Auto Accident

Change the Equation with Lowell Stanley

by Cary Graham | April 11th, 2016

We’ve handled hundreds of cases over the last 30 years and dealt with pretty much every car insurance company out there. We’re still amazed at some of the tactics they use to pay accident victims less than they deserve, but we’re never surprised. The insurance companies are in this business to make money. They do that by collecting more premiums than they pay out claims. It’s simple arithmetic. If Paul pays $10,000 in premiums over the life of the policy and they only pay out $1,000 for his claims, they can pocket the other $9,000.

Car insurance is a billion-dollar industry, so they’ve obviously mastered that equation. Our job at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers is to change the math by adding a new variable to the equation: an experienced Norfolk car accident attorney. Over the past 30 years, we’ve stood up to the insurance companies to get maximum compensation for our clients. If the insurance company doesn’t want to play fair, we’re not afraid to come down hard on them. Why do you think they call Lowell Stanley “The Hammer?”

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, give us a call today for a free consultation. We’ll get started on your case immediately and do everything within our power to get you full compensation for your injuries. Don’t try to take on the insurance company alone. Call us today.

Make the Call

by Cary Graham | March 28th, 2016

The telephone revolutionized communication. Before Alexander Graham Bell’s tinkering turned into a working prototype, communication was accomplished by letter, telegraph, or good old fashion face-to-face conversation. Since then, there have been some pretty significant phone calls. From presidents informing parents their sons and daughters are coming home to peace talks across oceans, the telephone has made it possible to inform and unite people instantly at any time.

Each of us can think of a phone call or two that were pivotal in our lives–some heartbreaking, some joyful. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, one upcoming phone call can impact the rest of your life more than any before. The insurance company may be calling with a settlement offer soon. Although they seem nice and understanding on the phone, their main objective is to get you to take as little money as possible for your injuries. It’s nothing personal. They’re just trying to make a profit. But if you take it, it’ll become real personal to you, real quick.

There’s no way to know how much this accident is going to cost you at this point, so how can you know if what they’re offering will be enough? The answer is you can’t. That’s why you should never take the insurance company’s first offer. When they call, do three things: Tell them you’re not signing anything, hang up, and call us.

Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers knows how to deal with the insurance company, and we’ll work to get you what you truly deserve. Don’t go it alone. Make the call that could change your life today.

Your Next Move Matters

by Cary Graham | March 21st, 2016

We’ve been helping accident victims in Norfolk for more than 30 years. In that time, we’ve fought for the rights of hundreds of injury victims, whether at the negotiating table or in the courtroom. When it comes down to it, experience is worth more than any promise you might hear from other law firms. In fact, you’ll never hear us promise you anything. We don’t have to. Our track record speaks for itself.

However, we will say this. The law firm you choose to handle your injury claim matters. If you’ve been injured, the one thing standing between you and a fair settlement is the insurance company. Those insurance companies handle thousands of injury claims like yours every day, many of which involve a personal injury lawyer. They keep track of which lawyers settle cheap and which ones push back.

You want a lawyer on your side with a reputation for fighting hard on behalf of their clients; someone that’s not afraid to take the insurance company to court if they won’t play fair.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we stand up to the insurance companies every day. They know if they try to push us, we’ll push back. That’s what our clients have come to expect from us, and that’s what they get. If you’ve been injured, call our Norfolk car accident attorneys today for a free consultation. Your next move matters. Make the right one.

We Keep Insurance Companies in Check

by Cary Graham | March 7th, 2016

Over the years, we’ve seen some pretty pathetic offers from the insurance company to accident victims. We expect the first settlement offers for an injury claim to be low, but occasionally we’ll run across an offer that is flat out pitiful. Insurance companies are in business to make money, not friends. Paying out what’s fair to every accident victim would impact their bottom line, so they shoot them low at first to see if they’ll take it. That might sound like good business sense to some, but to us, it’s just plain wrong.

