What the Insurance Claim Rep Won't Tell You About Your Personal Injury Claim

David M. Williams, Personal Injury Attorney

 Author: David Williams, Stafford, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Claim representatives for the insurance carriers are professionals who are experts at what they do. The claims representative[1] for the liability insurance company is a trained professional whose job is to have your claim cost the insurance company as little as possible. That means your compensation may be a small percentage of what is considered a "fair and reasonable" settlement amount.

If you are hurt and unrepresented, and not familiar with personal injury claims, the hardball tactics used by some claims representatives can leave you feeling dazed and confused. You are likely to feel that you are being taken advantage…

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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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Motorcycle Safety: Reduce Your Risk of Serious Injuries in a Motorcycle Accident

Author. Bridget N.Long - Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

According to the Virginia Highway Safety Office, in 2012, motorcycle riders who were injured made up about 3% of all traffic injuries in Virginia.[1] Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents accounted for over 10% of all traffic fatalities in that same year.[2] When motorcyclists are involved in traffic accidents, the injuries they receive more usually more serious than other motor vehicle operators, and these injuries are more often fatal. The most common injuries from motorcycle accidents are injuries to the brain, the spine, and the internal organs, as well as broken bones (fractures), all of which can be life-threatening. A fracture can be debilitating…

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Distracted Driving - Facts and Statistics

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Author: P. Christopher Guedri - Richmond, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

Driving requires the simultaneous use of multiple skills: focus and attention, coordination, as well as split-second decision making. When any one of those skills is compromised due to distractions behind the wheel, the driver immediately becomes more likely to be involved in a car accident. Distracted driving is extremely dangerous and causes thousands of accidents annuallyon our nation's roads and highways.

Most drivers don't consider themselves distracted while driving. People assume that they can handle multiple tasks at the same time without any consequences. That may be the case outside of the car, but once a person gets…

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Halloween Safety Tips

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

With Halloween fast approaching, soon all manner of ghosts, goblins, fairies, and princesses will be taking to the streets in search of candy.  This fun communal event is exciting for children young and old.  We all know there can be dangers involved with strangers giving out candy, so adults are encouraged to chaperone their children closely during trick-or-treating.  However, there are other avoidable dangers associated with the witch's brew of roaming children, costumes, darkness, drivers, fire-lit jack o'lanterns, and unfamiliar homes.  Most Halloween accidents can be avoided with some preparation and by following a few safety tips.  Parents,…

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Jury Selection in a Civil Case in Virginia

Author:  Charles "Litt" Allen, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Our personal injury cases are typically tried in Circuit Courts in our Commonwealth.[1]  Generally civil trials in Circuit Court in Virginia require seven jurors who must agree unanimously on the outcome.[2]

The Constitution provides our right to trial by jury, and jury selection is controlled by statute.  On the day on which jurors have been notified to appear at court, they are selected randomly until a panel of 13 is achieved.[3]  Thereafter, the judge and counsel for either the plaintiff or defendant shall have the right to examine under oath any person called as a juror.  Their questions are intended to ascertain whether such…

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The Distracted Driving Epidemic

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Distracted driving occurs when a driver's primary attention is taken away from the essential task of driving a motor vehicle. This common behavior endangers the life of the driver as well as other drivers, passengers and pedestrians.  Unfortunately, distracted driving has risen to epidemic levels on our highways all across the country.   Thousands of car accidentsoccur each year due to this extremely dangerous manner of driving.

Drivers should be focused on the road and be prepared to respond in a split second to unforeseen circumstances that might suddenly arise. When a driver becomes distracted, at least one of these three things…

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The Attorneys of Allen & Allen: P. Christopher Guedri - Talking about truck accidents

A large truck or tractor-trailer accident can be devastating and what to do next can be confusing. The tractor trailer accident attorneys at Allen and Allen have extensive experience handling lawsuits for clients who have been seriously injured in accidents involving large trucks. Visit http://www.allenandallen.com/tractor-trailer-accidents.html to learn more.

Chris Guedri is a personal injury attorney in the Richmond office of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen. He has handled complicated tractor trailer accident cases, bus accident cases and commercial truck accident cases. In a career spanning over 30 years, he has been recognized by his peers as a superb litigator, Chris has been listed in the book Best Lawyers in America…

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Meet the Attorneys of Allen & Allen: Charles L. Allen - VIDEO

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Charles Allen is an accident attorney and Partner in the Richmond office of Allen & Allen. He is a member of the third generation of the Allen family to have worked at the personal injury law firm. For almost 30 years his practice has focused on litigating various types of personal injury cases including premises liability, car crashes and motor cycle accidents. To learn more about Charles Allen, visit: http://www.allenandallen.com/charles-littlepage-allen.html

Video Transcript: I am Charles Allen. I am an attorney with the Allen Law Firm, and I have been practicing for 25 years. Every time we take on the representation of an injured person, our goal is, first and foremost, to maximize the recovery, to get them…

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Motor Vehicle Safety: Passenger Van Safety

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Passenger vans are commonly used by colleges, churches, camps, and other groups during the active summer months. The National Highway Traffic Safety Agency ("NHTSA") recently urged the users of 15-passenger vans to take specific steps to keep drivers and passengers safe.[1]These vehicles have special dangers if not operated properly.

Passenger vans handle very differently from smaller passenger vehicles because they are typically longer, higher, wider, and heavier (especially when loaded).  They require trained drivers who are comfortable and experienced  with the unique driving characteristics of larger vehicles. These differences include…

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