Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers Blog

How Life Insurance Company Fraud Works

by Cary Graham | October 17th, 2016

There is nothing we hate more at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers than an insurance company that refuses to do the right thing, except maybe an insurance company that knowingly perpetrates fraud against our Norfolk friends and neighbors. Over the past year, we’ve spoken with a number of folks in our community who’ve been the victim of life insurance company fraud, and we’re in the process of helping many of them get justice right now.

Here’s how life insurance company fraud works. You buy a life insurance policy and pay the premiums every month on time and in full. Then one day you receive a notice that your premiums are skyrocketing, leaving you with one of three options: cancel the policy, pay 2-3 times more for the exact same policy, or wipe out the savings you’ve accumulated. It that seems unfair and downright wrong it’s because it is.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we’ve been monitoring this new and ongoing threat to Norfolk life insurance policyholders for a while now. We know what these insurance companies are trying to get away with and how they’re doing it, which makes us better equipped to stop them. If you’ve been the victim of life insurance company fraud, give us a call today for a free consultation. What they’re doing to you and your family is wrong, and we won’t let them get away with it. Contact us today.

We Fight Greedy Pharmaceutical Companies

by Cary Graham | October 10th, 2016

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, there’s no love lost between us and the pharmaceutical companies. It seems like for every medical breakthrough that helps patients combat a medical condition there’s an equally dangerous medication that puts millions of people at risk. What makes matters worse, some pharmaceutical companies know their drug is dangerous but release it anyway, all in the name of profits.

Why would they release something that they know will harm users and therefore lead to lawsuits? Simple. They know they’ll make more money selling the drug than they’ll pay out in drug injury lawsuits. In other words, they know their drug may harm or even kill patients, but in the long run will be profitable, so they put it out anyway. It’s just plain wrong, but it happens more often than you might think. Thankfully, if it has happened to you, there’s something you can do about it. Call a lawyer.

Our team of Norfolk drug injury lawyers have years of experience holding pharmaceutical companies accountable for the damage their medications cause, and we’re ready to help you too.

If you suffered health complications after taking a prescription drug, give us a call immediately for a free evaluation of your claim. You may be entitled to significant compensation, but your time to bring a claim may be limited, so contact us today.

Uncovering the Why of Your Accident

by Cary Graham | October 3rd, 2016

Those who have survived traumatic, life-threatening car accidents often claim that in the moment right before impact, their lives flashed before their eyes. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we know the devastation a distracted or careless driver can have on a Norfolk family. It only takes one lapse of concentration or judgment to change or end a person’s life forever, leaving the victim and their family asking the proverbial question of why.

When an accident victim comes to us for help, we always start with the “why.” The reasons behind the crash can have a profound impact on how much your case is worth, especially if it goes to court. Our goal is two-fold when it comes to injury claims. First, we want to get the client every dollar in compensation they deserve. That includes money for medical bills, lost wages, and more. Second, we want to discourage other drivers from putting Norfolk citizens at risk. We do that by fully investigating the cause of the accident and holding the at-fault driver accountable for his/her actions.

If you’ve been injured, call our experienced Norfolk car accident attorneys today for a free consultation. We’ve been helping Norfolk accident victims get the compensation they deserve for more than 30 years, and we’re ready to help you too.

A Birth Injury Could Cost Your Family Millions

by Cary Graham | September 26th, 2016

From the moment their child is born, all parents have a singular hope: that their son or daughter will have a long, healthy life. They read all the recommended books, prepare the nursery, and dream of all the things their child will do during their lives. Unfortunately, some parents will never get the chance to see those dreams realized.

Birth injury cases are some of the toughest our firm handles, and our hearts go out to anyone going through the nightmare of finding out their child suffered a birth injury, denying them the extraordinary life they deserve. Many of these children face a lifetime of care and treatment due to their injuries, which could cost millions of dollars over the course of their lives.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we believe those responsible for your child’s birth injury should be responsible for the care they now require. That’s why we fight on behalf of birth injury victims and their families to secure maximum compensation to pay for future medical care and more.

