Is My Private Nursery or Day Care Liable for Injuries to My Child?

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

Before enrolling your child in a day care or private nursery, you may have some very important questions. Placing your children in someone else’s care takes a lot of trust, so one of the questions you may be asking is, “Is my private nursery or day care liable for injuries to my child?”

Child care center operators are held to high standards.

First and foremost, the people who care for your children have a responsibility to keep them safe and healthy. To this end, child care center operators are covered by certain regulations. For example, day cares are supposed to hire trained and competent staff, as well as to screen…

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GM Website is Defective

Author: James Mick Kessel – Short Pump & Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

The issues GM experienced with a number of its vehicles are well-documented, as is the fallout over how long the company took to recall the affected vehicles. As the months progressed and the recall grew to encompass millions of vehicles, GM began to to acknowledge that its initial response was lacking. As part of an effort to be more transparent about the recall and investigation process, GM developed a website to help consumers find out if the vehicles they owned were involved in the recall.

The premise behind the website sounds simple – entering the VIN of a GM vehicle would display whether…

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Suspected Child Sexual Abuse at Day Care

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

Many parents trust day cares and other child care providers to keep their children safe and healthy, both physically and mentally. In order to foster that trust, the Virginia legislature has mandated that any employee of a child welfare agency who is involved in the “day-to-day operations of the center or who is or will be alone with, in control of, or supervising one or more of the children” must pass a background check[1]. Among other barriers to employment at a day care, a day care may not hire any applicant with a “founded complaint of child abuse or neglect within or outside” Virginia[2]. These standards have helped diminish the occurrence…

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GM Recall from an Employee’s Perspective

James Mick

Allen & Allen is currently investigating claims for people who were injured or killed in accidents involving GM vehicles that were recently recalled due to defective ignition switches. If you or a loved one were injured in an accident involving one of those vehicles, please contact us today for a free consultation at 866-388-1307. 

Author: James Mick "Jamie" Kessel, Short Pump Virginia, Personal Injury Lawyer

The GM recall has had far-reaching consequences, but for some GM employees the consequences have hit closer to home. A recent blog article sheds light on the timeline of the GM recall and the whistle-blower who first identified the faulty ignition switch that has been linked…

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The Importance of Confidentiality Agreements

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

The progression of a personal injury lawsuit tends to unfold in a certain manner.  First, the client recovers from his or her injuries. After the recovery period, the lawyer in charge of the case will begin putting together the client’s case portfolio by compiling all documents relevant to the case. Once these preparations are complete, the lawyers from both sides will commence the negotiation process. Most lawsuits are resolved through this negotiation process when the parties reach a settlement agreement that is amenable to both. In fact, the grand majority of lawsuits never go to trial.

A settlement agreement is…

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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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Intro: Standing Up to Powerful Insurance Companies

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

If you have ever been involved in an accident, you may know how difficult it is to get the compensation you deserve from the insurance companies. Dan Shea, a business leader from Santa Fe, and his family found this out the hard way. In August 2011 his mother was involved in an accident that was not her fault and suffered major injuries that required extensive hospitalization and had long-term impact on her life. Dan attempted to negotiate with the insurance companies on his mother’s behalf, but the insurance companies were only willing to make minimal offers, worth less than his mother’s medical bills.

It was at this…

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What To Do After Your Child Is Injured at Daycare

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

You arrive at day care to pick up your child only to notice that he or she has suffered some sort of injury. Child care injuries are stressful, not only for you, but also for your child. You probably have many questions, chief among them, “What do I do now?”

If you notice the injury while you and your child are still on the day care premises, you should ask your child’s caregiver about the circumstances surrounding the injury. If he or she doesn’t have an explanation, you should speak to a director or supervisor about the injury. After these conversations, you should photograph the injuries. These pictures can help serve as proof…

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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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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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