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Motorcyclists: Wear All the Gear, All the Time

by Staff Blogger | July 24th, 2017

With summer temperatures soaring into the high 90s in Norfolk recently, wearing thick riding gear may be the last thing on many motorcyclists’ minds. But hot weather is no excuse to avoid wearing protective clothing and equipment that could save your life.

As a motorcyclist, you’re much more vulnerable during accidents than people inside cars, trucks, and SUVs. Unlike drivers and passengers in passenger vehicles, you don’t have the protection of a steel chassis, seat belts, and airbags. The best way you can protect yourself is by following a simple phrase that saves the lives of many motorcyclists every year: “All the gear, all the time.”

What does that phrase entail? It means always wearing these articles of clothing or equipment:

  • Helmet
    Make sure your helmet is DOT, ECE 22.05, or Snell-certified. An effective helmet will cover your entire head, including your face.
  • Riding jacket with armor
    The most effective riding jackets include armor—which means padding and cushions that can help reduce the risks of abrasion and soften impact with the road if you’re involved in a crash.
  • Riding pants with armor
    Any pair of pants you pull out of your closet or dresser aren’t sufficient for protecting you on your bike. Make sure your riding pants provide abrasion and impact protection, just like your jacket.
  • Riding boots
    Good riding boots will be made of a quality material like leather and will include additional height to protect your ankles. Many also include additional protection for toes.
  • Gloves
    Your hands are extremely vulnerable during accidents. Make sure they’re protected by always wearing heavy-duty riding gloves, as they’re often the first body part to contact the ground during accidents.

Unfortunately, riding gear can only serve to reduce the severity of injuries—not eliminate them. If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident, get in touch with our Norfolk motorcycle accident lawyers today by filling out a free online consultation form.

Auto Accident? Listen to Your Gut.

by Cary Graham | July 17th, 2017

Have you ever had a gut feeling that someone or something isn’t quite right? Whether it’s a salesman trying to sell you on a product or a loved one telling a story that just doesn’t add up, your gut can often sense another’s true intentions. If you’ve been in a serious car accident, you’ll likely have one of these moments the first time you speak with the insurance company. Their main objective is to pay you as little as possible for your injury claim. If your gut tells you something’s wrong, listen to it.

There’s a reason so many people turn to the car accident attorneys at Lowell Stanley every year. They know that the amount of money they’re offered by the insurance company isn’t going to be enough to help them fully recover from their injuries, so they give us a call, and we take it from there. The reality is that the insurance company’s power comes from you. The more you give them, the less you can expect to get in return.

If you’ve been injured, take the power back. Contact our experienced Norfolk car accident attorneys today for a free consultation. We review all Norfolk car accident cases for free with no obligation to become a client. You have the power to get maximum compensation for your injuries. Contact us today and let us put our experience to work for you.

Cyclists Have the Right to Our Roads

by Cary Graham | July 10th, 2017

Our roads and highways aren’t for cars alone. Sometimes Norfolk drivers forget that, putting pedestrians and bicyclists in harm’s way. The reality is cyclists have the same rights to our roads as auto drivers do. When those rights are compromised by a negligent driver, the results can be devastating.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we’ve seen the damage a careless driver can do to a cyclist. Other than their helmets, they have zero protection from a crash–no seat belt, steel framing, or airbags. If you hit a cyclist, there is a good chance you will take their life. We’ve seen it happen multiple times over the years, which is why we encourage every bicycle accident victim to hold negligent drivers responsible for their actions. That means securing a lawyer as soon as possible following your accident to protect your rights and go after every dollar you deserve.

If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, call an experienced personal injury lawyer at our firm today for a free consultation. We’ll go after maximum compensation for your injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages, and more. You should be compensated for what you’ve been through. Call us today for your free consultation.

Making Sure Norfolk Motorcycle Accident Victims Stories Are Heard

by Cary Graham | July 3rd, 2017

If you think being an at-fault driver in an auto accident is stressful, imagine the panic that drivers feel at the scene of a motorcycle accident. The right thing to do would be to own up to it, but not everyone has that level of integrity. Over the years, Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers has seen at-fault drivers tell outright lies to save their own skin, and you can’t assume the other driver won’t do the same.

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, proving who is to blame can be difficult on your own. First of all, you probably didn’t get to tell your side of the story at the scene of the accident due to your injuries. The only story the officer heard was that of the other driver. Do you really think they took full responsibility for what they did? Your side of the story should be documented as well. That’s one of the things an experienced motorcycle accident attorney can do for you: make sure your story is heard. Then we’ll go after every dollar in compensation you deserve.

Call an experienced Norfolk motorcycle accident lawyer today for a free consultation. You need to focus on your recovery. Let us focus on getting you justice. We’re ready to review your case at no charge and fight to get you compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and more. There is way too much at stake for you to try and go it alone. Contact us today.

2 Important Tips for Car Accident Victims

by Cary Graham | June 26th, 2017

Recovering from a serious car accident can take months, even years. It takes time and determination to overcome your injuries, leaving little energy for anything else. However, your injury claim is just as important as your recovery. A low settlement can leave your family in a financial crisis, which is why you need to avoid the biggest pitfalls accident victims fall into.

In our experience, here are two tips every car accident victim should know:

  1. Don’t stop medical treatment too soon. The medical treatment you receive for your injuries is the foundation of your injury claim. When you miss a doctor’s appointment or skip a physical therapy session, you’re essentially taking money out of your pocket and putting it in the insurance company’s coffers. Never skimp on medical treatment. It could make a huge difference in the compensation you receive for your injuries.
  2. Contact a lawyer as soon as possible. If you don’t think you need a lawyer to help with your injury claim, consider this. Accident victims with an attorney get up to two times more money than those without. Going it alone leaves you vulnerable to the insurance company’s influence. If you sign a settlement agreement for less than you deserve, you could be responsible for thousands of dollars in medical and other expenses later on.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, give us a call immediately for a free consultation. An experienced Roanoke car accident attorney is ready to help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact us today.