If your child suffered a birth injury, you don’t have to go through this alone. Call our experienced Norfolk birth injury lawyers today for a free consultation. The next steps you take could impact the rest of your child’s life, so call us immediately.

Norfolk Bicycle Accident Victims Deserve Compensation

by Cary Graham | September 19th, 2016

Norfolk is a great place to ride your bicycle, but it’s not always the safest. From road hazards to careless drivers, there are a number of dangers cyclists have to avoid every time they climb onto their bikes. As we come into one of the busiest driving seasons of the year, it’s important that cyclists’ rights to the road be upheld and protected, and that’s exactly what we plan to do at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers.

Every bicycle accident in Norfolk has one thing in common: someone is to blame. In some cases, it’s the cyclists’ fault, but most often, we’ve found that bicycle accidents occur due to the negligence of property owners, the city, or other drivers. In each of those instances, the victim should be entitled to compensation for their injuries. When a property owner fails to maintain safe conditions for areas used by cyclists and an accident occurs, the victim should be entitled to compensation. When the city causes or fails to repair road hazards and an accident occurs, the victim should be entitled to compensation. When a careless driver hits a cyclist due their own negligence, the victim should be entitled to compensation.

If you’ve been the victim of a bicycle accident in Norfolk or anywhere else in Virginia, give us a call for a free consultation. Our Norfolk bicycle accident attorneys are ready to help you get every dollar you deserve in compensation, and we can start today.

Protecting Our Aging Loved Ones from Abuse

by Cary Graham | September 12th, 2016

We talk a lot on this blog about respect. That’s because at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, respect is king. We extend it to every client who comes through our doors and we demand it from the insurance company on their behalf. Like most folks in Virginia, the same is true in our personal lives. We all want what’s best for our families, and we’ll do anything to protect them from harm, especially when they can’t defend themselves.

When our aging loved ones decide that a nursing home is the right next move for their lives, our first priority is finding a facility that will care for their needs and treat them with the dignity and respect they deserve. When we suspect neglect or abuse in that care, we immediately want to run to their aid. But how do you prove neglect has occurred?

Here are seven signs that your aging loved one may be the victim of nursing home neglect:

  • Bedsores or bruises related in immobility
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Fleas, lice, or lack of cleanliness in the resident’s room
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Torn clothing or broken personal items
  • Odors of urine or feces
  • Untreated wounds, cuts, bruises, or welts

If your aging loved one shows any signs that indicate abuse or neglect, call our experienced Norfolk nursing home abuse lawyers today for a free consultation. We’ll fully investigate the nature of your loved one’s injuries and fight to hold the responsible party accountable.

5 Driving Safety Tips for September

by Cary Graham | September 5th, 2016

September is one of the deadliest months on U.S. roads—with one of the deadliest holidays (Labor Day). Although we wish Norfolk was exempt from these statistics, chances are we’ll have a number of serious accidents this month along with the rest of the country. However, adhering to the following 5 driver safety tips may help reduce your chances of being involved in a car accident:

  1. Leave early. Many car crashes are the result of driving too fast in order to get to your destination on time. If you regularly are running late on your daily commute, try leaving 20 minutes early. You’ll be amazed at how much more relaxed you are on your commute.
  2. Be patient. Traffic jams or other hold-ups are just part of driving. Getting frustrated or taking unnecessary risks in an attempt to get where you’re going faster leads to accidents. Don’t do it.
  3. Look twice. The one thing you can’t control on the road is the actions of other drivers. Even when you have the right away, take a second look to make sure the other drivers on the road adhere to traffic laws.
  4. Avoid distractions. Talking on your phone, putting on makeup, or eating breakfast can get you or someone else killed on the road. It’s as simple as that.
  5. Never drive impaired. There are far too many ride alternatives in the Roanoke area for you to take the risk of driving impaired. Even if you think you’re fine, don’t take the chance of ending someone else’s life or your own by getting behind the wheel.

