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Be Wary of Dangerous and Deadly Hand Sanitizers

by Staff Blogger | July 13th, 2020

Whether you’re trying to avoid COVID-19 or reduce your risks of getting sick in general, using hand sanitizer is a great way to kill bacteria and germs when washing your hands in a sink isn’t possible or practical. But recently, the FDA released a serious warning about the safety of certain hand sanitizers that contain methanol.

Typically, hand sanitizers work by using ethanol, or ethyl alcohol. This substance kills germs without putting users at risk. However, some hand sanitizer manufacturers are using methanol, or wood alcohol, in their products without labeling it. Methanol is highly toxic and should be avoided at all costs, whether its via skin exposure or accidental and intentional consumption.

Side effects of methanol exposure can include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Permanent blindness
  • Seizure
  • Coma
  • Nerve damage
  • Death

People who use hand sanitizers that contain methanol are at risk even if they are only exposed topically. However, people who ingest these products, including small children and people who drink them as alcohol substitutes, are at extreme risk of serious complications.

Many of the affected hand sanitizers were manufactured in Mexico under various names and by various companies. A full list can be found on the FDA’s website. New hand sanitizers are being added to the list frequently. When purchasing hand sanitizer, only buy products from trusted brands and trusted stores.

If you or someone you love was harmed by a defective and dangerous product, the Virginia defective product lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers want to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Our Lawyers Can Protect You After a Bicycle Accident

by Staff Blogger | July 6th, 2020

If you regularly ride your bicycle on Virginia’s roads, you know that drivers aren’t always courteous or even concerned about your safety. In fact, you may feel like you’re being bullied or pushed out of your lane and even off the road at times. Unfortunately, that treatment can continue even if you get struck by a vehicle driven by a negligent driver.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia bicycle accident attorneys have seen many cases where bicyclists get seriously hurt through no fault of their own, only to be blamed for their own accidents! Drivers and their insurance companies frequently place blame back on innocent bicyclists, and it can be difficult for cyclists to be taken seriously when they pursue compensation, even when they suffered serious injuries.

Don’t let this happen to you after a bicycle accident. It’s important to approach your pursuit of compensation with the expectation of not being taken seriously and even having your claim denied by the other driver’s insurer. That’s where we come in. Our legal team has decades of experience assisting innocent victims, and we know what it takes to build claims that get attention, respect, and results.

You shouldn’t be “punished” for riding a bike, especially when the accident wasn’t your fault. But that’s reality for far too many bicyclists in Virginia. We want to ensure it doesn’t happen to you. When you contact us, we’ll work hard to ensure your claim is heard and your needs are met after the crash. Call today for a free consultation.

Motorcyclists: Are You Wearing the Right Gear When You Ride?

by Staff Blogger | June 29th, 2020

As a motorcyclist, you face increased risks compared to people in passenger vehicles. They’re protected by airbags and seatbelts during crashes—you’re not. It’s up to you to take your safety into your own hands, and that means wearing all the right gear when you ride your motorcycle.

What does it mean to wear the right gear? It involves always wearing the following equipment:

  • Full-face helmet—Wearing a helmet is the single most important thing you can do to protect yourself as a rider. But just any helmet isn’t enough. Make sure your helmet is full-faced, fits you properly, and is certified by DOT, ECE 22.05, and Snell.
  • Riding jacket and pants—Asphalt and bare skin aren’t a good combination, especially at high speeds. If you want to avoid road rash, infection, and possible skin grafts, always wear a thick riding jacket and pants.
  • Gloves and boots—Your fingers, hands, feet, and toes aren’t just susceptible to road rash—they’re also susceptible to amputation during crashes. Wearing high-quality, protective gloves and boots not only protect your skin, but they also reduce the risk of catastrophic injuries.

You can further improve your safety by ensuring that your gear is brightly colored and reflective. One of the biggest causes of motorcycle crashes is drivers not seeing riders, regardless of time of day or weather.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia motorcycle accident attorneys strongly believe in the importance of safety equipment, but we also know that even the most well-protected and safety-conscious riders still get hurt in accidents. If you were injured by a negligent driver while riding, we want to help you get compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Less Traffic Shouldn’t Mean Less Focus Behind the Wheel

by Staff Blogger | June 22nd, 2020

According to a report by the Virginia Department of Transportation, there have been fewer vehicles on the state’s roadways during the COVID-19 pandemic than at other times. However, the percentage of crashes involving speeding vehicles and drivers and passengers not wearing their seat belts has increased. In addition, the number of deaths related to those factors has also gone up.

