Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers Blog

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.

What is Medical Malpractice?

by Cary Graham | April 4th, 2016

Medical malpractice is one of the most misunderstood legal terms, as it is often confused with medical negligence. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we feel it’s important that potential victims and their families know the difference so they can make an informed decision on what to do next. Let’s take a look at both terms separately.

Medical negligence is improper, unskilled, or negligent treatment of a patient by a physician or other medical professional. An example of medical negligence is if your physician prescribed the wrong dosage for a medication. That was negligent and improper treatment and would fall under the medical negligence category. However, it can also be medical malpractice if we add one element to the equation: harm.

Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is harmed by the negligent behavior or treatment of a medical professional. If taking the incorrect medication dosage prescribed led to physical or mental harm, you may be the victim of medical malpractice. The key to a medical malpractice case is injury. If you received negligent care but did not sustain any injuries, you probably don’t have a case.

However, if you believe you were the victim of medical malpractice, call us today. Our experienced medical malpractice lawyers will investigate the cause of your injuries and hold the responsible parties accountable. Call today for a free consultation.

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.

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.