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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Motor Vehicle Safety: Top 10 Most Dangerous Vehicles

Author: Scott D. Fitzgerald, Richmond, VA Car Accident Attorney

We all know that driving or riding in a car can be dangerous, but there are some vehicles that are particularly worrisome. This article is designed to educate you about some of the most dangerous cars on the market today, as well as what exactly makes them unsafe compared to the competition. Compiled by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the following 10 vehicles garnered the lowest safety ratings, as measured by the number of fatalities per mile driven between 2006 and 2009[1]:

Nissan 350Z Nissan Titan Crew Cab (extended cab) Chevrolet Aveo Chevrolet Cobalt Nissan Titan Kia Spectra Chevrolet Malibu Hyundai Tiburon Nissan…

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General District Court or Circuit Court - Which is Better for Your Personal Injury Case in Virginia

Author: Charles L. Allen, Richmond Personal Injury Lawyer

In Virginia, a  person cannot force an insurance company pay a settlement for their personal injury claim. Instead, the only right an injured person has is a trial to seek a judgment on their behalf against the party that caused the injury.[1] Two different state courts typically decide my clients cases; either General District Court or Circuit Court.  Let me describe some of the differences between these two courts.   General District Court's jurisdiction is limited to an amount that does not exceed $25,000.  In other words, the Court can award any amount from nothing at all up to $25,000. [2] Also, the amount of the award is decided by a judge,…

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Resolving Your Personal Injury Case: Using Arbitration Instead of Trial

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Some personal injury cases may be resolved through means other than a lengthy, costly trial. Arbitration is one type of such alternative dispute resolutions.

Arbitration is a means of resolving a dispute using an impartial person (an "arbitrator") who otherwise has no interest or involvement in the case. In a personal injury case, the arbitrator also decides the amount of the award, meaning how much the insurance company must pay the injured person.

Arbitration is not appropriate for every case. The decision whether to arbitrate or not is a complicated one that should be made by you and your attorney.[1] Even the process of agreeing to arbitrate requires a number of steps and a number of decisions.

Considerations…

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CRIMINAL/TRAFFIC CHARGES FROM AN ACCIDENT: Effect on a Personal Injury Case

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FAQ: Are a police officer's charges important to the outcome of a personal injury case?

Author: Attorney J. David Douthit

Many times our personal injury clients are upset when the police officer does not place charges against the driver our clients feel caused the auto accident, or when the officer does place charges but they are dismissed at traffic court.  Usually, however, it has no real effect on their personal injury claim under Virginia law. The reason is that, if their personal injury claim went to trial, the jury would never know whether the police officer charged anyone or not, and if the officer did, the jury would never know what the outcome of the charge was, either.

To…

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Distracted Driving and Young Drivers

Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Courtney Allen Van Winkle, Richmond, VA Personal Injury Attorney

With summer in full swing there are plenty of young drivers on the road enjoying their new found freedom.  As the number of young drivers increases, unfortunately so does the risk of automobile accidents.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the leading causes of teen car crashes are driver inexperience, alcohol and drug use, driving in inclement weather, risky behavior such as speeding, and driver distractions in the car.

When one mentions distracted driving, texting and driving immediately comes to mind.  Under Virginia law, Code § 46.2-1078.1, it is unlawful to operate a moving motor vehicle…

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Is Mediation a process that may resolve my personal injury case ?

Author: Attorney Charles L. Allen

Our clients' only legal means to compel compensation from an automobile insurance company for their personal injury claim is by trial where a judge or jury determines the amount of their award. Securing a judgment at trial against a driver determined to be at fault for the collision triggers the obligation for an insurance company to pay the amount of the award.

While a trial by jury is our clients' only legal right to achieve a recovery, many cases are resolved through voluntary negotiations between the opposing parties which lead to a settlement agreement without a trial. Typically, these negotiations happen directly between the representatives of the parties.…

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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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