Richmond & Charlottesville Based Law Firm Allen & Allen Receives Top Ranking from US News & World Report

Tier 1 Ranking in "Best Law Firm" By U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers

November 3, 2011 - Richmond, VA: The Virginia personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen received a Tier 1 Ranking in "Best Law Firm" By U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. Allen & Allen received the Tier 1 "Best Law Firm" honor in both Charlottesville, Virginia and Richmond, Virginia for Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs and Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs.

U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers released the 2011 Best Law Firms rankings released November 1, 2011. The rankings, which incorporated…

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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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Medical Malpractice: Wrong-Site Surgeries Increasing at an Alarming Rate

The Pain of Wrong-Site Surgeries: A Washington Post Article

"Wrong site" surgery, or surgery on the wrong body part, is an easily avoidable phenomenon, but the frequency in the United States is increasing at an alarming rate.  Reported occurrences have nearly doubled since 2004, and prominent health officials believe that the number of reported cases represents only a fraction of total wrong-site surgeries.  These mistakes usually  have serious consequences, as in the case of a young teenager  whose wrong-site surgery left him permanently and needlessly brain-damaged.  Hospitals possess a simple and easily-implemented procedure for virtually eliminating the occurrence  of these errors.  By adhering to rudimentary pre-surgery…

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General Assembly Overrides Medical Malpractice Veto to Raise the State Cap on Med Mal Awards

  Introduction by Attorney of Malcolm P. "Mic" McConnell, III

Virginia is the cradle of American democracy.  That proud heritage was exemplified on April 6, 2011 when the General Assembly overrode Governor McDonnell's veto of HB 1459.  HB 1459 represented lawmaking at its best:  people governing themselves.  For years now, lawyers who speak for the victims of medical malpractice have been at odds with the Medical Society of Virginia and the Virginia Hospital Association regarding the rights of victims and the protection of wrongdoers.  Yet, over the past two years, these three groups have been working and cooperating to reach a compromise that will continue to offer protection to health care providers…

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The Myth of "Frivolous Medical Malpractice Lawsuits"

Authors:  Attorneys Malcolm P. McConnell, III and R. Clayton Allen

A recurring theme in the call to "reform" medical malpractice litigation is finding a way to curb "frivolous"[1] claims.  In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama said:  " . . .I'm willing to look at other ideas to bring down costs, including one that Republicans suggested last year: medical malpractice reform to rein in frivolous lawsuits."

That's fine.  And harmless enough, I suppose.  I say "harmless," because of this simple fact:  there is no crisis caused by frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits.  I know this for an indisputable fact.  I know this because I have been a medical malpractice trial lawyer for…

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Medical malpractice reform could exact huge costs - Reposted from Stltoday.com

Tort reform • We can't afford to sacrifice the right to a trial by jury because of misguided political pressure.

By Christopher K. Yarbro | Posted: Thursday, February 24, 2011 12:05 am

Source: http://www.stltoday.com/news/opinion/article_2bbe527c-1d91-5714-9c09-0b70ee307f61.html

Reposted from Stltoday.com

Politicians, pundits and physicians are casting stones against individuals who seek help from the court system for substandard medical treatment. Campaigns for tort reform are re-emerging on the heels of the recent midterm elections and the controversial federal health care law. Proponents again are championing limitations on medical malpractice cases…

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Virginia Accident Law: What Damages Can You Recover?

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

In Virginia, the person, company, or other organization at fault for causing an accident is financially responsible for certain damages that may result, including:

any bodily injuries that the injured person sustains, any physical pain and mental anguish that the injured person suffers in the past or future, any disfigurement (such as scarring) and any related humiliation and embarrassment, any inconvenience caused in the past or likely to occur in the future, any medical bills incurred in the past or likely to occur in the future, any lost wages in the past or likely to occur in the future, any loss of the capacity to earn a…

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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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Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen: Serving Southside Virginians for 100 Years

The year 2010 marks the one hundredth anniversary of the personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen. In 1910, George E. Allen opened his first law office across the street from the Lunenburg County Courthouse. Since that day, Allen attorneys have represented thousands of Petersburg and Southside Virginia residents in their fight to obtain justice under the law.

Although George Allen moved both his law practice and his family to Richmond during the Depression, he continued to handle legal work for his old constituents in southern Virginia. This tradition continued as his firm grew and other lawyers, including his sons and grandchildren, joined him.

By the late 1980s, the Allen Firm served residents from all over…

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Attorney Mic McConnell Swims 7.5 miles Across the Potomac River

On Saturday June 5th, medical malpractice attorney Mic McConnell of the Allen Law Firm, accompanied by environmental attorney and friend Shannon Varner, participated in the annual Potomac Swim for the Environment.  The swimming route began at Hull Neck in Virginia, continued across the mouth of the Potomac, and ended at Point Lookout State Park in Maryland.

Out of 43 swimmers, McConnell finished 11th with a time of 3 hours and 55 minutes. He raised $950 in pledges. The charitable swim raises money to support the Chesapeake Bay and river organizations.

This is not the first time Mr. McConnell has taken to the water. In 1992, he received a Guinness Book world record for swimming in the longest continuous relay swim…

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