GPS Tracking Devices and the Right to be Free From Unreasonable Searches

Author: Christopher A. Meyer,  Mechanicsville Personal Injury Attorney

The 4th Amendment to the Constitution of The United States reads as follows:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Although there are exceptions, the general rule is that a person - as well as his house, papers and effects - cannot be searched by law enforcement unless a warrant has been obtained. To…

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What is Arbitration and is it Right for my Case?

By: Scott D. Fitzgerald, Richmond Accident Attorney

Arbitration is a form of alternative dispute resolution.  Instead of litigating in court, parties submit the claim to an independent third party (an "arbitrator") who acts as judge and decides the outcome of the case.  There are advantages and disadvantages to arbitration.  Your attorney can help you decide if arbitration is appropriate for your case and, if so, when.  There are also many different ways an arbitration can be structured.  If arbitration is appropriate for your case, your attorney can help negotiate the best type of arbitration for your case.

Arbitration involves submitting information to the arbitrator to help him decide the case. …

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2012 Bills Pending Before the Virginia General Assembly: A Digression on Resolutions

Author Melinda H. South, Attorney

Each year, the Virginia General Assembly considers thousands of pieces of legislation and decides whether to pass them into law, table them for further review, or to turn them down.[1] Scrolling through the list of the bills that have been introduced, it is a mystery how so much work will be addressed in such a short period of time.   Even though this year is a "long session" lasting 60 days[2], over a thousand bills to review is still a lot of work!   Rather than discussing some important bill making its way through the General Assembly that will affect the practice of personal injury law which our Firm does, this article will look at two of the resolutions recognizing…

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Automotive Safety: The "Top 10" Safest Cars

Author: Scott D. Fitzgerald, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Whether you're driving or riding in a car, it is important to think about safety:  always drive carefully and wear your seatbelt. However, you can also improve your chances of surviving an accident before you ever get on the road. Although automotive industry safety standards for all vehicles have improved immensely in recent years, some makes and models are still significantly safer than others. Formulated by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the following list of the Top Ten Safest Cars[1]was compiled based solely on driver and passenger death rates:

Audi A6 Mercedes Benz E-Class Toyota Sienna Ford Edge Nissan Armada Land…

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Allen & Allen Offering Free Consultation in Yaz* Related Cases

 If you used the birth control pill Yaz* and had a blot clot leading to a pulmonary embolism, deep vein thrombosis or stroke, you should be aware that the national Judge handling this litigation has ordered the manufacturer to come to the bargaining table to work out a settlement for the victims.

Yaz* includes Yasmin, Beyaz, Gianvi, Loryna, Ocella, Syeda and Zarah.

The law firm of Allen & Allen is investigating claims arising from patients taking Yaz*, and helping those recipients who have valid claims.  Contact our product liability attorneys for a free consultation by calling 866-388-1307. We work on a contingency fee basis so you will pay nothing up front.

About the Author: Richmond, VA personal injury…

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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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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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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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Why Clients Choose Allen, Allen, Allen and Allen - A Virginia Personal Injury Law Firm

Author: Attorney Charles L Allen

People are occasionally surprised to learn why most of our clients come to the Allen Law firm and seek our personal injury attorneys to represent them.

While it is true that people select our law firm to represent them for personal injury claims for a variety of reasons, one reason stands out.  Most people tell us they chose Allen and Allen because a former or present client of our law firm recommended us to them.  People don't plan to be in accidents, so usually they find themselves unexpectedly in need of an attorney to represent them for their injuries.  Since the Allen Law Firm handles only personal injury claims on behalf of innocently injured victims, we…

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Edward Allen to be VTLA president - A Virginia Lawyers Weekly Article

Allen to be VTLA president By Alan Cooper; Published: April 8, 2011 Source: http://valawyersweekly.com/blog/2011/04/08/allen-to-be-vtla-president/   Edward L. Allen brings family and history with him to the presidency of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association.   His grandfather was the first president of the association. His father started its political action committee. A cousin and a brother have served as president.   Allen is proud of that history, but he's looking forward rather than backward. He says his goal for his tenure is to address VTLA's future by developing a long-range strategic plan.   A committee has been formed and a professional facilitator hired for what he says will be "a top-to-bottom review."   Not…

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