Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers Blog

When Your Case is a Win

by Cary Graham | March 14th, 2016

We are all creatures of habit. We each have our routines that help us start our days on the right foot. Whether drinking your coffee on your porch or taking a walk every morning with your dog, these routines provide familiarity and comfort. When they’re taken away, they can throw your life out of balance.

We talk a lot on this blog about the big things we do for accident victims, such as ensuring they get the best medical treatment available and helping get them maximum compensation for their injuries. However, often it’s the smaller contributions we make that can mean even more.

Our main goal is to help accident victims get their lives back on track. That means doing our best to restore the life that they loved before this accident robbed them of it. When we get a large settlement or verdict for a client, it’s a huge win for the client and their family, but that’s not when the case is won in our book. When we check in a couple months later and they’ve reclaimed those life routines we all take for granted, that’s when we consider the case a win.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, it’s more than getting you maximum compensation for your injuries, it’s about helping rebuild your life. If you’ve been in a serious accident, give us a call for a free evaluation of your claim. We’ve helped hundreds of accident victims in Norfolk, and we’re ready to help you too.

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.

Respect Can Save Lives

by Cary Graham | February 29th, 2016

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, respect is king. We extend it to every client we represent and demand it from the insurance companies we deal with on a daily basis. A lot of the accident victims we’ve helped over the years were injured by someone that failed to respect their right to safety. This is especially true of bicyclists. Although they have the same rights as motorists, they are often overlooked or worse targeted while out on the road. We believe this stems from a lack of knowledge of how to share the road, so here are a few safety tips for both motorists and cyclists that, if observed, could help us reduce the number of bicycle accidents in Norfolk:

Motorists

  • Pass cyclists at a reasonable speed, keeping at least three feet between you.
  • Cyclists may pass vehicles on either side or even go off the road to pass, so make sure you check your surroundings for cyclists before turning or opening your doors when parked.
  • Learn the arm signals cyclists use to indicate turns. Knowing what these signals mean can help you adjust as you approach intersections.

Cyclists

  • Remember that you are subject to the same traffic laws as every other vehicle out on the road. Respect other drivers by adhering to these laws every time you get on the bike.
  • Learn the proper arm signals and use them every time you make a turn.
  • Ride only with the flow of traffic, never against it.
  • Never ride more than two abreast or impede traffic.

If you’ve been injured in a bicycle accident, give our Norfolk bicycle accident attorneys a call today. We’ll investigate the cause of your accident and hold the negligent driver accountable.

The Reality of Going It Alone

by Cary Graham | February 22nd, 2016

You’ve been in a serious accident. You’re injured, scared, and are considering calling a lawyer to help with your injury claim, but you are not completely convinced you need one. Thousands of people each year handle their own injury claims. While some do okay for themselves, most leave a lot of money on the table. The reality is, an injury claim isn’t something you want to handle on your own, and here are a few reasons why.

  • You’ve never done it before. If you’re anything like me, you like to tackle home improvement projects yourself, rather than calling in a professional. There’s just something about figuring it out on your own that’s rewarding. However, a personal injury claim isn’t a DIY project. You only get one chance to get it right, and the learning curve is steep. The chances of you maximizing your claim having never done it before are slim.
  • You need to focus on your recovery. Getting fair compensation for your injuries is vitally important to your financial future. However, it’s even more important that you fully recover from your injuries. Handling your own injury claim can be time-consuming and frustrating, leaving you stressed and unable to focus on your recovery.
  • The insurance company loves do-it-yourselfers. People who file their own injury claims without the assistance of a lawyer are playing right into the insurance company’s hands. Why? Because accident victims without a lawyer on their side will more than likely take the first settlement offer the insurance company offers, which is probably not enough to cover the full extent of your injuries.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we know a serious accident can leave you uncertain of what to do next. That’s why you should call an experienced Norfolk motorcycle accident attorney. We’ve helped hundreds of accident victims just like you get the compensation they need, and we’re ready to help you too. Don’t take on the insurance company alone. Call us today.

What Lawyer Movies Get Right

by Cary Graham | February 15th, 2016

We’ve just come off an incredible holiday movie season. From blockbusters like Star Wars to gritty period pieces like Revenant, there have been plenty of reasons to go to the movies recently. Films have the ability to take us out of our everyday lives and place us in the shoes of extraordinary characters doing remarkable things.

Movies also have the ability to shine a light on injustice, revealing corruption in the real world. Films like Puncture that portray corporations putting greed above the welfare of their consumers. In the film, two small-time attorneys take on the case of a young woman who contracted HIV from a needle-stick accident. As the attorneys dig deeper into the case, they have to decide whether or not they want to risk their careers by taking on a corporate juggernaut determined to squash any attempt to shine a light on their defective products.

The film was based on a true story, and unfortunately, the lengths these corporations will go to protect its bottom line is pretty accurate. Even with landmark cases such as the Pacific Gas and Electric Company case made famous by the movie Erin Brockovich, corporations are still putting profits before people, even when lives are at stake.

That’s why personal injury law is such an important part of our justice system. Without it, these corporations might get away with the injuries and deaths their negligent behavior cause. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we’re proud to stand up for the rights of consumers. If you’ve been injured by a defective product, we’d be proud to stand up for you as well. Give our Norfolk product liability lawyers a call for a free consultation. Let us help you hold those accountable responsible.

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.

Insurance Bias Against Motorcyclists

by Cary Graham | January 25th, 2016

One of the reasons we’re so passionate about defending injured motorcyclists is we know they might not get a fair deal from the insurance company otherwise. There are many in the legal profession who believe there is an unfair bias against motorcyclists due to denied claims. The reason for the denied claims? The driver was operating a motorcycle. Imagine being seriously injured in a motorcycle crash and your health insurance company refuses to pay your medical bills.

How can they do this? By adding “exclusions” into the fine print of your policy. These exclusions release the insurance company of their responsibility to take care of you in the event that you sustain injuries while operating a motorcycle. Don’t wait until you’ve been in an accident to find out if you’re protected. Read your policy closely or call your insurance provider to find out if there are any exclusions on your policy that you’re not currently aware of.

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident and you’re getting the runaround from the insurance company, give our Norfolk motorcycle accident attorneys a call. We believe motorcyclists should have the same freedoms and protections that every driver enjoys, and we defend those freedoms by standing up to the insurance company and demanding they do the right thing.

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.