Personal injury law exists to keep big business, such as the car insurance industry, in check. We fight on behalf of those who can’t fight for themselves to make the insurance company play fair. Every time we win big for our clients, it’s more than a financial victory; it’s a moral one. We take pride in the fact that we’ve helped the injured people of Norfolk put their lives back together for more than 30 years, and we’re just getting started.

If you’ve been injured in a car wreck, call our Norfolk car accident attorneys today for a free consultation. We’ve helped individuals in your same situation, and we’re ready to put that experience to work for you.

Why Personal Injury Lawsuits Exist

by Cary Graham | February 8th, 2016

Personal injury lawsuits exist for one reason: to protect the people of our country from the negligence of others. If you’ve been injured, harmed, or financially burdened by an individual or corporation, you have the right to seek damages. But what if you didn’t have that right? What if you as an individual had no recourse after an accident? What would that look like?

Well, there might be a lot more fatalities caused by car accidents. Without the risk of being sued, hospitals might refuse service to whoever comes through their doors. Imagine arriving at the hospital on a stretcher with critical injuries and the admitting nurse saying, “Don’t really feel like dealing with this right now.” Our legal system makes this kind of behavior more than an ethical question for the healthcare system; it makes it a financial one.

There would be a lot more bankruptcies as well. Without any recourse for seeking compensation for your injuries, how would you pay the massive medical bills that result from your initial and ongoing treatment? In the United States, medical bills are the leading cause of bankruptcy already.

Moreover, if you couldn’t take someone to civil court for his or her harmful conduct, what would stop someone from damaging your property? Sure the criminal court would prosecute the individual in criminal court, but as far as seeking damages for your personal belongings, you’d be out of luck.

We live in a country where an individual can stand up for himself in a court of law when he’s harmed by someone else’s negligence. Without that fundamental right, our country would be a very different place. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we’re proud to uphold that right for individuals all across Norfolk. We’ve helped thousands of people over the years get the compensation they deserve, and we’re ready to help you too. If you’ve been injured, give us a call for a free consultation.

No Obligation Means No Obligation

by Cary Graham | February 1st, 2016

You hear the words “no obligation” a lot in advertising. From products that cook bacon in seconds to devices that give you six-pack abs in just 2 minutes a day, “no obligation” has become the go-to verbiage to get people to purchase something under the assumption that they can return it if they don’t like it. Often times, the process for returning said products is confusing, requiring filling out forms, making phone calls, and jumping through other hoops.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, when we say we offer free consultations with no obligation, we actually mean no obligation. We receive hundreds of calls every year from accident victims who just need a few questions answered. We’re happy to answer them, because we know how hard it can be to get good advice following an accident. If they want to learn more about what our firm can potentially do for their case, we’re happy to offer a free consultation. If we feel they need representation, we extend that offer. If we feel they don’t need representation, we gladly give them advice on what steps they should take on their own.

And “no obligation” doesn’t only apply to our free consultation. In addition, we offer every client a contingency fee arrangement, which means you won’t owe us anything unless we get money for you. In other words, if we don’t win your case, you walk away without owing us any attorney fees. Why do we do this? Because we believe in eliminating any obstacle that could potentially keep an accident victim from getting the legal help he or she needs. If you’ve been injured, give our Norfolk car accident attorneys a call today for a free consultation with no obligation.

Your Injury Claim: Not a DIY Project

by Cary Graham | January 18th, 2016

If you think handling your own injury claim is a good idea, think again. Filing a strong injury claim can be a complicated process that is not a do-it-yourself project. Just one missed deadline or filing mistake can be the difference between getting the compensation you deserve and leaving a lot of money on the table. If you’ve been injured in a car accident, an experienced Norfolk personal injury attorney can help ensure nothing falls through the cracks.

