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23 03, 2020

The Importance of Pedestrian Safety in Virginia

By |2020-03-23T22:53:28+00:00March 23rd, 2020|Pedestrian accidents|

Pedestrian accidents are often catastrophic and life-changing. In the blink of an eye, your whole world may never be the same. Pedestrians that are injured in accidents with motor vehicles can suffer from permanent impairment and disability. This impacts their ability to work and provide for their family. It also prevents them from enjoying their life in the ways they did before. When this happens, it is important to call an experienced and skilled Virginia pedestrian accident attorney. In Virginia, pedestrian accidents are on the decline thanks in large part to increased safety campaigns. In 2016, 1,6087  pedestrian accidents occurred across the state. This resulted in 1,571 injuries and 114 fatalities. The majority of these accidents occurred in an urban setting where cars and pedestrians must share the roads more frequently. How Pedestrian Accidents Occur Pedestrian accidents most often occur because either the driver or the pedestrian is not using care and caution. Drivers may [...]

16 03, 2020

Observing National Brain Injury Awareness Month

By |2020-03-23T22:50:41+00:00March 16th, 2020|Event|

March is the official Brain Injury Awareness month. Every March, the CDC and other health organizations raise awareness about traumatic brain injuries. Their goals are to help prevent these devastating injuries, while promoting strategies to improve the quality of life for traumatic brain injury survivors and their families. What most Americans do not realize is how prevalent brain injuries are in our communities. An estimated 1.5 million Americans suffer from a brain injury every single year. In addition, more than 5.3 million Americans currently live with a permanent TBI-related disability. Brain Injury Awareness Month For more than three decades, the Brain Injury Association of America has led the nation in observing Brain Injury Awareness month. The theme for this year’s campaign is Change Your Mind. They have three goals. De-stigmatizing brain injuries through outreach within the community Empowering those living with brain injuries Promoting support in the community that is available to people living with [...]

28 01, 2020

Post-Concussion Syndrome: An Invisible Illness

By |2020-01-28T00:32:03+00:00January 28th, 2020|Auto Accidents, Post Accident Activities|

When most people think of a concussion, they think of a mild injury with few long-term effects. Concussions are often downplayed in our society as minor injuries or “just a bump to the head.” This kind of thinking has resulted in athletes continuing to play after a concussion and car accident victims walking away from the crash, believing they are uninjured. In reality, a concussion can have serious and dire consequences that can result in months and even years of pain and suffering. In fact, between 10% and 30% of concussion injury victims develop something known as post-concussion syndrome. This syndrome often results in months and years of symptoms and can interrupt normal daily functioning. Accident victims suffering from post-concussion syndrome may have migraines, vision problems, vertigo, and memory issues. In addition, they can suffer from “brain-freezing”. This is a condition where the brain becomes easily over-stimulated and shuts down. Unfortunately, because individuals suffering from [...]

16 01, 2020

Could You Have a Herniated Disc?

By |2020-01-16T12:26:36+00:00January 16th, 2020|Auto Accidents|

Sometimes accident victims walk away from a crash believing that they are uninjured. That is because the adrenaline surge after a car accident can mask the symptoms of some injuries. Then, later, they end up in the emergency room in serious pain. Back injuries are an example of an injury that can worsen after a car crash. One of the most common back injuries after a car accident is a herniated disc. Your spine is comprised of 33 bones called vertebrae. These bones are supported by cushions of soft discs. These discs allow your spine to move and bend. In a car crash, the force of the impact can violently throw your body around, hyper-extending and tearing the tendons and ligaments in your neck or back, which can change the dynamics in your spine and put pressure on your discs. This pressure can cause a spinal disc to bulge, protrude, or herniate. A disc is [...]

17 06, 2019

Swimming Pool Accidents…a Parent’s Worst Nightmare

By |2019-06-17T17:31:22+00:00June 17th, 2019|Injuries to Children, Wrongful Death|

Let’s begin with a sad story… a scenario that never had to happen.  Several years ago, on a Sunday afternoon, a young man invited a neighbor over to his mother’s house to help him work on a car.  His neighbor came over and brought his 2 ½ year old child, who played in the front yard while the guys worked on the car in the front driveway.   The house had a swimming pool in the back yard that was surrounded by a fence with a gate.  Initially, the gate was secured by a chain with a lock. A few weeks before, though, the lock was lost.  Instead of replacing the lock, the owner secured the gate by wrapping the chain around the gate and the gate post. At some point as they worked on the car, the men realized that the child was no longer playing in the front yard.  After a frantic search, [...]

