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How To Prevent Wintertime Sledding Injuries

Lots of people love to go sledding in the wintertime in Virginia and in other cold areas in the U.S. It’s practically an American pastime. But winter sledding, no matter how fun, doesn’t come without its risks – namely, the risks of collision injury for children and adults alike. These injuries can happen in an instant and it can be hard to piece together the how and the why. Taking certain safety measures ahead of participating in any sledding activity is key to reducing your (or your child’s) risk of an injury. Read on to learn key stats about how prevalent sledding injuries are and how to best prevent them this winter. Sledding Injuries: What the Statistics Show A new study conducted by researchers at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital found that the rate of sledding injuries overall has decreased in recent years. But it’s still concerning. The study [...]

By |2021-02-01T13:21:19+00:00February 1st, 2021|Sledding Injuries|

Do You Know What To Do If You Have a Slip and Fall On Ice Accident?

It’s wintertime and while it may resemble a beautiful ‘winter wonderland’ outside on our coldest days, these conditions arrive with caution tape. Slip and fall accidents on icy driveways, sidewalks, and parking lots can happen unexpectedly and to anyone, no matter your age or physical ability. And since they often happen out of nowhere, it’s important for everyone to learn about how to handle them. That way, if you ever become a victim of one, you’ll know how to advocate for yourself and your rights. Learn More in Our Free Comprehensive Guide to Slip and Fall Accidents on Ice We’re here to help you get back on your feet after an accident through no fault of your own - including wintertime slip and fall accidents. That’s why we put together a new comprehensive guide where you can learn the ins and outs about handling a slip and fall on ice accident in Virginia. This is [...]

By |2021-02-01T13:16:17+00:00February 1st, 2021|Slip and Fall Accidents|

How to Stay Safe During National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month

It’s the holidays and while right now, you may be enjoying the sights, sounds, and smells of the season (fresh pine & holiday cookies, anyone?), there’s an important awareness month happening that is recognized nationally each December. It’s National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month, also known as National 3D Prevention Month. This annual observance is a sobering reminder to never drive impaired. The facts are simple – getting behind the wheel of a car when you’re under the influence of alcohol, illegal drugs, and even some legal prescription and over-the-counter drugs (which may affect your ability to drive) can result in a serious car accident and life-threatening injuries to yourself and others. According to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, the time period between Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Day is “one of the deadliest and most dangerous times on America’s roadways because of an increase in impaired driving.” Read on to learn [...]

By |2020-12-14T23:58:15+00:00December 14th, 2020|Auto Accidents|

5 Safe Driving Tips to Avoid Auto Accidents During Thanksgiving Road Trips

In just a few days, tens of thousands of Virginians will hit the road and make long-distance road trips to visit extended family for Thanksgiving. After all, Turkey day is the holiday most associated with travel. While auto accidents are a risk any time you get behind the wheel, the increased amount of traffic on the road beginning the day before Thanksgiving coupled with the fact that many people consume alcohol on this holiday, makes car crashes more likely. To help you best prepare for your upcoming holiday road-tripping, we’ve put together this list of road safety tips to avoid auto accidents during Thanksgiving. 1. Don’t Drink and Drive According to the US Department of Transportation, Thanksgiving is one of the deadliest holidays because of the increased number of people driving while under the influence of alcohol. In fact, from 2013 to 2017, more than 800 people died from alcohol-related auto accidents over the Thanksgiving [...]

By |2020-11-24T04:02:30+00:00November 24th, 2020|Uncategorized|

Study Shows Concussions are Common in More Youth Sports Than Previously Thought

Millions of American kids and teenagers play youth sports, either through school or a youth sports league. Many parents of kids and teens who play football are well aware of the risks for concussion, which is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that occurs after a blow to the head, or fall during which one hits his or her head. But a new study from the Henry Ford Health System has found that a wide variety of youth sports can cause concussions. What is a Concussion? A concussion is a head injury that occurs after a blow to the head, or after someone falls and hits his or her head. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), concussions can cause: Loss of consciousness Headaches, or a feeling of pressure in the head Nausea or vomiting, including repeated vomiting Balance problems Dizziness Double or blurred vision Sensitivity to noise and/or lights A feeling of [...]

