Common Head Injuries in the NFL

Author: Edward L. Allen, Personal Injury Attorney, Fredericksburg, Virginia

America’s national pastime has been under increased scrutiny over the past couple of years, from complaints over team names to controversies over head injuries among its players. It was the relatively recent string of suicides among NFL veterans that prompted a closer examination of football safety practices, eventually culminating in a number of lawsuits filed against both the NFL and the NCAA. Many hope that this will lead to a better understanding of head injuries and a clearer focus on player safety.

There is no denying that football is, and always will be, a highly physical sport. Player collisions are an inescapable…

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General Motors Recalls: A Full List of Recalled Vehicles

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Personal Injury Attorney, Richmond and Short Pump VA

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

As of July 22nd, General Motors has recalled 27 million cars, trucks and SUV’s in 2014. The number of cars recalled has surpassed the number of vehicles GM sold in the past five years.

Allen & Allen is currently investigating claims for people who were injured or killed in accidents involving GM vehicles that were recently recalled. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident involving one of those vehicles, please contact us today for a free consultation at 866-388-1307. 

Here is a list of the General Motors recalled vehicles to date in 2014:

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Should I Submit My Accident-Related Medical Bills To My Health Insurance Company? The Answer is Always Yes

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

One of the most common questions asked by a new client is: should I use my own health insurance to pay my medical bills.  The answer is always yes.  People who have been injured through no fault of their own are often confused about who should pay their accident-related medical bills.  One source of this confusion is that emergency room personnel or doctors treating injured people may ask for car insurance information if they know their patient was injured in an automobile accident.  Other times, injured people don’t think it is fair that their health insurance should pay for harm caused by someone else.  Regardless of the source of the confusion,…

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Worst Times to Check into a Hospital

Author: Malcolm P. McConnell III, Medical Malpractice Lawyer, Richmond VA

If you’ve scheduled a surgery or other procedure that requires hospitalization, you most likely have a lot of things to worry about: you might be worried about the risk that your hospital stay results in unforeseen complications; you might have concerns regarding the quality of care you will receive; you might have even started thinking about your options for post-hospital care. One thing you probably haven’t given much thought to, however, is how the date of your surgery might affect your risk of developing surgical post-surgical complications.

A recent study conducted by researchers at the University Medicine Berlin shows…

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GM Recall Continues to Grow

Jason W. Konvicka, Personal Injury Lawyer, Richmond VA

Allen & Allen is currently investigating claims for people who were injured or killed in accidents involving GM vehicles that were recently recalled due to defective ignition switches. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident involving one of those vehicles, please contact us today for a free consultation at 866-388-1307. 

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Personal Injury Lawyer, Richmond VA 

The GM recall continues to grow, with the company announcing six new recalls involving 8.4 million more vehicles worldwide. These vehicles were found to have had the same problems as the earlier recalled vehicles, namely faulty ignition switches. Additionally,…

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New Law Affecting Cyclists in Virginia: Effective July 1

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Short Pump VA, Personal Injury Attorney

As biking grows in popularity in cities across Virginia, so does the number of accidents involving cyclists. Bike accidents are often very one-sided, resulting in irreparable damage to the bicycle and serious injury to the cyclist. And, though some people are quick to blame the cyclists in these situations, it is all of our responsibility to be aware of our surroundings, share the roads, and help make Virginia a safer place for bicyclists and motorists alike. The Virginia Legislature has recognized the risks that cyclists face on the roads, and has passed a new law aimed at reducing these risks and keeping cyclists safe.

Effective…

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Tips for a Fun and Safe Fourth of July

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Short Pump VA Personal Injury Attorney

A gathering by the pool, a backyard barbeque and, at the end of the night, the all-important fireworks show. The Fourth of July is one of our most appreciated and cherished holidays, but the very traditions that make this holiday such a fun event also create serious safety hazards. Fireworks in the hands of untrained amateurs have a breathtaking potential for tragedy and destruction. Large gatherings at pools or other bodies of water can be very dangerous for less experienced swimmers. The dry summer heat increases the likelihood of fire when grilling or cooking outdoors. Swimming, grilling and watching a fireworks display are great…

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THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIETAL IMPACT OF MOTOR VEHICLE CRASHES: $871 BILLION ACCORDING TO NEW STUDY

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

The United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) released a new study, “The Economic and Societal Impact of Motor Vehicle Crashes, 2010,” on May 28, 2014 that examines the  financial impact car accidents have in America.[1] According to the study, the price tag for car accidents on America’s roads and highways is a staggering $871 billion.

In arriving at this figure, the NHTSA study analyzed data from 2010. That year, 32,999 people were killed, 3.9 million people were injured, and 24 million vehicles were destroyed in automobile crashes in the United States. Economic…

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How Long Will it Take? Factors That Affect the Timeframe of a Virginia Personal Injury Claim

Author: Bridget N. Long, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Most people who are injured through no fault of their own are unfamiliar with personal injury claims. In the aftermath of an accident, these claims can often be complicated, confusing and overwhelming. After a thorough consultation discussing the facts of the accident, the injuries sustained and the medical treatment plan going forward, the most frequent question new clients have is how long it will take before the claim can be resolved. Unfortunately, as every personal injury claim is unique and the insurance company plays an important role in resolution, there is no definitive answer to this question. The following factors all affect the duration…

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Mature Driving Bill Dies in Senate

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

 A transportation related bill that sought to impose new and stricter driver’s license renewal standards on Virginia’s “mature” population, failed in the Virginia State Senate on January 29, 2014.

 Current law requires a Virginia driver who is 80 years of age or older at the time their license expires to renew their license in person at a local Department of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”) office, pass a vision test and, in certain situations,  take and pass a written test about the rules of the road.[1] Senate Bill 180, introduced by Sen. Jeffrey L. McWaters (Republican – Virginia Beach), would have made the following changes to the…

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