16 05, 2019

Important Facts About Wrongful Death Cases in Virginia

By |2019-08-06T11:02:23+00:00May 16th, 2019|Auto Accidents, Wrongful Death|

Tragically, last year, 819 people lost their lives in car crashes on Virginia roads.  While this number is down slightly from the number of traffic-related deaths in 2017, it is still significantly higher than the 700 fatalities that occurred on Virginia roads in 2014, since which the number of deaths has been steadily increasing, suggesting that our roads are getting more congested, and more dangerous. While I pray that you will never need this information, here are some important things to know about cases arising from traffic-related fatalities in Virginia. Who can file a wrongful death suit? Historically, Virginia law is based on English Common Law (law made by the decisions of judges), under which there was no legal right to recover compensation for a death caused by another person’s negligence.  Indeed, under the Common Law, while there was a long-standing right to seek compensation for one’s personal injuries, if the injured person died as [...]

15 04, 2019

What Should I Do After a Bicycle Accident in Virginia?

By |2019-08-06T11:03:04+00:00April 15th, 2019|Bicycle Accidents|

About 20 years ago, when I worked in DC, I used to bike to work from Northern Virginia.  Loved it.  The commute was often the best part of the day, though I’ll admit there were days when I feared the wind would blow me off the Roosevelt Bridge and into the Potomac. I know many people who live in Arlington and Fairfax Counties still do commute by bicycle.  And with spring arriving and the weather improving, more and more people are out and about on their bikes. Unfortunately, more traffic means more possibility of accidents, and the injuries caused by bicycle accidents can be just as bad, and sometimes worse, than those arising from car accidents. What do you do if you’re seriously hurt in an accident while biking?  Can you make a claim against the person who hurt you?  Would that even be covered by insurance? The answer to that last question depends on [...]

12 04, 2019

Bicycle Safety and Virginia Law …FAQs

By |2019-08-06T11:00:02+00:00April 12th, 2019|Auto Accidents|

It’s pretty obvious that bicycles lack the many safety features that cars and other vehicles on the road have.  There is no enclosed cabin made of steel and plastic, no airbags, seatbelts, or other built-in safety features.  While riding a bike, you are completely exposed, and often hit the ground, tree, fence, other vehicle, or hard surface head first.  Bicyclists sometimes forget that they are “technically” driving a vehicle and must share the road and follow bicycle and traffic laws.  If you or someone else is injured in an accident involving a bike, failure to do so could impact your case in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Can I ride my bike on the sidewalk? It is legal in Virginia to ride your bike on sidewalks unless prohibited by local ordinances.  If riding on a sidewalk, you must always yield the right of way to pedestrians.  Sidewalks are constructed to keep pedestrians safe.  When attempting to [...]

11 03, 2019

When Should I Call a Personal Injury Attorney?

By |2019-03-18T17:48:06+00:00March 11th, 2019|Post Accident Activities|

You’ve been injured due to the recklessness or negligence of another…it could be a car or bike accident, slip and fall, or maybe a dog bite. The insurance company is not being helpful or responsive. They may have offered you a settlement and you don’t know if it’s fair or if you should take it. Medical bills are piling up. You can’t work or need to take time off for physical therapy and doctor appointments. So, you ask yourself this question… Do I need the help of a personal injury lawyer? If you think the answer may be yes, then when is the right time to make a call to an attorney? Your first priority should always be to seek medical attention immediately and have your injuries evaluated and treated. Your second priority should be to speak with a personal injury lawyer about your case. If you have sustained injuries in the accident, especially long-term [...]

14 02, 2019

I’ve been in a car wreck: Should I call a lawyer?

By |2019-04-09T11:47:36+00:00February 14th, 2019|Auto Accidents|

The short answer is YES! That was probably the answer you expected to hear, especially from a personal injury attorney, but my reasons are probably not what you’re expecting. A good personal injury lawyer can empower you to solve some of the problems arising from the collision yourself. Not everybody who has been in a collision needs to hire and pay a lawyer right away.  But if you’ve been in a car accident, there are things you need to know, questions you need answered, and real-world problems that you need to solve.  For instance: How does insurance work? How do I get my medical bills paid? What happens to my car? How do I get it fixed?  Who pays for the damage? Whose insurance company should pay for the property damage and medical bills? When should I use my own insurance? Should I accept a settlement from the other driver’s insurance company? Should I even [...]