Limited Insurance Coverage: How a Personal Injury Attorney Can Help Maximize Recovery

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

Virginia law does not require drivers to carry liability insurance coverage. [1] Virginia drivers who pay a $500 ‘uninsured motorist’ fee are free to drive on Virginia roads and highways without any insurance at all. Those who do elect to carry liability insurance are only required to purchase $25,000 in coverage. There can be serious obstacles in obtaining financial recovery when a person is seriously injured by an uninsured motorist or someone with limited coverage.

Some people faced with this dire situation may wonder if making a claim is worth it. After taking out attorneys’ fees, case…

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Hitched Trailer Accidents

Author: Malcolm P. McConnell, III, Richmond Virginia Medical Malpractice Attorney

Thousands of people every day use trailer hitches to tow everything from recreational vehicles (RV’s) to livestock trailers. If drivers hitch their trailers properly and drive safely, then accidents involving hitched trailers are unlikely. Unfortunately, some drivers fail to follow proper hitching precautions, either negligently or intentionally. An improperly hitched trailer is more likely to become detached from the towing vehicle. After a trailer becomes detached from its towing vehicle, it becomes an uncontrolled “missile on the highway.”

Current estimates place the number of deaths caused by improperly hitched…

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Meet the Attorneys of Allen & Allen: Bridget N. Long - VIDEO

Bridget N. Long, Petersburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney


 Bridget Long, a seasoned litigator and consummate professional, has devoted her career to personal injury law and fighting for the rights of persons injured by the negligence or recklessness of others.


She is equipped with extensive litigation skills developed by handling hundreds of cases involving car accidents, tractor trailer accidents,drunk driving, premises liability, dog bites, wrongful death and other claims involving catastrophic injuries. Bridget has successfully litigated many cases to verdict in both jury and bench trials in stage and federal courts throughout Virginia. Bridget works in Allen & Allen’s Richmond, Virginia office and serves clients…

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A Graphic Reminder of the Dangers of Texting and Driving

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Richmond VA Personal Injury Lawyer

The dangers of distracted driving are well documented, and no form of distracted driving is more prevalent today than texting-and-driving. This is why many states across the country have made it illegal to text while driving, giving police officers the right to pull over and ticket any driver they observe engaging in such activity. Unfortunately, drivers continue to text-and-drive every day, subjecting those around them to the consequences of distracted driving. This is why a number of different groups, such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and It Can Wait, have started campaigns aimed at raising public awareness…

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The Risks of Routine Surgery


Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond Medical Malpractice Lawyer

Some of the most common surgeries performed in the United States are tonsillectomies, appendectomies, and cholecystectomies (gallbladder removal).[1]  The fact that surgeons perform these types of procedures every day doesn’t reduce a particular patient’s risk for complications.  According to Dr. Albert Wu, Director of the Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the most common post-surgery complications include bleeding, infection, and damage to nearby tissue.[2]  Though serious complications are rare, there are factors that can increase a patient’s risk.  Having heart, lung, or…

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Meet the Attorneys of Allen & Allen: James Mick Kessel - VIDEO

James Mick Kessel, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer


 Jamie Kessel has dedicated his career to fighting for the rights of Virginians who have been seriously injured or killed due to the negligence of others. His practice includes cases involving: car wrecks, tractor trailer accidents, wrongful deaths, distracted driving, dog bites and dangerous premises.


Jamie is an experienced trial attorney and has handled cases in both state and federal courts throughout the Commonwealth. He enjoys being in court and believes every case he handles should be prepared from the beginning as if it will be tried before a jury. Jamie works primarily in Allen & Allen’s Richmond, Virginia and Short Pump offices.

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Meet the Attorneys of Allen & Allen: Paul Christopher Guedri - VIDEO

P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney


 P. Christopher Guedri is a Partner Emeritus and personal injury attorney with the Allen Law Firm for more than 25 years. Chris has focused his practice primarily on catastrophic injuries and wrongful death cases including trucking accidents, product liability, bus accidents and brain injury litigation.


With a broad range of experience handling personal injury cases, he has been able to master complex technical, scientific, and medical information that has made him a strong adversary against the defense. His forceful personality compliments his formidable litigation and negotiating skills, which in turn often results in the insurance companies offering premium settlements…

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What To Do After a Car or Truck Accident?

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Richmond VA Personal Injury Attorney

After law-enforcement officials have discharged you from the scene of an accident that caused injury or damage to anyone's vehicle or property, you should contact your insurance company and report the accident immediately. Contacting the insurance company to report an accident is required by your auto liability insurance policy. If you fail to do so, the company may deny you insurance coverage!

Here is what you should tell your insurance company:• That the accident occurred;• The date and time of the accident;• The location of the accident; and• The names and addresses of anyone involved in the accident.


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Meet the Attorneys of Allen & Allen: Robert C. T. Reed - VIDEO

 Robert C. T. Reed is a trial attorney who devotes his practice exclusively to protecting the rights of innocent victims who have been seriously injured through the fault of others.  Rob’s wide array of practice areas includes car accidents, truck accidents, drunk driving accidents, and slip and falls, among others. Rob knows how insurance companies and their lawyers evaluate claims and handle cases, having started his career as an attorney for insurance companies and large corporations defending personal injury cases.  He now uses his insider knowledge to protect the rights of his clients while fighting for the compensation they deserve. Rob aggressively pursues his clients’ claims both in and out of court and his tenacity pays…

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EVIDENCE: Why Are Property Damage Pictures Important in a Personal Injury Trial?

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

The property damage loss to an injured victim’s vehicle after a car accident, motorcycle crash, bicycle accident or truck accident creates a separate claim from their personal injury case.  In most instances, the property damage claim is resolved long before the personal injury claim.[1]  Whether our client’s vehicle is repaired or considered a total loss (where the cost of repairs exceeds the retail value of the vehicle before being damaged), the property damage claim is often paid by the at-fault driver’s insurance company promptly following the collision.  While the personal injury law firm of Allen & Allen provides advice to our clients…

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