Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers Blog

We Don’t Let Pharmaceutical Companies Get Away with Selling Dangerous Drugs

by Staff Blogger | October 15th, 2018

When you go to the doctor and get a prescription for a new medication, you expect it to help manage your symptoms or begin treating your underlying illness. But for countless Americans, taking a new prescription drug is the beginning of a devastating journey of side effects, complications, and life-threatening drug-related injuries.

The Norfolk drug injury attorneys at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers know how devastating it can be for victims and their families to be hopeful about the impact of a new medication, only to find out it should never have been on the market in the first place. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is tasked with making sure medications available in pharmacies, doctor’s offices, and hospitals are safe, but drug manufacturers don’t always provide it with accurate information.

Developing a new drug can cost pharmaceutical companies billions of dollars, and they’ll do everything they can to make sure their investments are recouped. That means they may hide potential side effects and adverse reactions, leaving doctors—and even the FDA—in the dark about the dangers lurking in their products. But months, years, or even decades later, patients may begin to exhibit serious complications that can put their lives at risk.

If you or someone you love was hurt by a dangerous medication, you deserve experienced and dedicated legal representation on your side. Drug companies and their insurance providers play hardball when it comes to paying damages to victims, but we aren’t afraid to fight. Call today for a free consultation to find out how we can help.

Dog Bites Can Cause Disabling and Even Life-Threatening Injuries

by Staff Blogger | October 8th, 2018

Were you or someone you love bitten by a dog? If so, you may be suffering from injuries that can affect you for the rest of your life. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk dog bite attorneys believe that people who are hurt because of negligence dog owners deserve to be compensated for their injuries and the complications associated with them.

We know that many dog bite victims are reluctant to file claims against dog owners—even when those owners failed to leash or enclose their pets. But no matter how friendly or docile dogs act around their owners or others, all dogs have the potential to suddenly lash out aggressively and bite. That’s why local ordinances in Norfolk and throughout Virginia require that dogs be restrained and not allowed to freely roam or approach other people.

In our years of assisting dog bite victims, we’ve found that the consequences of dog bites can be profound and even fatal in some cases. That’s because dog bites can cause a variety of complications, including:

  • Nerve damage—Dogs have sharp teeth that are capable of tearing skin, muscle, tissue, and ligaments. That can result in serious damage and even disability, especially when the bite affects nerves. Victims may require surgery after bites, and they may never regain full function or feeling in the affected areas.
  • Infection—Dogs’ mouths are full of bacteria. When they bite, their sharp teeth can plunge millions of microbes deep into tissue and the bloodstreams of victims. Infections resulting from dog bites often start out localized to the bite area, but they can quickly spread throughout the body, putting victims’ lives at risk.

Get the legal representation you deserve after a dog bite. Call us today for a free consultation.

You Have Rights After a Bicycle Accident Injury

by Staff Blogger | October 1st, 2018

More and more people throughout Norfolk are using bicycles to get around town and to commute to work. They’re eco-friendly, cost almost nothing to use, and are a great way to get exercise. But they also pose dangers that aren’t as prominent when you’re traveling in an enclosed vehicle.

When you enter a public roadway on a bicycle, you’re required to follow the same traffic laws and regulations as everyone else. That means stopping at stop signs and red lights, maintaining a safe speed, and not riding while impaired or intoxicated.

But those requirements also mean you get the same rights as other motorists. And those rights apply in the aftermath of an accident—especially if the person who caused it was negligent. Don’t let the insurance company intimidate you or convince you that you don’t have a claim just because you were riding a bicycle at the time of the accident.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk bicycle accident lawyers know that bicyclists aren’t always treated fairly or given the respect and attention they deserve. We’re dedicated to standing up for the rights of bicyclists who were hurt through no fault of their own. Because bicyclists are often protected only by helmets, they frequently suffer serious injuries that require extensive medical care. To make matters worse, they’re also often too hurt to go back to work—and that means weeks or even months of lost wages.

If you or someone you love were hurt in a bicycle accident, we want to help you get the compensation you need to move forward with your life. Call us today for a free consultation.

