Medical Malpractice "Reform" - Caps are Charity for Corporations

 Author: Attorney Malcolm "Mic" P. McConnell, III

Virginia was one of the first states in America to enact special protection for negligent health care providers at the expense of their victims.  In 1976, the General Assembly enacted a $750,000 "cap" on recovery in medical malpractice cases (Virginia Code Section 8.01-581.15).  Since its beginning, the "cap" has been increased and currently stands at $2,000,000.00.  Recent legislation will increase the cap by $50,000 per year for the next twenty years.

The "cap" does not limit meritless malpractice cases.  It affects only legitimate, meritorious, proven cases.  Moreover, the "cap" does not affect victims whose injuries are relatively…

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The High Cost of Delay in Tractor Trailer and Trucking Accident Cases

  Author: Attorney P. Christopher Guedri

Large truck accidents and tractor trailer accidents leave death and devastation in their wake, and in the midst of grief it can be very difficult to know what to do next. You may be wondering if you need an attorney to represent your interests and protect your rights. Tractor trailer accidents come with complications a cut above those associated with a normal accident, and most people find that they do in fact need an attorney to help them understand their legal position. You can rest assured that the trucking company will have experienced legal representation, and if you do not seek counsel from a truck accident lawyer you may find yourself at a distinct disadvantage.


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New Celebration Date Set for Winners of 2011 Allen & Allen HOMETOWN HEROES Award

Law Firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen Showcases Local Acts of Giving

Richmond, Virginia - July 29, 2011 -- The personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen has rescheduled the celebration of the 2011 Allen & Allen HOMETOWN HEROES award, showcasing residents of Greater Richmond, to take place on Friday, August 26, 2011 in celebration of local acts of kindness and heroism.

Allen and Allen will celebrate the 2011 HOMETOWN HEROES at CountryFest, featuring Trace Adkins, at Innsbrook Pavilion on the new celebration date.

"The 2011 Hometown Heroes have given to their community in countless ways. Now it's time to say thank you and to celebrate their impact," said Douglas…

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Secondary Brain Trauma: A Silent Killer

 Author: Attorney P. Christopher Guedri

It can happen in an instant. A puddle you never saw, a ball that bounced the wrong way, or a moment of inattention behind the wheel and you are forced to deal with a serious head trauma. Few things are more frightening than hearing that a loved one has suffered this type of injury. Parents drop everything and rush to schools, spouses hurry to hospitals, and entire families wait and pray. Only to find that most of the time, the victim is alright. A little shaken up and perhaps a bit confused, but starting to feel better and ready to go home. Whew. The crisis is over, right? Wrong.

When a person experiences a head trauma the head decelerates so fast that the…

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Richmond Ranks as 20th Most Dangerous City in America for Pedestrians

 Author: Attorney Courtney A. Van Winkle

Richmond residents may be pleased to learn that their city has been nationally ranked as one of the Top Ten Best Cities to Find a Job[1], a Top 25 Best City for New College Grads[2], and The Best Small City of the Future[3]. They may also be dismayed to discover that Richmond has ranked near the top of another list, as the 20th most dangerous city in America for pedestrians. [4]

Pedestrian accidents have been a major problem in America for decades, accounting for nearly 10% of all automobile-related fatalities. Since 2000, more than 47,700 pedestrians have been killed, the equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing every month. In Richmond alone the death toll has…

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LARGER ROLE FOR SMALL COURTS: New Law Means Faster and Less Expensive Resolution of Cases Worth Less Than $25,000

In March 2011, the Virginia General Assembly passed a new law increasing the jurisdictional maximum limit for a lawsuit in General District Court from $15,000 to $25,000.[1] Effective July 1, 2011, a person with a civil claim - including  personal injury claims - may sue in a General District Court for up $25,000.  At present, only civil personal injury claims for $15,000 or less are filed in General District Court; personal injury claims seeking more than $15,000 must be filed in a Circuit Court.[2]

General District Courts do not conduct jury trials; instead, all cases are decided by a judge.  In the Circuit Court, a case may be decided by a judge, but if either side requests it, then the judge only decides what evidence…

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Low Fare Bus Industry Facing Closer Scrutiny After the Bus Crash on Interstate 95 in Caroline County

Sky Express, Inc. Bus Crash in Caroline County, Virginia

Author: Bus Accident Attorney Jason W. Konvicka

On the early morning of May 31, 2011, a 2000 Setra motorcoach bus operated by Sky Express, Inc. crashed while travelling northbound on Interstate 95 in Caroline County, Virginia.  The bus departed Greensville, North Carolina the previous evening and was on its way to New York City.  Preliminary investigations by law enforcement officials into this bus accident determined that the bus driver, Kin Yiu Cheung, was fatigued and fell asleep at the wheel resulting in the bus crash.  Cheung has been charged with four felony counts of involuntary manslaughter.  Tragically, four passengers were killed and more than 50…

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Style Weekly's "Best Local Attorney" 2011

The personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen ranked as one of the Best Local Attorney category for Style Weekly's Best of Richmond 2011. The Richmond, VA magazine polled readers starting in mid-February for four weeks on their local favorites. The Allen Law Firm is pleased to be considered as one of the Best Local Attorneys in Richmond.

Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen is a Virginia injury law firm. In business for over 100 years, the firm currently has 22 attorneys who handle death cases as well as personal injury cases involving motor vehicle accidents, tractor trailer accidents, brain injury, medical malpractice, product liability and more.  The Allen Law Firm has eight offices…

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Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen Launches Sober Ride Home Initiative for Innsbrook Afterhours 2011

Richmond, Virginia - The personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen, one of Virginia's oldest and largest law firms, announced today the launch of Sober Ride Home, a new community initiative designed to keep Greater Metro Richmond area streets safe.

Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen will provide a Sober Ride Home to anyone leaving Innsbrook Afterhours ( events - from April 28, 2011 to August 20, 2011 in Greater Metro Richmond, Virginia. Innsbrook Afterhours 2011 schedule will include Lynyrd Skynyrd, Stone Temple Pilots, Melissa Etheridge, and other musical acts throughout the season.

"The Allen Law Firm is offering our Sober Ride Home campaign in Greater Metro Richmond to encourage…

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Product Liability - An Overview of the Law of Dangerous and Defective Products

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

Products liability is an area of the law that relates to the legal responsibility of manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers for defective products that injure those using the products after they enter the marketplace. Various parties may be responsible for a dangerous product. They include the designers of a product, the manufacturers of component parts (parts used to make a product), an assembling manufacturer (the company that takes the component parts and assembles them in to the final product), a packaging and user manual creator (who prepares warnings, instructions, labels, and directions), wholesalers (who sell the products from…

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