2012 Bills Pending Before the Virginia General Assembly: A Digression on Resolutions

Author Melinda H. South, Attorney

Each year, the Virginia General Assembly considers thousands of pieces of legislation and decides whether to pass them into law, table them for further review, or to turn them down.[1] Scrolling through the list of the bills that have been introduced, it is a mystery how so much work will be addressed in such a short period of time.   Even though this year is a "long session" lasting 60 days[2], over a thousand bills to review is still a lot of work!   Rather than discussing some important bill making its way through the General Assembly that will affect the practice of personal injury law which our Firm does, this article will look at two of the resolutions recognizing…

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Automotive Safety: The "Top 10" Safest Cars

Author: Scott D. Fitzgerald, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Whether you're driving or riding in a car, it is important to think about safety:  always drive carefully and wear your seatbelt. However, you can also improve your chances of surviving an accident before you ever get on the road. Although automotive industry safety standards for all vehicles have improved immensely in recent years, some makes and models are still significantly safer than others. Formulated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the following list of the Top Ten Safest Cars[1]was compiled based solely on driver and passenger death rates:

Audi A6 Mercedes Benz E-Class Toyota Sienna Ford Edge Nissan Armada Land…

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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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Do You Have An Emergency Car Kit?

Author: Courtney Van Winkle, Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

I will never forget driving down 64 West after a wonderful weekend at Virginia Beach with my family when suddenly my Ford Explorer became impossible to control. With much difficulty and a racing heart I was able to steer my vehicle off the highway. I did not have a cell phone with me as that was back in the days when I fought the idea of being that connected to the world, especially while on vacation.  My mind changed on that scary day. Cars whizzed by while I stood on the side of the road with 2 small children, a baby, and a shredded tire. I vowed never to be in that position again. Now I am armed with a smart phone and older kids that have…

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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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How much is my personal injury case worth?

Author: Claims Consultant Chris B. Cloude

This is a question I get from just about every client I assist at some point during their personal injury case.   Until a case is ripe for settlement, this question is impossible to answer.  To understand why this is true, it's helpful to understand the general process we go through to determine the value of a case.

Although we are roughly tracking the value of a case throughout a client's medical treatment, this is usually a very rough estimate until the client has been discharged from their care by a doctor. [1] After a client has been released by their doctor, we obtain the final office note and bill from the doctor.  Then I review the entire file with…

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Motorcycle Insurance is Vital Protection if You are Riding

Make sure you have as much available insurance coverage as possible when riding a motorcycle.

Attorney Paul D. Hux

There are two kinds of people that ride motorcycles: those that have been in a wreck and those that are going to be in a wreck.

As personal injury lawyer who handles motorcycle accident cases in the Petersburg area, I have received many calls from people who have been involved in motorcycle wrecks.  Just in the last month, I have spoken with the spouses of two husbands killed in motorcycle crashes and the family of a young man paralyzed from the chest down due to a motorcycle wreck.  What all three accidents have in common is that there was not enough insurance coverage to adequately…

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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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Driving a Car Without Permission - What is Covered by Insurance?

Author: Attorney Christopher A. Meyer

Most people know that their motor vehicle insurance policy covers them for accidents due to their fault when they are driving the car on the policy.  Many of us also sometimes  drive someone else's car.  Do you know whether, when you are operating someone else's vehicle, you are covered by either the insurance on that car or by your own insurance at home on your car - or both?

Under Virginia law the answer is almost always both, provided that the driver has the permission of the owner.  If I own a car, I will of course be covered by my insurance when I am operating it.  But if I lend the car to another person, they will be also be covered because the insurance…

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Complex Regional Pain Syndrome: An Enigmatic Enemy

Author: Attorney P. Christopher Guedri

In my years as a Virginia personal injury attorney I've helped clients with a dizzying array of injuries and medical conditions. It always saddens me when I see someone whose suffering could have been mitigated if their condition had been diagnosed in time.

One client, a State Trooper, fell victim to misfortune and a defective product. After slashing his finger to the bone on a hubcap, he developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome and watched helplessly as his right hand curled and warped into a misshapen claw-like appendage. This injury ended his career as a state trooper.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, or CRPS, is a chronic, progressive disease characterized…

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