Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers Blog

Why Should You Hire a Lawyer to File a Personal Injury Claim?

by Staff Blogger | November 29th, 2021

Personal injury lawyer ads are everywhere—on television, on billboards, and even on buses. It’s easy for people to roll their eyes at the idea of calling a personal injury lawyer, as they’re commonly associated with “frivolous” lawsuits and injuries. But when you’re hurt through no fault of your own and are facing big expenses for medical bills and lost wages, you may change your tune on the value of personal injury lawyers.

Hiring a personal injury lawyer is important for a few reasons:

  • It helps you get all the money you’re entitled to.

Injuries are expensive, and insurance companies rarely pay victims what they’re truly owed. That means that even if the insurance company offers you a settlement, it may not be enough to cover your current bills, let alone your future bills.

  • It allows you to focus on your recovery.

When you’re trying to heal from a serious injury, the last thing you need is to deal with an uncooperative insurance company. When you hire a personal injury lawyer, you don’t have to talk to the insurer anymore. Instead, your lawyer will handle all communication on your behalf.

  • It can help create change in a company or industry.

When companies or industries are liable for injuring people, they’re often resistant to change unless there are major consequences for not doing so. Paying “lowball” settlements to victims or ignoring them completely rarely results in change, but being held liable by lawyers can help make change a reality.

The Virginia personal injury lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers are here to help after an accident or injury that wasn’t your fault. Contact us today for a free consultation.

After a Motorcycle Crash, Don’t Accept the Insurance Company’s Offer Without a Lawyer on Your Side

by Staff Blogger | November 22nd, 2021

If you’re hurt in a motorcycle crash, the only thing protecting you is the equipment you’re wearing. Even the best helmets and riding gear can only do so much to reduce the severity of your injuries when you’re thrown from your bike. And the injuries you suffer aren’t just painful and disabling, but they’re also expensive.

For many motorcycle accident victims, getting compensation after their crashes is their top priority after receiving medical care. Insurance companies know that, and they take full advantage of it. A common cost-saving measure is for them to contact victims in the days or weeks after their accidents and offer them settlements for their medical bills and lost wages.

Because many victims need money right away, they may jump at the chance to obtain a big lump-sum payment that can replace their lost wages, begin paying down their medical bills, and help them afford their day-to-day expenses. But reality sets in once their full prognosis is revealed, which includes how much treatment they’ll need and how long they’ll be out of work.

Compensation after an accident or injury is a one-shot opportunity. After you’ve accepted a settlement, you’re locked out of pursuing more money down the road. That’s why it’s so important to have an experienced law firm on your side right away—especially if the insurance company is offering you a settlement.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia motorcycle accident attorneys can review any offer you receive to determine if it’s enough money for you and your family. If it isn’t, we’ll work hard to ensure you get fair compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation.

How Slips and Falls Can Cause Traumatic Brain Injuries

by Staff Blogger | November 15th, 2021

For some people, slipping and falling leaves a few bruises and causes a few moments of embarrassment. But for others, slipping and falling can be a life-changing event—especially if it causes them to hit their head. Any injury to the head can cause a traumatic brain injury (TBI), and slips and falls are among the most likely types of accidents to result in TBIs.

When people fall, they usually put their hands out to catch themselves on their way to the ground. But that’s not always possible. Sometimes, people fall backwards or while carrying something. And in some cases, slip and fall victims are elderly or in a weakened condition that makes it difficult for them to reduce the impact or intensity of a fall.

The biggest risk factor people face when falling is hitting their head on a hard object, such as the floor, a chair, a table, or a curb, just to name a few. When this happens, the impact can cause primary brain damage, which is an immediate injury to brain tissue. Others may experience secondary brain damage, which happens minutes or hours after brain injuries and is caused by rising pressure inside the skull.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia brain injury lawyers work hard to help victims get compensation after TBIs that weren’t their fault, whether they happen during car accidents, because of slip and falls, or for any other reason. Contact us today if you or someone you love suffered a TBI. We know what it takes to win your claim.

What Happens if the Other Driver Blames You for a Crash?

by Staff Blogger | November 8th, 2021

After some auto accidents, it’s clear who was at fault. For example, there’s not much a driver who ran a red light or stop sign can say in their defense or to pin blame on the other driver. But some crashes can be a little more ambiguous and can lead to both drivers blaming each other.

