Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers Blog
January 20th, 2020
When we talk about negligent pharmaceutical companies, what exactly are we referring to? To better understand the role that drug companies play in our lives, consider how heavily we depend on medications.
Medications have the power to cure diseases, treat serious illnesses, reduce symptoms, and extend lifespans for people with incurable and debilitating conditions. The pharmaceutical industry plays a huge role in improving the health and lives of millions of Americans, but the creation of new drugs requires enormous investments that those companies are often desperate to recoup.
When Negligent Pharmaceutical Companies Get It Wrong
Because the research, development, and marketing costs of a medication can reach billions of dollars, drug companies are often under significant pressure to ensure that their newly developed medications are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and stocked on pharmacy shelves as quickly as possible. Sometimes, that pressure is so great that drug companies may hide potential side effects and complications from the FDA, doctors, pharmacists, and patients themselves.
When drug companies value their profits over the safety of consumers, they can put millions of people at risk of severe complications that can be disabling and even life-threatening. When that happens, the Virginia drug injury attorneys at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers are here to hold them accountable. We aren’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with negligent pharmaceutical companies. In some cases, that means taking them to court.
Let Us Hold Negligent Pharmaceutical Companies Accountable
The costs of a drug injury can be significant. Many victims may require hospitalization and even surgery to repair injuries and damage they’ve suffered. Their overall health may worsen. This could lengthen recovery periods unnecessarily, putting them out of work for even longer. If you or someone you love was harmed by a defective drug, give us a call. We want to help you get every penny you deserve by holding negligent pharmaceutical companies accountable. Call or contact us online today.
January 13th, 2020
When it comes to getting exercise, enjoying the outdoors, and doing your part to protect the environment, there’s no better way to commute than riding your bicycle. However, biking to school, work, or around town has a major downside: the risk of suffering a serious injury. Even when bike lanes are available, bicyclists still face dangers on Virginia’s roadways, especially when other drivers aren’t paying attention.
In 2018, 857 bicyclists were killed in crashes in the U.S. To reduce the number of crashes involving cyclists, we must raise awareness of the problem and identify how injuries happen.
Bicycles have no built-in safety features, which means riders must take necessary steps to protect themselves, such as wearing helmets and brightly colored clothing. But when accidents do occur, bicyclists are at an extreme risk of suffering serious injuries, such as:
- Head injuries—Bicyclists should never leave home without wearing helmets. Wearing a helmet can be the difference between life and death in bicycle accidents. However, bicycle helmets can only absorb so much energy during crashes, and riders may still be at risk of traumatic brain injuries.
- Road rash—When bicyclists are thrown from their bikes and land on pavement or asphalt, they may suffer serious injuries to their skin, which can result in excessive bleeding and infection.
- Broken bones—Both high-speed and low-speed bicycle accidents can put riders at risk of broken bones. For example, when riders place their hands in front of themselves to catch their falls, they may suffer broken fingers, hands, wrists or arms.
As a bicyclist, you have rights, and that includes pursuing compensation when someone else’s mistakes cause your injuries. If you aren’t sure whether you want to take legal action, simply give us a call to explore your legal options. Contact the Norfolk bicycle accidents lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.
January 6th, 2020
All types of products sold in the U.S., including consumer, industrial, and medical-grade products, are supposed to be tested and proven safe for their intended uses. But because the testing process is lengthy and expensive—and because manufacturers may want to hide certain design flaws and risks—some products that pose serious threats to the people who use them still end up on the market.
Suffering an injury due to a defective product can result in serious complications and consequences, including expensive medical bills and weeks, months, or even years out of work. Because product manufacturers are typically multi-billion-dollar companies, many victims are reluctant to file compensation claims. After all, how are individual people and families supposed to stand up against huge, publicly traded companies?
Thankfully, the legal system makes it possible for victims to be heard when others—including big companies—fail to uphold their duties and responsibilities. And at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia defective product attorneys know what it takes to go toe-to-toe with product manufacturers both in the compensation claim process and in the courtroom.
Whether you were injured by a dangerous weed killer, a defective medical device that was implanted in your body, a flawed military earplug, or any other type of harmful product, we want to help. We’ve helped many other victims just like you get compensation for injuries, medical expenses, and lost wages due to defective product injuries, and we want to help you, too. Contact us today for a free consultation.