Here are 3 reasons whey you should hire an attorney to handle your personal injury claim:

  1. Filing requirements—Filing an injury claim requires an in-depth knowledge of the process. The paperwork alone can be overwhelming, and then there are a number of filing deadlines that you must observe in order to have you claim considered. An experienced lawyer will process your paperwork and meet all deadlines on your behalf.
  2. Insurance company missteps—The insurance company loves do-it-yourselfers, because it makes their job so much easier. Do-it-yourselfers often make mistakes that the insurance company can take advantage of, potentially giving them everything they need to deny your claim all together.
  3. Ease of mind—If you’ve been injured, you need to focus your energy on one thing: getting better. An attorney can take the burden off your shoulders, representing your best interests while you focus on recovery.

Personal injury claims are not a do-it-yourself project. Call us today and take control of your situation.

9 Driving Safety Tips for Avoiding Pedestrians

by Cary Graham | January 11th, 2016

No matter what type of vehicle you drive, if you are out on the road, you are at risk of being involved in a car accident. Most car accidents involve two or more vehicles, which can be devastating. However, you might be surprised to learn that 14% of all vehicle-related fatalities involve pedestrians. In fact, a pedestrian is injured in a car accident every seven minutes.

To help decrease the number of pedestrian car accidents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has put together a list of safety tips.

  1. Look out for pedestrians everywhere, at all times. Safety is a shared responsibility.
  2. Use extra caution when driving in hard to see conditions, such as nighttime or in bad weather.
  3. Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk.
  4. Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and stop well back from the crosswalk to give other vehicles an opportunity to see the crossing pedestrians so they can stop too.
  5. Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. There may be people crossing that you can’t see.
  6. Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
  7. Follow the speed limit, especially around people on the street.
  8. Follow slower speed limits in school zones and in neighborhoods where there are children present.
  9. Be extra cautious when backing up – pedestrians can move into your path.

Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers are committed to helping Norfolk car accident victims get the compensation they deserve. If you were injured in a car accident, call our Norfolk personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation.

You Can Afford a Lawyer

by Cary Graham | January 4th, 2016

One of the questions we get most often in Norfolk is “Can I afford a lawyer?” That’s a fair question and a valid concern. When most people think about hiring a lawyer, they see dollar signs. They assume a lawyer will charge them large amounts of money upfront just to consider their case. That may be true of other law firms, but that’s not how we do it at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers. We make it easy to get the help you need by offering a contingency fee arrangement to all of our clients.

A contingency fee means our payment is contingent on whether or not we win your case, so you don’t owe us anything upfront. In fact, we’ll only take payment if we get money for you. That means you have nothing to lose from giving us a call.

Our goal is to eliminate all the obstacles keeping you from getting the help you need. That’s why, in addition to our contingency fee arrangement, we offer free consultations. We’ll evaluate your case and let you know if we believe we can help. Either way, the consultation is always free of charge.

Have more questions? Check out our FAQ page for answers. When you’re ready, give us a call for your free consultation.

Virginia Replacing Guardrails to Protect Motorists in Car Accidents

by | December 21st, 2015

Guardrails that line the highway may be one of your first defenses in a car accident. But what if these supposedly lifesaving devices weren’t as safe as we previously believed? Unfortunately, the risks of defective guardrails seem to be a reality here in Virginia. Luckily, a solution is on the way.

The Hampton Roads car accident lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers explain that concerns began to arise when a link between the length of guardrail end caps and the devastating results of impacts with the devices was discovered. Research shows the guardrail caps were shortened after undergoing federal testing and approval, which undermined their ability to function properly.

With these discoveries coming to light, the state began removing each of the defective guardrails. According to an article from the Press Telegraph, officials say the faulty units are to be replaced with newer and safer units.

Virginia also filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the faulty rails, claiming negligence in failing to disclose the changes in the product’s design.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we are aware of the important role safety equipment plays in keeping our highways safe. That’s why our Norfolk personal injury lawyers would like to applaud Virginia for taking steps to help ensure motorists are protected in the event of a crash.