Possible Higher Compensation for J&J Pelvic Mesh Victims

Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Product Liability Attorney

Author: Jason W. Konvicka, Richmond, VA Product Liability Attorney

Johnson & Johnson, the well-known company that manufactures medical devices and pharmaceutical and consumer goods, may be facing some extremely high costs to settle a number of products liability cases. The company is currently dealing with over 46,000 product liability lawsuits involving its pelvic mesh products.[1]

Pelvic Mesh Product Liability Settlement Could Lead to Higher Compensation for Pelvic Mesh Victims

In January 2016, Johnson & Johnson agreed to settle between 2,000 and 3,000 of these lawsuits for a total of $120 million.[2] However, publication of an additional suit, brought by Pamela Wicker, revealed that the company…

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Understanding Virginia’s “Dead Man’s Act”

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Author: David M. Irvine, Charlottesville, VA Personal Injury Attorney

The Virginia Rules of Evidence contain a detailed set of requirements that govern what kind of information may be considered by the jury when a personal injury case is tried in court.  One such rule, derived from a statute commonly referred to as the “Dead Man’s Act,” applies when one of the parties to the lawsuit has died prior to the trial.[1] It is important to understand how the Dead Man’s Act works in such cases because it can change the type of evidence that the jury will be allowed to hear and consider.

At common law (prior to the enactment of Virginia Code § 8.01-397), in a case in which either the plaintiff…

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GM Issues Third Recall for Sport Utility Vehicles: Vehicles Should be Kept Outside to Prevent House Fires

Paul D. Hux, Chesterfield, VA Personal Injury Attorney

Author: Paul D. Hux, Chesterfield, VA Personal Injury Attorney

In the wake of massive recalls issued to correct problems with faulty ignition switches, the safety of General Motors’ vehicles remains in question. Amidst concerns that faulty power window switches could cause fires, General Motors recently recalled a group of sport utility vehicles.[1]

In North America the recall affects approximately 189,000 vehicles manufactured between 2006 and 2007. They include: GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, Isuzu Ascender, and the Saab 97-X. General Motors advises all customers who own these vehicles to park them outside until the issue is resolved. Their concern is that a fire started…

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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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Faulty GM Ignition Switches Lead to at Least 13 Deaths

Scott D. Fitzgerald, Personal Injury Attorney, Richmond VA

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: Scott D. Fitzgerald, Personal Injury Attorney, Richmond VA

As the fallout from GM’s recall of faulty ignition switches in Saturn Ions and Chevrolet Cobalts continues, details of the crashes linked to the faulty ignition switches that have killed 13 people have begun to emerge. 

Amy Rademaker, age 15, of St.…

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DRIVING SAFETY: Causes of Road Fatalities and Injuries In Virginia

Author: P. Christopher Guedri, Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer

Hundreds of people are killed in car crashes every year throughout the state of Virginia. According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, car wrecks are the leading cause of death for Virginia residents under the age of thirty. While car accidents are caused by a variety of circumstances, there are three factors that contribute to a large number of Virginia highway accidents and death: driver behavior, vehicle safety, and environmental factors.

Highway accidents are frequently caused by drivers' actions. There are many distractions that cause a driver to take his or her attention off the road: talking on a cell phone or texting,…

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Virginia Traffic Fatalities: Increase for the First Time Since 2007

Author: Scott D. Fitzgerald,  Richmond Car Accident Lawyer

In the year 2007, 1,026 people lost their lives on Virginia highways, the most since the late 1980s.[1]  In reaction, the Commonwealth began several ambitious campaigns to emphasize safety on the highway and minimize driver distractions.[2]  The General Assembly passed new laws with stiffer penalties for drunk drivers and also banning drivers from texting while driving in the Commonwealth.

These efforts bore fruit.  In the three year period from 2008 to 2010, Virginia traffic fatalities decreased each year, with 821 deaths in 2008 and 756 in 2009.  The Commonwealth set a new record low in 2010 with only 740 fatalities.  This was the fewest…

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Book Review: Grief and Loss: Identifying and Proving Damages in Wrongful Death Cases

Reviewed by Attorney Jason W. Konvicka

Book Review: Grief and Loss: Identifying and Proving Damages in Wrongful Death Cases Authors Robert T. Hall and Mila Ruiz Tecala Trial Guides, LLC, http://www.trialguides.com/book/grief-and-loss/ Portland, Oregon 2009 (340 pages) Source: http://www.vsb.org/docs/valawyermagazine/vl0211_book-review.pdf - Virginia Lawyer, Vol. 59, February 2011, pg. 55-56.

In their exceptional new book, Robert T. Hall and Mila Ruiz Tecala prove that wrongful death cases involve much more than funeral expenses, medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Wrongful death cases stem from the loss of a human being, frequently under traumatic circumstance. Such a loss forever changes…

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Why do I need an attorney to represent me in my personal injury case?

The insurance policy requires the person who caused your accident to contact the insurance company promptly. As soon as the accident is reported to the company, they begin an investigation and begin preparing to defend the company against your claim. Insurance company employees are knowledgeable about claims and are trained to make your claim cost the insurance company as little as possible.

You need someone knowledgeable working on your claim and looking out for your interests as soon as possible also. If you've been injured after an accident, you should consult an attorney right away. A lawyer can help you decide whether it is in your best interests to pursue a claim and how to do so.

What can a personal injury…

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