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Seeking Compensation for Brain Injuries

by Staff Blogger | November 20th, 2017

The human body is remarkably resilient and capable of healing from a variety of serious illnesses and injuries. But head injuries can be a different story. When a person’s brain is injured in an accident, the chances of recovery may be remote. Even people with minor brain injuries may experience profound changes in mood, personality, and behavior, while people with severe brain injuries may lose the ability to work, live independently, or even interact with others.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we know the devastation that brain injuries can cause entire families—especially when families depend on the victim emotionally and financially.

When we take on brain injury cases, we fight to help victims and their families recover compensation for:

  • Medical bills – The cost of treating a brain injury can be more than many families can afford—even with health insurance. Expenses like surgeries, CT scans, and prolonged hospital stays can add up.
  • Lost wages – People who suffer brain injuries may lose the ability to do their jobs. They may even lose the ability to work altogether. That can leave their loved ones in a financial bind.

Whether your loved one’s brain injury occurred in a car accident, bicycle accident, motorcycle accident, or because of any other negligent act, our Norfolk brain injury lawyers want to fight for your rights to compensation. Call today for a free consultation—we’re here to help.

Avoid These 2 Common Workers’ Compensation Mistakes

by Staff Blogger | November 13th, 2017

Getting approved for workers’ compensation can feel like a tedious and confusing process. If you’ve never applied for workers’ compensation benefits before, you might not know which steps to take after a workplace injury. Unfortunately, many first-time applicants are denied, simply because they are unfamiliar with the process.

Our Norfolk workers’ compensation lawyers fight for the rights of injured workers who deserve benefits after they get hurt through no fault of their own. And while it’s our goal to take as much of the stress of the accident and application process off our clients’ shoulders as possible, injured workers can maximize their chances of approval by avoiding these two common mistakes:

  1. Waiting too long to report the injury. On-the-job accidents and injuries should be reported to a supervisor or manager immediately. In addition to making sure that an accurate workplace injury report is completed, this step also helps eliminate some of the suspicions that workplaces and their insurance companies often have when employees file for benefits.
  2. Lying about or exaggerating any aspect of the injury. Always be truthful with everyone after your on-the-job injury, including your supervisor, your doctor, and your attorney. Lying about the severity of your injury can jeopardize your chances of being approved for benefits, especially if the doctor finds out you weren’t hurt as badly as you claimed.

Calling Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers right away after your workplace injury can help you protect your rights to compensation. We want to help you better understand the process, and we’ll do everything we can to help you get the money you deserve. Call today for a free consultation.

3 Common Forms of Negligence that Lead to Auto Accidents

by Staff Blogger | November 6th, 2017

In the months and years after most people obtain their drivers’ licenses, they quickly become accustomed to the act of driving. In fact, they can safely get from point A to point B without much effort.

But even though driving becomes “automatic” for many people, it still requires focus, attention, and coordination.

Unfortunately, many drivers take their safety and ability to safely operate their vehicles for granted. That often leads to them getting behind the wheel under unsafe conditions or engaging in dangerous activities while driving.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk car accident attorneys look for these three signs of negligence or carelessness after crashes:

  1. Distracted driving – Texting while driving is an epidemic in the U.S. and throughout Virginia, and it plays a role in a huge number of car accidents nationwide every year.
  2. Drunk or impaired driving – When drivers get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, taking certain medications, or using drugs, they often lose their ability to focus, stay alert, or react quickly.
  3. Speeding – All roads in Virginia have posted speed limits, and when drivers exceed those limits, they put themselves and others in danger, as they’re more likely to lose control or be unable to stop in time to avoid collisions.

If you or a loved one were injured in an auto accident caused by someone else’s negligence, we want to fight for your rights to the compensation you deserve. Call today for a free consultation.

2 Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

by Staff Blogger | October 30th, 2017

All vehicle accidents have the potential to cause serious and even life-threatening injuries. But motorcycles lack the protection of seat belts and airbags, putting motorcycle accident victims at an even higher risk of severe injury.

Riders can protect themselves and reduce their risks by wearing full riding gear, including a full-face helmet, riding jacket and pants, gloves, and boots, but they’re still vulnerable during accidents.

