Richmond, VA Jury Returns $23 Million Verdict in Tractor Trailer Accident Case

Richmond jury returns $23M verdict

By Alan Cooper

Republished from Virginia Lawyers Weekly Blog


Published: March 1, 2011

A Richmond Circuit Court jury returned a $23 million verdict yesterday for a tractor-trailer driver who was horribly injured in a crash on Interstate 295 in April 2007.

Ricky L. Jones remained in an induced coma for several weeks after the collision about a mile north of the U.S. 301 intersection and has undergone 26 surgeries, according to P. Christopher Guedri, who tried the case with partner Douglas A. Barry. Jones suffered a traumatic brain injury in addition to the loss of…

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Tenants Need Renters Insurance - Protect Yourself and Your Belongings

Author: Attorney Melinda South

When renting their first apartment or house, tenants often don't  think of renters insurance unless their landlord requires it.  Although the landlord may have insurance, this usually only protects the property owned by the landlord - and not the tenant's property.

Renters insurance will provide coverage for your personal property as well as liability coverage.[1] You may assume that you don't own that much, so why bother?  If you take an inventory of what it would cost to replace your personal property, you may be surprised by the total value of what you own.  Television, laptop, and mobile phone replacement escalates the value of your property very quickly, even…

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Precious Cargo: Children and Car Crashes

Author: Scott Fitzgerald, Law Clerk

The leading cause of death for children between the ages of 2 and  15 in the United States is car crashes.[1] In 2005 alone, 1,451 children under the age of 15 perished in motor vehicle accidents, while 184,000 more sustained injuries.  Each day, about  500 children are injured in car crashes.

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, over half of children killed in car crashes were not wearing a seat belt or any other type of restraining device.[2] Only 10% of children under age five travel without a seat belt, but they account for more than half of child deaths in car crashes.[3]

Even when children are restrained, studies…

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Is Mediation a process that may resolve my personal injury case ?

Author: Attorney Charles L. Allen

Our clients' only legal means to compel compensation from an automobile insurance company for their personal injury claim is by trial where a judge or jury determines the amount of their award. Securing a judgment at trial against a driver determined to be at fault for the collision triggers the obligation for an insurance company to pay the amount of the award.

While a trial by jury is our clients' only legal right to achieve a recovery, many cases are resolved through voluntary negotiations between the opposing parties which lead to a settlement agreement without a trial. Typically, these negotiations happen directly between the representatives of the parties.…

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Virginia Accident Law: What Damages Can You Recover?

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

In Virginia, the person, company, or other organization at fault for causing an accident is financially responsible for certain damages that may result, including:

any bodily injuries that the injured person sustains, any physical pain and mental anguish that the injured person suffers in the past or future, any disfigurement (such as scarring) and any related humiliation and embarrassment, any inconvenience caused in the past or likely to occur in the future, any medical bills incurred in the past or likely to occur in the future, any lost wages in the past or likely to occur in the future, any loss of the capacity to earn a…

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Understanding Virginia Law: Who is an "Infant" or "Minor"? What are their Rights in a Personal Injury Settlement?


  Author Attorney J. David Douthit

A person under the age of 18 is defined as an infant in Virginia.[1] An infant is entitled to several legal benefits that an adult is not.  For example, when an infant is injured by another person's fault, he may bring a claim but must do so through an adult called a next friend, who essentially serves as guardian of the infant's claim.[2] One of the infant's parents often serves as his next friend.

An adult may settle his claim by reaching an agreement with the at-fault party, which is usually embodied in the form of a contract called a "release".  An infant lacks the legal capacity to sign a release.  If there is a settlement proposal that is acceptable…

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[Authors: Bob Mertig & R. Clayton Allen, Esquire

When you purchase auto insurance in Virginia(1), there are several types of coverage on the policy that are optional.  One of these is Medical Payments coverage.  Medical Payments coverage is a "first party coverage" which you may purchase in addition to the basic liability coverage when you insure your vehicle in Virginia.  By law, the insurance company must offer this coverage to you.[2] Medical Payments coverage reimburses you for medical expenses even if the bill has been paid by your health insurance provider, as long as the treatment was for an injury involving a motor vehicle.[3]

By law, the medical payment coverage will pay, up to…

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Keep Your Child Safe in the Car

Author: Attorney Courtney Van Winkle

As we walked out of the gym, I could tell my 8 year old was brimming over with excitement. He had just scored his first bucket in his first basketball game with a 10 foot hoop. His 13 year old sister pumped him up even more by telling him she didn't score a basket until the next to last game of her first year. As we walked to the car Matt said, "Hey Mom can I sit in the front seat to celebrate?" Like many parents, I was tempted, but ...

Car accidents are a leading cause of death for young children in the United States. Every year thousands of children are killed or injured in car crashes. As a personal injury lawyer, I know all too well the anguish and devastation…

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Tips for Holiday Driving Safety

Everyone is looking forward to the winter holidays, whether they celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day, New Years, other religious or national holidays, or just the winter break with family and friends.  Many people travel by car to get to their celebrations, and the preparations for exchange of gifts and entertaining often involve lots of shopping trips by car.  In the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as elsewhere, motorists can expect heavy congestion during this period of holiday travel.  The Commonwealth of Virginia offers a number of helpful travel resources and information.[1]

Some Safe Holiday Driving Tips

Motorists can reduce the risk of a crash or serious injury…

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Understanding a Motor Vehicle Insurance Policy: Can You Tell What Benefits You Are Entitled to Just by Reading the Policy Yourself?

Author: Attorney W. Coleman Allen, Jr.

The short answer to this question is an emphatic "NO!"  The answer is emphatic, because the language of the policy might not only be incomplete, but actually misleading.  Consequently you may miss coverage to which you are entitled that is not even described in the policy, and may in addition fail to recognize what coverage is provided, because some of the terms used in the policy have very different meanings than they do in everyday conversation.

The "Rules of the Road" concerning insurance coverage are provided by state rather than federal law in the United States, under the U.S. Constitution.[2] So the rights of injured motorists in policies issued for…

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