Three Things You May Not Know About Your Wearable Device

Danielle M. Bringard, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

Author: Danielle M. Bringard, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Lawyer

The market for technology that you can wear, such as smart watches, is on the rise.[1]  Fitbit is a company that makes wearable devices which gather information about your health as your wear them; they track statistics such as steps, heart rate, and will even monitor your sleep.[2] In 2014, Fitbit had approximately 6.7 million paid/active users and sold 10.9 million devices.[3] While the health benefits for these devices are numerous, a few precautions must be shared when it comes to your personal injury case.

1. Wearables May Be Used to Aid Your Damages Claim

A young woman who was injured in Canada last year was the first…

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The Personal Injury Recipe: Liability (Part 1 of 3)

Christopher J. Toepp, Fredericksburg, VA, Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Christopher J. Toepp, Fredericksburg, VA, Personal Injury Attorney

At the outset of each lawsuit, I tell my clients that, in the broadest sense, every Virginia personal injury claim consists of three components: liability, damages and insurance coverage. These are the ingredients necessary for success in the personal injury process. As my initial meeting unfolds, I go into more detail about the individual considerations that are contained within each of these three broad categories. If the facts and circumstances are deficient in any one of the three, there may be a major obstacle in the path to obtaining full and fair financial recovery. This article is the first in a three-part series exploring…

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Safety Tips for Travelers Staying in Hotels

Ashley T. Davis, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Ashley T. Davis, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Virginia law requires hotels to take precautions to protect their guests.[1] One such precaution required by Virginia law is that  hotels provide “suitable” locks on the doors and windows of all guest rooms.[2]

The Virginia Supreme Court declared that innkeepers and guests have a “special relationship” because guests entrust their safety to the innkeeper. Guests have little ability to control their environment, and therefore rely upon the innkeeper to make the property safe.[3] For these reasons, if the hotel knows or should know of any dangers or threats on the premises (i.e., if the criminal misconduct is “reasonably foreseeable”),…

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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.


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Simple Steps you can Take to Help your Personal Injury Case

Christopher J. Toepp, Fredericksburg, VA, Personal Injury Attorney


Fredericksburg, VA personal injury attorney Christopher J. Toepp explains how clients and their attorneys are a team, and that effort from both sides increases the probability of maximizing the results in personal injury cases.

Our priorities in a personal injury case


My number one goal is to get the best results possible for my clients. In my mind, that means working together. Many of my clients ask “What can I do to help my personal injury case?”

Following your doctor’s advice is the most important thing you can do to maximize the results of your personal injury case. In the aftermath of a motor vehicle collision, when you’re injured, you may see a variety of medical doctors:…

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Drones and Your Personal Safety

Abbigale B. Fredrick, Richmond, VA Attorney

Author: Abbigale B. Fredrick, Richmond, VA Attorney

Drones were one of the most popular holiday gifts for 2015, and as more drones take to the sky, the potential for personal injury from reckless or inexperienced operation of these drones will escalate.

Even though they may look like toys, drones have the potential to seriously injure or endanger people and property. In response to the danger drones carry with them, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began registering remote-controlled aircraft on December 21, 2015 so the agency could track the owners of drones that collide with other aircraft or fly dangerously.

Anyone who owns a small, unmanned aircraft of a certain weight must…

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Will My Personal Injury Case Go To Trial? - VIDEO

Edward L. Allen, Fredericksburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Although most personal injury cases ultimately result in settlement outside of the courtroom, Fredericksburg, VA based personal injury attorney Edward L. Allen discusses how we determine whether or not a personal injury case will go to trial.


If you hire an attorney, will your personal injury case go to trial? The great majority of personal injury cases are settled out of court, but it is very difficult to predict from the beginning which ones will settle and which ones will go to trial.

The important thing is that every personal injury case that settles should do so based on a prediction of what would happen at trial.

Medical expenses and lost time

You probably have medical…

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Selecting the Proper Venue for Your Personal Injury Case

David M. Irvine, Charlottesville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

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

Clients often wonder how lawyers determine the correct court to hear their case when we file a lawsuit to recover damages for injuries. Assuming that both the plaintiff and defendant are from Virginia, the case must be filed in state rather than federal court. In Virginia, however, every county and independent city has its own separate set of courts. With so many potential forums, how does one know which city or county to choose in any given case?

The answer lies in “venue” statutes that have been passed by the Virginia General Assembly. In most personal injury cases, the plaintiff may choose the venue for his or her case from…

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#IAmAnAllen: Rob Reed

Robert C. T. Reed, Richmond, Va Personal Injury Attorney

Meet Robert C. T. “Rob” Reed, an attorney who joined Allen, Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen in August 2012. Rob is a member of the Allen & Allen family who focuses on helping victims rebuild their lives after an accident. Read more about why Rob chose personal injury law and Allen & Allen.


Why did you decide to go to law school?Because I was an analytical thinker growing up and I was told from a young age that I might make a good lawyer someday. I particularly wanted to understand the law in a way that I could use to eventually help people. Did you always know that you wanted to pursue personal injury law?Not originally, but it occurred to me later that all of the elective…

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Safety Tips for Hoverboards

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Self-balancing scooters, more commonly known as “hoverboards,” were one of the most popular toys of 2015.[1] Despite reports of many hoverboards catching on fire, they were still under high demand this holiday season.[2] The high number of sales has resulted in many accidents due to fires and falls.

Fire Hazards of Hoverboards

In Los Angeles, a hoverboard explosion was caught on video after the board started sizzling while being ridden down the sidewalk.[3] Additional fire incidents have been reported while hoverboards are charging, and even while sitting on the floor at a shopping mall.[4] According to the Consumer Product Safety…

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