Responsible Gifting: The Importance of Checking for Recalls and Safety Hazards


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

The holiday season is a time for visiting with friends and family and for the giving and receiving of gifts. There is no better feeling than giving someone just the right present and watching their face light up. But the gift-giving season also creates some safety issues. Every year thousands of products are recalled from stores, yet still end up under the Christmas tree. For example, a recall has already been issued this year for 7.2 million single-serving Keurig coffee makers, predicted to be one of the most popular gifts this Christmas.1

If you are concerned about a particular present, the government…

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Personal Injury Case: Liens Against Personal Injury Recoveries in Virginia


Author: J. David “Dave” Douthit, Esq. - Personal Injury Trial Lawyer

A lien is a security interest asserted by one party against another party’s property.  Common examples are car notes or mortgages. In these situations, the lender retains an interest in the car or the house until all of the payments have been made and the lien is lifted. If payment is not made, the lien allows the lender to recover from a forced sale or take possession of the property entirely.  In the context of personal injury law, liens are claims against the injured person’s ultimate financial recovery which must be paid before any proceeds can be distributed to the injured party.

Health care providers such as ambulance…

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Claims for Lost Earning Capacity in Virginia

Author: Ashley T. Davis, Esquire, Personal Injury Lawyer, Richmond Virginia

Being injured in an accident can be a devastating and life-changing experience.  With time, some accident victims are able to recover from their injuries and resume the life that they were living before the accident.  Others might not be so fortunate.

You might have heard that accident victims can seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.  But what if that is not enough?  What happens if you are forced to give up your job, because you are physically or mentally unable to do it anymore?   What happens if you have been forced to give up on your dreams and career goals,…

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The Check is in the Mail: Explaining the Delay Between “Notification of Payment” and Closing a Personal Injury Claim

Author: J. David Douthit, Esq., Richmond Virginia Attorney

In 2013 the General assembly enacted Code of Virginia section 38.2-236.[1] This section requires an insurer to give written notice whenever it makes a payment of $5000 or more to settle an injured person’s claim.  Pursuant to Virginia’s Code, this notice of payment must be made directly to the injured person within five business days from the date the payment is made or sent to the injured person’s attorney.  An injured person who receives a notice of payment from an insurance company often, and quite reasonably, expects that their attorney has received the settlement check when they get the “notification of payment”…

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Common Head Injuries in the NFL

Author: Edward L. Allen, Personal Injury Attorney, Fredericksburg, Virginia

America’s national pastime has been under increased scrutiny over the past couple of years, from complaints over team names to controversies over head injuries among its players. It was the relatively recent string of suicides among NFL veterans that prompted a closer examination of football safety practices, eventually culminating in a number of lawsuits filed against both the NFL and the NCAA. Many hope that this will lead to a better understanding of head injuries and a clearer focus on player safety.

There is no denying that football is, and always will be, a highly physical sport. Player collisions are an inescapable…

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More Than Medical Bills: Losses Covered In Virginia Personal Injury Claims

Author: Charles L. Allen, Personal Injury Attorney, Richmond VA

Motor vehicle accidents impact injured people’s lives dramatically. After a serious collision on the road people are often physically injured, left without a vehicle, unable to work for a significant period of time and are required to travel to and from countless medical appointments. Over time, many accident victims become depressed, overwhelmed emotionally or overcome with stress when they get back behind the wheel of a car. For a person injured through no fault of their own, the inconveniences of recovery can be substantial. In the aftermath of a collision, it is important that you understand what damages are financially compensable in…

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Faulty Guardrails: Intended to Protect the Public, Now Blamed for Injuries and Deaths Nationwide

Author: Scott D. Fitzgerald, Personal Injury Lawyer, Richmond VA 

On September 17, 2012, Melton Tucker fell asleep at the wheel on his commute to work on Highway 81, outside of Dallas, Texas.  His car drifted off the highway and collided with a guardrail.  His Chevrolet Cruze struck the beginning piece of a guardrail, otherwise known as an end terminal or guardrail head.  The guardrail came through the car and struck Tucker in the head, killing him instantly.[1] 

This accident and others like it have raised questions about the effectiveness of guardrail heads manufactured by Trinity Highway Products, based in Dallas.  The ET-Plus, designed by Trinity, is one of the most common guardrail end terminals…

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Social Media Boundaries and Your Nanny

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Richmond Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

Social media, for better or worse, has quickly become a part of everyone’s life. There are many positive aspects of social media – for instance, people are now able to stay in touch with friends and family around the world. However, there are also some negative aspects about social media – one major concern people have is the lack of privacy that exists once things are posted online. If you employ a nanny, it is likely that he or she uses at least one form of social media.

If you are concerned about your family’s privacy, it is important that you set boundaries with your nanny about his or her use of social media on the…

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Intro: Standing Up to Powerful Insurance Companies

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Richmond Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

If you have ever been involved in an accident, you may know how difficult it is to get the compensation you deserve from the insurance companies. Dan Shea, a business leader from Santa Fe, and his family found this out the hard way. In August 2011 his mother was involved in an accident that was not her fault and suffered major injuries that required extensive hospitalization and had long-term impact on her life. Dan attempted to negotiate with the insurance companies on his mother’s behalf, but the insurance companies were only willing to make minimal offers, worth less than his mother’s medical bills.

It was at this…

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More Than Medical Bills: Full and Fair Compensation in Virginia Personal Injury Cases

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

 Most people who are injured through no fault of their own understand that they can make a claim to recover money from the responsible party’s insurance company.  Unfortunately, many people are unaware of all the factors that must be considered before settling their claim.  Insurance companies often take advantage of this lack of understanding to convince injured claimants that they should accept a settlement that accounts for only a portion of their damages.  This can be a big mistake for an injured person. The following article explains all of the compensable damages under Virginia law.

Years of court cases involving…

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