2013 Allen & Allen HOMETOWN HEROES; Call for Nominations by Virginia Law Firm

Richmond, Virginia --The personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen announced today that it is seeking nominations for the firm’s annual Allen & Allen Hometown Heroes award. The award, which was formed in 2010 to honor Allen & Allen’s centennial anniversary, is designed to celebrate local heroes who are making a lasting impact in the community.

“We look forward to our Hometown Heroes award every year as a way to thank those who make it their mission to make the community a better place,” said Trent Kerns, President of Allen & Allen. “Our firm was founded on this type of service and we gain inspiration from the impact makers around us -- the real heroes who give back to Virginia on a daily…

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Motor Vehicle Safety - Driving While Intoxicated in Virginia: A Bad Gamble That's Not Worth It

Author: Christopher J. Toepp, Fredericksburg Car Accident Attorney

As a former Virginia prosecutor, I have seen the negative effects of drunk driving firsthand.[1] Drivers who are intoxicated endanger their own lives as well as the lives of the passengers in their cars, other motorists on the road, bicyclists and pedestrians.

Virginia has some of the most stringent driving under the influence (“DUI”) laws in the nation. Drunk drivers can be, and often are, sentenced to exceedingly long periods of incarceration.[2]  Elected prosecutors have significant political motivations to prosecute DUI offenses to the full extent of the law and thus are exceedingly hesitant…

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Free Sober Ride Home in Charlottesville VA New Year's Eve 2012

The personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen and Charlottesville Yellow Cab are teaming up this New Year's Eve to keep the Charlottesville area streets safe.

Allen & Allen and Charlottesville Yellow Cab will be offering Free Sober Rides Home to patrons from 11:00 PM December 31, 2012 - 3:00 AM January 1, 2013.

Ask for the Free Sober Ride Home when you call Charlottesville Yellow Cab and Allen & Allen will pick up the tab to get you home safely.

To Schedule Cab Rides, Call Charlottesville Yellow Cab at 434-295-4131.

Free cab rides available 11:00 PM December 31, 2012 - 3:00 AM January 1, 2013. Available within a 20 mile radius of the Charlottesville area. Free Rides…

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Free Sober Rides Home in Metro Richmond, VA New Year's Eve 2012

The personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen and Napoleon Taxi are teaming up this New Year's Eve to keep metro Richmond area streets safe.

Allen & Allen and Napoleon Taxi will be offering Free Sober Rides Home to patrons from 11 PM New Year's Eve - 3:00 AM January 1, 2013.

Ask for the Free Sober Ride Home when you call Napoleon Taxi, and Allen & Allen will pick up the tab to get you home safely.

To Schedule Cab Rides, Call Napoleon Taxi at 804-354-8294 or 354-TAXI.

Free cab rides available 11 PM New Year's Eve - 3:00 AM January 1, 2013. Available within the metro Richmond area. Free Rides are only applicable for rides home. Rides to another drinking establishment…

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DRIVING SAFETY: Causes of Road Fatalities and Injuries In Virginia

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

Hundreds of people are killed in car crashes every year throughout the state of Virginia. According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, car wrecks are the leading cause of death for Virginia residents under the age of thirty. While car accidents are caused by a variety of circumstances, there are three factors that contribute to a large number of Virginia highway accidents and death: driver behavior, vehicle safety, and environmental factors.

Highway accidents are frequently caused by drivers' actions. There are many distractions that cause a driver to take his or her attention off the road: talking on a cell phone or texting,…

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A Young Lawyer's View of the Virginia State Bar's 74th Annual Meeting

The Virginia State Bar (VSB) is the organization that licenses and regulates attorneys in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Membership is mandatory for all Virginia attorneys. The Virginia State Bar has an annual meeting every June in Virginia Beach.  To increase involvement of younger attorneys, the Virginia State Bar has a Young Lawyers Conference (YLC).  The YLC is managed by a Board of Governors.  Nathan J. D. Veldhuis, an attorney with the Allen Law Firm, has enjoyed being a member of the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference Board of Governors for the past three years.  Editor's Note. 

Every year since passing the bar examination, I have attended the Virginia State Bar Annual Meeting. The meetings, along with…

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Update: The Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Linked to Steriod Injections

As of November 5, 2012, there have been 409 confirmed cases of fungal meningitis across the country and 10 others who have contracted fungal joint infections.  The death toll has reached 30.  In Virginia, public health officials have announced forty-nine cases and two deaths.

The tainted drugs have been linked to the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, Massachusetts.  Almost all cases have been linked to a preservative-free steroid called methylprednisolone acetate, which is used to treat arthritis and back pain.

Several lawsuits have already been filed against the NECC and its sister company Ameridose in multiple jurisdictions across the country.  One suit in Pennsylvania alleges that the plaintiff contracted…

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Allen & Allen Congratulates the 2013 Virginia Teacher of the Year - Kathryn Galford of Chesapeake

Kathryn B. Galford of Chesapeake was named the 2013 Virginia Teacher of the Year in an evening reception on Friday, October 12, 2012 in Richmond, VA.  She was recognized along with seven other 2013 Regional Teachers of the Year from across the state.  Kathryn Galford is a sixth grade English teacher at Greenbrier Middle School.  She will also be Virginia's nominee for the National Teacher of the Year program by the Council of Chief State School Officers.

The Virginia Teacher of the Year program is dedicated to recognizing top educators from across the Commonwealth and Allen & Allen has been involved with the program for over 10 years.  At the reception, Richmond personal injury attorney R. Clayton Allen presented Kathryn…

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Fungal Meningitis Cases and Deaths in Virginia - Update

10/17/12 Update:  Virginia public health officials announced today that another victim has died, bringing the total number of deaths from fungal meningitis in the state to two.  Thirty-seven Virginia residents have been diagnosed with fungal meningitis.

As of October 17, 2012, 247 people nationwide have been diagnosed with fungal meningitis and 19 have died.

The FDA has identified the drugs believed to be responsible for the outbreak.  The vast majority of the reported cases can be traced to epidural steroid injections of methylprednisolone acetate mixed by the NECC.  However, the FDA has announced it is investigating whether two individuals who have been diagnosed with fungal meningitis may have…

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PEDESTRIAN SAFETY: Virginia Pedestrian Accident Statistics and Safety Tips

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

There were over 1700 pedestrian accidents in the state of Virginia in 2011. When a pedestrian is hit by a car, life threatening injuries or death often occur because the victim doesn't have the protection of being inside a vehicle with air bags or seat belts. In many of these cases, the pedestrian accidents could have been prevented if the drivers had followed some simple safety rules.

Pedestrian accidents can be caused by a wide variety of circumstances. Some of the most common causes of pedestrian accidents include driver distractions such as talking on a cell phone, aggressive driving such as speeding, drivers who are drinking impaired,…

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