New Concussion Laws in Virginia Schools - Effective July 1, 2012

 Author:  Scott D. Fitzgerald, Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

Concussions occur when the brain is jostled inside the skull after a blow to the head or body.  Outward symptoms of a concussion may include the following: temporary loss of consciousness, general confusion, complaints of headaches, amnesia surrounding the traumatic event, dizziness, ringing in the ears, nausea or vomiting, slurred speech, and fatigue.  However, the most significant and dangerous symptom is not as readily detectable.  Concussions can cause swelling of the brain, which can lead to permanent brain damage and even death if left untreated. Some concussions may initially appear minor, but they are a form of traumatic brain injury,…

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Trial Practice: Arguing Amounts for Specific Items of Damages: The Virginia Supreme Court's Decision in WAKOLE v. BARBER

On March 2, 2012, the Virginia Supreme Court issued a very important decision addressing whether, in a personal injury case, a plaintiff or their attorney  may argue, in closing argument, specific dollar amounts for each element of damages listed in Virginia Model Jury Instruction No. 9.000.  A Virginia statute allowed a plaintiff or their attorney to tell a jury a specific amount that the plaintiff wanted for a total verdict.  Certain elements of the damages already have an amount -- for instance, the amount of the medical bills and the amount of the lost earnings - and a plaintiff was allowed to ask for those.  However, other items of damages do not -- for example, physical pain, emotional suffering, inconvenience, etc. - and…

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Why are Medical Malpractice Cases so Difficult? (And so Expensive?)

Author: Malcolm P. "Mic" McConnell, III - Virginia Medical Malpractice Lawyer

 As the lead attorney of the Allen Medical Malpractice Team, I enjoy being able to answer questions and serve as a resource for the community.  Of course, I especially enjoy helping  people who are wondering whether they have legitimate medical malpractice claims.  Each time I am contacted by a potential client, I am able to rely on my experience and judgment to counsel them about their potential claims, and each time I must  make my own choice about whether or not a particular case should be pursued.  Obviously, I have an obligation to limit my practice to cases with merit and to cases which I believe are likely to succeed.


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Allen & Allen Awarded 2nd Place in the 2012 Legal Food Frenzy Benefiting Virginia Food Banks

This year Allen & Allen attorneys and staff donated 38,573 pounds of food securing 2nd Place for Most Pounds Raised Per Capita in the Large Firm Category in the 6th Annual Legal Food Frenzy. The Legal Food Frenzy is a friendly annual competition among Virginia law firms to raise food and monetary donations for the Central Virginia Food Bank.

This year's contribution brings Allen and Allen's total donations over five years to 135,230 pounds of food. Legal Food Frenzy donations make up the single largest annual contribution to FeedMore, a nonprofit coalition that includes Community Kitchen, Meals on Wheels, and the Central Virginia Food Bank.

The Central Virginia Food Bank has been aiding Virginia residents for more…

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Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen Sponsors FREE Sober Rides Home from Innsbrook After Hours 2012

The personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen, one of Virginia's oldest and largest personal injury law firms, announced today FREE Sober Rides Home from the 2012 Innsbrook After Hours concert series. This community initiative is a continuation of Allen & Allen's 2011 Sober Ride Home program designed to keep Greater Metro Richmond area streets safe.

Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen will provide a FREE Sober Ride Home to anyone leaving Innsbrook After Hours ( summer concert series beginning May 9, 2012 in Greater Metro Richmond, Virginia. Innsbrook After Hours 2012 schedule will include Bruce Hornsby…

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Bankruptcy and Personal Injury Claims

How bankruptcy could affect your personal injury case

Author: Attorney J. David Douthit

[Neither the author nor the firm of Allen & Allen practices bankruptcy law or advises clients in bankruptcy matters.  This article is intended only to give an overview of personal injury law practice as it is affected by bankruptcy.  - Editor's note.]

A recent decision by the Virginia Supreme Court, Kocher v. Campbell, 282 Va 113 (2011),[1] has significant implications for personal injury claims.  In that case, the plaintiff was injured in a car accident.  Approximately a year and a half after the car accident, and before filing a personal injury lawsuit, the plaintiff filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petition. …

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2012 Allen & Allen Hometown Heroes Call for Nominations

The personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen announced today that it is seeking nominations for its annual Hometown Heroes award. The award, which was formed in 2010 to honor the firm's centennial anniversary, is designed to applaud local hometown heroes that give back to their community on a daily basis.

Nominations for the Allen & Allen Hometown Heroes campaign will be accepted from April 16, 2012 to May 25, 2012. The public is asked to visit, to complete a short nomination form.  "We are thankful for the people who make…

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Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen Announces New Executive Committee and President

The Virginia personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen has elected the following officers as members of the firm's Executive's Committee: President Trent S. Kerns, Edward L. Allen, and Jason W. Konvicka.

Newly elected president Trent Kerns, who joined Allen & Allen in 1992, manages the law firm's Chesterfield office. He is one of the firm's 14 partners - seven of whom are Allen family members. Kerns has over 25 years experience litigating personal injury cases in Virginia.

Allen & Allen has been representing Virginians in their personal injury legal claims for over 100 years.  The firm currently has 23 attorneys who handle wrongful death cases as well as personal injury cases involving motor vehicle…

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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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The Grand Jury in Virginia

Author: Attorney Tammy S. Ruble

The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads:

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just…

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