It’s not uncommon for blame to go both ways, and in some cases, it’s valid for both drivers to believe that the other person caused the crash. That’s because after many accidents, both drivers share some degree of fault. Unfortunately, Virginia is a contributory negligence state, and that means that if you’re found to be even one-percent at fault for a crash, you can’t recover any compensation!

Because of that strict rule, it’s essential to immediately challenge and rebuke any allegations of fault from the other driver after a crash. If you don’t, the other driver and their insurer can claim that any small degree of negligence on your part—even one that’s completely fabricated—contributed to the crash, which will let them off the hook of paying you any compensation.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia auto accident attorneys not only help prove that other drivers were at fault after crashes, but we also help protect clients’ innocence when they had nothing to do with accidents that are being unfairly pinned on them. Contact us today for a free consultation. We’re here to protect your rights to the compensation you deserve.

Pain, Infection, and Reduced Mobility Are Signs of Defective Joint Replacements

by Staff Blogger | November 1st, 2021

Whether it’s due to injury, disease, or age, it’s common for people’s joints to wear out over time. And when joints begin to fail, especially in the hips and knees, people may experience severe pain and be unable to walk without great difficulty or assistance. Joint replacements are a welcome intervention for these patients, but they can bring a whole host of problems on their own.

Unfortunately, some joint replacements are dangerous and defective. Some have flawed designs and don’t work as they should, while others are prone to breaking down inside the body. That means that people who receive these surgical implants can have serious complications just days, weeks, or months later. In other cases, victims may not notice any issues until years after their surgeries have healed.

Regardless of how quickly symptoms show up, victims of defective joint replacements deserve compensation for their injuries. The manufacturers of some of these joint replacements are aware of the danger they pose to patients, but they’re still being implanted in people every day. And when victims are treated after receiving these defective implants, they need revision surgeries and long roads to recovery.

If you or someone you love suffered complications due to a defective joint replacement, our Virginia defective product lawyers want to help. Contact Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation. We have the experience and track record of success you need to maximize your chances of getting full compensation.

Don’t Be Unfairly Blamed After a Bicycle Accident

by Staff Blogger | October 25th, 2021

Bicyclists are extremely vulnerable on Virginia’s roadways. When they get hit by vehicles, they often suffer debilitating injuries. But because Virginia is a contributory negligence state, some bicyclists are unable to pursue compensation claims because they’re ruled to be partially at fault for their accidents.

Contributory negligence states rule that people who are even one percent at fault for their injuries and accidents can’t get compensation for them. Most states have comparative negligence statutes, which allow people to get compensation provided they aren’t more than 50% at fault.

Because Virginia is a contributory negligence state, it’s common for at-fault drivers and their insurers to claim others had at least a small degree of fault—including bicyclists. And because many bicyclists are seriously injured after accidents, they often aren’t in a position to defend themselves or prove otherwise, which means they’re forever locked out of getting compensation.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we know how unfair this system can be to people who are wrongly blamed for accidents that weren’t their fault. Bicyclists may be blamed for failing to signal, speeding, failing to come to a complete stop, or turning into the path of a vehicle. And unfortunately, many police officers and insurance companies have negative views of bicyclists and assume they’re reckless and caused their own accidents.

If you’re being unfairly blamed, contact our Virginia bicycle accident lawyers today for a free consultation. We’ll work hard to protect your rights to full compensation.

Some Dog Bite Victims Never Fully Recover

by Staff Blogger | October 18th, 2021

Being bitten by a dog can be painful and shocking. Dogs are such integral parts of many families that it’s difficult to imagine one being suddenly aggressive and biting—especially without provocation. But around 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the U.S., and many of those bites lead to serious injuries and complications.

Some dog bite victims lose feeling or function in the affected body part, which is often the arm or hand. That’s because dogs’ teeth are long and sharp enough to penetrate deep into the skin, muscle, and other tissue, potentially damaging or severing nerves. When nerves are damaged, it’s difficult or impossible for them to be repaired or regenerated.