Unfortunately, even the safest, most responsible drivers are sometimes still involved in a car accident. If you’ve been injured, give our experienced Norfolk car accident attorneys a call for a free consultation. Let us work to help you get maximum compensation in the least amount of time.

Beware of Sleeper Injuries

by Cary Graham | August 29th, 2016

It’s almost a given that you’ll be involved in some sort of vehicular accident in your lifetime. When it happens and you’re not seriously injured, consider yourself fortunate. As personal injury lawyers, we help accident victims all the time whose lives have been forever changed due to their injuries.

However, just because you didn’t sustain any apparent injuries in your accident, such as broken bones or lacerations, doesn’t mean you weren’t injured. Every day, people walk away from accidents only to discover days later that they did sustain serious injuries. These sleeper injuries are masked at the time of the accident by the adrenaline pumping through your body, leading many to assume they escaped injury-free. That’s why it’s important to get checked out by a medical professional following your accident even if you feel fine. The sooner you identify your injuries, the sooner you can get the medical treatment you need.

That’s the first step to recovering from an accident. The second is calling an experienced Norfolk car accident attorney to help handle your injury claim. On average, accident victims with an attorney get more money than those who try to go it alone. Don’t miss out on the compensation you deserve. Call our experienced Norfolk car accident attorneys today.

3 Tips for Giving Good Testimony

by Cary Graham | August 22nd, 2016

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we’re committed to getting our clients the most money for their injury claim in the least amount of time. That’s what we’ve done for more than 30 years, and that’s what we aim to do for you as well. The best-case scenario is that the insurance company will live up to their responsibilities and agree to a fair settlement quickly. If that doesn’t happen, we’ll take them to court to get the money you deserve. In that process, there’s a chance you’ll need to testify on your behalf. Here are 3 tips to ensure that testimony helps rather than hurts your case:

  1. Tell the truth. The stand is never the place to expound on or exaggerate your story. A good opposing attorney will know every bit of information involved in the case and will capitalize on any inconsistencies in your story. Be prepared and stick to the facts.
  2. Be polite. The opposing attorney may try to get you wound up, emotional, or even angry with his/her questioning. Don’t fall for it. Simply answer the questions, keeping your temper in check the entire time.
  3. Get rest. We’ll do everything within our power to ensure you’re prepared for your time on the stand. However, a good night’s rest can be the deciding factor for how your testimony turns out. You want to be fresh and presentable on the stand, which you can’t do if you’re tired.

If you’re already a Lowell Stanley client, rest assured that we’ll be by your side throughout the entire injury claim process, especially if your case goes to trial. If you’re not a client and are looking for experienced representation, give us a call today for a free consultation. We’d love to speak with you.

Holding Medical Professionals to their Oath

by Cary Graham | August 15th, 2016

Our doctors made a promise when they first started practicing medicine. It’s called the Hippocratic Oath, and it states that doctors should first “do no harm.” By taking that oath, our medical professionals are making a promise to every future patient that they will do their best to ensure the patient’s safety throughout treatment. No medical professional is perfect and will make mistakes in the course of their careers, but we expect them to hold themselves to a high standard. When a medical professional lowers that standard, even for a moment, the results can be devastating.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we protect the rights of medical malpractice victims by holding negligent medical professionals accountable for their careless acts. You went under their care with the understanding that your wellbeing would be their top priority. Now the injuries they caused have changed your life forever, leaving you wondering what to do next. Give us a call. Our team of medical malpractice attorneys will fully investigate the cause of your injuries and work to get you maximum compensation for your injuries.

By coming forward, you are doing more than protecting your rights; you’re also raising the standard for medical professionals, potentially making it safer for Norfolk patients in the future. If you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice, give us a call immediately for a free consultation. We’re ready to help.