The Discovery Process in Personal Injury Cases

Tara L. Umbrino, Stafford, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Tara L. Umbrino, Stafford, VA Personal Injury Attorney

For those who are not familiar with litigation, the process of taking legal action may seem mysterious. Many of us have heard the term “discovery” on TV shows, but what does it really mean

If you’re injured in an accident and your attorney files a complaint, you have the facts from one side of the story – yours.  But we know that there’s more than one side to any story.  In a civil case (where one person sues another person or company, for example, seeking compensation for injuries resulting from a car crash, or from slipping and falling, or in a divorce case),  discovery is the process that entitles the parties in the case…

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Why You Should Hire a Personal Injury Attorney - VIDEO

David M. Irvine, Charlottesville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: David M. Irvine, Charlottesville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

A driver who has been injured through no fault of his or her own in an automobile collision often will be contacted by the insurance company for the at-fault party very soon after the accident occurs. The insurance adjuster will gather information about the individual’s injuries, and may make a settlement offer to quickly resolve the case.  I have found that some injured people question why they need a personal injury lawyer to represent them with their claim when they have already established a relationship with the adjuster, may already have received an offer of compensation, and feel that they can simply deal with the insurance company…

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Why We Call Richmond Home

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

In 1910, my grandfather, George E. Allen began a one man law firm in Lunenberg County, Virginia. Over twenty years later, in 1931, he moved his practice and his family to Richmond, where the firm would grow to become the largest personal injury firm in Virginia. In 2011, more than 100 years after George Allen began his  law firm, Scott Fitzgerald, a 4th generation Allen joined  the Allen Law Firm with a commitment to carry on the legacy of excellence. 

We are proud to call Richmond our home, a city filled with rich culture and compelling history.  Our location in the center of Virginia’s capital city is no coincidence. Since…

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Summer Firework Safety

Edward L. Allen, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Edward L. Allen, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Fireworks can be a popular and fun Fourth of July tradition. However, all types of fireworks - even sparklers- can cause serious injuries. It is important to be aware of local laws, and use common sense to stay safe when using fireworks. 

The following safety tips can help adults and children stay safe when using fireworks:

Firework Safety Tips Do not use fireworks while drinking alcohol. Obey all local laws and do not buy illegal fireworks. [1] Do not allow children to use fireworks. Always have a hose and a bucket of water on hand. Do not attempt to re-light “dud” fireworks. Keep pets far away from all fireworks.

It…

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Medical Negligence in Hospitals - A Summary of the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services Report

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Author: Charlottesville Personal Injury Lawyer John G. "Jack" Berry

An estimated 13.5 percent of all Medicare patients in hospitals nationwide experienced "adverse events" during their hospital stays, according to statistics compiled by the Inspector General.[1]  While some adverse events do not involve hospital mistakes, among the most common preventable adverse events are surgical errors, instances of patient infection, and errors in the choices and dosages of medicines administered to patients.  Estimates of the unnecessary treatment costs run into the hundreds of millions of dollars.

While trial lawyers are sometimes blamed for focusing on statistics like those contained in the Inspector General's…

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Claims for Lost Earning Capacity in Virginia

Author: Ashley T. Davis, Esquire, Personal Injury Lawyer, Richmond Virginia

Being injured in an accident can be a devastating and life-changing experience.  With time, some accident victims are able to recover from their injuries and resume the life that they were living before the accident.  Others might not be so fortunate.

You might have heard that accident victims can seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering.  But what if that is not enough?  What happens if you are forced to give up your job, because you are physically or mentally unable to do it anymore?   What happens if you have been forced to give up on your dreams and career goals,…

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More Than Medical Bills: Losses Covered In Virginia Personal Injury Claims

Author: Charles L. Allen, Personal Injury Attorney, Richmond VA

Motor vehicle accidents impact injured people’s lives dramatically. After a serious collision on the road people are often physically injured, left without a vehicle, unable to work for a significant period of time and are required to travel to and from countless medical appointments. Over time, many accident victims become depressed, overwhelmed emotionally or overcome with stress when they get back behind the wheel of a car. For a person injured through no fault of their own, the inconveniences of recovery can be substantial. In the aftermath of a collision, it is important that you understand what damages are financially compensable in…

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Faulty Guardrails: Intended to Protect the Public, Now Blamed for Injuries and Deaths Nationwide

Author: Scott D. Fitzgerald, Personal Injury Lawyer, Richmond VA 

On September 17, 2012, Melton Tucker fell asleep at the wheel on his commute to work on Highway 81, outside of Dallas, Texas.  His car drifted off the highway and collided with a guardrail.  His Chevrolet Cruze struck the beginning piece of a guardrail, otherwise known as an end terminal or guardrail head.  The guardrail came through the car and struck Tucker in the head, killing him instantly.[1] 

This accident and others like it have raised questions about the effectiveness of guardrail heads manufactured by Trinity Highway Products, based in Dallas.  The ET-Plus, designed by Trinity, is one of the most common guardrail end terminals…

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Social Media Boundaries and Your Nanny

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Richmond Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

Social media, for better or worse, has quickly become a part of everyone’s life. There are many positive aspects of social media – for instance, people are now able to stay in touch with friends and family around the world. However, there are also some negative aspects about social media – one major concern people have is the lack of privacy that exists once things are posted online. If you employ a nanny, it is likely that he or she uses at least one form of social media.

If you are concerned about your family’s privacy, it is important that you set boundaries with your nanny about his or her use of social media on the…

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More Than Medical Bills: Full and Fair Compensation in Virginia Personal Injury Cases

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

 Most people who are injured through no fault of their own understand that they can make a claim to recover money from the responsible party’s insurance company.  Unfortunately, many people are unaware of all the factors that must be considered before settling their claim.  Insurance companies often take advantage of this lack of understanding to convince injured claimants that they should accept a settlement that accounts for only a portion of their damages.  This can be a big mistake for an injured person. The following article explains all of the compensable damages under Virginia law.

Years of court cases involving…

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