What Compensation Is Available for Auto Accident Victims?

by Staff Blogger | September 24th, 2018

Car crashes aren’t just painful and emotionally traumatic—they’re also expensive. It’s not uncommon for victims to face financial ruin and even bankruptcy over accidents that weren’t their fault. That’s because crashes frequently cause serious injuries that require extensive medical care—and those same injuries often put victims out of work for weeks, months, or even years.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk auto accident attorneys know how devastating car accidents can be for victims and their families. In addition to facing long roads to recovery, victims also face medical bills that they can’t afford due to being unable to work.

Thankfully, victims have the opportunity to file claims for compensation when they’re injured in crashes that weren’t their fault. Types of compensation that are available to victims include:

  • Medical bill compensation—Ambulance rides, surgeries, overnight stays in the hospital, and physical rehabilitation costs can quickly add up and become overwhelming for many victims, including those with extensive health insurance. Many compensation claims include demands for recouping some or all medical bills associated with crashes.
  • Lost wage compensation—When victims aren’t working, they aren’t earning the paychecks their families depend on. Some victims may be unable to work for weeks or months, while others may never get back on the job due to permanent disabilities. Injury claims can award money based on current and future lost wages.

Other types of compensation can include vehicle repair costs and pain and suffering. Want to find out how much money your claim is worth? Call us today for a free consultation.

Don’t Let the Insurance Company Deny You After the Wrongful Death of a Loved One

by Staff Blogger | September 17th, 2018

Personal injury claims can help victims and their families get compensation after someone else’s negligence causes them to suffer serious illnesses or injuries. When negligence leads to fatal illnesses or injuries, victims’ families can file wrongful death claims to be compensated for their medical bills, lost wages, and loss of companionship, support, and love.

However, wrongful death claims are often treated differently than personal injury claims by insurance companies. Because the settlements are often bigger, insurance companies may push back harder against victims’ families when they pursue compensation. In addition, the deaths of victims can make it more difficult for their families to prove what happened, especially if there were few witnesses.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk wrongful death attorneys know how to investigate wrongful death claims to maximize the chances of getting compensation for grieving families. We do that by collecting evidence that proves another party’s negligence caused the fatal illness or injury, and then we calculate how much the family deserves for their loss. When our law firm represent you, we’ll negotiate with the insurance company to make sure your claim gets a fair look and a fair outcome from their adjusters.

Dealing with the loss of a loved one can be a difficult time for families, especially when it puts them in a financial bind. We know what you’re going through, and we want to help. Call us today for a free consultation.

Motorcycle Accidents Can Lead to Severe Injuries and Expensive Medical Bills

by Staff Blogger | September 10th, 2018

When you head out on your motorcycle, you probably do everything you can to protect yourself. That means wearing all the gear, all the time, including a helmet, riding jacket and pants, gloves, and boots.

But even the most well-equipped rider still faces significant risks during accidents. That’s because motorcycles have no built-in protective equipment. When riders are thrown from their bikes, they can suffer disabling and life-threatening injuries when they contact the road, another vehicle, or nearby objects.

Motorcycle injuries can be devastating, and many riders suffer permanent disabilities and may be unable to work for long periods of time. Some are never able to resume their careers, putting themselves and their families in serious financial jeopardy.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk motorcycle accident attorneys fight for the rights of people who were hurt through no fault of their own, and it’s our goal to get victims like you the compensation they need to move forward with their lives.

When you call our legal team, you can count on us to collect evidence that proves you weren’t at fault. Then, we’ll negotiate with the insurance company to help you get maximum compensation. If the insurance company refuses to pay you what you deserve, we won’t hesitate to take your case to trial.

Don’t settle for just any law firm after your motorcycle accident. Get an attorney that knows what you’re going through and knows how to help. Call today for a free consultation.

You Deserve Compensation If You Were Hurt at Work

by Staff Blogger | September 4th, 2018

Your paycheck is your livelihood, and there’s nothing more frustrating than having it taken away from you because of an injury you suffered at work.

Most employers in Virginia are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance to help their employees if they become injured or develop illnesses while they’re on the job. But some employers are reluctant to approve workers’ compensation claims, and it can be difficult to get approval from the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission when you apply for benefits on your own.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk workers’ compensation lawyers are dedicated to fighting for the rights of people like you who can’t work for the foreseeable future because of on-the-job incidents. Your employer was supposed to provide adequate protection and safety measures for you, and their workers’ compensation coverage is supposed to give you the money you need to pay for your living expenses.

