Medical Issues: The Symptoms of Traumatic Brain Injury - What to Look For

For decades, the brain injury attorneys at the law firm of Allen & Allen have worked with clients who have suffered brain injuries caused by the negligence of others. Often these injuries are a result of falls, as a result of product defects, from car, motorcycle, or truck accidents, or from a myriad of other circumstances. Each year, approximately 1.5 million Americans suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI) of some degree. 1 Because many of our clients have sustained this type of injury, our attorneys are accustomed to seeing the many and varied causes and manifestations of traumatic brain injury.

Of course, we are not physicians, and we do not diagnose brain injuries. However, we try to remain alert to…

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100 Hometown Heroes- Brought to you by the personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen

As the Virginia personal injury law firm of Allen and Allen celebrates its 100 year anniversary, we are thankful for the communities we serve and for the everyday heroes who make this a great place to live. This year we are honoring 100 Home Town Heroes. Do you know a hero? Let's hear it for your neighbor, your friend, your co-worker or your relative. The person who has made a difference in your community and your life.

Click to nominate your Hometown Hero between April 19 - May 7, 2010.

100 Hometown Heroes will be selected and recognized in your community. Award winners will be notified by May 17, 2010. All 100 Hometown Heroes will be announced on June 16, 2010. Application Deadline: Friday, May 7, 2010. Applications…

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History of Charlottesville, VA and Albemarle County

 

To better serve clients in the Piedmont region and the Valley, the personal injury law firm Allen, Allen, Allen and Allen opened its Charlottesville branch on March 17, 2008. The office is located in the former Charlottesville Veterinary Hospital on Route 29 in the Rio Hill Center across from Lowes.

Charlottesville and the surrounding Albemarle County are home to over 134,400 residents and are located about 110 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., and about 70miles west of Richmond. According to the county website, Albemarle County is one of the most attractive and desirable locations in Virginia, with excellent school systems, low crime and unemployment rates.Albemarle County and the City of…

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Head Injuries - You Can't Be Too Cautious

Author: Attorney Courtney Van Winkle

The caller ID on my cell phone showed the call was coming from the middle school. It was only 1 o'clock in the afternoon and my heart skipped a beat. I stepped out of a meeting to retrieve the call. As soon as I heard the nurse's voice, my son's name and the words head injury, my mind darted to the recent tragic death of Natasha Richardson. A brain injury with no immediate visible signs of injury claimed her life within days. I instantly thought of the many clients I've worked with who suffered traumatic brain injuries, the face of the 7-year-old boy struck by a van who still struggles, the doctor involved in a motorcycle accident who could no longer operate, and the mother of three…

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Contributory Negligence: A Trap for the Unwary Claimant

It's often been said, and with good reason, that the contributory negligence defense is "an insurance company's dream" and plaintiff's "worst nightmare." Under the common law doctrine of contributory negligence, there is no comparison of fault between the wrongdoer and the injured person. If the injured person is even 1% at fault in a way that significantly contributes to cause the injury, the injured person loses. Technically, this prohibits an injured person from making a recovery from an accident claim even if the other person (the defendant) is 99% responsible for causing the accident.

For example, let's say that the defendant was driving on a one-way road the wrong way, and the plaintiff, a pedestrian, was walking…

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Virginia Boating Safety: New Required Operator Licenses and Education

Summary by: Robert L. Mertig

As summer approaches, it's important to be aware of recent changes in the boating laws in Virginia pertaining to the operation of personal water craft (PWC) such as Jet Skis and motorboats. These changes include a schedule of required licenses and boating safety instruction that begin to take effect this summer. Over the next few years, eventually all users of PWC will be required to have licenses and take courses to obtain these licenses.

By July 1, 2009, all operators younger than 21 and are operating a PWC of 10 horsepower or more will be required to have a license. If you have a PWC like this and are in this age group, you should sign up now for a class, so you get your license…

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Securing Witness Information After an Accident

Author: Chris Cloude

You are driving to the grocery store taking your time and following your normal route. As you approach an intersection, the stoplight is green and you proceed into the intersection. Out of the corner of your eye you see a flash, and your car is hit on the passenger side.

A few days later, an adjuster calls you from the insurance company for the person that hit you. The adjuster informs you that the insurance company is denying your claim from your auto accident because their insured says they had the green light, not you.

This story is one we hear almost every day. Without other witnesses, often there is not much that can be done to make a recovery. If the insurance company won't discuss…

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Safety Myth or Reality --Are Teenage Drivers at a Higher Risk for Crashes and Fatalities?

 

We frequently hear in the local news about automobile crashes and fatalities involving teenage drivers. Are teenage drivers involved in accidents more than other age groups ? Recently I had the opportunity to study reports from Virginia Commonwealth University Transportation Safety Training Center-Crash Investigative Team. The reports provide a comparison of crash frequencies and causes are examined to explore reasons why and what possible remedial actions can be taken to reduce these problems. In review of one report entitled Special Report #14: Special Report on Young Drivers Involved in Fatal Crashes(January 2001), I found that not only are teenage drivers involved in more accidents with fatalities, there also appears…

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Chesterfield Personal Injury Law Firm Relocates to Hull Street and 288

The law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen is pleased to announce the relocation of the Chesterfield office to 6123 Harbourside Centre Loop, Midlothian, VA 23112. The newly constructed office is located west of Interstate 288 in the Harbourside Centre shopping plaza on Hull Street Road next to Glory Days Grill.

Almost 20 years ago, Allen & Allen opened its first Chesterfield branch on Route 360 near Courthouse Road in Rockwood Park. Since then, Allen & Allen attorneys and their experienced staff have handled over one thousand personal injury cases for residents of South Richmond and Chesterfield. As the years have passed, Chesterfield has become one of the fastest growing counties in the United States, and Metropolitan…

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