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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.

Take These Steps Immediately after Your Workplace Accident.

by Staff Blogger | September 11th, 2017

Workers’ compensation benefits are essential for people who are hurt on the job and can’t return to work for extended periods of time. However, the workers’ compensation system that grants this form of replacement income can be extremely strict and full of red tape. That means some workers fall through the cracks and don’t get the money they need.

Most workers don’t know how to navigate the workers’ compensation system because they’ve never had to deal with it before. And while most of the headaches involved with filing a claim can be resolved by getting an experienced Norfolk workers’ compensation attorney on your side, there are two things you can do right after your accident to protect your claim:

  1. Tell your supervisor about the accident. You’re only eligible for benefits after your employer is aware that you were injured on the job and the company files an official workplace injury report. The sooner you tell your supervisor, the better. If you wait too long, your injury may appear suspicious and you may lose your opportunity to file a claim.
  2. Get immediate medical attention. Even if you typically avoid doctors and hospitals and don’t think your injury is serious, getting immediate medical treatment after a workplace injury is vital. The healthcare providers who diagnose your injury and begin treating it will create a medical record that can serve as valuable evidence for your claim.

At Lowell Stanley, we know the ins and outs of Virginia’s workers’ compensation program, and we can put our experience to work for you. You shouldn’t have to worry about handling the complexities of your claim while you’re sidelined with a serious injury. Call today for a free consultation.

Avoid These 2 Common Post-Auto Accident Mistakes

by Staff Blogger | September 5th, 2017

An unfortunate reality for auto accident victims is that the things they say and do in the minutes, hours, and days after their crashes can impact their opportunities to get compensation for their medical bills and lost wages.

Insurance companies look for ways to reduce or deny claims whenever possible. In some cases, they can achieve this simply by waiting for crash victims to make mistakes that insurance companies can later use against them. To make matters worse, many victims have no idea that these actions can jeopardize their chances to get the money their families need, especially if their accidents put them out of work.

Lowell Stanley’s team of Norfolk car accident lawyers has represented many injured victims throughout Virginia, and 2 of the most common mistakes we see victims make are:

  1. Admitting fault for the accident before investigation is conducted – Never admit fault for a crash. This will be determined by experienced investigators after all evidence has been collected and considered. Auto accidents are traumatic and disorienting, and it’s common for victims to misremember what happened even moments earlier. Admitting fault to the police, the other driver, witnesses, or the insurance company can nullify your chances of pursuing compensation.
  2. Talking about the accident or your case with friends or on social media – Insurance adjusters are always looking for evidence they can use against you. They might speak with your friends, coworkers, or even look at your social media pages to find information about the accident. Keep all information between yourself and your attorney, and never post about the crash online.

The most important thing you can do after the accident is get an experienced and qualified legal team on your side soon as possible. When you contact us, we may be able to take over your case and handle all communication with the insurance company.

Call today to find out how we can help you—our consultations are always free.

Common Causes of Birth Injuries

by Staff Blogger | August 28th, 2017

During the birth of your child, you trust doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to provide the highest-quality care.

But just like all employees in the medical profession, delivery and neonatal healthcare workers can make mistakes—some of which can have devastating consequences for your child. To make matters worse, some of those mistakes can be caused by negligence or carelessness.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we’ve helped parents whose children were injured because of factors such as:

  • Dangerous movements of the child’s body during delivery – Children are extremely vulnerable during delivery. When doctors or nurses fail to exercise extreme caution, children can suffer severe bruising, broken bones, and head injuries.
  • Medications that interfere with delivery or pose threats to the baby – It’s common for women going into labor to receive certain medications. But doctors must be vigilant and prescribe only medications that won’t put mother or child at risk.
  • Failure to monitor – Both pregnancy and childbirth require close monitoring to protect mother and child. Healthcare workers who fail to chart and keep track of important vital signs can put babies at risk.

Birth injuries can lead to serious health problems such as cerebral palsy, shoulder dystocia, and Erb’s palsy (also known as brachial plexus birth palsy).

If your child was injured because of a healthcare professional’s mistakes or negligence, you may be facing expensive medical bills and years of emotional pain. Don’t go it alone. Contact our Norfolk birth injury lawyers today. Our consultations are always free, and we’re available to take your call 24/7.

Watch Out for Bicyclists

by Staff Blogger | August 21st, 2017

Bicyclists are a common sight on many of Norfolk’s busiest streets, but they face serious risks when they ride near traffic. As a driver, it’s important to remember that bicyclists can be anywhere on the road, and because they are required to follow the same laws as motorists, they also deserve the same respect.

Bike lanes and wide roads can help reduce bicyclists’ chances of being involved in accidents, but those safety advantages can be ineffective when drivers don’t pay attention or don’t give the space they need.

The next time you drive, follow these tips to help keep the city’s bicyclists safe:

  • Check your mirror before turning. Because bicyclists don’t always ride directly behind vehicles—especially on roads with bike lanes—drivers may not be aware of them when they turn, causing T-bone accidents. Always check your mirror before you turn to see if a bicyclist is riding alongside or adjacent to you.
  • Be patient. A common complaint drivers have about bicyclists is their tendency to slow traffic. In most cases, the slowdown is brief. Always wait until it’s safe to pass a bicyclist. Unless you can clearly see there’s no oncoming traffic and you won’t crowd the bicyclist, don’t pass.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our legal team is here to help anyone who is injured on Norfolk’s roadways due to another person’s negligence.

Were you or someone you love hurt in a bicycle accident because of a careless driver? If so, we want to speak with you. Contact our Norfolk bicycle accident attorneys today for a free consultation.