December 30th, 2019
Due to America’s aging population, nursing homes are big business, and they’re only going to become more in-demand and plentiful throughout the country, including Virginia, in the coming decades. And while most nursing homes provide residents with the care, respect, and attention they deserve, some are more focused on making money than making sure their residents are taken care of.
When nursing home owners and administrators understaff or hire employees who aren’t properly trained or educated, residents may be more likely to be abused or neglected. The signs of abuse and neglect aren’t always easy to spot, and residents may be mistreated for months or even years before anyone notices—especially if they’re too afraid to speak out.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we believe that nursing home residents deserve to be treated in accordance to the state’s Nursing Home Bill of Rights. It guarantees that residents should be free to voice complaints and concerns, free from mental and physical abuse, and free to possess personal items, among many other rights. When those rights are violated, residents and their families should have recourse, including filing compensation claims.
Our Virginia nursing home abuse lawyers have helped many mistreated nursing home residents and their loved ones get damages for the indignities they suffered at the hands of profit-driven nursing homes, and if you suspect your loved one has been abused or neglected, we may be able to help you too. Contact us today for a free consultation.
December 23rd, 2019
Every rider knows they’re taking a risk when they get on their motorcycles. Wearing all your gear every time you ride is the best way to reduce the risks of suffering serious injuries, but even the sturdiest and thickest helmet, jacket, pants, boots, and gloves can’t protect motorcyclists during crashes the same way seat belts, airbags, and crumple zones can protect vehicle occupants.
When motorcyclists are involved in crashes, they’re likely to suffer three common types of injuries:
- Head injuries—Helmets are highly effective at reducing the risk of death and traumatic brain injury during motorcycle crashes, but they don’t lower that risk to zero. People wearing even the most high-tech and safe helmets are still at risk of suffering serious head injuries that have the potential to be fatal or result in lifelong disability.
- Soft tissue injuries—Motorcycle accidents can cause victims to suffer serious injuries to their skin, as well as the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and even nerves underneath. Riders with exposed skin or who wear non-riding clothing are the most at risk for these types of injuries, but they can happen to even the most well-equipped riders.
- Broken bones—When motorcyclists are involved in crashes, they’re almost always thrown from their bikes. Whether they strike a vehicle, the road, or another object, the forces generated by a crash can result in simple or compound bone fractures, which can lead to prolonged disability and even be life-threatening.
If you or someone you love was hurt in a motorcycle crash that wasn’t your fault, the Virginia motorcycle accident lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers want to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.
December 16th, 2019
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we appreciate the skill, expertise, and years of education that healthcare providers must obtain to be able to provide high-quality care to their patients. We also know that even the best and most well-trained medical professionals are human and that mistakes happen—some of which can result in poor outcomes for patients. But we also know that some mistakes are due to negligence, and when that happens, we believe those providers should be held accountable.
However, getting compensation for negligence-based medical errors isn’t easy. Healthcare providers, hospitals, and clinics are well protected from such claims, and getting favorable outcomes for malpractice victims requires plenty of evidence, patience, and tenacity. Our Norfolk medical malpractice lawyers have years of successful malpractice claims in our history, and we know exactly what it takes to win.
We don’t back down when hospitals and their insurers fight back, and we don’t take no for an answer when our clients deserve compensation for their negligence-related injuries and illnesses. We don’t settle for less than victims are worth. If our clients get a settlement offer that isn’t enough to cover their medical bills and lost wages, we keep pushing until they get a check that’s fair for what they’ve gone through.
Don’t trust just any law firm with your medical malpractice claim. When we take on malpractice cases, we know that there will be plenty of resistance on the other side, but we’re not afraid to fight for our clients’ rights to compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation.
December 9th, 2019
Dogs are beloved members of the family in many households. And while most dogs are docile, kind, and loving animals, some can bite—even without provocation or a history of aggression. Because of that possibility, dog owners are required to keep their pets leashed while in public or enclosed when on private property. When they fail to do so and their dogs bite, attack, or injure others, they can be held liable for victims’ expenses.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia dog bite attorneys know that dog bite victims are often reluctant to pursue compensation for their bite-related expenses. Despite the fact that dog bites can result in serious injuries and even disability, they may not want to file claims, especially if the owners of the dogs who bit them are friends, family members, or neighbors.