Don’t take no for an answer from either your employer or the workers’ compensation commission. You have rights, and we can uphold them for you. The longer you wait to get legal representation, the more difficult it may be for your claim to be approved. That’s because evidence can disappear and your claim may be viewed with more suspicion.

Get a lawyer today and get started on the path to the benefits you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation.

2 Reasons to Get a Lawyer After an Injury That Wasn’t Your Fault

by Staff Blogger | August 27th, 2018

The law helps create a duty to adhere to behavior that doesn’t endanger others. When people fail to uphold that duty, they can seriously injure themselves and innocent victims.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, it’s our goal to stand up for people who were hurt through no fault of their own. Our Norfolk personal injury lawyers know how disruptive accidents and disabling injuries can be to victims’ lives, especially when big medical bills are involved.

Here are two important reasons that victims’ injury claims can benefit from experienced lawyers:

  1. Insurance companies can take advantage of unrepresented victims—Insurance companies pay as little as possible to victims in order to protect their profits. They often achieve that by offering lowball settlements in the days or weeks after accidents. After victims accept those offers, they can’t pursue additional compensation. Victims with attorneys can continue fighting to get the full damages they deserve.
  2. The claim process can be intensive and exhausting—especially when you’re injured—After a serious or disabling injury, your biggest priority is getting better. That means resting and spending time with your family. You shouldn’t have to spend your days filling out paperwork, collecting evidence, or negotiating with the insurance company. Instead, you can leave those tasks up to your lawyer.

You’ve been through enough already. Let our legal team handle your claim to help maximize your chances of getting the money you deserve. Call today for a free consultation.

Hurt on a Bicycle? The Insurance Company May Not Treat You Fairly.

by Staff Blogger | August 20th, 2018

When you travel throughout Norfolk on your bicycle, you’re required to follow the same traffic laws as people in cars, trucks, and SUVs. That means stopping at stop signs and red lights, obeying the speed limit, and upholding your duty to share the road safely and responsibly with others.

Because you’re required to follow those traffic laws, you’re also granted the same rights as other motorists and people on Virginia’s streets. However, those rights may not always hold much weight when you’re hurt in an accident while you’re on your bicycle.

That’s because insurance companies don’t always take claims from bicyclists seriously—even if they suffered severe injuries. The adjusters who work for insurance companies are often biased against motorcyclists and bicyclists, and they may think your accident was your own fault, that your injuries aren’t serious, or that you didn’t adequately protect yourself.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk bicycle accident attorneys know that bicyclists are extremely vulnerable during crashes. We also know that motorists often don’t look for people traveling on two wheels, which further increases the risks that bicyclists face.

Don’t let the insurance company take advantage of you or deny your claim for no good reason. Get an experienced law firm on your side that will stand up for your rights to the compensation you deserve.

Call us today for a free consultation and let us put our experience to work for you.

2 Reasons to Get a Lawyer for a Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect Claim

by Staff Blogger | August 13th, 2018

Finding out that your loved one wasn’t given the care, attention, and medical treatment he or she deserves in the nursing home is devastating. It’s even worse to learn that he or she was physically, mentally, or sexually abused while living in the facility.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we have zero tolerance for facilities that hire staff members who mistreat residents. When we take on such claims, we do everything in our power to get maximum compensation for victims and their families. It’s the least we can do to help them put the incident behind them and to find better accommodations and facilities where residents are treated with respect and dignity.

If your loved one was abused or neglected in his or her nursing home, there are two important reasons that you should calling a Norfolk nursing home abuse attorney:

  1. We’ll stand up to the nursing home and its insurance company—Many nursing homes are parts of big corporations, and there may be dozens of similar nursing homes operating under the same management and ownership. That can make it difficult for individual families to pursue compensation. But we know how those corporations and their insurers operate, and we can beat them at their own game.
  2. We’ll fight for your loved one’s rights—Nursing home residents in Virginia have many rights, and when they’re violated, and they deserve a voice and an advocate. In addition to fighting for your loved one to get fair compensation, we’ll also fight to make sure his or her rights are upheld and respected.

Call today for a free consultation. Your loved one deserves experienced legal representation after what he or she has been through, and we’re here to help.