The Risks of Routine Surgery


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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What is a Life Care Plan?

By:  Jason W. Konvicka, Esquire - Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

A person with chronic injuries or illnesses often requires a “life care plan”.  A life care plan is a document that identifies a person’s future medical and supportive care needs.[1]  The document is created by a professional known as a life care planner.

A life care plan can be used in consultation with patients, families, rehabilitation professionals, and case managers to coordinate the best medical care and support for an injured or chronically ill person.  A life care plan can also be used in a legal setting to accurately project the nature and cost of an injured person’s long term care needs.

Most respected life care planners follow…

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MEDICAL TREATMENT: Treatment and Rehabilitation After a Spinal Cord Injury

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

If you suffer a spinal cord injury, prompt recognition and treatment is of paramount importance. Initial medical assessment at the accident scene will focus on minimizing the affects of your head or neck trauma. Emergency personnel will quickly immobilize your spine, often using a hard neck collar and a body board, as they prepare you for transport to a hospital.

Your preliminary evaluation at the hospital will include careful examination and testing of motor and sensory function. Radiographic testing such as x-rays, computerized tomography (CT) scan, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may also be used to look for any injury to your…

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Signs of a Spinal Cord Injury

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Personal Injury Attorney

The spinal cord is a long, thin bundle of nerves that runs from your brain to the lower part of your spine.  Together with your brain, the spinal cord makes up your central nervous system.  Pathways or "tracts" in your spinal cord carry signals from your brain to different parts of your body and back.  There are two types of nerves or tracts.  "Motor tracts" carry messages from your brain that control muscles.  "Sensory tracts" carry signals from body parts such as hands and feet to the brain regarding heat, cold, pain, pressure and the position of your body.

A spinal cord injury occurs when any part of the spinal cord or nerves at the end of…

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Motor Vehicle Safety: Passenger Van Safety

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Passenger vans are commonly used by colleges, churches, camps, and other groups during the active summer months. The National Highway Traffic Safety Agency ("NHTSA") recently urged the users of 15-passenger vans to take specific steps to keep drivers and passengers safe.[1]These vehicles have special dangers if not operated properly.

Passenger vans handle very differently from smaller passenger vehicles because they are typically longer, higher, wider, and heavier (especially when loaded).  They require trained drivers who are comfortable and experienced  with the unique driving characteristics of larger vehicles. These differences include…

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Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen Announces New Executive Committee and President

The Virginia personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen has elected the following officers as members of the firm's Executive's Committee: President Trent S. Kerns, Edward L. Allen, and Jason W. Konvicka.

Newly elected president Trent Kerns, who joined Allen & Allen in 1992, manages the law firm's Chesterfield office. He is one of the firm's 14 partners - seven of whom are Allen family members. Kerns has over 25 years experience litigating personal injury cases in Virginia.

Allen & Allen has been representing Virginians in their personal injury legal claims for over 100 years.  The firm currently has 23 attorneys who handle wrongful death cases as well as personal injury cases involving motor vehicle…

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Stay Safe Trick or Treating This Year


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

Halloween can be a magical time of year for children.  Costumes, trick or treating, parties, and, of course, eating candy are all part of the fun of Halloween.  But the excitement of the night can cause children and adults to be less careful.  The following are a few tips for making Halloween fun and safe for your children:


1)    Purchase flame resistant costumes.  Look for the label "Flame Resistant."  Although this does not mean that the item will not catch fire, it does indicate that the item should resist burning.

2)    Make sure that costumes are visible, particularly outside in the dark. …

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Low Fare Bus Industry Facing Closer Scrutiny After the Bus Crash on Interstate 95 in Caroline County

Sky Express, Inc. Bus Crash in Caroline County, Virginia

Author: Bus Accident Attorney Jason W. Konvicka

On the early morning of May 31, 2011, a 2000 Setra motorcoach bus operated by Sky Express, Inc. crashed while travelling northbound on Interstate 95 in Caroline County, Virginia.  The bus departed Greensville, North Carolina the previous evening and was on its way to New York City.  Preliminary investigations by law enforcement officials into this bus accident determined that the bus driver, Kin Yiu Cheung, was fatigued and fell asleep at the wheel resulting in the bus crash.  Cheung has been charged with four felony counts of involuntary manslaughter.  Tragically, four passengers were killed and more than 50…

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Product Liability - An Overview of the Law of Dangerous and Defective Products

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

Products liability is an area of the law that relates to the legal responsibility of manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers for defective products that injure those using the products after they enter the marketplace. Various parties may be responsible for a dangerous product. They include the designers of a product, the manufacturers of component parts (parts used to make a product), an assembling manufacturer (the company that takes the component parts and assembles them in to the final product), a packaging and user manual creator (who prepares warnings, instructions, labels, and directions), wholesalers (who sell the products from…

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