Safe Teen Driving - How to Help Your Teenage New Driver

Just because you have a license does NOT mean you are ready to drive!

Author: Paul D. Hux, Petersburg Personal Injury Lawyer

What parents can do to help new drivers once they get their license? As a Virgina personal injury attorney that has seen many terrible car accidents- and as the father of twin boys that recently received their licenses - I cannot help but be worried every time they get behind the wheel of a car.  I know they have both taken the driver's education class in school, gone through "behind the wheel" training, completed the required amounts of driving during the day, at night, on the highway, and on back roads, but I know this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the things…

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Allen & Allen Offering Free Consultation in Yaz* Related Cases

 If you used the birth control pill Yaz* and had a blot clot leading to a pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis or stroke, you should be aware that the national Judge handling this litigation has ordered the manufacturer to come to the bargaining table to work out a settlement for the victims.

Yaz* includes Yasmin, Beyaz, Gianvi, Loryna, Ocella, Syeda and Zarah.

The law firm of Allen & Allen is investigating claims arising from patients taking Yaz*, and helping those recipients who have valid claims.  Contact our product liability attorneys for a free consultation by calling 866-388-1307. We work on a contingency fee basis so you will pay nothing up front.

About the Author: Richmond, VA personal injury…

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Allen & Allen Announces Hiring of John G. "Jack" Berry as Partner to Manage Charlottesville Office


Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen is pleased to announce that John G. "Jack" Berry will join the firm as a partner on February 1, 2012.  He will manage the firm's Charlottesville Office.

Mr. Berry was born in Charlottesville, and raised in Madison County, Virginia.  He graduated magna cum laude from Washington & Lee in 1976, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.  He attended law school at the University of Virginia, graduating and then joining the Bar in 1979.  He began his legal career at the law firm of Puryear, Chandler and Early with offices in Charlottesville, Madison, and Greene Counties.  He was in solo practice from 1982 to 1984, at which time he founded the law firm of Berry and Early with his partner…

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Child Support Liens and Personal Injury Cases in Virginia

Author: Christopher A. Meyer, Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

Many people in the Commonwealth of Virginia are required by court order to financially support children and have been unable to keep up with the court ordered payments.  In such cases, the Commissioner of the State Department of Social Services may cause an order to issue that attaches to property and income owed to the debtor by a third person and requires that such property or income be turned over to the Commonwealth in satisfaction of the past due child support.  There is a specific statute, Section 63.2-1929[1], which discusses this issue in relationship to personal injury cases in Virginia.  

The operative sentence is as follows:

The orders…

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Product Safety: Who is responsible for today's safer products?

Author: Attorney Malcolm P. McConnell, III

On a recent, late autumn afternoon, I was mowing my lawn for the last time this year.  As I reached the edge of my yard, I attempted to turn the lawnmower around to cut the next strip of grass.  The lawnmower stuck a large stick that had fallen from a tree and it stopped moving abruptly, causing me to stumble and fall over and in front of the lawnmower.

As I fell, I let go of the lawnmower handle, releasing the spring-loaded lever that killed the engine.  By the time I hit the ground, the engine was off and the blades were no longer turning.

I stood up, unharmed (but a bit embarrassed) by my fall, and realized that only the safety features in the…

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Severe Penalties for Sexting: The Legal Consequences of Using Obscene or Lewd Language on Cellular Phones

Author:  Attorney Christopher A. Meyer

Many people seem to use obscene or lewd language on a cellphone that they would never use in face to face conversation.  In Virginia, use of this language on the telephone is not only crude and inappropriate, it's illegal.  Profane, lewd or vulgar language over a telephone has been a criminal offense in Virginia for many years.  Up until this year, Virginia statutes read as follows:

"Any person who uses obscene, vulgar, profane, lewd, lascivious, or indecent language, or makes any suggestion or proposal of an obscene nature, or threatens and illegal or immoral act with the intent to coerce, intimidate, or harass any person, over any telephone or citizens band…

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Jury Duty in Virginia - A Privilege and A Responsibility

Tammy S. Ruble, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Tammy S. Ruble, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Recently my son received a summons to serve as a juror in Chesterfield County. "I'm exempt, of course," he said to me. "Why?" "Because my mother's a lawyer," he responded. Sorry, son, it's not quite that easy.

I've always wanted to serve as a juror, but others dread the thought and would sooner walk across a bed of hot coals than get that letter. So how did that juror summons end up in your mailbox, anyway? A popular belief is that the juror pool is drawn from the voter registration rolls, but that is just one source. Virginia Code §8.01-345[1] permits jurors to be chosen from the voter registration rolls, the Department of…

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Richmond & Charlottesville Based Law Firm Allen & Allen Receives Top Ranking from US News & World Report

Tier 1 Ranking in "Best Law Firm" By U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers

November 3, 2011 - Richmond, VA: The Virginia personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen received a Tier 1 Ranking in "Best Law Firm" By U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. Allen & Allen received the Tier 1 "Best Law Firm" honor in both Charlottesville, Virginia and Richmond, Virginia for Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs and Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs.

U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers released the 2011 Best Law Firms rankings released November 1, 2011. The rankings, which incorporated…

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Congratulations 2012 Virginia Teacher of the Year: Margaret "Meg" Smith of Lynchburg

Author: Attorney Melinda H. South

Congratulations Margaret A. "Meg" Smith of Lynchburg, VA, the 2012 Virginia Teacher of the Year. Meg Smith was honored at an evening reception on Friday October 14 at the Holiday Inn Kroger Conference Center along with the other seven regional Teachers of the Year. Meg Smith is an eighth grade English literature teacher at Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle School for Innovation in Lynchburg. She will represent Virginia in the National Teacher of the Year program in Washington.

Richmond injury attorney R. Clayton Allen presented Ms. Smith with a check for $2,500 on behalf of the Allen Law Firm. For many years now the law firm of Allen & Allen has been involved with the…

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Hurricane Preparedness - Steps to Ready You and Your Family in Case of a Hurricane

Author: Egena Younger

Hurricane season in the Atlantic lasts from June 1 to November 30, which includes all of our summer months, when we are normally focusing on vacationing and finding activities to keep our children busy while they are out of school.  However, that period is also a time to focus on hurricane preparedness.  To avoid the stress of a chaotic rush to  purchase batteries, water, generators, etc., consider completing a few simple tasks that will help you feel somewhat more relaxed during the time of a natural disaster[1].  The following tips are the advice of the experts on how to be prepared:

1. Store water that is specifically set aside…

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