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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Should I Try to Settle My Case Without an Attorney?

Richard C. Armstrong, Charlottesville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Richard C. Armstrong, Charlottesville Personal Injury Attorney

Sometimes I get asked if an injured person really needs an attorney to handle their case.  The internet is full of all kinds of advice about how to “do it yourself” and settle your own claim.  Most people who try to navigate the process on their own eventually discover that handling a personal injury case is far too complicated to manage without an attorney—or worse, they settle their case without knowing how much money they left on the table. 

Here are just a few of the reasons why you should work with an attorney if you are injured in a crash:

If the person who injured you has no insurance or minimal insurance…

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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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Why You Should Avoid Posting Accident Details On Social Media- VIDEO

Amy S. Whitelaw

Author: Amy S. Whitelaw, Richmond, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

Social media is a great way to stay in touch with friends and family across the globe.  You can share pictures or thoughts, update people on what’s going on in your life, or even follow the news.  But when you’re in a car accident, social media can make your personal injury claim more difficult.

If you're ever in an accident, you should avoid posting information about that accident or your injuries on social media. There’s very little you can do on social media that can help your case, but there’s a lot you can do to harm your case.  Social media can certainly complicate things but there are ways to protect yourself and…

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Can a Personal Injury Claim Be Affected by the Outcome of a Traffic Court Hearing?

Ryan E. Wind, Mechanicsville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Ryan E. Wind, Mechanicsville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Personal injury clients often have questions about what a hearing in traffic court means to their case.  Whether the client or the other driver is facing the charge in traffic court, clients can be uneasy about this process.

Traffic court and your personal injury caseThe majority of our personal injury clients have not received a citation related to the collision.  However, they can be subpoenaed by the investigating officer to testify as a witness about the collision in court, and should consult with their personal injury attorney before they do so.  It is important for clients to understand…

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Five Myths about “Slip and Fall” Injury Cases

Bridget N. Long, Petersburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Bridget N. Long, Petersburg, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Serious injuries can occur from even a simple fall. The effects of serious injury from the result of a fall can be devastating. If the fall occurs on someone else’s property, you may wonder whether the property owner should be responsible for your bills and other losses. The answer is not as simple as you may think it is. 

“Slip and fall” injuries occur for many different reasons, such as when floors are wet or slippery due to spills, rain, snow and ice, or cleaning. They can occur when floors or steps are defective, or when items are misplaced and tripped over.

Do I have a “slip and fall” injury case?

Many people…

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The Discovery Process in Personal Injury Cases

Tara L. Umbrino, Stafford, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Tara L. Umbrino, Stafford, VA Personal Injury Attorney

For those who are not familiar with litigation, the process of taking legal action may seem mysterious. Many of us have heard the term “discovery” on TV shows, but what does it really mean

If you’re injured in an accident and your attorney files a complaint, you have the facts from one side of the story – yours.  But we know that there’s more than one side to any story.  In a civil case (where one person sues another person or company, for example, seeking compensation for injuries resulting from a car crash, or from slipping and falling, or in a divorce case),  discovery is the process that entitles the parties in the case…

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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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The Personal Injury Recipe: Insurance Coverage (Part 3 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 all 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 follows The Personal Injury Recipe: Liability…

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Allen & Allen Now Accepting Applications for the George E. Allen Scholarship

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Are you a high school senior in Virginia? Now is the time to start thinking about applying for college scholarships. Allen & Allen's George E. Allen Academic Scholarship is awarded to 15 students throughout Virginia each year in the amount of $1500. The scholarship is given in honor of George E. Allen, the founder of the Allen Law Firm. Mr. Allen faced significant adversity throughout his life, but overcame his difficulties to achieve great success and became compassionate servant in his community. The scholarship is designed to recognize students who, despite obstacles or special challenges, have achieved high standards of performance.

Applications are now being accepted from Virginia high school seniors. Students…

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