Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers Blog
February 22nd, 2021
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we help people harmed by defective and dangerous prescription and over-the-counter medications get compensation by filing claims against their manufacturers. But sometimes, people get seriously injured by drugs that aren’t considered defective or dangerous. When that happens, victims may be able to file claims against their doctors via medical malpractice lawsuits.
Only doctors and a few other medical personnel can write prescriptions. When they do so, they must pay close attention to their patients’ conditions, weight, and other medications and supplements that they take. All of those factors play a major role in determining both how safe and effective their prescribed medications will be when they take them.
Unfortunately, healthcare providers don’t always take the necessary precautions and required steps when prescribing medications. That can put their patients’ health and even their lives in danger. And when their oversight results in a serious injury, illness, or death, those providers can and should be held liable for the losses that their patients and their patients’ families endure.
Medical malpractice claims aren’t easy to win, and they require the assistance of experienced Virginia medical malpractice lawyers. Our legal team has built many medical malpractice claims for injured victims throughout the state, and we know what it takes to win.
If you or someone you love was harmed by a prescription medication error, contact us today for a free consultation. We’ll collect proof that shows your doctor failed to take the necessary precautions and demand full compensation for you and your loved ones.
February 15th, 2021
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia personal injury attorneys always stress the importance of contacting a lawyer right away after accidents and injuries. But we know that not everyone wants to get involved in the legal process or is even aware of what their accident-related expenses will be. In fact, many victims don’t fully understand how much money they’ll be out until several months after their injuries.
At that point, many victims assume it’s too late to pursue a compensation claim. But because Virginia’s statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years from the date they happened, victims can still file claims long after they were hurt. Of course, filing a claim several months or even more than one year after the injury occurred can make it more difficult to win, but there’s always a chance—especially when evidence is available.
Because we offer free consultations, there’s no risk to contact our firm and let us know what happened, even your accident occurred well over one year ago. Evidence is evidence, and when we can prove you weren’t at fault for your injury and that you’ve incurred serious damages because of it, we may be able to win you the money you’re owed. All it takes is making a phone call or filling out the form on this page.
Don’t be dissuaded from filing a compensation claim simply because you think too much time has passed. If the statute of limitations hasn’t expired, it’s always worth exploring your options, and we’re here to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.
February 8th, 2021
When it comes to winning an auto accident compensation claim, proof and evidence are king. Without them, insurance companies can reduce or deny claims with near impunity, because they know that even if claims go to trial, victims are unlikely to win. And unfortunately, proof of what happened isn’t always easy to come by.
Even many traditional forms of evidence, such as accident scene debris, skid marks, and witness statements, can be argued in either party’s favor. But there is one form of “smoking gun” evidence that insurance companies can’t ignore: dashcam footage. Previously, drivers had to hope that their crashes were caught on tape by intersection or surveillance camera footage, but now, drivers can cheaply mount their own cameras to record every second that they’re on the road.
And while dashcams don’t always show the entire picture of what happened, as their fields of view can be limited, what they do show can make a big difference when it comes to getting compensation. The footage they capture is especially important and impactful when it’s combined with other types of evidence.
If you purchase and install a dashcam and are ever involved in a crash, it’s important to share the footage with a lawyer first. Not all dashcam footage will be interpreted in your favor, and the insurance company may pick out small, irrelevant details to paint you as the at-fault party! Get in touch with our Virginia auto accident lawyers first, and let the legal team at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers protect your rights to compensation.
February 1st, 2021
Being bitten by a dog is a painful, traumatic, and frightening experience. Even small breeds can cause serious injuries. All dogs have sharp teeth and powerful jaws, and when they bite, they can inflict significant damage to skin, muscles, tendons, nerves, and more. In addition to immediate concerns such as pain and bleeding, victims also may be at risk of long-term damage.
The biggest risk factor for long-term damage after a dog bite is nerve damage. Dog bite victims are especially vulnerable to nerve damage when they are bitten on their hands or fingers, as the nerves are close to the skin and easily damaged by dogs’ sharp teeth. People who suffer nerve damage may lose some or all use of their hands and fingers.
