One of the Largest Data Breaches in US History May Affect You

James Mick Kessel, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

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

Equifax is one of three nationwide credit-reporting agencies that track and rate the financial history of consumers. The company gets its data from credit card companies, banks, retailers and lenders – often without you knowing. The information it has about you determines whether you get mortgage loans, credit cards, auto loans, etc. It is critically important personal and private information about you that can also allow someone else to create an account in your name or steal your identity.

In September, more than a month after the company discovered it, Equifax revealed that it had experienced one of the largest breaches…

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Multiple Concussions are Dangerous for Young People

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

Concussions are among the most widely reported injuries in young people who participate in sports and recreational activities. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated there are as many as 3.8 million sports and recreation related concussions in the United States every year. [1]

Classified as traumatic brain injuries, concussions are caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head that causes the soft, gelatin-like substance of the brain to move rapidly back and forth inside the hard, bony skull. Concussions can change the way the brain normally works.

Although…

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Faulty Triggers in Remington Rifles and Firearms Linked to Injuries and Fatalities

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

As part of a proposed national class action settlement, Remington Arms Company, LLC has now agreed to replace the triggers for free in these rifles – Remington Model 700, Seven, Sportsman 78, 673, 710, 715, and 770 – for gun owners who file a claim. The Remington Model 700 and other included models can fire without the trigger being pulled, resulting in injury or death.

Remington has maintained that the guns are safe and free of defects even as it drafted a warning notice to customers in 1995.[1]  Documents from lawsuits against the company were reported by CNBC and in a 2010 documentary.[2] In 2014, the company agreed in…

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Uber Pushes For Mandatory Arbitration

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 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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Back to School and Behind the Wheel

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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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Tips To Prevent Child Heatstroke in Cars

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

Busy parents and caregivers don’t get many breaks during hot summer months. With children out of school, the daily schedule may differ day to day and tragedies can occur during this hectic time. It’s vital to remain alert, engaged, and avoid distractions when transporting children on hot days in order to prevent injury or loss of life.

July 31st is National Heatstroke Prevention Day. Many organizations use this date to bring awareness to the dangers of leaving children, pets and adults in hot cars.

To make sure no child has been left behind, Safercar.gov recommends following these tips:[1]

Never leave a child…

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Texting While Driving Illegal in Virginia (and Many Other States)

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

Sending a text message while driving is banned for all drivers in 45 states and the District of Columbia.[1]  But why?  Because more than nine people are killed and more than 1,153 people are injured each day in crashes that involve distracted drivers.[2] 

Texting while driving is the most dangerous distracted driving activity because it combines all three types of driving distraction:

Visual: taking your eyes off the road, Manual: taking your hands off the wheel, and Cognitive: taking your mind off the task of driving.[3]

In Virginia it is illegal to text while driving, and if you are under the age of 18 it…

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Fourteen Attorneys from Virginia Personal Injury Law Firm Ranked in Virginia Super Lawyers 2016

Virginia Super Lawyers 2016

This year, 14 attorneys from Virginia personal injury law firm Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen were recognized for excellence by Virginia Super Lawyers. Those honored by Super Lawyers include Edward L. Allen, W. Coleman Allen Jr., John G. Berry, P. Christopher Guedri, Paul D. Hux, David M. Irvine, James Kessel, Jason W. Konvicka, Bridget N. Long, Malcolm P. McConnell III, Robert C. T. Reed, Christopher J. Toepp, Courtney Allen Van Winkle and Derrick L. Walker. The rankings, which include only 5% of attorneys in Virginia, were released in the May 2016 edition of Richmond Magazine.

Virginia Super Lawyers is a listing of attorneys, representing more than 70 practice areas, who have attained a high degree of peer…

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Virginia Drivers Affected by Takata Air Bag Recall

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

Automotive safety regulators announced that more than 80 million more Takata airbags may need to be recalled.[1] Takata airbag inflators have been the focus of a massive national product recall. More than ten automakers have released their models affected by the recall, including General Motors (GM), Honda, Fiat Chrysler, BMW, Ford, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Daimler Trucks, Mazda, Nissan, and Toyota.

The recalled vehicles are equipped with air bag inflators made by Takata Corp. of Japan that can inflate with too much force, rupture and spray shrapnel into the passenger compartment. Recently, a 17-year-old driver in Texas was killed…

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Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen Supports Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Short Pump, VA Personal Injury Attorney

The month of April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and the personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen has helped to get the word out about distracted driving across the state of Virginia.

There are distracted drivers of all ages on the roads and they are contributing to the greatest driving threat in recent years.

Many campaigns take place during April to help promote awareness of the severity of distracted driving. The National Safety Council (NSC) asks drivers to take the Focused Driver Challenge and pledge to drive cell free. Websites like Distraction.gov and EndDD.org provide shocking…

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