Can a Personal Injury Claim Be Affected by the Outcome of a Traffic Court Hearing?

Ryan E. Wind, Mechanicsville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Ryan E. Wind, Mechanicsville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Personal injury clients often have questions about what a hearing in traffic court means to their case.  Whether the client or the other driver is facing the charge in traffic court, clients can be uneasy about this process.

Traffic court and your personal injury caseThe majority of our personal injury clients have not received a citation related to the collision.  However, they can be subpoenaed by the investigating officer to testify as a witness about the collision in court, and should consult with their personal injury attorney before they do so.  It is important for clients to understand…

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Five Myths about “Slip and Fall” Injury Cases

Bridget N. Long, Petersburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Bridget N. Long, Petersburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Serious injuries can occur from even a simple fall. The effects of serious injury from the result of a fall can be devastating. If the fall occurs on someone else’s property, you may wonder whether the property owner should be responsible for your bills and other losses. The answer is not as simple as you may think it is. 

“Slip and fall” injuries occur for many different reasons, such as when floors are wet or slippery due to spills, rain, snow and ice, or cleaning. They can occur when floors or steps are defective, or when items are misplaced and tripped over.

Do I have a “slip and fall” injury case?

Many people…

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The Discovery Process in Personal Injury Cases

Tara L. Umbrino, Stafford, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Tara L. Umbrino, Stafford, VA Personal Injury Attorney

For those who are not familiar with litigation, the process of taking legal action may seem mysterious. Many of us have heard the term “discovery” on TV shows, but what does it really mean

If you’re injured in an accident and your attorney files a complaint, you have the facts from one side of the story – yours.  But we know that there’s more than one side to any story.  In a civil case (where one person sues another person or company, for example, seeking compensation for injuries resulting from a car crash, or from slipping and falling, or in a divorce case),  discovery is the process that entitles the parties in the case…

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Medicare - The "Super Duper" Lien: Can Your Plaintiff's Attorney Handle the Liability Insurance Company and the Federal Government at Settlement Time?

Trent S. Kerns, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Trent S. Kerns, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Since July 1, 2009, a change in Medicare law[1] has made it more difficult for claimants, plaintiffs, and defendants to settle personal injury claims. Now, more than ever, an  injured claimant needs to retain an experienced plaintiff attorney who can embrace these new procedures and maneuver through them so that the claimants' Medicare rights and benefits are protected while getting them the best possible settlement in a timely manner.

What, you might ask, does Medicare have to do with a personal injury claim? Medicare is a federal program that pays for a portion of medical expenses and hospitalizations for people who are eligible.…

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The Personal Injury Recipe: Insurance Coverage (Part 3 of 3)

Christopher J. Toepp, Fredericksburg, VA, Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Christopher J. Toepp, Fredericksburg, VA, Personal Injury Attorney

At the outset of each lawsuit, I tell all my clients that, in the broadest sense, every Virginia personal injury claim consists of three components: liability, damages and insurance coverage. These are the ingredients necessary for success in the personal injury process.  As my initial meeting unfolds, I go into more detail about the individual considerations that are contained within each of these three broad categories. If the facts and circumstances are deficient in any one of the three, there may be a major obstacle in the path to obtaining full and fair financial recovery. This article follows The Personal Injury Recipe: Liability…

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Allen & Allen Now Accepting Applications for the George E. Allen Scholarship


Are you a high school senior in Virginia? Now is the time to start thinking about applying for college scholarships. Allen & Allen's George E. Allen Academic Scholarship is awarded to 15 students throughout Virginia each year in the amount of $1500. The scholarship is given in honor of George E. Allen, the founder of the Allen Law Firm. Mr. Allen faced significant adversity throughout his life, but overcame his difficulties to achieve great success and became compassionate servant in his community. The scholarship is designed to recognize students who, despite obstacles or special challenges, have achieved high standards of performance.

Applications are now being accepted from Virginia high school seniors. Students…

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Why You Should Hire a Personal Injury Attorney - VIDEO

David M. Irvine, Charlottesville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: David M. Irvine, Charlottesville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

A driver who has been injured through no fault of his or her own in an automobile collision often will be contacted by the insurance company for the at-fault party very soon after the accident occurs. The insurance adjuster will gather information about the individual’s injuries, and may make a settlement offer to quickly resolve the case.  I have found that some injured people question why they need a personal injury lawyer to represent them with their claim when they have already established a relationship with the adjuster, may already have received an offer of compensation, and feel that they can simply deal with the insurance company…

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Meet The Attorneys of Allen & Allen: Derrick L. Walker - VIDEO

Derrick L. Walker

Derrick Walker started his legal career in 2000 as a defense attorney, working on behalf of insurance companies and major corporations. In 2004, Derrick shifted the focus of his practice and began representing individuals who had been hurt or injured due to the negligence of another. Since then, Derrick has proven himself an accomplished and determined trial attorney who keeps his clients' interests at the forefront.


Derrick has represented clients in a wide range of federal and state court cases, consistently winning favorable outcomes at the negotiation table and in the courtroom. Highlights of his achievements include a $4.5 million award in a tractor trailer collision case, multiple million-dollar…

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Five Things That Affect How Long Your Personal Injury Case Takes

Ryan E. Wind, Mechanicsville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Ryan E. Wind, Mechanicsville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

My clients frequently ask me how long it will take to settle a personal injury case. While there is no straightforward or simple answer, there are five main factors that significantly affect how long it takes to resolve a claim.

Severity of Injuries/Length of Treatment

If you are injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, we encourage you to contact an attorney as soon as possible. Some insurance companies are unwilling to discuss resolving your claim until you have fully recovered or reached maximum medical improvement. If the insurance company is unwilling to discuss your case until the full…

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Why We Call Richmond Home

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

In 1910, my grandfather, George E. Allen began a one man law firm in Lunenberg County, Virginia. Over twenty years later, in 1931, he moved his practice and his family to Richmond, where the firm would grow to become the largest personal injury firm in Virginia. In 2011, more than 100 years after George Allen began his  law firm, Scott Fitzgerald, a 4th generation Allen joined  the Allen Law Firm with a commitment to carry on the legacy of excellence. 

We are proud to call Richmond our home, a city filled with rich culture and compelling history.  Our location in the center of Virginia’s capital city is no coincidence. Since…

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