Who Gets Compensation in Wrongful Death Cases?

by Staff Blogger | August 14th, 2017

Losing a loved one is devastating. Every member of a family, regardless of age or relationship, can be deeply affected by the death of someone they’re close to, and the loss they’re grieving can be even more intense and painful if the death was due to someone else’s negligence.

In addition to the emotional challenges, surviving family members also often face financial challenges, especially if the deceased was the primary income-earner.

When a family files a wrongful death lawsuit against the person or party who may have been responsible for the death, the following people may be entitled to damages:

  • Spouses – In addition to receiving compensation for lost income, a surviving spouse can also file a claim and receive damages due to lost companionship and for the pain and suffering they experienced after their loved one’s death.
  • Children – Children who are under the age of 18 can receive compensation for the loss of a parent, as they have been deprived of comfort and support that they need during their formative years.
  • Parents – Losing a child is one of the hardest things any parent will face in life, and they can file claims for compensation for the emotional trauma they experienced and the loss of their relationship with their child.

These parties also may be eligible to receive additional compensation via punitive damages if the person or party responsible for their loved one’s death acted recklessly.

The Norfolk wrongful death attorneys at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers know how important your loved one was to you and your family, and we want to help you get the closure you deserve. Contact us for a free consultation.

Dog Bites Can Be Serious Injuries

by Staff Blogger | August 7th, 2017

Dogs are man’s best friend, but they can still bite on occasion. That’s why dog owners are required to keep them on leashes on public property. No matter type of breed, all dogs have the potential to cause bite victims to suffer painful injuries that can lead to serious and even life-threatening complications.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we’ve assisted dog bite victims who experienced the following side effects and symptoms:

  • Muscle, tendon, and nerve damage – Dogs have long, sharp teeth that can piece deeply into the skin, putting delicate muscle tissue, tendons, and nerves at risk of being damaged or destroyed. These complications can make it difficult or even impossible for some victims to go back to work, putting their careers and livelihoods in jeopardy.
  • Systemic infection – Every animal’s mouth contains a huge variety of bacteria—some of which can be dangerous if introduced into the bloodstream. Dog bite victims who are suffering from bite-induced infections may experience symptoms that include swollen lymph nodes, fever or chills, night sweats, fatigue, and even difficulty breathing. Victims who experience these symptoms should seek immediate medical attention.

Were you or a loved one injured by a dog that wasn’t properly restrained by its owner? If so, you may be eligible to file a claim for compensation for your medical bills and lost wages. An experienced Norfolk dog bite lawyer at Lowell Stanley knows the state’s laws on leash and enclosure requirements, and our law firm wants to maximize your chances of getting the money you deserve. Our consultations are free, and we’re here to help. Contact us today.

Look for These Red Flags When Choosing a Nursing Home

by Staff Blogger | July 31st, 2017

Making the decision to move a loved one into a nursing home is never easy. It’s even harder when you know that some nursing homes are understaffed or have unqualified employees who oversee residents’ care and well-being. In some cases, staff members even neglect and abuse residents.

When you’re touring nursing homes and trying to decide the best fit for your loved one, be on the lookout for these red flags:

  • Poor housekeeping and low standard of cleanliness – While occasional spills, odors, and clutter happen at every nursing home, facilities that don’t appear clean or well-maintained also may be poorly managed—which can lead to poor resident care and even put their health at risk.
  • High staff turnover – A nursing home is only as good as its staff. When doctors, nurses, and other caregivers are happy, residents are more likely to get effective and caring treatment. High staff turnover means that employees may have poor morale and may be less capable of caring for your loved one.
  • Bad reviews – Appearances can be deceiving, and even the cleanest nursing home with the friendliest staff can still be a poor residence for your loved one. Online reviews can help you learn more about specific nursing homes and whether there are any issues you might not be aware of.

An experienced Norfolk nursing home abuse lawyer has zero tolerance for facilities that fail to give residents the rights they deserve. If your loved one was abused or neglected at a nursing home, we’ll fight for your rights to the compensation you deserve. Fill out an online contact form to get in touch with us today.

Motorcyclists: Wear All the Gear, All the Time

by Staff Blogger | July 24th, 2017

With summer temperatures soaring into the high 90s in Norfolk recently, wearing thick riding gear may be the last thing on many motorcyclists’ minds. But hot weather is no excuse to avoid wearing protective clothing and equipment that could save your life.

As a motorcyclist, you’re much more vulnerable during accidents than people inside cars, trucks, and SUVs. Unlike drivers and passengers in passenger vehicles, you don’t have the protection of a steel chassis, seat belts, and airbags. The best way you can protect yourself is by following a simple phrase that saves the lives of many motorcyclists every year: “All the gear, all the time.”

What does that phrase entail? It means always wearing these articles of clothing or equipment:

  • Helmet
    Make sure your helmet is DOT, ECE 22.05, or Snell-certified. An effective helmet will cover your entire head, including your face.
  • Riding jacket with armor
    The most effective riding jackets include armor—which means padding and cushions that can help reduce the risks of abrasion and soften impact with the road if you’re involved in a crash.
  • Riding pants with armor
    Any pair of pants you pull out of your closet or dresser aren’t sufficient for protecting you on your bike. Make sure your riding pants provide abrasion and impact protection, just like your jacket.
  • Riding boots
    Good riding boots will be made of a quality material like leather and will include additional height to protect your ankles. Many also include additional protection for toes.
  • Gloves
    Your hands are extremely vulnerable during accidents. Make sure they’re protected by always wearing heavy-duty riding gloves, as they’re often the first body part to contact the ground during accidents.

Unfortunately, riding gear can only serve to reduce the severity of injuries—not eliminate them. If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident, get in touch with our Norfolk motorcycle accident lawyers today by filling out a free online consultation form.