The Allen Law Firm Participates in 9th Annual Legal Food Frenzy Benefiting Federation of Virginia Food Banks

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Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Now that the two-week "frenzy" of collecting donations and counting cans has come to a close, there is time to reflect on our 9th year of participating in this amazing competition. Lawyers and law firms do love to compete inside the courtroom and the Legal Food Frenzy is a great opportunity to challenge each other outside the courtroom as well. Reducing hunger in Virginia is a cause we can all agree on. With almost one million people in Virginia not knowing where their next meal will come from, the need is enormous. Local food banks provide reliable and nutritious food to children who need adequate nutrition to succeed in school, to…

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Car Seat and Winter Coat Safety

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Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Short Pump, VA Personal Injury Attorney

We all know that the winter months bring additional driving hazards, but you might not have thought about the dangers associated with bulky winter coats and children’s car seats. The modern car seat is a highly specialized piece of equipment designed to absorb the impact of a car accident and disperse it into the seat. Strapping a child who is wearing a bulky coat into a car seat can cause the straps to become too loose, which can prevent the seat from performing properly.  If the straps are too loose, and an accident occurs, the child might slide forward in the seat, preventing the force of the accident from being properly distributed.[1]

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Drowning Can Be a Silent Killer: Signs of Drowning and the Importance of Keeping Your Eyes on the Water

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Personal Injury Attorney, Short Pump, VA

Although it has been almost 15 years and my oldest son is now grown, I still clearly remember my friend Jackie’s words when she cried out, “Is Wil ok?” I turned and saw my 7 year old submerged under water. We were at a friend’s back yard pool and I had been unpacking towels and getting the baby situated in the stroller. Wilson’s terrified eyes were wide open under the water. He was right in the area where the shallow end gradually becomes the deep. He was not ok. I jumped in and pulled him out. He choked and spit up some water but thankfully he was fine. We never heard a sound, not a splash or a call for help.…

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General Motors Recalls: A Full List of Recalled Vehicles

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Personal Injury Attorney, Richmond and Short Pump VA

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

As of July 22nd, General Motors has recalled 27 million cars, trucks and SUV’s in 2014. The number of cars recalled has surpassed the number of vehicles GM sold in the past five years.

Allen & Allen is currently investigating claims for people who were injured or killed in accidents involving GM vehicles that were recently recalled. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident involving one of those vehicles, please contact us today for a free consultation at 866-388-1307. 

Here is a list of the General Motors recalled vehicles to date in 2014:

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Attorney Courtney Van Winkle Talks About Distracted Driving with Huffington Post

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Personal Injury Lawyer, Richmond and Short Pump Virginia

With the amount of technology readily available to any young driver, the temptation of checking that new text may be hard to resist, even when driving down the road. Teen drivers are at risk for believing themselves to be safe behind the wheel of the car, and statistics show that many teens feel confident in their abilities to text and drive. But those five seconds of distraction could mean the loss of someone else’s life – or your own.

Attorney Courtney Allen Van Winkle was featured in the recent Huffington Post article on “The Dangers Behind Teen Texting While Driving” by Dorit Sasson. In the article,…

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Tips for a Fun and Safe Fourth of July

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Short Pump VA Personal Injury Attorney

A gathering by the pool, a backyard barbeque and, at the end of the night, the all-important fireworks show. The Fourth of July is one of our most appreciated and cherished holidays, but the very traditions that make this holiday such a fun event also create serious safety hazards. Fireworks in the hands of untrained amateurs have a breathtaking potential for tragedy and destruction. Large gatherings at pools or other bodies of water can be very dangerous for less experienced swimmers. The dry summer heat increases the likelihood of fire when grilling or cooking outdoors. Swimming, grilling and watching a fireworks display are great…

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The Allen Law Firm Participates in 8th Annual Legal Food Frenzy Benefiting Federation of Virginia Food Banks

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

As the two-week "frenzy" of collecting donations and counting cans came to a close on April 11, we now have time to reflect on our 8th year of participating in this amazing competition. Lawyers and law firms do love to compete. The Legal Food Frenzy is a great opportunity for Virginia lawyers to challenge each other outside the courtroom while pursuing the critical goal of reducing hunger in Virginia. With more than 912,790 people in Virginia not knowing where their next meal will come from, the need is enormous. The food bank provides reliable and nutritious food to children who need adequate nutrition to succeed in school, to seniors…

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Head Games: Are Soccer Headers Dangerous?

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

In recent years there has been a great deal of attention paid to head injuries and brain injuries suffered by football players, and whether the cumulative effect of these impacts is detrimental to their health. But too often we overlook the potential dangers of sports that lack the raw, bruising physicality of football. Soccer is the only sport in which players actually use their heads to advance and control the ball. Professional soccer players will head the ball many thousands of times during their careers. Although the effect of any single blow may be minimal, those thousands of impacts can have a serious effect on a player’s ability…

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New Texting Laws in Virginia: July 1, 2013

Save It 4 L8r: Virginia Cracking Down on Texting Behind the Wheel

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

As a parent of three young drivers with another not far behind I was thrilled to hear about the recent amendment to Virginia’s anti-texting and driving laws. Proposed by the governor and passed with strong Democratic support, this new law upgrades texting while driving to a primary offense and increases the fines for violators. This allows police to effect a stop on any driver they observe texting, whereas previously a texting ticket required the officer to observe another offense in order to pull the driver over. Furthermore, the fine for texting while driving skyrocketed…

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Kids Lighting Up? Not So Fast…Marijuana Is Still Illegal In Virginia And Most States

Author: Attorney Courtney Van Winkle

Colorado and Washington made the news in 2012 when both states legalized the recreational use of marijuana.  "As soon as the laws are certified, it will be legal under Colorado and Washington law for adults 21 years and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana.  In Colorado, people will be able to grow as many as six plants.  In Washington, users will have to buy their marijuana from state-licensed providers."[i]  However, new laws on the other side of the country should not fool Virginia residents into thinking their local laws will be any less strictly enforced. Furthermore, federal law continues to classify marijuana as a Schedule I narcotic, equivalent to heroin and LSD.[ii]

Despite…

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