Website Launched to Help Educate the Public by the Virginia Supreme Court

Melinda H. South, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Melinda H. South, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

The attorneys at the Allen Law Firm provide free initial consultations to help people know their rights and make a decision on whether to hire an attorney or handle the matter on their own. Our contingency fee agreements allow the injured party to seek justice without having to pay an attorney on an hourly basis. This allows more injured persons to obtain the justice they deserve. The Virginia Supreme Court set up the Access to Justice Commission, hoping to give more people access to the civil justice system. The Commission created a website, http://selfhelp.vacourts.gov/, to answer commonly asked questions by people who are trying to defend…

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Pets In The Workplace

Melinda H. South, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Melinda H. South, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Rufus, Zynga & Brady are all dogs that were brought to work by their owners. Rufus, a corgi, was the first dog to come to work at Amazon. Zynga, an American bulldog, not only went to work with his owner, but also had the company named after him. Human Movement Management’s president owns Brady, a golden retriever.

Imagine walking into the workplace and seeing dogs roaming the halls. Would this be an exciting sight or absolute terror for you?  Animal lovers take their pets with them almost everywhere they go, while others may have had traumatic experiences in the past and cannot be near an animal without feeling some panic.

Some…

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Items Hanging From Rearview Mirrors Are Illegal in Virginia

Melinda H. South, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Melinda H. South, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

What do you have dangling from your rearview mirror? In Virginia, anything hanging in your line of sight could be a reason for a police officer to pull you over.

Remember when fuzzy dice were popular items hanging from the rearview mirror? If you are too young to remember that, what about graduation tassels, crucifixes, or air fresheners? Whatever is hanging from the rearview mirror in your car should be removed in order to prevent a citation.

According to Va. Code 46.2-1054, “It shall be unlawful for any person to drive a motor vehicle on the highway in the Commonwealth with any object or objects, other than a rear…

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Don’t Leave Pets in a Vehicle

Melinda H. South, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Melinda H. South, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

This time of year it is particularly concerning that anyone would leave their pet in a vehicle even with the windows open an inch or two.  In a short time, the temperature in the vehicle even in the shade can rise quickly putting the pet in danger. 

How heat affects pets

In an independent study when the outside temperature was between 72 to 96 degrees it was shown that in 10 minutes the vehicle was 19 degrees hotter than the outside temperature, in 20 minutes the inside temperature had increased 29 degrees! See https://www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Estimated-Vehicle-Interior-Air-Temperature-v.-Elapsed-Time.aspx  In a very short…

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Tips for a Safe and Happy Halloween

Author: Melinda H. South, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Although Halloween is still several weeks away, decorations are already in the stores and preparations are getting underway. While Halloween is an exciting time for children collecting treats it is also an important time to address safety concerns so that everyone has an enjoyable experience. 

Costumes should be short enough so there is no tripping or falling hazard.  Any accessories to the costume such as wands or swords should be soft and have no sharp edges which may cause harm.  Using reflective tape on the costume and also on trick-or-treat bags improves the visibility of children to  motorists on the street.  The child’s ability…

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Why do you need to see my auto insurance policy?

Author: Melinda H. South, Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

In the wake of an auto collision, when a person is injured, it can be overwhelming with the mountains of paperwork generated by the medical providers, health insurance carriers and auto insurance companies. Understandably, new clients often have lots of questions about their claim and the process required to resolve it. One of the most frequent questions these new clients ask is: why do you need to see my auto insurance policy?

A person who is injured through no fault of their own can reasonably expect the at fault driver’s insurance company to compensate them for their claim. The insurance company for the at-fault…

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GM Addresses the "Recall" Question Too Late

Melinda H. South, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

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: Melinda H. South, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Within the last month, General Motors (“GM”) has issued recalls for 4.8 million cars, trucks and SUVs.[1]  The first recall was for an ignition switch defect that GM has known about for 10 years.  GM’s failure to recall these vehicles promptly has caught the attention of the Justice Department…

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Disclosing Insurance Policy Limits in Liability Claims – 5 years later

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Author: Melinda H. South

It has been 5 years since the Virginia statute was enacted to require the disclosure of the motor vehicle insurance company policy limits of the tortfeasor (person who caused the harm) prior to filing a lawsuit. [1] This statute is very helpful to any one who has been involved in an automobile accident through no fault of their own. Only a handful of states have similar statutes. [2] The Virginia statute has specific requirements that must be met in order to obtain this information:

The request must conform to these requirements and include the following:1. Request must be in writing and must ask the insurer for policies that may…

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Federal Court: Jurisdiction and Venue Defined

Author: Melinda H. South

In filing a lawsuit, an attorney must consider both jurisdiction and venue to determine in which court a case can be filed and in which court a case should be filed. “Jurisdiction” means that a court has the power to exercise authority over all persons and things within its territory. To properly file a lawsuit, you must file the lawsuit in a court that has jurisdiction. “Venue” is the geographical location of a particular court. To properly file a lawsuit, you must file the case in an appropriate venue.

There are two ways a lawsuit may end up in federal court. First, a case may be filed in the federal court directly. Second, although a plaintiff files a case in state court,…

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Pedestrian Safety Tips

Author: Melinda H. South

Pedestrian accidents involving a motor vehicle very often result in death or serious injury. Every time they step into the roadway, pedestrians are confronting forces many times faster and more powerful than they are. The twin keys to avoiding one of these devastating accidents are visibility and predictability. If drivers can see where pedestrians are and can predict where they will be, they have a much easier time avoiding them. All too often, however, pedestrians don’t worry about their visibility to drivers or fail to behave in a predictable manner, resulting in more then 4,000 pedestrian deaths every year.[1]

All of us have seen examples of pedestrians displaying a…

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