That means that some dog bite victims deal with permanent disability, which can result in job loss and serious economic difficulties. Imagine an auto mechanic who loses the use of his right hand after a dog bite. He may be completely unable to do his job and have no alternative ways to earn money. That can cause him and his family enormous hardship.

Unfortunately, many dog bite victims are reluctant to file compensation claims, and others may not even realize that it’s a possibility. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we want to stand up for the rights of these often-overlooked victims. If you or someone you love was bitten by a dog, contact our Virginia dog bite lawyers today for a free consultation.

Unsure if You Have an Injury Claim? Contact Us to Find Out.

by Staff Blogger | October 11th, 2021

Although many of the injuries that people suffer are covered by the “Cases We Handle” section of our website, we know that not everyone’s situation will fall neatly into one of those categories. But when you’re injured because of someone else’s negligence, you still need compensation, regardless of how common or easily categorized your accident or injury is.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we help many different people who were injured in a variety of different situations. Accidents and injuries can occur anytime and at any place, but they shouldn’t happen because someone wasn’t paying attention or failed to take precautions. Everyone has a duty of care that they owe others, especially when it comes to driving, behaving in public, practicing medicine, or inviting others onto their property.

When they fail to uphold that duty of care and other people are injured, they can and should be held liable for their injuries. There are many law firms that can assist with personal injury claims, but not all law firms will fight tooth and nail to get their clients the money they’re truly owed. Instead, many firms will accept the first settlement offers they receive to maximize case turnover and increase their profits.

Our legal team wants nothing more than for our clients to make full financial recoveries, and that’s why we go the extra mile to get maximum compensation. Contact us today to find out how we can help you get the money you need for your medical bills, lost wages, and more after an injury that wasn’t your fault.

Are Potentially Harmful Drugs Still on the Market?

by Staff Blogger | October 4th, 2021

There have been many recalled drugs in recent years. When major prescription and over-the-counter medications get recalled, it often makes headlines in the national news. That can lead many people to assume that the drugs that are still on the market are 100% safe. However, that’s not always the case.

In some cases, dangerous drugs stick around on the market for years or even decades before enough evidence piles up showing the risks they pose to patients that their manufacturers or the FDA initiates a recall. In other cases, the drugs are never recalled and they continue to harm patients year after year, decade after decade.

Because not all dangerous drugs are recalled or publicized, it can be difficult for people who suspect they’ve been harmed by one to reach out for help. They may not know where to turn or whether their cases will be taken seriously. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia drug injury lawyers are here to listen to ALL stories involving illnesses or injuries caused by medications.

We know that most people aren’t aware of the risks the medications they take pose to them, especially when the manufacturers don’t disclose that information to them or their doctors. But our legal team keeps a close eye on the pharmaceutical injury, and we go to work right away when we learn that drugs may be harming innocent patients.

Contact us today for a free consultation if you suspect you or a loved one were harmed by a medication. We’ll determine exactly what happened, and if your health problems were caused by the drug, we’ll work hard to get you compensation.

Don’t Pursue a Medical Malpractice Claim Without a Lawyer

by Staff Blogger | September 27th, 2021

Medical malpractice is more common than you might think. A study published in 2018 suggested that medical error causes around 10% of all deaths in the U.S.! Although that figure has been contested, it’s still important for people to be aware of the fact that medical errors resulting in serious injuries, illnesses, and deaths are a possibility every time they’re treated or operated on.

Unfortunately, many victims of medical malpractice feel they have no recourse afterward. That’s because hospitals and doctors frequently deny responsibility or suggest that the bad outcomes were unavoidable. And to make matters worse, healthcare providers and facilities are extremely well protected from medical malpractice claims.

Trying to get compensation on your own can be extremely difficult. Even having a lawyer on your side is no guarantee, especially when the lawyer doesn’t have much experience or a track record of success winning medical malpractice claims. But at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we know exactly what it takes to get good outcomes for our clients.

Our Virginia medical malpractice lawyers know how doctors and hospitals insulate themselves from medical malpractice claims and how they dissuade injured patients from pursuing claims. When you contact us, our legal team will work hard to prove you were injured or your health worsened as a result of malpractice, and then we’ll fight to get you paid in full. Contact us today for a free consultation.