However, it’s important to note that pursuing compensation typically doesn’t mean putting an undue financial burden on the dog owner. Instead, the money is often paid from their insurance policy. In addition, you shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket for an injury that wasn’t your fault, and the costs associated with dog bites can be enormous—especially if yours makes it difficult or impossible to work.
You’ve already suffered enough dealing with the pain, shock, and potential disability of the dog bite. Let us help you get financial compensation for what you’ve been through. Contact us today for a free consultation.
December 2nd, 2019
If you have ever been involved in a car accident, you know how painful and traumatic they can be. But for many people, the pain and stress pale in comparison to the lasting effects car accidents can have on their family’s finances. Because auto accidents often cause victims to be unable to work and require expensive medical treatment, they can quickly deplete savings, max out credit cards, and leave families in debt.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia car accident lawyers can’t undo the crash, but we can help undo some of the financial burden you’re facing. When you contact us, we’ll work hard to help you get compensation for:
- Medical bills—You may need treatments in the immediate future and for months or even years to come. Treatments can include everything from surgeries and prescription medications to physical rehabilitation and specialist visits. We’ll fight to get you paid for these costs.
- Lost wages—Auto accident injuries can be both painful and disabling. When you’re dealing with chronic pain or reduced mobility, you may be unable to work—and that means no paychecks. Our team will work hard to get you money to replace your lost wages.
- Pain and suffering—Auto accidents can cause victims to suffer a variety of mental and emotional pain. You may develop symptoms of depression, anxiety, or even post-traumatic stress disorder. If the crash affected your life, you deserve to be compensated for it.
Don’t miss out on the money you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.
November 25th, 2019
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can occur as a result of auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, medical malpractice, personal injuries, and more. People who suffer TBIs experience a wide range of harmful effects. Some victims may experience only minor symptoms, while others may become severely disabled and unable to live independently.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk brain injury attorneys have seen the devastation that TBIs cause both victims and their loved ones. They’re especially damaging to victims and their families when they affect the primary income-earners in the household, as TBIs often make it difficult or impossible to work and earn a living. That can leave their family members in a financial bind—especially when they’re trying to pay expensive medical bills.
Getting full compensation for TBIs is difficult. That’s because the costs of TBIs are often difficult to calculate, as the effects are lifelong. In addition to being unable to work, victims also may require intensive medical care for the rest of their lives. Getting a single payment for initial costs may help in the short term, but in the long term, victims and their families deserve much larger settlements for what they’ve already gone through and what’s to come.
Because TBI claims are often bigger than other types of injury claims, insurance companies are reluctant to pay out to victims and their families. That’s where we come in. We believe that injured victims shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket for their own expenses, especially when others are at fault for their injuries. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can assist you or your loved one with your TBI-related expenses.
November 18th, 2019
Due to the devastating effects that on-the-job injuries can have on workers and their families, almost all employers in Virginia are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. The coverage is designed to compensate employees who get hurt or become ill while on the job and can no longer work for long periods of time, making them unable to earn paychecks.
Despite employers carrying this insurance, they’re often reluctant to pay victims the money they’re owed after injury or illness-causing incidents at work. In addition, the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission (VWCC) has strict criteria for approving claims, and many first-time applicants are denied—even when they have valid claims and plenty of evidence.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk workers’ compensation lawyers know that the process often seems unfair and arbitrary. The VWCC will deny claims for minor reasons, including missing paperwork, late submissions, incomplete forms, and more. Because the process requires so much paperwork and back and forth with the VWCC, it’s easy for first-time applicants to miss a step or overlook something that could cost them their benefits.
When you call our legal team, we’ll work hard to ensure that your claim is built for success. We’ve assisted many other injured workers with their workers’ compensation claims, and we know what it takes to win. Don’t risk your income and your family’s wellbeing by going it alone. Get our experienced law firm on your side, and let us fight for your rights to the money you deserve. Contact us today.