New and veteran riders alike are taught to be aware of common dangers on roadways, including loose gravel, potholes, and slick pavement due to rain or ice. But other drivers remain one of the biggest hazards that motorcyclists face. The following scenarios represent serious threats to every motorcyclist in Virginia and throughout the U.S.:

  1. Left-turning drivers – Whether they’re turning left at intersections or into parking lots, many drivers simply aren’t trained to look for motorcycles when crossing lanes of traffic. That can result in serious accidents when they make left turns into the paths of motorcyclists.
  2. Drivers changing lanes – Because drivers often aren’t accustomed to watching out for motorcyclists, they may not check their blind spots. When they change lanes, they may drift directly into the paths of motorcyclists or force them off the road.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk motorcycle accident attorneys have helped many victims who were hurt in motorcycle accidents due to a wide variety of causes, including those listed above.

No matter how your motorcycle accident happened, we want to help. Call today for a free consultation.

Who Should You Talk to If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse?

by Staff Blogger | October 23rd, 2017

Nursing homes are supposed to be places of healing, acceptance, and accommodation for our loved ones. But conditions such as understaffing, budget cuts, or insufficient employee training can cause residents to suffer mistreatment, neglect, and even abuse at the hands of the people who are supposed to take care of them.

If you notice any warning signs that could indicate abuse or neglect, including poor hygiene, unexplained weight loss, or cuts and bruises, it’s important to act immediately and speak with these three parties:

  • Your loved one – If your loved one is communicative, ask them about any warning signs you’ve noticed. Write down any information you get and make a list of follow-up questions.
  • A doctor, supervisor, or manager – After you’ve spoken with your loved one, take your list of questions and concerns to a supervisory figure at the nursing home. Get as many answers as you can during this time, and don’t be afraid to continue asking questions.
  • An experienced lawyer – Nursing homes are often well-protected from allegations of abuse or neglect. Your concerns may fall on deaf ears without a legal team on your side.

Don’t hesitate to call 911 if you fear that your loved one’s safety or life is in immediate danger.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we’ve helped many families whose loved ones were victims of nursing home abuse or neglect. Call today for a free consultation with our Norfolk nursing home abuse lawyers.

Defective Products Can Cause Injuries and Illnesses

by Staff Blogger | October 16th, 2017

We live in a highly consumeristic society. That means our homes, schools, and workplaces are filled with consumer and industrial products that are designed to make life easier. For some people, those products are even implanted inside their bodies to help manage the symptoms of diseases or chronic health conditions.

But not all products are designed with high-quality components or to meet strict safety standards. From birth control medications to joint replacements, the materials used to make medical devices all have the potential to cause serious and even life-threatening health complications.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we know the dangers of defective products and how helpless victims can feel. It’s our goal to help by:

  • Gathering evidence that proves the product caused an injury or illness. It’s not easy to conclusively link a defective product with an injury or illness, but our Norfolk defective product lawyers have the knowledge and experience to get it done.
  • Fighting to get you the compensation you deserve. A defective product injury or illness can be a financial burden. You may require expensive medical treatment and be out of work for weeks, months, or years. We want to fight to help you get maximum compensation.

Don’t wait to get the help you or your loved ones deserve after a defective product injury. Fill out a free consultation form today, and see how we can put our experience to work for you.

Daylight Saving Time Can Increase Your Risk of an Auto Accident

by Staff Blogger | October 9th, 2017

The time to set your clocks back one hour is rapidly approaching. At 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5, daylight saving time will end. That means you’ll need to roll back your clock one hour. And while the extra hour of sleep may leave you feeling more rested on Monday morning, your chances of being involved in an auto accident can increase.

Experts believe this phenomenon occurs for a few reasons:

  • Loss of light – While the end of daylight saving time means more light in the morning, it also means less light during the evening commute home—and low visibility is a major risk factor for car accidents.
  • Drunk driving – People’s behavior is noted to change when they’re anticipating a time change due to the beginning or ending of daylight saving time. That can result in increased alcohol consumption and intoxicated driving.
  • Less attentive driving – Gaining an hour can make drivers less cautious behind the wheel. Their biological clocks are still operating as though it’s daylight, but visibility on the road is much lower.

