because of a new law that reads:

“It is unlawful for a person to smoke in a motor vehicle, whether in motion or at rest, when a minor under the age of eight is present in the motor vehicle. A violation of this section is punishable by a civil penalty of $100 . . .”[2]

The law bans lighting and holding,…

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