Medical Negligence in Hospitals - A Summary of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services Report


Author: Charlottesville Personal Injury Lawyer John G. "Jack" Berry

An estimated 13.5 percent of all Medicare patients in hospitals nationwide experienced "adverse events" during their hospital stays, according to statistics compiled by the Inspector General.[1]  While some adverse events do not involve hospital mistakes, among the most common preventable adverse events are surgical errors, instances of patient infection, and errors in the choices and dosages of medicines administered to patients.  Estimates of the unnecessary treatment costs run into the hundreds of millions of dollars.

While trial lawyers are sometimes blamed for focusing on statistics like those contained in the Inspector General's…

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Who Is My Case Against – The Other Driver, Their Insurance Company or My Insurance Company?


Author: Robert C. T. Reed, Richmond, Va Personal Injury Attorney

People who have been harmed due to someone else’s careless conduct often know they have a right to be compensated for their injuries. But, the source of that compensation can be unclear to those who have not had such a claim before. 

For instance, take a motor vehicle collision between two vehicles without passengers.Both drivers have automobile insurance, and one driver is at fault and the other driver is injured. In this example, the injured driver has a legal right to recover compensation from the at fault driver. The injured driver’s “claim” can include medical bills, lost wages, pain, suffering, inconvenience, and mental anguish. …

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How Do We Determine The Value of a Case? - VIDEO


Personal injury attorney David Williams explains the answer to one of our most frequently asked questions: “how do we determine the value of this case?”


The process of determining an ultimate value on a personal injury case is difficult and complex. Every case is different, and that’s why you need a personal injury law firm that has experience to guide you through that process. 

Our lawyers have significant experience in personal injury law and are able to give our clients a pretty good range of a value on a case. Here’s what we look at:

The accident itself

The first thing to consider in evaluating a personal injury case is the accident itself. How significant was this accident? Were…

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Understanding Virginia’s “Dead Man’s Act”


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

The Virginia Rules of Evidence contain a detailed set of requirements that govern what kind of information may be considered by the jury when a personal injury case is tried in court.  One such rule, derived from a statute commonly referred to as the “Dead Man’s Act,” applies when one of the parties to the lawsuit has died prior to the trial.[1] It is important to understand how the Dead Man’s Act works in such cases because it can change the type of evidence that the jury will be allowed to hear and consider.

At common law (prior to the enactment of Virginia Code § 8.01-397), in a case in which either the plaintiff…

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Blood Thinner Eliquis Results In Bleed Injuries in Virginia


Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Medical Malpractice Attorney

Blood thinner Eliquis (also known as Apixaban) has been linked to causing uncontrolled gastrointestinal or intracranial bleeding in patients who were taking the drug. Eliquis has been prescribed to control clots related to atrial fibrillation. The drug has also been used for the prevention and treatment of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE).

Other injuries from Eliquis include rectal bleeding, intestinal bleeding and brain hemorrhaging. Other drugs included in this new group of anticoagulants called direct thrombin inhibitors are Pradaxa, Xarelto, Zontivity and Savaysa.


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2015 Trial Lawyer of the Year Awards


Trial lawyers and lawsuits have a precedence of exposing corporate corruption. On June 8th Public Justice presented the 2015 Trial Lawyer of the Year Awards – which go annually to lawyers whose pursuit of justice made the largest impact on public interest. Public Justice is America’s public interest law firm. The Trial Lawyers of the Year winners demonstrate trial lawyers holding corporations and irresponsible government officials responsible for abusing their power and violating the rights of ordinary Americans.

These summaries of their stories are just an example of the incredible work these teams did. Public Justice honors these lawyers because of their extraordinary work fighting injustice, taking…

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When is there a Duty to Warn Others of Criminal Acts?

David M. Irvine, Charlottesville Personal Injury Attorney

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

Most people understand that if one individual assaults another and causes injury, the injured party may sue her assailant for an award of damages designed to compensate her for the full measure of her injuries.  But if a person is injured by an assailant, can the injured person sue a third party who knew that the assailant was dangerous, but failed to warn her about the danger?  Lawsuits for negligent failure to warn of potential criminal acts by a third party are permitted in some circumstances but not in others, based on legal precedent created by prior rulings by the Virginia Supreme Court.

In order to recover damages against…

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Meet the Attorneys of Allen & Allen: Ryan E. Wind - VIDEO


Ryan Wind is a personal injury attorney who has committed his career to fighting for the rights of those who have been hurt due to no fault of their own. His desire to defend others is a direct result of his passion for helping people. Ryan’s competitive nature is an advantage for his clients both in the courtroom and in negotiations with insurance companies.


Ryan is originally from Tappahannock, Virginia where he attended Essex High School. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Mary Washington where he received his Bachelor of Arts in History. Ryan continued to the T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond to receive his J.D. magna cum laude.

Ryan practices out…

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Why Should Someone Choose Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen?


Coleman Allen, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

The aftermath of an accident is accompanied by a tremendous amount of stress. Not only are you trying to get back to your daily routine, you are probably also juggling doctors appointments, calls from the insurance company, and missed time from work. Maybe you think you need to hire an attorney but you're too overwhelmed to know where to start. This is where our experienced law firm comes into the equation.


Firm partner Coleman Allen discusses just a few of the many reasons someone should choose Allen & Allen to handle their personal injury claim in the short video below.

1. We are experienced

There is no substitute…

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Meet the Attorneys of Allen & Allen: R. Christopher Jones - VIDEO


We are excited to introduce one of our newest trial attorneys at Allen & Allen, Christopher Jones. Chris handles a variety of cases including car accidents, premises liability, product liability, and motorcycle accidents. Chris is an experienced litigator who is passionate about helping people. He is also very skilled when it comes to negotiating, making him competitive in both the courtroom and in discussions with insurance companies.

Originally from Williamsburg, Chris attended James Madison University for his undergraduate studies and then continued to the University of Richmond where he attended the T.C. Williams School of Law. Chris spent the first 10 years of his career in the Commonwealth Attorney's office…

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