Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen ranked in 2017 “Best Law Firms”

Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen ranked in 2017 “Best Law Firms”

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® announced today that Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen has been ranked in the 2017 “Best Law Firms” as a Metropolitan Tier 1 Firm in Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs and Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs in Richmond, Virginia, and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs in Washington, D.C. This is the eighth year the Firm has been included. Rankings will be published in U.S. News & World Report and in local publications later this month.

2017 “Best Law Firms” recognizes firms that display a combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise while receiving consistently…

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Hackers Remotely Access and Control Tesla Model S

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Imagine yourself driving down Interstate 95 when all of a sudden the engine on your car dies, not because of a mechanical failure, but because a person behind a computer told the car to stop. While this may seem like a scene out of an action movie, this is a real problem that can affect cars on the road today. How does this happen, and what can we do to stop it from occurring?

What is Hacking?

Hacking. We have all heard of it. Noteworthy hacks making the news include hacks of celebrity iPhones, social media accounts, retailers such as Target[1] and even internet portal Yahoo[2]. The hackers take credit and debit card information,…

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Blood Thinner Xarelto Linked to Severe Internal Bleeding and Infections

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Product Liability Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Drug Injury Attorney

Xarelto is a new generation anti-coagulant (blood thinner) that is manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceutical and marketed by Bayer Healthcare. It is widely prescribed to prevent blood clots in patients with atrial fibrillation. The drug is also used to prevent deep vein thrombosis (blood clots in the deep veins, typically in the legs) and pulmonary embolism (blood clots in the lungs). Xarelto and other similar anti-coagulant drugs including Pradaxa, Eliquis, Zontivity and Savaysa are typically prescribed as an alternative to Coumadin (also known as Warfarin), which has been widely used since the mid-1950’s.

Coumadin is an effective blood…

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General Motors Settles Two Lawsuits Over Defective Ignition Switches

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

General Motors Co. (GM) has settled two federal court cases involving its faulty ignition switches. The plaintiffs in each case suffered serious injuries when the airbags in their vehicles failed to deploy. GM acknowledged that ignition switches could fall out of position and shut off the engine, thereby shutting off the power needed to deploy airbags. Without airbags, front seat passengers are very likely to be injured or killed in a severe car crash.[1]  The cases were settled for undisclosed amounts.

GM previously agreed to pay $900 million as a result of a criminal investigation stemming from the company’s failure to fix ignition…

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Patients Suffer Complications Linked to Pelvic Mesh

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Surgical mesh is a medical device that is used to provide additional support when repairing weakened or damaged tissue.[1]

What is surgical mesh and transvaginal mesh?

Surgical mesh can be used for urogynecologic procedures including repair of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI). It is permanently implanted to reinforce the weakened vaginal wall for POP repair or support the urethra or bladder neck for the repair of SUI. There are three main surgical procedures performed to treat pelvic floor disorders with surgical mesh:[2]

Transvaginal mesh to treat POP Transabdominal mesh to treat POP Mesh…

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Do I Need A Lawyer For Food Poisoning?

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Food poisoning, or foodborne illness, is illness caused by eating contaminated food. Contaminants affecting food can range from bacteria and parasites to things like mold and mice. But because food poisoning is not an unusual ailment, you may not think to consult an attorney about your illness. However, if the contamination is caused by the negligence of a restaurant, food processor, or grocery store, you may have a valid claim against them.

Food Poisoning Risks

The most common causes of food poisoning are bacteria, viruses, and parasites, which can contaminate food at any stage in the production process.[1] These kinds of contaminants…

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Hepatitis A Linked To Virginia Tropical Smoothie Cafés

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has reported an increase in hepatitis A cases that may be linked to smoothies from Virginia Tropical Smoothie Café restaurants.[1] According to the VDH, the source of this hepatitis A outbreak is most likely frozen strawberries imported from Egypt.[2]

Hepatitis A is a viral infection that affects the liver.[3] This highly contagious disease is most often spread by contaminated food or water.[4] Symptoms usually develop 15-50 days after an individual is exposed to the virus and include jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes), nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, fever, fatigue, loss of appetite,…

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Six Allen & Allen Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America

Six Allen & Allen Attorneys Listed in Best Lawyers in America

Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen is proud to announce that six (6) of its attorneys have been named to the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession.  The attorneys are Edward L. Allen, W. Coleman Allen, Jr., P. Christopher Guedri, Jason W. Konvicka, Malcolm P. McConnell, III, and Derrick L. Walker.

Inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a high honor due to the rigorous and transparent methodology used by Best Lawyers, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed. First published in 1983, Best Lawyers is based on an expansive annual peer-review survey.…

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Snapchat’s Speed Filter: Another Danger on the Road?

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Product Liability Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Snapchat is a social media application that users can download on their smartphones or tablets to take temporary pictures and share them with friends. Users can set time limits (up to ten seconds) on an image and send to certain friends, and those friends will be able to view the image for that period of time. Users can also send short videos which disappear after the video has ended. Snapchat has added new filters to the app, one of which displays the speed at which the user taking the picture or video is traveling.[1]

Where most filters alter the image by changing its color or adding a location to the picture, the speed filter…

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The Dangers of Pokémon GO

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Product Liability Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Product Liability Attorney

The new smartphone gaming app, Pokémon GO, may be to blame for your child’s renewed interest in the outdoors. Although it is an interactive game, players still have to stare at their smartphone screens to play. So, make sure that your children are not too distracted by the game to pay attention to their surroundings.

What is Pokémon GO?

Pokémon GO is an interactive game that encourages players to go outside and collect the game’s fictional animals known as “Pokémon.”[1] To find the Pokémon, the player must look at a real world map.[2] The Pokémon randomly pop up near the player and the player has to catch them.[3] The map also…

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