Dangers Wrapped in Bright Shiny Packaging

by Cary Graham | June 19th, 2017

We put a lot of trust in manufacturers. That’s a little scary when you think about it. Given the number of reported injuries in recent years caused by defective products, it’s a wonder that we’re not more leery of purchasing anything at the store. When you consider the volume of production for many of the common products we use or consume every day, it’s easy to imagine the dangers that could be lurking in any unsuspecting package. Unfortunately, it usually takes a tragedy to get our attention, and then it’s often too late for some.

Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers handles product liability cases because we believe manufacturers should be held accountable for the injuries their products cause. Whether caused by faulty components or a failure to properly test the safety of a product, manufacturers have a responsibility to your safety as a consumer. When they betray that trust, they should pay. However, getting fair compensation on your own can be extremely difficult, which is why you need an experienced product liability attorney fighting on your behalf.

If you’ve been injured by a defective product, the help you need is just a phone call away. Call our experienced Norfolk product liability attorneys today for a free, no obligation consultation. You deserve compensation for what you’ve been through, and we’ll do everything within our power to make sure you get it. Don’t deal with the big manufacturers on your own. Contact us today.

Every Nursing Home is Capable of Abuse

by Cary Graham | June 12th, 2017

No one wants to put their aging loved one in a nursing home. If you were able, you’d take on their continuous care yourself, but that’s just not always possible. He or she needs around-the-clock care that you simply can’t provide. The best we can do for our aging loved ones is to find a nursing home facility that best meets their needs. In Virginia, there are several great facilities, but even the best of facilities can employ less than trustworthy employees.

As a nursing home resident, your loved one has a number of rights. Those rights allow them the same freedoms that every other American is entitled to, such as the freedom to handle their own finances and have a say in their medical treatment plan. On a more fundamental level, they have the right to a safe and trauma-free living environment. However, defending that right on their own isn’t always possible. When their basic dignities are compromised, someone must step in on their behalf. That starts with you, and it ends with us.

If you suspect your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, give us a call today for a free consultation. We’ll investigate the suspected abuse and fight to hold those responsible accountable. Don’t let your loved one suffer in silence. Contact us today for your free, no obligation consultation, and let us fight for their rights.

Betrayed by Your Employer

by Cary Graham | June 5th, 2017

Whatever happened to taking care of your own? That’s a question injured workers over the years have asked our workers’ compensation attorneys, and it’s a fair one. They feel betrayed by their employers after their accident. They expected that all of their medical expenses, lost wages, and other costs they’ve incurred from their injuries would be covered by workers’ compensation, but that’s not how it shaped out. Instead, the injured worker and their families are having to pick up a lot of the cost, and in our opinion, that’s not okay.

Bringing a successful workers’ comp claim against an employer or their insurance company can be difficult on your own. The key is understanding your rights as an injured worker in Virginia and then refusing to take any less than you rightfully deserve. That can take a great deal of courage when bills are already coming in. The financial pressure alone may cause you to make the wrong decision, not to mention the fear of losing your job if you don’t toe the line.

The Norfolk workers’ compensation attorneys at Lowell Stanley know your rights as an injured worker and won’t let you be intimidated into a bad decision by your employer or their insurance company. You and your family are going to need maximum compensation for your injuries, and that’s exactly what we’re going to go after. Contact us today for your free, no obligation consultation. We’re ready to help.

Do You Have a Corrupt Life Insurance Company?

by Cary Graham | May 30th, 2017

Life insurance companies make their money by calculating risk and adjusting premiums accordingly. Their whole business comes down to a simple equation. Take in more premiums than you pay out in claims. If they assess risk incorrectly, they can find themselves in a tough financial situation, which could be the reason we’ve seen a number of life insurance company fraud cases in Virginia over the last few years.

If you’re not familiar with the term, life insurance company fraud is when a life insurance company inflates premium payments for policyholders for no other reason than to maximize their profits. Here’s how it works. You secure a life insurance policy and pay your agreed-upon premiums on-time without fail. Then one day you get a notice that your premiums are sky rocketing. You either pay the inflated premiums for the exact same policy or you cancel the policy that you’ve been paying into for years.

If this sounds like your situation, we encourage you call us immediately for a free consultation. Our experienced Norfolk life insurance company fraud attorneys will fight to hold the insurance company accountable by fighting for your rights as a policyholder. Don’t let the insurance company take advantage of your family. Contact us today for your free, no obligation consultation.

What Keeps Us Up at Night

by Cary Graham | May 22nd, 2017

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we help a lot of folks in Norfolk get the compensation they deserve after serious car accidents. It’s a good feeling knowing that the people who come through our doors get our very best and often walk out again in a much better place. What keeps us up at night are the thousands of injured folks in Virginia who are trying to deal with the insurance company on their own, without the help of an experienced car accident attorney.

In our experience, accident victims who go it alone will receive significantly less compensation for their injuries, which can put their families in a real financial crisis.

The good news is there may still be time to do it right. Unless you’ve signed a settlement agreement from the insurance company, we still may be able to pull you and your family out of this situation. But you have to call us immediately. Our experienced Norfolk car accident attorneys will fully investigate your accident and deal with the insurance company on your behalf to get you maximum compensation for your injuries. Don’t risk your financial future by going it alone. Contact us today.