Medical Malpractice – Gross, Indeed: New Standards for Negligence Fail to Deliver Promised Benefits

By: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Medical malpractice has always been a buzzword for disagreement and controversy, and a new study released by the New England Journal of Medicine seems likely to fan the flames for a fresh round of debate. The issue of medical malpractice is inextricably linked with the high cost of health care and the question of who deserves the blame for that cost. The medical industry would like people to believe that lawyers are at fault, forcing doctors to drive up the cost of health care with unnecessary tests and diagnostics to protect themselves from lawsuits. However, that idea is now being challenged by new research.[1]

The study in question…

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Guardrail Endcap Company Convicted of Fraud; Government Calls for Additional Testing Amid Safety Concerns

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

Readers 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.

A major piece of highway safety equipment could be hiding a dangerous defect. No fewer than seven states have now banned further installation of the ET-Plus guardrail head as the Federal Highway Administration sent the system back to the crash course for additional testing. Virginia…

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Virginia Lawmakers Issue Ultimatum to Guardrail Company

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

Readers 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.

Most of us probably take the guardrails by our highways for granted, but Virginia lawmakers are now saying that fraud and deception could have turned them into serious safety risks. In a letter to Trinity Industries (the maker of the endcaps on many of Virginia’s guardrails), the Virginia…

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Allen & Allen Attorneys Recognized in Best Lawyers in America and as Lawyer of the Year in 2015

The Allen Law Firm is pleased to announce that six Allen & Allen attorneys have been recognized in the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers in America. For over thirty years, Best Lawyers has published their list of exemplary legal professionals and it has since become one of the highest respected peer-review publications.

Edward L. Allen was selected in 2015 Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs in Fredericksburg, VA.  George Edward Allen, III, W. Coleman Allen, Jr. and P. Christopher Guedri were selected in 2015 Best Lawyers in America for Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs in Richmond, VA, Malcolm P. McConnell, III was selected in 2015 Best Lawyers in America for Medical Malpractice Law –…

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Brake Safety: Valuable Tips and Tests to Ensure Safe Operation

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

Summer is a busy driving season when families enjoy long trips to the beach, mountains, or to visit with extended family and friends.  Although most road trips end safely, it is important to make sure that your vehicle is well maintained before any outing, particularly a long drive.  Brakes are one of the most important parts of any vehicle.  Thankfully, sudden and catastrophic brake failures are rare.  However, they can and do occur.  Here are some safety tips to keep in mind. 

Most instances of brake failure can be avoided with regular maintenance.  The old adage:  “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” is particularly…

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GM Recall Continues to Grow

Jason W. Konvicka, Personal Injury Lawyer, Richmond VA

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: Jason W. Konvicka, Personal Injury Lawyer, Richmond VA 

The GM recall continues to grow, with the company announcing six new recalls involving 8.4 million more vehicles worldwide. These vehicles were found to have had the same problems as the earlier recalled vehicles, namely faulty ignition switches. Additionally,…

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General Motors Product Recall

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: Jason W. Konvicka, Virginia Medical Malpractice Attorney

General Motors, one of the world’s largest and most respected automakers, announced in February that it was recalling nearly 1.6 million vehicles. At issue, a faulty ignition switch installed in certain cars manufactured between 2003 and 2007 has been linked…

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Dangers of Distracted Driving Summary: A New Study from the New England Journal of Medicine

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond Medical Malpractice Attorney

The dangers of distracted driving are well-documented. Many states, including Virginia, have taken steps to ensure that drivers don’t engage in activities such as texting while they drive. Importantly, texting-and-driving is only one of many so-called “secondary tasks” that drivers perform behind the wheel.[1] The National Highway Transportation Safety Authority (“NHTSA”) defines these “secondary tasks” as communications, entertainment, information gathering and navigation tasks not required to drive.[2] This includes taking on a cell phone, reaching for objects inside the car, eating, drinking and a wide variety of other activities drivers…

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The Risks of Routine Surgery

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Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Some of the most common surgeries performed in the United States are tonsillectomies, appendectomies, and cholecystectomies (gallbladder removal).[1]  The fact that surgeons perform these types of procedures every day doesn’t reduce a particular patient’s risk for complications.  According to Dr. Albert Wu, Director of the Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the most common post-surgery complications include bleeding, infection, and damage to nearby tissue.[2]  Though serious complications are rare, there are factors that can increase a patient’s risk.  Having heart, lung, or…

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Safety Warning: Exploding Gas Cans – The Flamethrower In Your Garage

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Personal Injury Attorney

Almost everyone has a red plastic gasoline can in their garage or tool shed. They are ubiquitous and easily purchased at any hardware store. Most people believe that these red plastic cans are a cheap and effective way to store and dispense gasoline. But did you know that these same plastic gas cans can sometimes explode, covering those around them in flaming gasoline? Thousands of adults and children have been burned or killed by exploding plastic gas cans. Why? And, what can you do to prevent this in your own home? The answers are simple.

Most of the inexpensive plastic gas cans are missing a simple flame arrestor that would prevent such explosions.…

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