Meet the Attorneys of Allen & Allen: R. Clayton Allen - VIDEO

 Clayton Allen is a partner and trial attorney with the personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen. He works primarily in the firm's Mechanicsville and Richmond offices and handles cases throughout the state of Virginia. He has been with Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen for over 20 years, where he is known for negotiating settlements with difficult insurance companies and for handling complex cases. Clayton is a member of the third generation of the Allen family to practice law with the firm. Additionally Clayton is the editor of the Allen Law Blog. To learn more about Clayton, visit: http://www.allenandallen.com/r-clayton-allen.html

Video: http://youtu.be/tMGCTB3GrkI

Video Transcription: My name is Clayton Allen; I…

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National Phone Survey on Distracted Driving Attitudes and Behaviors

Author: P. Christopher Guedri

Distracted drivers cause car accidents.  Every day, on our roads and highways, distracted drivers cause collisions that seriously injure and kill innocent people.[1] Many times these are friends or family members who are in the vehicle with them.

When a driver takes his or her focus away from the primary task of driving, the risk of being involved in a car crash immediately increases. What are people really doing while they are driving? Why do drivers get so distracted? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a recent survey (11/2010 - 12/2010) to look at distracted driving behaviors and attitudes of drivers over the age of 18. Over 6,000…

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Allen & Allen voted Best Local Attorney in Style Weekly's Best of Richmond 2012

May 23, 2012 : Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen is pleased to announce that the firm has been voted "Best Local Attorney" in Richmond by Style Weekly readers. Style Weekly has released their annual Best Of Richmond issue featuring their readers' top picks for local services, restaurants and retail in the Richmond metro area.   The 2012 Style Weekly Readers' Poll was available online to anyone with internet access. Votes were limited to one per IP address so that participants could only enter their votes once per computer. The survey period ran from January 30 through March 1, 2012. Over 12,800 surveys were submitted.   For over 100 years, Allen & Allen has represented residents of Richmond and the surrounding areas. …

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What is Arbitration and is it Right for my Case?

By: Scott D. Fitzgerald, Richmond Accident Attorney

Arbitration is a form of alternative dispute resolution.  Instead of litigating in court, parties submit the claim to an independent third party (an "arbitrator") who acts as judge and decides the outcome of the case.  There are advantages and disadvantages to arbitration.  Your attorney can help you decide if arbitration is appropriate for your case and, if so, when.  There are also many different ways an arbitration can be structured.  If arbitration is appropriate for your case, your attorney can help negotiate the best type of arbitration for your case.

Arbitration involves submitting information to the arbitrator to help him decide the case. …

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2012 Bills Pending Before the Virginia General Assembly: A Digression on Resolutions

Author Melinda H. South, Attorney

Each year, the Virginia General Assembly considers thousands of pieces of legislation and decides whether to pass them into law, table them for further review, or to turn them down.[1] Scrolling through the list of the bills that have been introduced, it is a mystery how so much work will be addressed in such a short period of time.   Even though this year is a "long session" lasting 60 days[2], over a thousand bills to review is still a lot of work!   Rather than discussing some important bill making its way through the General Assembly that will affect the practice of personal injury law which our Firm does, this article will look at two of the resolutions recognizing…

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Automotive Safety: The "Top 10" Safest Cars

Author: Scott D. Fitzgerald, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Whether you're driving or riding in a car, it is important to think about safety:  always drive carefully and wear your seatbelt. However, you can also improve your chances of surviving an accident before you ever get on the road. Although automotive industry safety standards for all vehicles have improved immensely in recent years, some makes and models are still significantly safer than others. Formulated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the following list of the Top Ten Safest Cars[1]was compiled based solely on driver and passenger death rates:

Audi A6 Mercedes Benz E-Class Toyota Sienna Ford Edge Nissan Armada Land…

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Annual Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony of MADD of Virginia

Author: Attorney Melinda H. South

Recently I had the privilege of attending the Annual Law Enforcement Awards Ceremony of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving - Virginia Chapter) at the Chesterfield Airport.  It was a moving evening to see the men and women of the local police departments and sheriffs' offices recognized for their contributions in stopping drunk drivers and in turn making the highways safer. The evening recognized officers in Central Virginia from Richmond, Chesterfield, Henrico, Hanover, Goochland, Powhatan, Dinwiddie, Petersburg, Prince George, New Kent, Surry, Sussex, Hopewell, Emporia, Colonial Heights and Greensville.

Speaking on behalf of the Allen firm and…

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Building A Bridge - Offering Support to Traumatic Brain Injury Patients in Charlottesville

Author: Attorney P. Christopher Guedri

Many of our clients have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A traumatic brain injury can drastically change the life of the victim and their loved ones. In some severe cases, the person who has suffered the brain injury is no longer able to live independently and needs temporary or permanent living assistance.

In Charlottesville one organization is dedicated to proving living assistance to adults with traumatic brain injuries: Building a Bridge.

The Building a Bridge (hereafter "The Bridge")organization, a tax-exempt Virginia corporation under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, operates in the City of Charlottesville.…

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The First 100 Years: My Grandfather's Influence

Author: Attorney Charles L. Allen

One hundred years ago, in 1910, my grandfather, George E. Allen Sr., a founder of this law firm, handled his first personal injury case. As a third generation family member of this law firm, I reflect back occasionally on the influence my grandfather and his legal career have had upon me. When I first began practicing law 25 years ago, attorneys and judges always spoke well of my grandfather. He was often cited as a shining example of professionalism who set a standard to which all successful attorneys should aspire. My grandfather was so passionate and committed about the practice of law late in his life when he wrote his memoirs he entitled the book The Law As A Way…

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Popular Diet Drug Linked to Liver Damage - FDA Recalls Hydroxycut

Author: Attorney Jason W. Konvicka

On May 1, 2009, the Food and Drug Administration ("FDA") issued a warning letter recommending that consumers immediately stop using the popular weight loss supplement Hydroxycut. In addition, the FDA requested that Iovate Health Sciences, Inc., the manufacturer of Hydroxycut, recall various versions of the product completely from the marketplace. The warning letter by the FDA was in response to reports of serious health problems experienced by consumers taking the recommended doses.

To date, the FDA has received at least 23 reports of adverse liver effects in users of Hydroxycut products including jaundice, elevated liver enzymes, liver damage, and liver transplants.…

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