Be Prepared When Driving in Winter Weather Conditions

Author: Attorney Tammy S. Ruble

Virginia has already been hit with the first big snow storm of the season and, as I write this, another storm is pending. Winter weather brings with it opportunities for outdoor fun but also the potential for great danger. Whether you clap your hands with glee at the first falling snowflake or are huddled before the fire dreaming of Virginia Beach in July, a little preparation will help make the winter safer.

Start by familiarizing yourself with the meanings of the various weather warnings you might hear. A "winter storm watch" means a winter storm is possible. A "winter storm warning" means a winter storm is coming your way. A "blizzard warning" means it's time…

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The First 100 Years: My Grandfather's Influence

Author: Attorney Charles L. Allen

One hundred years ago, in 1910, my grandfather, George E. Allen Sr., a founder of this law firm, handled his first personal injury case. As a third generation family member of this law firm, I reflect back occasionally on the influence my grandfather and his legal career have had upon me. When I first began practicing law 25 years ago, attorneys and judges always spoke well of my grandfather. He was often cited as a shining example of professionalism who set a standard to which all successful attorneys should aspire. My grandfather was so passionate and committed about the practice of law late in his life when he wrote his memoirs he entitled the book The Law As A Way…

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After Market Tire Rims: Cash Buys Flash, but Will You Crash?

Are After Market Rims Safe?

Don't you love those flashy, huge rims that dress up cars today? Dubs, blades, speeds, spinners and twenties are beautiful and add personality that distinguish my car from the next guy who has the same make and model. 1

But those flashy wheels come with a risk. There have been many instances of after-market wheels collapsing or breaking causing serious car crashes. Rims available from suppliers other than your vehicle's manufacturer are after- market products, products not manufactured specifically for your vehicle. Wheel rims are typically forged or cast aluminum. For high stress applications like automobile wheels, aluminum is blended with other materials…

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Health Care Debate: Patients Rights to Seek Legal Recourse for Medical Negligence

Every year tens of thousands of people die due to preventable medical errors. The following web site emphasizes the importance of patients' rights to seek legal recourse. As trial attorneys, the lawyers of Allen & Allen have seen first hand how preventable medical errors have effected patients and their families. Learn more about the role of medical negligence in the civil justice system and current health care debate.


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Sovereign Immunity for State Doctors: When it is Good to be the King's Doctor


Sovereign immunity is the legal principle that the government (and its branches, departments, agencies and employees) cannot be sued or held legally responsible for their actions. This legal principle comes from the old English law that held the king was divinely chosen and therefore could do no wrong. As a result, the king could not be held accountable for his actions nor could his representatives. When the United States was founded, this principle of British law was adopted. Since early colonial times, however, the courts and congress have limited the original broad scope of this immunity, as have the individual states. However, except where limited by judicial decision or by law, the principle of sovereign immunity remains…

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Winter Driving Tips: Safe Driving in Cold and Inclement Weather

 Author: Attorney J. David Douthit

Winter driving has its own challenges. In addition, in the winter the risk of exposure if you have a breakdown makes it doubly important that you properly maintain your car. Here are some tips that include both actions to take before you drive as well as some advice about driving in the winter.

Make sure your car is operating properly before driving. Some simple and inexpensive steps include topping off fluids, especially window washing fluid, and checking tire pressure. Keeping your gas tank as close to full as possible also helps by reducing condensation in the tank. You should also look at the maintenance schedule in the owner's manual, and get a tune-up if needed.


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Allen & Allen Celebrates 100 Years

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Product Liability: Drugs - Hormone Therapy Drugs & Breast Cancer

Breast cancer is a woman's nightmare. For a woman to discover that her breast cancer was caused by a drug prescribed by her doctor just adds insult to injury. That is what has happened to thousands of women.

Wyeth, a division of Pfizer, marketed hormone therapy drugs, Premarin, Prempro and Provera, which were designed to moderate the symptoms of menopause. As early as 1975, Wyeth was on notice of the need to study whether combination hormone therapy causes breast cancer. Wyeth failed to conduct a single breast cancer study over the next 30 years. In fact, Wyeth downplayed and dismissed studies that associated such a risk. Wyeth assisted in "ghost writing" 1 medical articles minimizing the breast cancer…

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Ethics and Lawyers

Author: Attorney Christopher A. Meyer

We've all heard the lawyer jokes about ethics and whether they really have any. In fact, there are strict ethical standards that lawyers must follow that are quite specific about what lawyers can and cannot do. If you have watched any crime shows, you may at least have some passing knowledge of some aspects of legal ethics, but here are a few of the ethical constraints that we, as personal injury lawyers, must follow.

A lawyer must keep information given to him about a personal injury case or any case in total confidence. This is part of the "attorney client privilege"; it means under most circumstances, if you tell a lawyer something that is relevant to your case, your attorney…

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Purchasing a Car: Understanding Vehicle Safety Crash Ratings

 Author: Attorney Kathleen Smith (Llewellyn-Duncan)

First of all, just because your vehicle is on a "Top Ten Safe Vehicles" list, don't think that makes it safe. Although all vehicles on the market in the U.S must comply with the minimum safety standards and performance requirements set forth in the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS), many experts consider these standards to be inadequate. However, there are a number of testing organizations, both government and private, that perform crash tests on motor vehicles and issue safety ratings.

Two of the most commonly used crash evaluations are the ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the ratings from the New…

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