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Common Reasons Injured Drivers Are Denied Compensation in Virginia

by Staff Blogger | July 4th, 2022

Virginia’s contributory negligence rule is one of the strictest in the U.S. when it comes to awarding injured victims compensation for their damages. Unlike other states where compensation is reduced by percentage of fault, Virginia law says that people with any degree of fault for their accident, even if it’s 1%, are ineligible for compensation.

That means that many injured drivers end up not being able to get settlements for crashes that weren’t their fault. This is often due to many oversight or traffic violations, such as:

  • Headlight was burned out—When a crash occurs at night and the victim’s headlight was burned out, the insurance company may argue that the other driver couldn’t see them, even if they clearly caused the crash.
  • Taillight was burned out—When a driver is rear-ended by another driver, they may be blamed for a small percentage of the crash if their taillight was burned out. That’s because police or the insurance company may rule that it made it more difficult for the other driver to see their vehicle.
  • Distracted at an intersection—If a driver is hit in an intersection by another driver who ran a red light, they may be partially blamed for the crash if they were distracted at the time of the accident.

No one ever plans on getting into an accident, but because Virginia’s laws on getting compensation are so strict, it’s important to protect yourself in the event that someone crashes into you. That means regularly checking and replacing burned out bulbs, avoiding distractions, never speeding, and coming to a complete stop at stop signs.

And if you need help after a crash, the Virginia car accident lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers are always here to discuss your case via a free consultation.  

Nursing Home Residents Can Be Abused by Other Residents

by Staff Blogger | June 27th, 2022

Nursing home abuse is more common than most people think. Nursing home residents aren’t just at risk of being abused by staff members and caregivers, but also by other residents. This type of abuse can occur when residents share a room or interact in a common area, such as the nursing home’s dining room, lobby, library, and other shared spaces.

When residents abuse other residents, the nursing homes they live in may be liable for any injuries and damages the residents suffer. That’s because nursing homes are required to keep residents safe from preventable harm, and that includes mistreatment at the hands of other residents.

Nursing home residents who are abused by other residents often show many of the same physical and psychological symptoms as residents who are abused by caregivers. For example, they may have unexplained bruises or cuts, or they may experience pain that can reduce their mobility. They also may become fearful of being left alone or of being near the resident who abuses them.

These cases can be especially challenging when the abuser shares a room with their victim. Their victims may be afraid to speak out to caregivers, healthcare professionals, and even their own family members when they visit. Because of that, abuse can go on for months or even years before it’s discovered.

If your loved one lives in a nursing home, it’s important to always be on the lookout for signs of abuse or neglect. If you suspect your loved one is being mistreated, our Virginia nursing home abuse lawyers want to help. Contact Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.

We Can Help You Determine if You’re a Medical Malpractice Victim

by Staff Blogger | June 20th, 2022

Medical malpractice is an area of personal injury law that isn’t always clearly defined or determined. It’s common for patients to receive care from doctors, surgeons, and other healthcare providers, and to later find out that their treatments either didn’t work or made their health worse. Every treatment and procedure has risks, and bad outcomes don’t always mean malpractice occurred.

However, many poor outcomes are the result of malpractice. Unfortunately, patients may be misled by their healthcare providers into thinking that their bad outcomes are a known risk, when they are actually due to negligence or carelessness. And because most patients have no medical training or education, they are forced to take their healthcare providers’ word for it.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we offer free consultation for injured victims specifically to allow people to tell us their stories without worrying about expensive fees. That means that if you or someone you love suspects you’re a victim of malpractice, we’re here to listen to your story and determine if you have a case. If we believe you do have a case, you can move forward with our firm, or you can choose another firm. There’s no obligation to hire after our free consultations.

If you decide to hire our firm, know that you’ll also never a see a bill unless we win your claim. We know you’re dealing with enough financial woes already, especially if you need revisionary treatments to correct the injuries the healthcare provider may have caused. Contact our Virginia medial malpractice lawyers today to find out how we can help you with your claim.

What Are the Long-Term Consequences of a Traumatic Brain Injury?

by Staff Blogger | June 13th, 2022

When someone suffers a traumatic brain injury (TBI), the long-term consequences may be subtle or significant. For example, some people suffer only temporary physical and/or cognitive symptoms that eventually resolve on their own. But others may suffer disabling symptoms that never improve or that even worsen over time.

