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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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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New penalties for DUI first offenders in Virginia - Virginia Motor Vehicle Laws

By: Kathleen Smith - Fredericksburg Personal Injury Attorney

According to the organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), one person in the U.S. dies in an alcohol related collision every 52 minutes.[1] To combat the tragic consequences of driving while under the influence of alcohol (DUI), Virginia joined 15 other states adopting harsher penalties for first time offenders. Other states that have adopted the new, harsher DUI laws have seen a decrease by as much as 52% in alcohol related deaths, and a reduction in repeat drinking and driving offenses by an average of 67%.[2]

The primary change in Virginia law concerning first time offenders was that, as of July 1, 2012, a conviction requires…

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A Note About Social Media and Juries

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By John G. "Jack" Berry, Charlottesville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Discussions about social media dominate today’s culture. Despite the inherent tendency of our legal system to move slowly in adjusting to cultural trends like this one, it, too, has been required to address issues raised by the pervasive use of social media.

The right to trial by jury is the most fundamental cornerstone of our democracy. We can trace its roots to the earliest days of our republic and across the Atlantic back to medieval England and beyond. While the infringement on the right to a fair and impartial trial before a jury of fellow citizens is often initiated by those in the halls of government and big business,…

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Motorcycle Safety: Reduce Your Risk of Serious Injuries in a Motorcycle Accident

Author. Bridget N.Long - Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

According to the Virginia Highway Safety Office, in 2012, motorcycle riders who were injured made up about 3% of all traffic injuries in Virginia.[1] Unfortunately, motorcycle accidents accounted for over 10% of all traffic fatalities in that same year.[2] When motorcyclists are involved in traffic accidents, the injuries they receive more usually more serious than other motor vehicle operators, and these injuries are more often fatal. The most common injuries from motorcycle accidents are injuries to the brain, the spine, and the internal organs, as well as broken bones (fractures), all of which can be life-threatening. A fracture can be debilitating…

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