FORUM SELECTION IN LITIGATION: Where to File My Personal Injury Case in Virginia

The Difference Between District and Circuit Courts in Virginia

Author: Paul D. Hux, Personal Injury Lawyer, Chesterfield, VA

When negotiations break down and the insurance company will not offer what we feel is a full and fair settlement amount for your claim, the next step in your case is to file a lawsuit and begin the litigation process.[1] Your attorney must decide in which court your case should be filed. While this may seem simple, selecting the appropriate court is an important decision that is based on the individual circumstances of your case. Selecting the appropriate forum for your case can have important  consequences as the litigation proceeds.

Virginia has two levels of trial courts:…

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Happy Song Post Fatality Highlights the Dangers of Distracted Driving

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

At 8:33 A.M. on Thursday, April 24, North Carolina resident Courtney Ann Sanford was making her way to work. The sun was shining, one of her favorite songs was playing on the radio, and the weekend was almost here. One minute later she was dead.

“The Happy song makes me HAPPY,” the last status update on Courtney’s Facebook, was posted just one minute before dispatchers received the first reports of the crash that claimed her life. Investigators would later discover that Courtney also posted several selfies during her drive.

A North Carolina police lieutenant called the crash a sad waste, as well as a sobering reminder of…

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How Long Will it Take? Factors That Affect the Timeframe of a Virginia Personal Injury Claim

Author: Bridget N. Long, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Most people who are injured through no fault of their own are unfamiliar with personal injury claims. In the aftermath of an accident, these claims can often be complicated, confusing and overwhelming. After a thorough consultation discussing the facts of the accident, the injuries sustained and the medical treatment plan going forward, the most frequent question new clients have is how long it will take before the claim can be resolved. Unfortunately, as every personal injury claim is unique and the insurance company plays an important role in resolution, there is no definitive answer to this question. The following factors all affect the duration…

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Mature Driving Bill Dies in Senate

Author: David M. Williams, Jr., Fredericksburg Personal Injury Attorney

 A transportation related bill that sought to impose new and stricter driver’s license renewal standards on Virginia’s “mature” population, failed in the Virginia State Senate on January 29, 2014.

 Current law requires a Virginia driver who is 80 years of age or older at the time their license expires to renew their license in person at a local Department of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”) office, pass a vision test and, in certain situations,  take and pass a written test about the rules of the road.[1] Senate Bill 180, introduced by Sen. Jeffrey L. McWaters (Republican – Virginia Beach), would have made the following changes to the…

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What To Do After Your Child Is Injured at Daycare

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

You arrive at day care to pick up your child only to notice that he or she has suffered some sort of injury. Child care injuries are stressful, not only for you, but also for your child. You probably have many questions, chief among them, “What do I do now?”

If you notice the injury while you and your child are still on the day care premises, you should ask your child’s caregiver about the circumstances surrounding the injury. If he or she doesn’t have an explanation, you should speak to a director or supervisor about the injury. After these conversations, you should photograph the injuries. These pictures can help serve as proof…

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VIDEO: An Experienced Tractor Trailer Accident Attorney is the Key for Good Results

P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

In this video, personal injury attorney P. Christopher Guedri discusses his experience in handling tractor trailer accident cases. Tractor trailer accidents can be devastating. According to recent government statistics, 1 out of every 9 fatal traffic accidents in the United States involved a tractor trailer.

These accidents are responsible for close to 100 fatalities and more than 1,300 injuries annually in the State of Virginia alone. Victims and their families are often very confused about what to do next after they have been injured in a truck accident.  Immediately consulting an experienced tractor trailer accident attorney is essential after an accident involving a large truck. Prompt investigation of the…

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Why You Shouldn’t Give a Recorded Statement to the Insurance Company

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond VA Personal Injury Attorney

After you’ve been in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you may receive a telephone call from the adjuster of the person who hit you. She seems pleasant on the phone, and she just needs you to answer a few questions to “firm up liability.” Don’t fall for her trap! What she really wants is for you to give a recorded statement that the other person’s insurance can use against you to avoid paying you the money you deserve. This is why, as a general rule, you shouldn’t give a recorded statement concerning a motor vehicle accident to anyone without the advice of an attorney. You shouldn’t give an oral statement either.

But what could…

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Meet the Attorneys of Allen & Allen: Christopher J. Toepp - VIDEO

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


Chris Toepp is a personal injury trial attorney dedicated to helping his clients through very difficult times in their lives. Working mainly out of the Allen Law Firm’s Fredericksburg office, Chris’s practice includes a wide range of personal injury cases including: car crashes, truck accidents, and motorcycle wrecks. Chris earned his reputation as an exceptional litigator in the courtroom early on in his career when he presented hundreds of bench and jury trials as a Richmond prosecutor and made his community a safer place. Through personal experience, Chris has an intimate understanding of what his clients go through in the aftermath of an accident including the physical pain, the impact on loved ones…

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Limited Insurance Coverage: How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help Maximize Recovery

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

Virginia law does not require drivers to carry liability insurance coverage. [1] Virginia drivers who pay a $500 ‘uninsured motorist’ fee are free to drive on Virginia roads and highways without any insurance at all. Those who do elect to carry liability insurance are only required to purchase $25,000 in coverage. There can be serious obstacles in obtaining financial recovery when a person is seriously injured by an uninsured motorist or someone with limited coverage.

Some people faced with this dire situation may wonder if making a claim is worth it. After taking out attorneys’ fees, case…

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Multiple Claims Arising From a Single Accident

An overview of the different types of insurance claims in Virginia

Author: J. David Douthit, Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

All motor vehicle accidents are unique and every person injured in an auto accident has a different set of challenges to overcome in the aftermath of a collision. As personal injury attorneys, we understand that every case is different and recognize that each client requires individual attention. While a general summary of insurance claims or coverage can never be applied across the board, it is important to understand that multiple claims may arise from a single motor vehicle accident.  The following summary provides a brief explanation of what these claims may be and the insurance…

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