According to the University of Utah, the long-term effects of a TBI can include:

  • Memory loss
  • Headaches
  • Seizures
  • Dizziness
  • Visual changes
  • Fatigue
  • Paralysis
  • Balance problems
  • Impaired speaking ability
  • Mood instability

The severity of these effects often depends on the severity of the injury itself. The worse a TBI is, the more parts of the brain that are damaged. The effects of a TBI are often visible on brain scans, and in severe cases, damaged areas of the brain may show little to no activity. Depending on where those damaged parts are located, victims may show profound TBI symptoms.

Unfortunately, many TBI victims not only need long-term medical care, but they’re also often unable to work. That can be extremely difficult for their families to handle from a financial standpoint, especially if they were the primary income-earners.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia traumatic brain injury attorneys work hard to help victims get full compensation for their medical bills and lost wages, especially when their TBIs occurred due to car accidents, slip and fall accidents, and other negligence-related accidents.

Contact us today if you or someone you love is suffering from the effects of a TBI. We want to help you move forward with your life.

We’ve Got the Experience Your Family Needs for Your Wrongful Death Claim

by Staff Blogger | June 6th, 2022

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we know how devastating it can be to lose a loved one because of someone else’s negligence. But all too often, grieving family members are also forced to suffer financially by paying out of pocket for medical bills, funeral expenses, and lost income.

Wrongful death claims can make a huge difference in the lives of grieving family members, as they can provide adequate compensation to take care of all death-related expenses and replace the deceased’s lost income. However, family members are often hesitant to file wrongful death claims, and when they do, they often choose law firms that are inexperienced with these types of claims or that simply aren’t aggressive enough to get the money they’re owed.

Our Virginia wrongful death lawyers know what’s at stake in these types of claims. Not only do we approach and handle wrongful death claims with the sensitivity and care that they require, but we also go after at-fault parties and their insurers with the aggressiveness it takes to win. We don’t let our clients get ignored or be forced into accepting “lowball” settlements that aren’t enough to cover their devastating losses.

If you recently lost a loved one because of another person’s or party’s negligence, we want to help you get the money you’re owed. Contact us today for a free consultation. Our years of wrongful death claim experience can be your advantage during these difficult days for your family.

We Aren’t Afraid to Go Up Against Big Pharmaceutical Companies

by Staff Blogger | May 30th, 2022

Prescription drugs are supposed to make you feel better by managing your symptoms or even treating the root cause of your illness. But like all products, prescription drugs can put users in danger because of several reasons, including:

  • Design flaws—Sometimes, prescription drugs are developed and designed in a way where they are inherently flawed and dangerous to the patients who take them.
  • Manufacturing flaws—In other cases, prescription drugs are safe to take, but become dangerous when they are manufactured in a manner that causes them to be tainted or contaminated.
  • Packaging flaws—Some patients have been injured by medications because they got the wrong drugs or the wrong dosages due to packing flaws and labeling errors.

When the liability for these errors falls at the feet of big pharmaceutical companies, many injured patients may feel discouraged. The thought of going up against a multi-billion-dollar corporation may seem hopeless, and they may give up on trying to get compensation.

But at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we never back down from a challenge. Whether we’re going up against a small-town insurance company or a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company, we work with one goal in mind: getting fair compensation for our clients.

Contact our Virginia drug injury lawyers today for a free consultation if you or someone you love was harmed by a prescription or over-the-counter drug. We believe that patients should never be hurt by medications that were supposed to help them, and we hold negligent drug companies accountable when it happens.

Don’t Accept the Insurance Company’s Offer Without a Lawyer Looking it Over

by Staff Blogger | May 23rd, 2022

After an accident or injury, many people assume that the insurance company will range from uncooperative to downright hostile. Imagine their surprise when the insurance company isn’t just helpful, but offers them a settlement with no strings attached and no questions asked!

As the old saying goes, when something in life seems too good to be true, it probably is. And that’s often the case with unprompted and fast settlement offers. When insurance companies offer settlements without any work from victims, it’s often because they are attempting to minimize their financial hits. They know that if victims hire lawyers who will dig into what they are truly owed, the checks they’re writing will be MUCH larger.

