Important Documents to Protect You and Your Loved Ones

Tara L. Umbrino, Stafford, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Tara Tighe, Stafford, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Although having important documents like a will 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.  

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 to?  All of that can be stated in a will. For parents, one…

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Asleep at the Wheel: The Facts About Fatigued Driving

Christopher J. Toepp, Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Christopher J. Toepp - Fredericksburg Personal Injury Lawyer

We live in a fast-paced world. Whether it’s working overtime, staying up late to finish a project, or socializing with friends, studies suggest that long days and restless nights are common for most of us. The National Sleep Foundation (“NSF”) estimates that millions of Americans suffer from “self-imposed sleep deprivation.”[1]

Most of us know that sleep-deprived drivers create serious and potentially deadly car accidents on America’s roadways. A lesser known fact is that fatigued driving has reached almost epidemic proportions in today’s society.

The NSF survey reveals that 36 percent of Americans drive drowsy…

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Choosing an Attorney for Your Truck Accident or Tractor Trailer Accident Case

P. Christopher Guedri, Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Attorney P. Christopher Guedri

The choice of a truck accident attorney is a serious decision that can have major implications on your case and your future. But in our modern world, advertising permeates our lives and it seems as though every firm claims you are surely doomed if you choose another to handle your case. How then, should you make an informed decision about the law firm that can best serve your interests and protect your rights?


By judging each law firm you consider on these four simple criteria, you can select an attorney who will best work for you:

1) Experience

When it comes to personal injury law, there is no substitute for years in the courtroom.…

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Trucking Accidents: Why Prompt Investigation is Essential

Trent S. Kerns, Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Trent Kerns, Personal Injury Attorney

Prompt investigation is important in every kind of accident, but is especially critical in obtaining a satisfactory settlement or an excellent jury verdict in a tractor trailer accident case.

Under Virginia law, the injured party, called the plaintiff, has the burden of proving how and why his accident happened. If the injured party cannot do this, he cannot win his case. The person who caused the accident can remain silent; they have no obligation to present evidence or a defense of any kind at trial as to the accident's cause. This may not seem fair, but it is a fact the injured plaintiff and their tractor trailer accident attorney must live with.


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I Was Injured in a Hit-and-Run Collision: What’s Next?

Abbigale B. Fredrick, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Abbigale Fredrick, Personal Injury Attorney

Being involved in a motor vehicle accident can be an overwhelming and frightening experience, even when the other driver acts lawfully[1] and stops to exchange information with you. But what about the driver who hits your car and then drives away? 

If you are the victim of a hit and run accident, you may be feeling helpless and confused about your rights and responsibilities. The advice of an experienced attorney can help you understand your rights and seek justice from an individual who hits your vehicle, causes you injury, and then flees the scene. 

There are some simple steps you should take immediately if you are involved in…

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Important Documents to Update and Organize for the New Year

David M. Williams, Personal Injury Attorney

Author: David M. Williams, Stafford Personal Injury Attorney

Whether you want to make annual tax preparation a breeze or you’re preparing for an emergency, having an up-to-date set of important documents neatly filed and stored in a safe place is a great way to start the year off right.

The number of documents needing attention may seem overwhelming at first, but they can be easily tackled when sorted into groups and reviewed a few at a time.

These steps provide a simple plan to help you get started:

Build a Comprehensive List of Names, Addresses, and Phone Numbers

This may seem like an odd or unnecessary first step, but a list of resources could be an invaluable tool…

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Should I Try to Settle My Case Without an Attorney?

Richard C. Armstrong, Charlottesville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Richard C. Armstrong, Charlottesville Personal Injury Attorney

Sometimes I get asked if an injured person really needs an attorney to handle their case.  The internet is full of all kinds of advice about how to “do it yourself” and settle your own claim.  Most people who try to navigate the process on their own eventually discover that handling a personal injury case is far too complicated to manage without an attorney—or worse, they settle their case without knowing how much money they left on the table. 

Here are just a few of the reasons why you should work with an attorney if you are injured in a crash:

If the person who injured you has no insurance or minimal insurance…

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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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