Hitched Trailer Accidents

Author: Malcolm P. McConnell, III, Richmond Virginia Medical Malpractice Attorney

Thousands of people every day use trailer hitches to tow everything from recreational vehicles (RV’s) to livestock trailers. If drivers hitch their trailers properly and drive safely, then accidents involving hitched trailers are unlikely. Unfortunately, some drivers fail to follow proper hitching precautions, either negligently or intentionally. An improperly hitched trailer is more likely to become detached from the towing vehicle. After a trailer becomes detached from its towing vehicle, it becomes an uncontrolled “missile on the highway.”

Current estimates place the number of deaths caused by improperly hitched…

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Statute of Limitations in Medical Malpractice Cases in Virginia

Malcolm P.

How long do I have to file a medical malpractice suit in Virginia?

Author: Malcolm “Mic” P. McConnell, III, Richmond, VA Medical Malpractice Attorney

You went to the doctor for treatment or for some procedure. You believe that the doctor who treated you may have done something wrong that resulted in a worse outcome for you, and may have committed medical malpractice. You decide that you simply don’t have the time or energy right now to consult a lawyer and pursue any claim you have against the doctor, and that you will wait until you feel better to do anything about it.  You should be aware, however, that you should not wait too long, because your claim is subject to a deadline known as a “statute of…

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Daily Press: $25 million malpractice verdict against Riverside to be reduced to $2 million

Mathews County man wins medical malpractice case after suffering severe heart attack

By Peter Dujardin, pdujardin@dailypress.com | 247-47497:16 p.m. EST, February 15, 2013

HAMPTON -- A Mathews County man who had a severe heart attack months after being given Advil to treat his heart condition landed a $25 million verdict on Thursday from a jury in Hampton Circuit Court. According to the law firm that represented him, it's the largest ever medical malpractice verdict in Virginia and the largest personal inury verdict ever handed down in Hampton. But the verdict against Riverside Health System and one of its cardiologists won't stand. It's expected to be reduced to less than a tenth of the original amount because of a state…

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Why are Medical Malpractice Cases so Difficult? (And so Expensive?)

Author: Malcolm P. "Mic" McConnell, III - Virginia Medical Malpractice Lawyer

 As the lead attorney of the Allen Medical Malpractice Team, I enjoy being able to answer questions and serve as a resource for the community.  Of course, I especially enjoy helping  people who are wondering whether they have legitimate medical malpractice claims.  Each time I am contacted by a potential client, I am able to rely on my experience and judgment to counsel them about their potential claims, and each time I must  make my own choice about whether or not a particular case should be pursued.  Obviously, I have an obligation to limit my practice to cases with merit and to cases which I believe are likely to succeed.


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Product Safety: Who is responsible for today's safer products?

Author: Attorney Malcolm P. McConnell, III

On a recent, late autumn afternoon, I was mowing my lawn for the last time this year.  As I reached the edge of my yard, I attempted to turn the lawnmower around to cut the next strip of grass.  The lawnmower stuck a large stick that had fallen from a tree and it stopped moving abruptly, causing me to stumble and fall over and in front of the lawnmower.

As I fell, I let go of the lawnmower handle, releasing the spring-loaded lever that killed the engine.  By the time I hit the ground, the engine was off and the blades were no longer turning.

I stood up, unharmed (but a bit embarrassed) by my fall, and realized that only the safety features in the…

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THE AMERICAN WAY: A Plea for Responsibility and Accountability under the Law for All

Fight Tort Reform

Author: Attorney Malcolm P. McConnell, III

How important to you are traditional American values?  Do you believe that America rose to greatness due to hard work, self-reliance and personal accountability? Do you believe that for America to remain great, we must preserve these values as individuals and as a nation?

Of course you do.  So do I.

We teach our children, "You break it, you bought it."  We teach them to clean up their messes.  We teach them to pay their debts and accept responsibility for their mistakes.  We hope that by teaching them these values of personal accountability, they will grow into responsible, mature contributing members of society.  We also hope…

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Medical Malpractice "Reform" - Caps are Charity for Corporations

 Author: Attorney Malcolm "Mic" P. McConnell, III

Virginia was one of the first states in America to enact special protection for negligent health care providers at the expense of their victims.  In 1976, the General Assembly enacted a $750,000 "cap" on recovery in medical malpractice cases (Virginia Code Section 8.01-581.15).  Since its beginning, the "cap" has been increased and currently stands at $2,000,000.00.  Recent legislation will increase the cap by $50,000 per year for the next twenty years.

The "cap" does not limit meritless malpractice cases.  It affects only legitimate, meritorious, proven cases.  Moreover, the "cap" does not affect victims whose injuries are relatively…

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Tort Reform is Un-American

Author: Attorney Malcolm "Mic" P. McConnell, III

A common theme in American political rhetoric has always been the wisdom of the common man.  The Declaration of Independence states that a just government derives its powers from the consent of the governed.[1] Abraham Lincoln referred to our government as "OF the people, BY the people, and FOR the people."[2] We regularly hear politicians insist that power remain with individuals, because individuals can always do things better and smarter than Washington.  The worthiness of individual Americans to govern themselves is a sacred tenet and it is our patriotic duty to resist the expansion of government power at the expense of individual liberty and responsibility.…

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