Before daylight saving time ends this year, make sure that your loved ones understand the risks associated with the shift in daylight and the earlier sunset.

If you or someone you love was hurt in an auto accident that was caused by a negligent driver, the Norfolk auto accident lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers are here to help. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation.

Antidepressants Can Have Devastating Effects on Unborn Children

by Staff Blogger | October 2nd, 2017

A class of antidepressants called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) is designed to treat a wide range of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and social phobia. SSRIs are prescribed to a wide range of patients from all age groups and medical backgrounds.

However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reported on Dec. 14, 2011, that when taken by pregnant women, SSRIs may put unborn babies at risk of developing a rare heart and lung condition called persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN).

PPHN is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition that causes complications and symptoms, including:

  • Breathing problems, including rapid or slow breathing
  • Skin that’s blue in color and cold to the touch
  • Low blood pressure
  • Low blood oxygen levels

Babies who are affected by PPHN can take weeks or even months to recover, and in severe cases, the condition can even be fatal. The Norfolk drug injury lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers know how devastating it is for mothers and families when babies are born with serious health problems, and we want to help them get compensation.

Get in touch with our legal team today for a free consultation.

Bicyclists: Protect Yourself with These Hand Signals.

by Staff Blogger | September 25th, 2017

Bicycling has many perks—exercise, fresh air, and never having to worry about filling up your gas tank—but it also has some drawbacks. In addition to being more exposed on the road and lacking protective features like seat belts and airbags, you also may find it difficult to communicate your intentions to drivers. That can sometimes lead to serious accidents.

At Lowell Stanley, our Norfolk bicycle accident attorneys have helped many victims who were severely injured because drivers misinterpreted their next moves. The League of American Bicyclists recommends the following hand signals to make your next ride safer:

  • Left turn – Extend your left arm pointing directly away from your body. Your arm should be perpendicular with the road.
  • Right turn – Extend your right arm pointing directly away from your body. You can also bend your left arm up at a right angle with your hand flat.
  • Slowing down or stopping – Extend your left arm at a right angle with your hand open.

In addition to always wearing an approved helmet, hand signals that convey your intentions to other motorists is one of the best ways to stay safe on Virginia’s roadways. Whether you’re riding in a bike lane in a residential area or near high-speed traffic on a major thoroughfare, hand signals could save your life.

Were you or someone you love injured in a bicycle accident that wasn’t your fault? You may be eligible for compensation. Let us collect evidence and work hard on your behalf. Contact our law firm today for a free consultation.

Avoid Motorcycle Accidents by Increasing Your Visibility.

by Staff Blogger | September 18th, 2017

Riding a motorcycle puts you at a disadvantage in accidents involving cars, trucks, and SUVs. Unlike drivers and passengers, you don’t have seat belts to hold you in place during accidents or air bags to soften the blow of impact.

Riding gear can help protect you from head injuries and road rash, but motorcyclists still face the risk of suffering severe injuries if they’re thrown from their bikes. That’s why it’s important to do everything you can to prevent accidents from happening in the first place—and increasing your visibility is step number one.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk motorcycle accident lawyers know that riders can make themselves more visible to drivers when they:

  • Wear bright and reflective safety gear. Avoid solid black safety gear when possible. Choose helmets, jackets, and pants that are brightly colored and covered in reflective materials.
  • Know where blind spots are and avoid them. All vehicles have blind spots. Larger vehicles, including SUVs, semi-trucks, and buses may have big blind spots that extend several car lengths in adjacent lanes. Avoid those spots to maintain maximum visibility.
  • Keep headlights on, even during the day. Headlights are motorcyclists’ best friends when it comes to being seen. Keep them on even when you don’t need the light they emit, as they’ll make you more easily visible to drivers.

Were you or someone you love hurt in a motorcycle accident that was caused by a careless driver? If so, you may be eligible to pursue a claim for compensation for your accident-related expenses. Contact us today for a free consultation.