The Dangers of Laundry Detergent Pods

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

Laundry detergent pods may be a convenient method for washing your clothes, but they can also pose a significant risk to your children’s safety. With a steady increase in sales over the last few years, these small pods now comprise the majority of detergent sales across the country. New research, driven by this market trend, is revealing unforeseen dangers. The compact nature of these pods makes it easy for kids to find them, play with them, and injure themselves before their parents realize what is happening.

According to a study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 17,000 children were injured by…

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Parents Can Contribute to the Distracted Driving Problem

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

Cell phone use has increased dramatically over the last decade. There is no doubt that cell phones have added a certain measure of convenience to daily life, but their use is not always appropriate. Increasingly, cell phones are being used behind the wheel, distracting drivers and causing accidents. Public outcry over news stories involving distracted drivers using cell phones prompted a number of states to take action and pass laws banning their use behind the wheel.

Almost every state has some sort of ban on cell phone use while driving and studies have shown that their enactment has been effective in reducing the number…

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GM Website is Defective

Author: James Mick Kessel – Short Pump & Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

The issues GM experienced with a number of its vehicles are well-documented, as is the fallout over how long the company took to recall the affected vehicles. As the months progressed and the recall grew to encompass millions of vehicles, GM began to to acknowledge that its initial response was lacking. As part of an effort to be more transparent about the recall and investigation process, GM developed a website to help consumers find out if the vehicles they owned were involved in the recall.

The premise behind the website www.gmignitionupdate.com/ sounds simple – entering the VIN of a GM vehicle would display whether…

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Suspected Child Sexual Abuse at Day Care

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

Many parents trust day cares and other child care providers to keep their children safe and healthy, both physically and mentally. In order to foster that trust, the Virginia legislature has mandated that any employee of a child welfare agency who is involved in the “day-to-day operations of the center or who is or will be alone with, in control of, or supervising one or more of the children” must pass a background check[1]. Among other barriers to employment at a day care, a day care may not hire any applicant with a “founded complaint of child abuse or neglect within or outside” Virginia[2]. These standards have helped diminish the occurrence…

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Preventing Child Brain Injuries

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

There has been a lot of media attention recently linking concussions received by professional athletes to more serious brain-injuries. You might have used this information as a spring-board for discussing with your children the dangers associated with contact sports and the importance of safety equipment like helmets and pads. However, it is important to remember that it is possible for children to be injured, sometimes permanently, in a myriad of other ways. Thankfully, Heads Up to Parents, an organization focused on preventing child brain injuries, has developed a website, www.headsuptoparents.org, that provides parents…

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Children, Vehicles and Heat Strokes

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

Summers in Virginia are known for two things: heat and humidity. This summer has already been an especially difficult one to bear, with daily temperatures averaging in the 90’s and very little rain. Aside from remembering to stay hydrated throughout the day, it is important to remember that the slightest mistake in this kind of heat can result in life-threatening consequences and even death.

The Georgia father of 22-month old Cooper Harris is currently paying the consequences for such a mistake. While a criminal investigation is ongoing, what he has claimed is that he forgot to drop Cooper off at day care,…

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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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