What does this mean? It can be inferred that many drivers are becoming too relaxed and even careless behind the wheel, especially when they look around and see fewer cars on the road during their daily commutes. Driving is a task that requires undivided attention, focus, and concentration. All it takes is one momentary lapse for a crash to occur.

In addition, driving on a less busy street should never be an invitation or a green light to suddenly disregard traffic laws or push the envelope. Speed limits are posted for a reason, and they’re enforced whether it’s just you on the road or you’re driving in heavy traffic. In addition, dangerous behaviors such as texting while driving and driving under the influence put you at risk regardless of how many cars, trucks, and SUVs are nearby.

Unfortunately, our Virginia auto accident lawyers know that too many drivers have let safety slip from their minds while driving in recent months. If you or someone you love gets injured in a crash caused by a careless driver, we want to help. Get in touch with the legal team at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.

Why Do Some Law Firms Decline Medical Malpractice Claims?

by Staff Blogger | June 15th, 2020

All personal injury claims have a large burden of proof on injured victims. In most cases, claims go against insurance companies—which are well-known for reporting huge annual profits. If they were paying out all the compensation claims they receive, they would quickly go bankrupt. Instead, they’ve found ways to reduce or deny claims by forcing victims to come up with mountains of evidence, and even that’s not always enough!

Medical malpractice claims are similar in that the burden of proof is extremely high. To make matters worse, hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities are often well protected against medical malpractice claims. They fight back viciously when sick or injured patients accuse them of negligence and carelessness, even when those patients clearly suffered at the hands of healthcare professionals.

Many law firms help victims only to make a quick buck. They want to turn over cases as quickly as possible, and medical malpractice claims typically require patience, experience, and tenacity. Those are the qualities we bring to every claim we handle, which is why we don’t back down from medical malpractice claims. It’s our goal to help injured victims throughout Virginia, including those who were injured by doctors, surgeons, and other providers.

We believe that victims shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket simply because their claims will be tough to win. Our Virginia medical malpractice lawyers don’t back down from a challenge, and we’re always in it to win. Contact us today for a free consultation and to find out how we can help.

Our Lawyers Understand the Complexities of Birth Injury Lawsuits

by Staff Blogger | June 8th, 2020

Doctors, midwives, and other healthcare providers who assist during pregnancy and delivery are supposed to do everything in their power to protect mothers and their babies. But that doesn’t always happen. And sometimes, those letdowns are caused by negligence rather than human error.

When medical professionals are negligent due to carelessness, rushing through procedures, and failing to double-check patient charts and other important information, serious injuries can occur. In the case of birth injuries, both mothers and their children may be affected, and both can suffer potentially fatal complications.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia birth injury attorneys not only fight for the rights of women and children injured by negligent medical providers, but we also know how to prepare claims that get results.

Medical malpractice can be difficult to prove, especially after something like child birth, which can have negative outcomes even with preventative care. Our years of experience building these types of claims means that we can review all the evidence and build a case that leaves no doubt that negligence occurred.

If you, your partner, or your child were harmed at any point during pregnancy or delivery, you may have a claim to compensation for things like medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. When you call us, our legal team will review the facts of what happened and work hard to determine if you have a claim. If so, we’ll immediately do everything we can to get you maximum damages for what you’ve been through.

Contact us today for a free consultation. We’re here to help you get the money you deserve.

Swimming Pool Injury? You May Be Eligible for Compensation.

by Staff Blogger | June 1st, 2020

For many people, swimming pools are the ultimate summertime escape. They’re great places to cool off on hot days for both kids and adults alike. However, in addition to the ever-present threat of drowning, swimming pools can also put people at risk of other serious injuries.

Common swimming pool-related injuries include:

  • Slip and fall injuries—Whether it’s from splashing or dripping swimmers, every surface near a swimming pool is likely to get wet while the pool is being used. It’s up to pool owners to ensure that those surfaces don’t become slick and dangerous when they get wet to prevent slips and falls.
  • Chlorine and chemical injuries—Maintaining an optimal level of chlorine and other cleaning agents in swimming pools is mandatory to keep them free from bacteria and safe for swimmers. When there’s too little, swimmers can get sick, and when there’s too much, they can suffer health problems.
  • Cuts and abrasions—People walk around swimming pools with bare feet, and they come into contact with metal and rough surfaces such as ladders, diving boards, slides, and liners. Hazards such as broken glass, sharp edges, and broken equipment can put swimmers at risk of serious injuries.

