The Risks of Routine Surgery

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Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Some of the most common surgeries performed in the United States are tonsillectomies, appendectomies, and cholecystectomies (gallbladder removal).[1]  The fact that surgeons perform these types of procedures every day doesn’t reduce a particular patient’s risk for complications.  According to Dr. Albert Wu, Director of the Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the most common post-surgery complications include bleeding, infection, and damage to nearby tissue.[2]  Though serious complications are rare, there are factors that can increase a patient’s risk.  Having heart, lung, or…

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Meet the Attorneys of Allen & Allen: James Mick Kessel - VIDEO

James Mick Kessel, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

 

 Jamie Kessel has dedicated his career to fighting for the rights of Virginians who have been seriously injured or killed due to the negligence of others. His practice includes cases involving: car wrecks, tractor trailer accidents, wrongful deaths, distracted driving, dog bites and dangerous premises.

 

Jamie is an experienced trial attorney and has handled cases in both state and federal courts throughout the Commonwealth. He enjoys being in court and believes every case he handles should be prepared from the beginning as if it will be tried before a jury. Jamie works primarily in Allen & Allen’s Richmond, Virginia and Short Pump offices.

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Statutes of Limitations

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

You have suffered a personal injury that was not your fault, but you decide that you just don't have the time or energy to contact a lawyer. But don't wait too long, or your claim could be subject to something known as a "statute of imitations."

Statutes of limitations are laws passed by the Virginia Legislature that set strict time limits on how long you have to file a "civil" lawsuit, like a personal injury claim [1]. There are two rules to keep in mind regarding statutes of limitations[2]:

1. The time period starts running down on the date your claim arises or "accrues" (the date of your personal injury); and

2.…

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Meet the Attorneys of Allen & Allen: Paul Christopher Guedri - VIDEO

P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

 

 P. Christopher Guedri is a Partner Emeritus and personal injury attorney with the Allen Law Firm for more than 25 years. Chris has focused his practice primarily on catastrophic injuries and wrongful death cases including trucking accidents, product liability, bus accidents and brain injury litigation.

 

With a broad range of experience handling personal injury cases, he has been able to master complex technical, scientific, and medical information that has made him a strong adversary against the defense. His forceful personality compliments his formidable litigation and negotiating skills, which in turn often results in the insurance companies offering premium settlements…

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The Injuries of Personal Injury Claims: Soft Tissue and Whiplash Injuries

Author: Bob Mertig, Claims Consultant 

Motor vehicle collisions, falls, and other incidents giving rise to personal injury claims can cause a variety of injuries, but certainly the most common injuries are injuries to "soft tissues", including muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. Often referred to generically as "muscle strains and sprains", these injuries are usually caused by the sudden acceleration or deceleration of parts of the body, which results in the sudden stretching or tearing of these soft tissues.

In a motor vehicle crash, when soft tissues are injured along the spine in the neck or back area, this is called a "whiplash injury".[1] In the field of personal injury…

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Meet the Attorneys of Allen & Allen: Robert C. T. Reed - VIDEO

 Robert C. T. Reed is a trial attorney who devotes his practice exclusively to protecting the rights of innocent victims who have been seriously injured through the fault of others.  Rob’s wide array of practice areas includes car accidents, truck accidents, drunk driving accidents, and slip and falls, among others. Rob knows how insurance companies and their lawyers evaluate claims and handle cases, having started his career as an attorney for insurance companies and large corporations defending personal injury cases.  He now uses his insider knowledge to protect the rights of his clients while fighting for the compensation they deserve. Rob aggressively pursues his clients’ claims both in and out of court and his tenacity pays…

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FAQ: Is Auto Insurance Required by Law in Virginia?

Authors: Chris B. Cloude, Claims Consultant & Christopher A. Meyer, Esquire

At the personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen, we are often asked if you are required to buy motor vehicle insurance in Virginia.  Technically, the answer is no.  You are not required to purchase auto insurance on a vehicle you register in Virginia.  However, if you do not purchase auto insurance, you are required to pay an uninsured motorist fee of $500.00 per year.[1]   When you register a motor vehicle, you must indicate if the vehicle is insured or not, and pay the uninsured fee if it is not.  If the vehicle is insured, you must have liability coverage with certain minimum limits.  Liability insurance is there to protect…

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Statute of Limitations in Medical Malpractice Cases in Virginia

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How long do I have to file a medical malpractice suit in Virginia?

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

You went to the doctor for treatment or for some procedure. You believe that the doctor who treated you may have done something wrong that resulted in a worse outcome for you, and may have committed medical malpractice. You decide that you simply don’t have the time or energy right now to consult a lawyer and pursue any claim you have against the doctor, and that you will wait until you feel better to do anything about it.  You should be aware, however, that you should not wait too long, because your claim is subject to a deadline known as a “statute of…

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Safe Driving Tips for the Holidays

R. Clayton Allen, Mechanicsville, Virginia Car Accident Lawyer

Author: R. Clayton Allen, Mechanicsville, Virginia Car Accident Lawyer

With the end of the year holidays upon us, bringing inevitably heavy traffic and , congested highways, a little preparation can help avoid a calamitous and even tragic incident. At this time of year, the roads are full of drivers who are stressed, frustrated, anxious, distracted, or all of these. Here are some suggestions of what you should do before you even leave your house:

PLAN YOUR TRIP: Check traffic reports and weather forecasts before you leave. Bring a paper map, in case your GPS or smartphone are out of range, out of minutes, or out of charge. You may want to have an alternate route planned in advance. PREPARE…

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The Military's New Effort To Understand Traumatic Brain Injury: Take It To The Bank

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

The brain is the body's most complex and important organ. Even minor injuries to the brain can result in massive, often permanent damage and a severe degradation of the victim's quality of life. Despite the brain's importance, it is also the least-understood organ in the human body. The sheer complexity and fragility of the brain makes any research program inherently difficult and frustrating. Brain injuries are often slow to develop and can present many different ways, making the development of a comprehensive system of treatment almost impossible.[1]

Experts may not have a full understanding of the progression and treatment…

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