Why Being A Good Patient Is Important For Your Recovery

Charles Littlepage Allen, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

 Author: Attorney Charles L. Allen

Many people who are injured in auto accidents fail to realize the importance of their relationship with their medical providers. As in any relationship, poor communication can create problems. I stress to my clients the need to be a "good patient", and it is advice that any injured person could benefit from.

Being a good patient requires three things:

You must keep your medical appointments. Be on time so you don't waste the doctor or other health care providers' time, and so you are not rushed or distracted when you see the doctor. You want the doctor to be fully focused on your health problems, and not irritated that you arrived late…

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Allen & Allen's Sober Ride Home

Hometown Heroes

For the sixth consecutive year, we are offering an incentive not to drink and drive on New Year’s Eve – a free cab ride home. Allen & Allen will pick up the fare for anyone taking a taxi home on New Year’s Eve from 10:00 PM on December 31, 2017 to 5:00 AM on January 1, 2018 in the greater Richmond and Charlottesville areas. 

“The results of drinking and driving can be tragic, and we see too many sad stories in our practice,” said firm president Trent Kerns. “We want to do our part to keep our community safe on one of the biggest drinking nights of the year. Anyone who is unable to safely drive home this New Year’s Eve will receive a free sober ride home courtesy of Allen & Allen.”


Drunk Driving is Dangerous


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Left Turns and the Law

Ashley T. Davis, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Attorney

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

With alarming frequency, we receive calls from injury victims who were involved in motor vehicle crashes that occurred when a driver attempted to make a left turn at an intersection and was struck by oncoming traffic.

 In these cases, the driver whose vehicle was struck while unsuccessfully attempting the left turn sometimes takes the position that he or she is not at fault because the traffic light was green. 

While it is true that “Green Means Go,” Virginia law requires drivers intending to make a left turn at an intersection to yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic if the traffic is close enough to constitute…

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What the Insurance Claim Rep Won't Tell You About Your Personal Injury Claim

David M. Williams, Personal Injury Attorney

 Author: David Williams, Stafford, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Claim representatives for the insurance carriers are professionals who are experts at what they do. The claims representative[1] for the liability insurance company is a trained professional whose job is to have your claim cost the insurance company as little as possible. That means your compensation may be a small percentage of what is considered a "fair and reasonable" settlement amount.

If you are hurt and unrepresented, and not familiar with personal injury claims, the hardball tactics used by some claims representatives can leave you feeling dazed and confused. You are likely to feel that you are being taken advantage…

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Did an Accident Exacerbate or Aggravate your Pre-Existing Medical Condition?

Richard C. Armstrong, Charlottesville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

 Author: Richard C. Armstrong, Charlottesville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Sometimes people injured in an accident think they don't have a claim if their injuries consist of an aggravation of a medical condition or injury that they already had before the motor vehicle collision occurred. However, that's not the law in Virginia or in most other states. 

How Does the Law Protect Me If I Have a Pre-Existing Condition?

In Virginia, the law takes a very practical view of new injuries to those with pre-existing conditions. You are entitled to recover for the extent of the aggravation, but you cannot recover for the pre-existing condition itself. 

In the model instruction that is read…

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Medicare - The "Super Duper" Lien: Can Your Plaintiff's Attorney Handle the Liability Insurance Company and the Federal Government at Settlement Time?

Trent S. Kerns, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Trent S. Kerns, Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

Since July 1, 2009, a change in Medicare law[1] has made it more difficult for claimants, plaintiffs, and defendants to settle personal injury claims. Now, more than ever, an  injured claimant needs to retain an experienced plaintiff attorney who can embrace these new procedures and maneuver through them so that the claimants' Medicare rights and benefits are protected while getting them the best possible settlement in a timely manner.

What, you might ask, does Medicare have to do with a personal injury claim? Medicare is a federal program that pays for a portion of medical expenses and hospitalizations for people who are eligible.…

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Meet The Attorneys of Allen & Allen: Derrick L. Walker - VIDEO

Derrick L. Walker

Derrick Walker started his legal career in 2000 as a defense attorney, working on behalf of insurance companies and major corporations. In 2004, Derrick shifted the focus of his practice and began representing individuals who had been hurt or injured due to the negligence of another. Since then, Derrick has proven himself an accomplished and determined trial attorney who keeps his clients' interests at the forefront.


Derrick has represented clients in a wide range of federal and state court cases, consistently winning favorable outcomes at the negotiation table and in the courtroom. Highlights of his achievements include a $4.5 million award in a tractor trailer collision case, multiple million-dollar…

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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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Style Weekly’s Best of Richmond 2016 ranks Allen & Allen as One of the Best Local Lawyers in RVA

Style Weekly’s Best of Richmond 2016 ranks Allen & Allen as One of the Best Local Lawyers in RVA

We are proud to share that Style Weekly readers have once again voted Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen as one of the Best Lawyers in Richmond. Style Weekly released their Best of Richmond 2016 list on May 24, 2016, featuring their readers’ top choices in 112 categories including favorite dining, retail, and local services in the city of Richmond. 

The 2016 Style Weekly Readers' Poll was open to anyone with access to the Internet, and promoted through Style, word of mouth and various outlets. Participants could vote in categories only once per email account.

Thank you to all of our clients and Style Weekly readers for your votes and support of Allen & Allen. For over 100 years, Allen & Allen has represented…

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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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