What the Insurance Claim Rep Won't Tell You About Your Personal Injury Claim

David M. Williams, Personal Injury Attorney

 Author: David Williams, Stafford, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Claim representatives for the insurance carriers are professionals who are experts at what they do. The claims representative[1] for the liability insurance company is a trained professional whose job is to have your claim cost the insurance company as little as possible. That means your compensation may be a small percentage of what is considered a "fair and reasonable" settlement amount.

If you are hurt and unrepresented, and not familiar with personal injury claims, the hardball tactics used by some claims representatives can leave you feeling dazed and confused. You are likely to feel that you are being taken advantage…

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Did an Accident Exacerbate or Aggravate your Pre-Existing Medical Condition?

Richard C. Armstrong, Charlottesville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

 Author: Richard C. Armstrong, Charlottesville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Sometimes people injured in an accident think they don't have a claim if their injuries consist of an aggravation of a medical condition or injury that they already had before the motor vehicle collision occurred. However, that's not the law in Virginia or in most other states. 

How Does the Law Protect Me If I Have a Pre-Existing Condition?

In Virginia, the law takes a very practical view of new injuries to those with pre-existing conditions. You are entitled to recover for the extent of the aggravation, but you cannot recover for the pre-existing condition itself. 

In the model instruction that is read…

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Five Myths about “Slip and Fall” Injury Cases

Bridget N. Long, Petersburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Bridget N. Long, Petersburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Serious injuries can occur from even a simple fall. The effects of serious injury from the result of a fall can be devastating. If the fall occurs on someone else’s property, you may wonder whether the property owner should be responsible for your bills and other losses. The answer is not as simple as you may think it is. 

“Slip and fall” injuries occur for many different reasons, such as when floors are wet or slippery due to spills, rain, snow and ice, or cleaning. They can occur when floors or steps are defective, or when items are misplaced and tripped over.

Do I have a “slip and fall” injury case?

Many people…

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Referring Attorneys and working with Allen & Allen

David M. Williams, Jr., Stafford Personal Injury Attorney

Author: David M. Williams, Jr., Stafford Personal Injury Attorney

At the personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen, we are proud to have a long history of handling cases referred to us by attorneys from across Virginia and the United States. We have successfully concluded, whether by trial or settlement, thousands of cases for other attorneys who have placed in us the confidence and trust to handle their client’s cases.

Our History

Allen & Allen is the oldest and largest law firm specializing in plaintiff personal injury and medical malpractice cases in Virginia. Since its founding in 1910, the Allen Law Firm has been committed to aggressive advocacy for the rights of…

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Meet The Attorneys of Allen & Allen: Danielle M. Bringard - VIDEO

Danielle M. Bringard

Since joining Allen & Allen, Danielle Bringard has shown a high-level of empathy for her clients. Danielle has a rich theater background, and she brings this confidence and poise to her role as an advocate for the injured. She was a victim of a motor vehicle accident herself, and she uses this experience often to connect with her clients.

As a coach for undergraduate students in the University of Richmond Mock Trial Program, Danielle teaches trial skills and leads these students as they compete across the nation. Meet the attorney clients describe as trustworthy and thorough. Meet Danielle Bringard. 

 

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Medicare - The "Super Duper" Lien: Can Your Plaintiff's Attorney Handle the Liability Insurance Company and the Federal Government at Settlement Time?

Trent S. Kerns, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Trent S. Kerns, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Since July 1, 2009, a change in Medicare law[1] has made it more difficult for claimants, plaintiffs, and defendants to settle personal injury claims. Now, more than ever, an  injured claimant needs to retain an experienced plaintiff attorney who can embrace these new procedures and maneuver through them so that the claimants' Medicare rights and benefits are protected while getting them the best possible settlement in a timely manner.

What, you might ask, does Medicare have to do with a personal injury claim? Medicare is a federal program that pays for a portion of medical expenses and hospitalizations for people who are eligible.…

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Meet The Attorneys of Allen & Allen: Derrick L. Walker - VIDEO

Derrick L. Walker

Derrick Walker started his legal career in 2000 as a defense attorney, working on behalf of insurance companies and major corporations. In 2004, Derrick shifted the focus of his practice and began representing individuals who had been hurt or injured due to the negligence of another. Since then, Derrick has proven himself an accomplished and determined trial attorney who keeps his clients' interests at the forefront.

 

Derrick has represented clients in a wide range of federal and state court cases, consistently winning favorable outcomes at the negotiation table and in the courtroom. Highlights of his achievements include a $4.5 million award in a tractor trailer collision case, multiple million-dollar…

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The Personal Injury Recipe: Liability (Part 1 of 3)

Christopher J. Toepp, Fredericksburg, VA, Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Christopher J. Toepp, Fredericksburg, VA, Personal Injury Attorney

At the outset of each lawsuit, I tell my clients that, in the broadest sense, every Virginia personal injury claim consists of three components: liability, damages and insurance coverage. These are the ingredients necessary for success in the personal injury process. As my initial meeting unfolds, I go into more detail about the individual considerations that are contained within each of these three broad categories. If the facts and circumstances are deficient in any one of the three, there may be a major obstacle in the path to obtaining full and fair financial recovery. This article is the first in a three-part series exploring…

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What is Medical Malpractice?

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Author: Malcolm P. "Mic" McConnell, III, Richmond, VA Medical Malpractice Attorney

I am often invited to speak to physicians and other professionals and laymen about medical malpractice issues. On such occasions, I share the same information I provide to every client who seeks my advice and assistance with a potential medical malpractice claim: I define "medical malpractice" for them. However, I have found that the best way to tell people what medical malpractice IS, is to tell them what medical malpractice is NOT.

Medical malpractice is NOT that a doctor made a mistake. Doctors are human. They are not all-knowing, they are not all-powerful, and they are not perfect. They are "allowed"…

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Important Documents to Protect You and Your Loved Ones

Tara L. Umbrino, Stafford, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Tara L. Umbrino, Stafford, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Although having important documents, like wills, is not something we typically think about, everyone should have documents like these in place to protect you and the people you love in case something happens to you.  You should consider having some of the following documents.

What is a Will?

A Will is probably the document that we are most familiar with.  It states what you want to happen to your money and belongings when you pass away.  Is there someone in particular who should have your great-grandfather’s pocket watch?  Who will take care of your dog?  Is there a charity or organization you would like to donate…

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