Precious Cargo: Children and Car Crashes

Author: Scott Fitzgerald, Law Clerk

The leading cause of death for children between the ages of 2 and  15 in the United States is car crashes.[1] In 2005 alone, 1,451 children under the age of 15 perished in motor vehicle accidents, while 184,000 more sustained injuries.  Each day, about  500 children are injured in car crashes.

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, over half of children killed in car crashes were not wearing a seat belt or any other type of restraining device.[2] Only 10% of children under age five travel without a seat belt, but they account for more than half of child deaths in car crashes.[3]

Even when children are restrained, studies…

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Bad Calls: Mixing Driving With the Use of Cell Phones

Author: Attorney George Edward "Ted" Allen, III

The use of cell phone while driving has resulted in an epidemic of accidents.  The Harvard Center for Risk Analysis reports that each year cell phone distractions cause 600,000 crashes, 330,000 injuries, and 3,000 deaths. This works out to more than 1,643 crashes, 940 injuries, and 8 deaths per day. [1]

The number of cell phone subscribers in the United States has skyrocketed from 44 million in 1996 to over 285 million in 2009.[2] The Insurance Information Institute reported that by the end of 2009, 152.7 billion text messages were sent in the United States every month, more than fifteen times the number just four years earlier.[3]

The…

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Products Liability Law Suits Making Consumers Safer - The AAJ Reports

The American Association for Justice Report: They Knew and Failed To...

Introduction by Attorney P. Christopher Guedri

As a trial lawyer who has handled a number of complex products liability cases over my career, I view one of the rolls of the American civil justice system to protect consumer rights against corporations who knowingly endanger and fail to protect their customers. A recent report out from the American Association for Justice (AAJ), outlines scenarios where corporation responsible for product failures which endangered the lives of consumers, some even resulting in deaths, not only had knowledge of the products' dangers, but also failed to do anything about it. Because…

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Handling An Automobile Injury Claim on Your Own: What are the Risks?

 If you're involved in an accident that wasn't your fault and you suffer injuries, it's possible that a claim representative from the at-fault person's company may contact you immediately afterwards and try to settle your claim.  Be careful dealing with the insurance company on your own, because you may need an experienced personal injury lawyer to help you.   Many people have settled their claims shortly after an accident, only to find out later their injuries are much more serious than they thought when they settled.

You probably don't need an attorney if your collision is a simple "fender bender" and you aren't injured, or if  your injuries are truly minor.   If your minor injuries heal quickly, you have only one or…

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What is mesothelioma? Why am I seeing so many commercials related to it?

Author Attorney Jason W. Konvicka

"Mesothelioma" is a rare form of cancer that typically involves the lungs, but can also affect the lining of the abdominal cavity (peritoneum) and the lining of the heart (pericardium).  The only known cause of this cancer is exposure to asbestos.

The recent increase of mesothelioma advertisements is due in part to the unusually long latency period between the exposure to asbestos and the development of mesothelioma.  The National Institute of Health and the Center for Disease Control estimate that latency period to be between 30 and 50 years.  Asbestos use in the United States peaked in 1973 when an estimated 1.6 trillion pounds were used.[1] Thus, when you consider…

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News Story: Hometown Heroes Honored in Charlottesville at Fridays After Five

View the CBS 19 News Story Video Law Firm Honors "100 Hometown Heroes" at Fridays After Five

Posted: 11:22 PM Jul 9, 2010 Reporter: Jennifer Black Email Address: jennifer.black@newsplex.com

July 9, 2010

After months of collecting nominations, the Richmond-based personal injury law firm Allen & Allen chose their list of "100 Hometown Heroes." The law firm seeking nominations from all across central Virginia to help celebrate their 100th anniversary. Of the 100 heroes selected, 33 are from the Charlottesville area.

During the weekly Fridays After Five concert series at the Charlottesville Pavilion, staff from Allen & Allen and Mayor Dave Norris helped introduce the local heroes.

"We just wanted…

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Allen & Allen Recognizes Hometown Heroes in Charlottesville - an NBC 29 News Story

Charlottesville Recognizes a Few Local Heroes

Jul 09, 2010 10:02 PM EDT Jul 09, 2010 10:07 PM EDT

Source: http://www.nbc29.com/global/story.asp?s=12783790 Please view the video news clip from NBC 29 for the full story: Charlottesville Recognizes a Few Local Heroes When Allen and Allen law firm hit their centennial, they decided to honor 100 heroes across Virginia. The Charlottesville community recognized 33 of those heroes on Friday.   Allen and Allen said, "Everybody should, and most people do, give back to their communities. Some people do it in a greater way to people who are perhaps in more need."   Mildred Spicer started the Therapeutic Recreation Program for Charlottesville Parks and Recreation in 1979. After…

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Automobile Safety: Shoveling Snow - Sidewalks & Parking Spaces

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The Winter of 2010 in Virginia has seen more big snow storms than we've had in many years. (Too many big snow storms for some of us). Our arms and backs are sore from all the shoveling. Some folks live in urban areas where they park on the street, and sure enough, the snowplows added insult to injury by pushing a large mound of snow onto the side of your car. Out comes the snow shovel, and several hours of hard work later you've removed the snow barrier, the parking space is cleared of snow, and you can drive your car out.

However, once you have cleared the parking space and left for work or an errand, can some freeloader take advantage of your hours of work and park in the snow-free space that you've spent several hours…

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Ethics and Lawyers

Author: Attorney Christopher A. Meyer

We've all heard the lawyer jokes about ethics and whether they really have any. In fact, there are strict ethical standards that lawyers must follow that are quite specific about what lawyers can and cannot do. If you have watched any crime shows, you may at least have some passing knowledge of some aspects of legal ethics, but here are a few of the ethical constraints that we, as personal injury lawyers, must follow.

A lawyer must keep information given to him about a personal injury case or any case in total confidence. This is part of the "attorney client privilege"; it means under most circumstances, if you tell a lawyer something that is relevant to your case, your attorney…

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