In addition to affecting mobility and use, dog bites can also cause long-term pain, especially when they affect nerves. Nerve damage doesn’t mean just loss of feeling or motion—it can also lead to uncomfortable and painful sensations, even when the injury from the bite itself appears to have healed. Finally, dog bites can result in serious infections that can sometimes require amputation to treat, which obviously results in profound disability due to lost digits or body parts.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia dog bite lawyers know how debilitating these injuries can be. That’s why we work hard to hold negligent dog owners accountable when their pets bite innocent victims and cause them to suffer pain and disability. If you or someone you love was bitten by a dog, we want to help you get compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation.
January 25th, 2021
It’s the dead of winter and few people are out riding their motorcycles in Virginia these days. But if you were hurt in a motorcycle accident in the spring, summer, or fall of last year, it’s not too late to pursue compensation for your medical bills and lost wages. In fact, you can even go back to 2019 and still be eligible.
That’s because the statute of limitations for injury claims in Virginia is two years from the date they happened. That means crashes that occurred in spring 2019 can still be pursued for full compensation. However, getting compensation is often more difficult when more time has passed. That’s because evidence may be harder to find, witnesses may be more difficult to track down, and the insurance company may be even less likely to believe your story.
But those factors don’t automatically rule out victims from pursuing compensation, especially when there’s plenty of evidence in their accident reports or their medical records. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia motorcycle accident lawyers always recommend that victims get legal representation immediately after crashes, but we know that’s not always possible.
Simply put—as long as the statute of limitations hasn’t expired on a claim, there’s always a chance to get compensation. So, if your family is hurting financially because of a crash that happened 6 months ago, a year ago, or even 18 months ago, it’s always worth a shot to speak with a lawyer about your options. Contact us today for a free consultation—we’ll review your claim and give you honest advice on what to do next.
January 18th, 2021
Getting approved for workers’ compensation after an on-the-job injury can be a lifesaver for families who depended on the injured person’s income. But because workers’ compensation can be easily abused by people looking to make easy money, most states have strict requirements and processes for getting approved—and Virginia is no different.
The Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission (VWCC) doesn’t approve claims or applications willy-nilly. It carefully reviews all claims and heavily scrutinizes all aspects of them. Unfortunately, that intense level of gatekeeping means that some otherwise valid claims may get rejected, especially if applicants miss a single step at any point during the process.
The VWCC’s website includes a list of things that injured workers must do to have a chance of their claims being approved, and they include:
- Report accurate home address—You must report your residential address to the VWCC and immediately update it if you move.
- Report injury or illness to employer within 30 days—Ideally, you should report your injury as soon as it happens. But if you wait more than 30 days, you may be ineligible for benefits.
- Ensure that your employer has reported your injury to the VWCC—Your employer has 10 days after you report your injury to report it to the VWCC. Be sure to follow up with them to verify that it has been reported.
- File your claim directly with the VWCC—You (or your lawyer) are responsible for filing your claim with the VWCC. Don’t let your employer handle this for you—it’s up to you to start the process!
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia workers’ compensation lawyers know that the workers’ comp benefits process can be complex and stressful. We want to make it easier on you and your loved ones. Contact us today for a free consultation.
January 11th, 2021
Asbestos has been banned from use in many countries and in many applications, including construction. But despite its link to mesothelioma, a fatal form of lung cancer, it’s still around in older buildings, and it’s even still widely used in certain industries.
People who work in manufacturing plants, refineries, and shipyards, for example, may still be exposed to asbestos on a daily basis. And people who work directly with items such as flooring, roofing, brakes, insulation, and raw construction materials may be at much higher risk than other workers who are around it.
Unfortunately, asbestos can cause serious illnesses and even death decades after exposure, and sometimes, even brief exposure is enough for victims to develop cancer and other problems. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we believe it’s unacceptable for innocent victims to still be exposed to a substance that is so strongly linked to a fatal form of cancer.
When companies knowingly put their workers in harm’s way via asbestos exposure—or when companies knowingly use or manufacture products and materials that contain asbestos—they should be held accountable when people get sick. The Virginia defective product lawyers at our law firm work hard to help those victims and their families get maximum compensation for their injuries.
