GM Recall from an Employee’s Perspective

James Mick

Allen & Allen is currently investigating claims for people who were injured or killed in accidents involving GM vehicles that were recently recalled due to defective ignition switches. 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. 

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Short Pump Virginia, Personal Injury Lawyer

The GM recall has had far-reaching consequences, but for some GM employees the consequences have hit closer to home. A recent blog article sheds light on the timeline of the GM recall and the whistle-blower who first identified the faulty ignition switch that has been linked…

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New Law Affecting Cyclists in Virginia: Effective July 1

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

As biking grows in popularity in cities across Virginia, so does the number of accidents involving cyclists. Bike accidents are often very one-sided, resulting in irreparable damage to the bicycle and serious injury to the cyclist. And, though some people are quick to blame the cyclists in these situations, it is all of our responsibility to be aware of our surroundings, share the roads, and help make Virginia a safer place for bicyclists and motorists alike. The Virginia Legislature has recognized the risks that cyclists face on the roads, and has passed a new law aimed at reducing these risks and keeping cyclists safe.

Effective…

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The Importance of Confidentiality Agreements

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Richmond, Virginia, Personal Injury Attorney

The progression of a personal injury lawsuit tends to unfold in a certain manner.  First, the client recovers from his or her injuries. After the recovery period, the lawyer in charge of the case will begin putting together the client’s case portfolio by compiling all documents relevant to the case. Once these preparations are complete, the lawyers from both sides will commence the negotiation process. Most lawsuits are resolved through this negotiation process when the parties reach a settlement agreement that is amenable to both. In fact, the grand majority of lawsuits never go to trial.

A settlement agreement is…

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Shocking Volkswagen Commercial Puts Viewers Behind the Wheel of a Distracted Driver

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Personal Injury Attorney, Richmond, Virginia

Car commercials are nothing out of the ordinary when going to the movies, and so a recent group of patrons at a movie theater in Hong Kong had no reason to suspect such a scare when the lights dimmed and the newest Volkswagen commercial began to play.

Many campaigns against distracted driving have used shock value to prove their point, like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s commercial that was aired during Distracted Driving Awareness Month this April. But Volkswagen’s new commercial drives home the perils of distracted driving in a way that exceeds anything else – it puts every viewer right into…

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Social Media Boundaries and Your Nanny

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Richmond Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

Social media, for better or worse, has quickly become a part of everyone’s life. There are many positive aspects of social media – for instance, people are now able to stay in touch with friends and family around the world. However, there are also some negative aspects about social media – one major concern people have is the lack of privacy that exists once things are posted online. If you employ a nanny, it is likely that he or she uses at least one form of social media.

If you are concerned about your family’s privacy, it is important that you set boundaries with your nanny about his or her use of social media on the…

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Intro: Standing Up to Powerful Insurance Companies

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Richmond Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

If you have ever been involved in an accident, you may know how difficult it is to get the compensation you deserve from the insurance companies. Dan Shea, a business leader from Santa Fe, and his family found this out the hard way. In August 2011 his mother was involved in an accident that was not her fault and suffered major injuries that required extensive hospitalization and had long-term impact on her life. Dan attempted to negotiate with the insurance companies on his mother’s behalf, but the insurance companies were only willing to make minimal offers, worth less than his mother’s medical bills.

It was at this…

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A Reflection on Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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

As we move into May, we have time to reflect on the many inspiring and heartbreaking stories that April brought through Distracted Driving Awareness Month. What were some of the ways people spread the word?

For the month of April, many states observed a zero-tolerance policy for distracted driving[1] and officials wrote up hundreds of citations as a way of showing their communities how serious they were about cracking down on distracted drivers. In one notable campaign in Calvert County, Maryland, dump trucks drove around police officers so that they could look down into other vehicles and catch drivers who were using cell phones.…

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What To Do After Your Child Is Injured at Daycare

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

You arrive at day care to pick up your child only to notice that he or she has suffered some sort of injury. Child care injuries are stressful, not only for you, but also for your child. You probably have many questions, chief among them, “What do I do now?”

If you notice the injury while you and your child are still on the day care premises, you should ask your child’s caregiver about the circumstances surrounding the injury. If he or she doesn’t have an explanation, you should speak to a director or supervisor about the injury. After these conversations, you should photograph the injuries. These pictures can help serve as proof…

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A Graphic Reminder of the Dangers of Texting and Driving

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

The dangers of distracted driving are well documented, and no form of distracted driving is more prevalent today than texting-and-driving. This is why many states across the country have made it illegal to text while driving, giving police officers the right to pull over and ticket any driver they observe engaging in such activity. Unfortunately, drivers continue to text-and-drive every day, subjecting those around them to the consequences of distracted driving. This is why a number of different groups, such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and It Can Wait, have started campaigns aimed at raising public awareness…

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The Facts About Distracted Driving

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

There are roughly 8.2 million people living in Virginia[1], and approximately 5.4 million of them are registered drivers[2]. With this many people on our roads, it's a small wonder that there were only 124,000 reported traffic crashes in 2012[3]. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles ("DMV") does give statistics on alcohol and speed related accidents, but doesn't currently give any for accidents caused by distracted driving. However, the US Department of Transportation ("USDOT") does have some national statistics on the issue. It reports that distracted drivers caused or contributed to 10% of crashes involving injuries in the…

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