If you get an unsolicited settlement offer from the insurance company either immediately after an accident or injury or while your lawyer is building your claim, don’t accept it. Instead, talk to a lawyer. In rare cases, the amount they’re offering may be fair. But in most cases, it’s a “lowball” offer that will leave you needing more money just months or even weeks later.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we can review all the facts of your accident, including how much money you’re truly owed. From there, we’ll advise you on all settlement offers while continuing to negotiate with the insurance company to get you paid fair and square. Contact our Virginia personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation.

You Can Sue if You Were Injured by an Opening Door While Riding Your Bike

by Staff Blogger | May 16th, 2022

The biggest threat that bicyclists face while riding in Virginia is vehicles. Cars, trucks, and SUVs, not to mention buses and semi-trucks, all pose serious risks to bicyclists. Even low-speed collisions can seriously injure and potentially kill bicyclists, as they may be wearing little to no protection at the time of their crashes.

But vehicles don’t have to be in motion to put bicyclists at risk. They can also cause serious injuries when they’re parked and drivers or passengers open their doors into the paths of bicyclists. This extremely dangerous scenario occurs all the time in urban areas and where street parking is near bike lanes.

This type of injury can be easily avoided when drivers and their passengers take just a few moments to check their mirrors or turn around and see if any vehicles or cyclists are approaching before opening their doors. But vehicle occupants don’t always do this, and when they don’t, they can open their doors directly in the paths of cyclist, putting them at risk of serious injuries.

“Dooring” is a common term for this type of accident, and it’s known to cause cyclists to suffer broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, and even death. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we work hard to help injured cyclists get compensation after accidents caused by negligent drivers and vehicle occupants, including those that occur while their vehicles are stationary.

Contact us today for a free consultation if you or someone you love was injured in a dooring accident. Our Virginia bicycle accident lawyers want to help you get maximum compensation.

Dangerous Products Don’t Have to Be Recalled for Victims to Get Compensation

by Staff Blogger | May 9th, 2022

Product recalls happen all the time. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration keeps a database of recalled products on its website. This database serves to alert consumers of products that may pose a threat to them or their loved ones.

Thankfully, most product recalls are due to issues that don’t pose serious threats to consumers. But some do, and it’s vital for consumers to stop using them and return them to the stores or manufacturers.

However, potentially dangerous products don’t always get recalled. In some cases, potentially dangerous products remain on store shelves for years or even decades after it’s first determined that they might pose risks to consumers.

When people are injured by defective products, they may search for recall information. If they don’t find it, they may give up on the idea of seeking compensation for their injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. But just because a product hasn’t been recalled doesn’t mean that victims can’t get compensation.

A famous recent example involves Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder. The product has been linked to female reproductive cancers, and multiple women and their families were awarded significant compensation while the product was still on store shelves.

Simply put, if you think you were harmed by a product, you need a Virginia defective product lawyer on your side regardless of its recall status. Contact the legal team at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.

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

by Staff Blogger | May 2nd, 2022

Injuries can happen anywhere and at any time. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, it’s our job to help people who were injured through no fault of their own get full compensation for their damages. However, countless preventable injuries go unreported and never see the light of day in the legal system, and it’s often because victims either don’t want to make a fuss or because they’re unsure if they have valid claims.

Our Virginia personal injury lawyers make it easy to determine if you have a claim. Simply contact us online or by calling our office and telling us what happened to you or loved one. Our consultations are always free, and there’s no obligation to hire us. We’ll review the facts of what happened in your accident or injury, and we’ll determine the strength and overall validity of your potential claim.

If we believe you have a claim, we’ll let you know, and it’s up to you if you want to move forward with our firm or not. In addition to offering free consultations, we also don’t charge for our legal services unless we get money for our clients. That means there’s no risk to contacting our firm or even hiring us, as you’ll never a see a single bill unless you get a compensation check.

If you were hurt because of another person’s or party’s negligence, you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to get an experienced legal opinion on your rights to a settlement. Contact us today for a free consultation and to find out how we can help you during this difficult time.