If you or someone you love was diagnosed with mesothelioma, you deserve payment for what you’ve gone through. The world has had plenty of time to acknowledge the dangers posed by asbestos, and new injuries and illnesses are unacceptable. Call us today for a free consultation.
January 4th, 2021
Losing a loved one consistently ranks as one of the most stressful and traumatic life experiences. If you lost a loved one because of someone else’s negligence, you may be wondering if you have any financial recourse, especially if they were the primary income-earner for your household. You also may be wondering what that recourse may entail should your claim succeed.
Wrongful death claims can provide compensation to grieving families for things like:
- Loss of companionship—The death of a loved one results in intense and prolonged grief, depression, and anxiety for surviving family members. Just as pain and suffering is compensated in personal injury claims, so too is loss of companionship in wrongful death claims.
- Loss of income—Losing a loved one’s income can be financially devastating, especially if they were the breadwinner for the family or contributed heavily to the family’s finances. When we build wrongful death claims, we factor in past, current, and future lost wages.
- Funeral expenses—Funerals can cost thousands of dollars. For many families, this expense can be too much to bear, especially if they’ve already spent thousands of dollars or more on medical bills for lifesaving treatments.
Other forms of compensation include pensions/401(k)s, inheritances, pain and suffering, property damage, and more. It’s important to get an experienced Virginia wrongful death lawyer on your side when you’re dealing with the preventable death of a loved one. Doing so gives you more time and space to grieve without worrying about the back and forth with the insurance company and other parties.
Contact Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation—we want to help you through this difficult time.
December 28th, 2020
Getting compensation for an injury you suffered because of someone else’s negligence is a right afforded to virtually all Americans. But not all citizens can pursue the full amount of compensation they’re owed. That’s because some states place caps on injury damages, whether it’s economic (i.e., medical bills and lost wages) or non-economic (i.e., pain and suffering or loss of consortium).
Fortunately, Virginia has no such caps on either economic or non-economic damages. Capping personal injury settlements can make sense for the people and parties who are on the hook for paying settlements, but it can seriously hurt victims. That’s because some injuries can result in hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars in damages.
How can an injury be so expensive?
- Medical bills can be lifelong—Some injuries require lifelong care. Consider an auto accident victim who is paralyzed in the crash. They may need care and rehabilitation for the rest of their lives. A capped settlement will never be enough to cover these costs.
- Disability can be permanent—There are few bigger life stressors than being unable to provide for your family. But some accident victims become permanently disabled, which means they can never work and earn paychecks again.
- Pain and suffering can be immense—Accidents can be both physically and mentally traumatic. Victims may develop intense depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. These psychological and emotional problems can severely impact relationships and day-to-day life for victims.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, it’s our job to help victims get every penny they’re owed. Contact our Virginia personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation or call (757) 461-5555. We’ll determine how much money you deserve, and we’ll fight to get it for you.
December 21st, 2020
Almost all employers in Virginia are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. This insurance helps workers cover their medical bills and lost wages if they get hurt on the job. But as with all types of insurance, the cost goes up when it’s used frequently. Because of that, many employers are reluctant to report injuries to the workers’ compensation board.
In some cases, they may even go as far as denying that their workers suffered injuries, or they may claim that their injuries happened elsewhere or were pre-existing. Unfortunately, many employers count on their injured workers simply giving up or being too afraid of retaliation or termination to pursue benefits. If this happens to you, here are your options:
- Talk to your company’s HR department—If your employer has a human resources department, tell them what’s happening. If your injury was documented, the report can serve as valuable proof of what happened and can help your claim move forward.
- File a claim on your own—Although your employer should provide you with the required forms to submit a workers’ compensation claim, you don’t have to rely on them for this. If they’re uncooperative, you can submit a claim on your own online or through the mail.
- Get a lawyer—Pursuing compensation on your own can be difficult, especially when your employer is uncooperative or even denies your injury occurred. Our Virginia workers’ compensation lawyers can help you through the entire process.
Don’t risk losing out on the money you’re owed after your workplace injury. Contact us today for a free consultation.