By |2020-11-24T04:25:35+00:00November 24th, 2020|Uncategorized|

The Importance of Planning for Your Loved Ones During National Long-Term Care Planning Month & How to Get Help if You Suspect Elder Abuse

Do you have a loved one, such as elderly parents or grandparents, who you anticipate may need to enter a nursing home at some point in the future? Do you anticipate needing to enter a nursing home yourself? If so, right now is the perfect time to research local nursing homes and put together a long-term care plan, as every October is National Long-Term Care Planning Month. The Importance of Researching Nursing Homes in Advance Many Virginia seniors enter a nursing home or assisted-living facility due to an urgent need. After a medical event, such as a stroke or a fall resulting in broken bones, the senior is no longer able to care for himself or herself without the assistance of professionals. With family members such as spouses or adult children wanting to get their loved one the help they need, they have to quickly tour nursing homes to have their loved ones transferred from [...]

By |2020-11-02T11:24:12+00:00October 15th, 2020|Abuse|

The Risk of Using a Rideshare Electric Scooter & What To Do if You Sustain a Traumatic Brain Injury While Using One

Rideshare electric scooters for which you pay an hourly or day rate to borrow a public-use electric scooter to use on a college campus or crowded Virginia city - are becoming more and more popular. These fun, convenient modes of transportation are especially popular among teens and younger adults. But with the increased usage of rideshare electric scooters since 2017, both hospital emergency rooms and doctors are seeing alarming trends. In just the past three years, head and neck injuries from riding electric scooters have increased 4.5 times! Of the types of injuries reported, injuries to internal organs, ,like a traumatic brain injury (TBI) make up 32.5% of all injuries sustained on an electric scooter since 2017. What is a traumatic brain injury and what should you do if you sustain one after riding an electric scooter? Keep reading to learn more. What is a Traumatic Brain Injury? A traumatic brain injury, also known as [...]

By |2020-11-02T11:17:33+00:00October 1st, 2020|Traumatic Brain Injury|

What Are Virginia’s Dog Bite Laws?

While dogs are mostly known to be man’s best friend, some dogs can have aggressive personalities and tendencies to bite or attack others. If you’ve been bitten by another person’s dog, you’re probably wondering what dog bite and dog attack laws there are to protect you in Virginia. As a personal injury attorney who handles dog bite cases, I’m here to help. Virginia Law on Dog Bites Virginia requires dog owners to be aware of their dog’s temperament, nature, and tendencies, and to act responsibly according to those characteristics to prevent dog bites and dog attacks from occurring. This means that an owner of a dog known to be aggressive - especially if the dog is from a breed considered aggressive - is legally expected to act with a higher duty of care than a dog owner who has a lap dog that is docile and calm. Additionally, many of the municipalities in Northern Virginia [...]

By |2020-09-24T09:24:06+00:00September 23rd, 2020|Dog Bites|

Prepare Yourself for the Unexpected with Our Comprehensive Guide to Virginia Auto Accidents

September is National Preparedness Month, a time when we remember the importance of planning and preparing for national disasters. This month is primarily geared toward developing an emergency preparedness plan for events that may affect your safety in your community. It’s also an ideal time, however, to prepare for any incident that could affect your safety and quality of life on a personal level – such as an auto accident. Given their sudden, unexpected nature, we know that it’s incredibly difficult – almost impossible – to “prepare” for an auto accident. If it’s ever happened to you, you know that the adrenaline rush you feel along with your “fight or flight” response can be overwhelming. In the moment, it’s hard to focus on what needs to be done, how it needs to be done, and when it should be done. After impact, a myriad of questions may fly through your head, such as: I’ve been [...]

By |2020-09-24T10:51:48+00:00September 9th, 2020|Auto Accidents|

We Provide Legal Help When Your Child Suffers a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

The National Institutes of Health, which track causes of injuries in the US, including among children, has found that “traumatic brain injury is the leading cause of death and disability in children.” What is a TBI? It’s an injury that disrupts the normal function of your child’s brain. Traumatic brain injuries can be harder to diagnose in kids because, sometimes, children, especially infants and toddlers, have not yet developed the verbal or motor skills to let us know that something is wrong. What Causes Traumatic Brain Injuries in Kids? There are a variety of causes of traumatic brain injuries in kids.  According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, common causes of TBIs in children include: Falls, which account for 50.2% of TBIs in children, can include falls from unsafe playground equipment, slipping and falling on unmarked wet floors, or tripping and falling on unsafe objects on the ground or floor. Being struck by something, which results [...]

By |2020-09-16T19:33:07+00:00August 28th, 2020|Traumatic Brain Injury|