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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Allen & Allen ranks in the Best Attorney category - Best Of C-ville 2011

August 19, 2011 - Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen ranks in the "Best Attorney" category for C-ville Weekly readers.C-Ville Weekly has released their annual Best Of issue featuring the "best" local services, restaurants and retail in the Valley according to a vote by their readers.

C-ville Weekly will honor the Best Of "Class of 2011" at an event Friday August 19, 2011. The party will also recognize the winners of the 2011 Allen & Allen Hometown Heroes who will be featured and introduced at the celebration. The Allen Law firm is sponsoring FREE Sober Rides Home for the Best Of C-ville party, with over 1000 expected in attendance, through Wahooptie Taxi.

For decades,…

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Virginia State Bar 73RD Annual Meeting: The Young Lawyer's Conference

Every year, the Virginia State Bar[1] holds its Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach in June, and attorneys from around the state gather to meet, discuss legal issues, and go to Continuing Legal Education[2] seminars.   I have attended the Annual Meeting every year since passing the bar examination and receiving my license.   The Annual Meeting features several events sponsored by the Young Lawyers Conference (YLC) which is comprised of new and young lawyers. While the YLC programs are always well-organized, this year's meeting was especially noteworthy due to the impressive number, and quality, of events the YLC hosted during the weekend. These activities included a 5K "Run In the Sun" along the boardwalk, a poolside reception at…

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Out of Your Vehicle, Out of the Vet's Office: Keeping Your Pets Healthy in the Summer

Author:  Attorney Kathleen Smith (Llewellyn-Duncan)

Most pet owners consider their cute companions to be a part of their families.  I certainly feel this way about my two big dogs, a Great Dane and a Mastiff, and for this reason I would never leave them unattended in the car while I run errands in the sweltering Virginia summer heat.  As a friendly reminder during the warm weather, and as a fellow animal lover, please remember to consider the following information if you take your furry friends in the car.

Most responsible pet owners know that an animal shouldn't be left in a car in the extreme heat; however, you might not be aware that even moderate temperatures outside can be dangerous to an…

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The High Cost of Delay in Tractor Trailer and Trucking Accident Cases

  Author: Attorney P. Christopher Guedri

Large truck accidents and tractor trailer accidents leave death and devastation in their wake, and in the midst of grief it can be very difficult to know what to do next. You may be wondering if you need an attorney to represent your interests and protect your rights. Tractor trailer accidents come with complications a cut above those associated with a normal accident, and most people find that they do in fact need an attorney to help them understand their legal position. You can rest assured that the trucking company will have experienced legal representation, and if you do not seek counsel from a truck accident lawyer you may find yourself at a distinct disadvantage.


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Secondary Brain Trauma: A Silent Killer

 Author: Attorney P. Christopher Guedri

It can happen in an instant. A puddle you never saw, a ball that bounced the wrong way, or a moment of inattention behind the wheel and you are forced to deal with a serious head trauma. Few things are more frightening than hearing that a loved one has suffered this type of injury. Parents drop everything and rush to schools, spouses hurry to hospitals, and entire families wait and pray. Only to find that most of the time, the victim is alright. A little shaken up and perhaps a bit confused, but starting to feel better and ready to go home. Whew. The crisis is over, right? Wrong.

When a person experiences a head trauma the head decelerates so fast that the…

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Distracted Driving and Young Drivers

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

With summer in full swing there are plenty of young drivers on the road enjoying their new found freedom.  As the number of young drivers increases, unfortunately so does the risk of automobile accidents.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the leading causes of teen car crashes are driver inexperience, alcohol and drug use, driving in inclement weather, risky behavior such as speeding, and driver distractions in the car.

When one mentions distracted driving, texting and driving immediately comes to mind.  Under Virginia law, Code § 46.2-1078.1, it is unlawful to operate a moving motor vehicle…

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Richmond Ranks as 20th Most Dangerous City in America for Pedestrians

 Author: Attorney Courtney A. Van Winkle

Richmond residents may be pleased to learn that their city has been nationally ranked as one of the Top Ten Best Cities to Find a Job[1], a Top 25 Best City for New College Grads[2], and The Best Small City of the Future[3]. They may also be dismayed to discover that Richmond has ranked near the top of another list, as the 20th most dangerous city in America for pedestrians. [4]

Pedestrian accidents have been a major problem in America for decades, accounting for nearly 10% of all automobile-related fatalities. Since 2000, more than 47,700 pedestrians have been killed, the equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing every month. In Richmond alone the death toll has…

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