New Research on Sports Related Concussions in Children & Young Adults

Author: Courtney Van Winkle, Brain Injury Attorney

Recent news reports about a Pop Warner football game in which five children suffered concussions have brought attention to a longstanding and under-appreciated problem in youth contact sports.   In a game played on September 5, 2012, five boys aged 10 to 12 years old were so severely injured that they missed various amounts of school, despite substantial rule changes designed to prevent such injuries instituted only months before by the Pop Warner Football League.[1]   The league officers in attendance and the referees did not enforce the new protective rules; therefore, they received sanctions which included suspensions.

Football has attracted…

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Motor Vehicle Traffic Safety: "HOT Lanes" and "HOV Lanes" Extending South Into Stafford County

Author: David M. Williams, Jr. - Stafford County Personal Injury Attorney 

Work has already begun to extend the express lanes of Interstate 95 all the way south to Garrisonville in Stafford County from Northern Virginia.

High Occupancy and Toll (HOT) lanes, or high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, are express travel lanes that run alongside existing highway lanes and are typically reserved for travelers who are in multi-passenger vehicles or those willing to pay a toll. HOV lanes have been established in the Northern Virginia / DC area for years but now they will extend to Garrisonville in an effort to ease congestion and boost the economy.

Governor Robert McDonnell first announced the ambitious…

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DRIVING SAFETY: Causes of Road Fatalities and Injuries In Virginia

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

Hundreds of people are killed in car crashes every year throughout the state of Virginia. According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, car wrecks are the leading cause of death for Virginia residents under the age of thirty. While car accidents are caused by a variety of circumstances, there are three factors that contribute to a large number of Virginia highway accidents and death: driver behavior, vehicle safety, and environmental factors.

Highway accidents are frequently caused by drivers' actions. There are many distractions that cause a driver to take his or her attention off the road: talking on a cell phone or texting,…

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Halloween Safety Tips

Attorney: Robert C. T. Reed, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

With Halloween fast approaching, soon all manner of ghosts, goblins, fairies, and princesses will be taking to the streets in search of candy.  This fun communal event is exciting for children young and old.  We all know there can be dangers involved with strangers giving out candy, so adults are encouraged to chaperone their children closely during trick-or-treating.  However, there are other avoidable dangers associated with the witch's brew of roaming children, costumes, darkness, drivers, fire-lit jack o'lanterns, and unfamiliar homes.  Most Halloween accidents can be avoided with some preparation and by following a few safety tips.  Parents,…

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Virginia Law: Do I Have a Right to an Appeal of My Civil Case?


Author: Kathleen Smith (Llewellyn-Duncan), Fredericksburg VA Accident Lawyer

Sometimes my personal injury clients ask if they have a right to appeal if they don't like the result at trial.  In Virginia, the answer depends where the case was originally filed and tried.[1]  If the case was tried in General District Court, and you are not satisfied with the verdict, you have an automatic right to appeal your case to the Circuit Court, but you must give the court written notice of your intent to appeal within 10 days of the judgment (usually the date the case was tried).[2]  You may also have to post what is called an appeal bond.  Your case will then be heard in Circuit Court, and you may request a jury trial.


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Jury Selection in a Civil Case in Virginia

Author:  Charles "Litt" Allen, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Our personal injury cases are typically tried in Circuit Courts in our Commonwealth.[1]  Generally civil trials in Circuit Court in Virginia require seven jurors who must agree unanimously on the outcome.[2]

The Constitution provides our right to trial by jury, and jury selection is controlled by statute.  On the day on which jurors have been notified to appear at court, they are selected randomly until a panel of 13 is achieved.[3]  Thereafter, the judge and counsel for either the plaintiff or defendant shall have the right to examine under oath any person called as a juror.  Their questions are intended to ascertain whether such…

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Virginia Traffic Fatalities: Increase for the First Time Since 2007

Author: Scott D. Fitzgerald,  Richmond Car Accident Lawyer

In the year 2007, 1,026 people lost their lives on Virginia highways, the most since the late 1980s.[1]  In reaction, the Commonwealth began several ambitious campaigns to emphasize safety on the highway and minimize driver distractions.[2]  The General Assembly passed new laws with stiffer penalties for drunk drivers and also banning drivers from texting while driving in the Commonwealth.

These efforts bore fruit.  In the three year period from 2008 to 2010, Virginia traffic fatalities decreased each year, with 821 deaths in 2008 and 756 in 2009.  The Commonwealth set a new record low in 2010 with only 740 fatalities.  This was the fewest…

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Malcolm McConnell Named Lawyer of the Year - Best Lawyers 2013 Richmond Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs

September 12, 2012 - The personal injury law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen is proud to announce that Malcolm P. "Mic" McConnell, III has been named Best Lawyers' 2013 Richmond Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year. The honor is an indication of the high level of respect Mic McConnell has earned among other leading lawyers in the Medical Malpractice community for his abilities, professionalism and integrity.

Best Lawyers® began designating "Lawyers of the Year" in high-profile legal practice areas in 2009. The honor is significant because only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year." The winners are selected based…

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Causes of Truck Accidents: When The Trucking Company Operates with Unsafe Drivers

Author: R. Clayton Allen, Richmond Truck Accident Lawyer 

By law, trucking companies are required to hire and train safe, qualified drivers.  When they fail to do so, they become liable for any trucking accident that occurs as a result.

There are many forms of negligence on the part of the trucking company regarding its commercial truck drivers: negligent hiring, negligent supervision, and negligent training, including actions such as:

Hiring drivers without a valid commercial license (CDL) Failing to perform a background check into a driver's safety record Not requiring drug and alcohol testing Failure to fire a driver when he/she fails a drug test Not providing proper training to drivers Forcing…

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The Distracted Driving Epidemic

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Distracted driving occurs when a driver's primary attention is taken away from the essential task of driving a motor vehicle. This common behavior endangers the life of the driver as well as other drivers, passengers and pedestrians.  Unfortunately, distracted driving has risen to epidemic levels on our highways all across the country.   Thousands of car accidentsoccur each year due to this extremely dangerous manner of driving.

Drivers should be focused on the road and be prepared to respond in a split second to unforeseen circumstances that might suddenly arise. When a driver becomes distracted, at least one of these three things…

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