The Virginia personal injury attorneys at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers are here to help if you or someone you love suffers a serious swimming pool injury this summer. All swimming pool owners are required to take many steps to ensure their property is safe for swimmers, and when they fail to do so, we hold them accountable. Contact us today for a free consultation to find out how we can help.

Take Medications? Keep Tabs on Their Recall Status.

by Staff Blogger | May 26th, 2020

All consumer products, whether it’s food, vehicles and their components, household products, and pharmaceutical medications, are supposed to be thoroughly tested and proven to be safe. And while most products that are sold to consumers meet all safety criteria, some don’t—including potentially life-saving prescription drugs.

When medications are defective, patients can experience severe side effects and complications. Unfortunately, patients aren’t always aware of recalls until weeks or months after they occur, especially if they receive large amounts of pills or tablets and don’t need refills for long periods of time.

While your doctor or pharmacist should contact you when a drug recall occurs, that may not always happen in a timely fashion or at all. Thankfully, there’s an easy way for people to keep tabs on the status of prescription medications: the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s drug recall database.

In addition to listing the dates, names, and reasons of recently recalled medications, the database also includes a search function. That makes it easy to look up any medications you’re taking to determine if they may pose an unnecessary risk to your health.

If you find out that any medications you’re taking are recalled, never stop taking them without first speaking to your doctor. Many recalls are issued due to minor problems with labels or packaging, and even more serious recalls should be handled carefully under your doctor’s supervision.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia drug injury attorneys work hard to help people who were harmed by dangerous drugs. If you or someone you love had a bad outcome after taking a recalled medication, contact us today for a free consultation.

Many Accident Types Can Result in Traumatic Brain Injuries

by Staff Blogger | May 18th, 2020

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we know that all injuries have the capacity to change victims’ lives forever. Whether it’s broken bones, cuts and contusions, or soft tissue damage, injuries can result in big medical bills and pain that makes it difficult or impossible to work. However, few injuries affect victims as profoundly and permanently as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).

TBIs can occur in a wide variety of accidents. They can happen during car accidents, even when victims are protected by seat belts and air bags. They can occur when victims slip and fall on wet, slick, or uneven walkways. They can affect motorcyclists, even those who wear DOT-approved helmets. They can even change the lives of patients undergoing medical procedures when doctors and surgeons don’t take proper precautions.

Our Virginia brain injury lawyers know how devastating TBIs can be today, tomorrow, and 30 years from now. For many victims, the expenses never stop adding up. They need lifetime care, and they’re permanently disabled. Getting a quick one-time settlement from the insurance company simply isn’t enough to cover their expenses, and yet that’s what adjusters believe is fair. Of course, their goal is to protect their profits—not pay victims the money they need.

Don’t let that happen to you. Our legal team is ready to take your call and put our experience and dedication to work for your family. Contact us today for a free consultation. Your family has suffered one of the most devastating injuries, and it’s our job to get you the money you deserve.

What Scenarios Can Lead to Wrongful Death Claims?

by Staff Blogger | May 11th, 2020

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our legal team works hard to help injured victims and their loved ones get compensation after accidents. But what happens when those accidents result in someone’s death?

The surviving family members of a person who died in a preventable, fatal accident that was caused by another person’s or party’s negligence can file a wrongful death claim to recover compensation for things like medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of companionship. There are many types of accidents and mistakes that can result in valid wrongful death claims, including:

  • Car accidents—When drivers break the law, whether it’s by speeding, texting while driving, or driving under the influence, they put others in danger. And when their negligence causes a fatal crash, they should be held liable.
  • Medical malpractice—Doctors, surgeons, anesthesiologists, and other healthcare providers are responsible for ensuring their patients are safe and avoid complications. When they fail to do so, they can be considered accountable for injuries, illnesses, and even deaths.
  • Nursing home abuse—Nursing home residents are among the most vulnerable members of society. Many are at risk of deadly falls or sudden downturns in their health that can turn fatal. It’s up to nursing home staff members to provide the care, medical treatment, and supervision necessary to reduce their risks.

These are just a few examples of the types of situations that can result in wrongful death claims. If you lost a loved one and you believe it was due to someone else’s carelessness or mistake, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact our Virginia wrongful death attorneys today for a free consultation.