Kerosene Heater Safety

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

Introduction

Kerosene heaters are portable heaters that can be used to heat homes or small spaces, commonly used during power outages.[1] If you use a kerosene heater, you should be aware of the hazards associated with them and take proper safety precautions to avoid any accidents or injuries.

Types of Kerosene Heaters

There are two types of portable kerosene heaters.[2]  It is important to know the differences between the two types of heaters to ensure that you are using them safely.

Convective heaters – Convective heaters are typically circular.[3] These are designed to heat larger areas and should not…

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Safety Tips for Hoverboards

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

Self-balancing scooters, more commonly known as “hoverboards,” were one of the most popular toys of 2015.[1] Despite reports of many hoverboards catching on fire, they were still under high demand this holiday season.[2] The high number of sales has resulted in many accidents due to fires and falls.

Fire Hazards of Hoverboards

In Los Angeles, a hoverboard explosion was caught on video after the board started sizzling while being ridden down the sidewalk.[3] Additional fire incidents have been reported while hoverboards are charging, and even while sitting on the floor at a shopping mall.[4] According to the Consumer Product Safety…

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Liability in a World of Driverless Cars

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

When an accident occurs, many drivers will move their vehicle to a safe place on the side of the road, if the vehicle can be moved.[1] Drivers might call the police and exchange information with the other driver.  But what happens when the other vehicle does not have a driver?

Google launched its self-driving car project in 2009, hoping that their prototype car could help make roads safer and easier to navigate.[2]  Since then, autonomous cars have driven over 1,158,818 miles.[3]  Currently, Google has 28 self-driving cars on the road.[4]  To see the Google car on the road, click here.

“In the six years of our project,…

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Safety Tips for Cooking with Grease and Oil

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

This holiday season, many Americans will attempt to deep fry with oil or cook with grease to prepare their meals. While these are effective methods that often result in tasty meals, many dangers can arise out of these cooking techniques. Home cooks should take extra care when using oil or grease to prepare their meals.

Using oil for cooking or frying can be very dangerous. More than 40 percent of range or stove fires began as a result of cooking oil ignition. 25 percent of all the home fires reported between 2007 and 2011 were started by fat or grease. The number of injuries caused by fat or grease fires was even higher.  One third…

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What Is Umbrella Insurance and Do I Need It? - VIDEO

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Richmond, VA based personal injury attorney Jason Konvicka answers the question: “What is Umbrella Insurance and do I need it?"

What is Umbrella Insurance and do I need it?

Sometimes people ask me “what’s an umbrella insurance policy, and do I need one?” An umbrella insurance policy is an extra level of coverage that provides additional insurance coverage to you and your family if you’re involved in a truly catastrophic accident. Insurance companies in Virginia won’t typically provide an umbrella insurance policy unless you have an underlying liability policy of at least $250,000 or $500,000. If you have that type of insurance coverage, and want even more coverage, your only option is an umbrella insurance policy.

Umbrella…

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Beacon Tip Angiographic Catheter Class 1 Product Recall Follows Injuries in Virginia

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Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Medical Malpractice Attorney

Beacon Tip Angiographic Catheter Products have been found to exhibit tip splitting or separation which has resulted in severe outcomes for patients. Device maker Cook Medical has received complaints of catheter-tip splitting and/or separation and issued a voluntary product recall.

This medical device product recall of angiographic catheters represents a serious and potentially fatal health situation for patients with the catheter. A catheter that splits or separates could enter the patient’s bloodstream and block blood flow to other organs and parts of the body. Medical intervention would be required to retrieve a split or separated…

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Fire Prevention Week 2015 (October 4-10): Fire Safety Tips and Information

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

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

Fire Prevention Safety Week is the longest-running public health and safety observance on record in America.  This year, the theme of Fire Prevention Safety Week is “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep. Every Bedroom Needs a Working Smoke Alarm!”[1] Looking ahead to the event, here are some tips and information on improving fire safety.

Use a Smoke Alarm Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying from a fire in half. Although only 1 in 5 home fires occur between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., 50 percent of fire fatalities occur during this stretch. Smoke alarms help to wake up potential victims in time to escape from a fire. From 2007-2011, 60…

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Volkswagen Car Owners Defrauded in Virginia

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

Volkswagen AG (VW) admitted a software “defeat device” in its diesel-engine cars enabled the vehicles to evade EPA-required emissions standards by giving off significantly less pollutants during tests than during normal driving conditions.

In the U.S. alone, approximately 482,000 VW vehicles are affected. These models include:

2009–2015 Jetta TDI 2009–2014 Jetta SportWagen TDI 2012–2015 Beetle TDI 2012–2015 Beetle Convertible TDI 2010–2015 Audi A3 TDI 2010–2015 Golf TDI 2015 Golf Sportwagen TDI 2012–2015 Passat TDI Contact Us for a Free Case Evaluation

Allen & Allen is currently investigating cases on behalf…

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Virginia Officials Require Strict Guardrail Endcap Crash Tests

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Medical Malpractice Attorney

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

Note: Allen and Allen is actively investigating cases involving injuries resulting from ET-Plus guardrail endcaps. If you or a loved one has been injured by a guardrail during an accident, you may need an attorney to represent your interests. Allen and Allen offers free consultations to potential cases. Call us at 866-388-1307.

The manufacturer accused of producing a faulty guardrail that can jam and spear through vehicles, will face more rigorous and strict testing of its guardrails by officials with the Commonwealth of Virginia. Trinity Industries’ ET-Plus  is designed to slide down the guardrail in the event of…

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How Much Car Insurance Is Right For You? - VIDEO

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Medical Malpractice Attorney

Richmond, VA based personal injury attorney Jason W. Konvicka answers the question "How Much Car Insurance Is Right For You?"

What to consider when buying car insurance

My name is Jason Konvicka, and I’m a trial attorney with the Allen Law Firm. Many times I’m asked “how much coverage should I have on my car insurance policy?” The most important thing is to consider that car insurance is protecting you in two ways. It protects you if you cause an accident, but it also protects you if you’re injured by someone else who has either no coverage, no insurance at all, or very little insurance coverage.

 

Car insurance coverage amounts

I always recommend that people buy as much insurance as they can…

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