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4 Requirements for Medical Malpractice Claims

by Staff Blogger | March 30th, 2020

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, it’s our goal to help people get compensation after they’ve been harmed by negligent doctors, surgeons, and other healthcare providers. However, it’s important for victims to know that medical malpractice claims require extensive proof to be successful. In addition, hospitals, doctor’s offices, and other healthcare facilities are typically well-prepared for medical malpractice claims, and they’re ready to push back when patients file complaints against them.

Successful claims require proving four important facts:

  1. You had an established doctor to patient relationship—First, you (or your attorney) must prove that the doctor or healthcare provider who harmed you was indeed assigned to treat you specifically.
  2. The doctor was negligent—Poor outcomes don’t always mean negligence occurred. There must be concrete proof that shows the healthcare provider was negligent while treating you.
  3. The negligence resulted in your injury—Negligence alone isn’t always enough for a medical malpractice claim. The negligence must also have contributed to an injury, illness, or complications.
  4. The injury led to verifiable damages—When it comes to personal injury claims, damages refer to things such as physical, mental, and emotional pain, medical bills, and lost paychecks.

If you believe you were harmed by a medical professional due to negligence, our Virginia medical malpractice lawyers want to speak with you. We’ll investigate your claim and determine if the criteria above can be proven. If it can, we’ll move forward with your case and work hard to get you maximum compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation.

A Popular Antacid is Linked to Cancer

by Staff Blogger | March 23rd, 2020

Did you or someone you love take prescription or over-the-counter Zantac to treat heartburn or acid reflux? If so, you may have been exposed to a contaminant called N-nitrosodimethylamine, which is a probable carcinogen and is linked to multiple types of cancers of vital organs and the digestive system. The contaminant was also found in generic versions of the drug (ranitidine).

The discovery prompted the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to advise a recall of all ranitidine-containing products, including both name brand and generic Zantac tablets. As of March 2020, these products have been removed from virtually all pharmacy, supermarket, and hospital shelves. However, people who took the drugs previously, whether briefly or for many years, may have experienced an increased risk of cancer.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia drug injury attorneys are here to help anyone who was diagnosed with cancer after taking Zantac or its generic equivalents. The manufacturers of these tablets should have been aware that their products were tainted with dangerous impurities and contaminants, but they failed to properly test them. That led to potentially millions of people being exposed to carcinogens.

If you still take Zantac, talk to your doctor about alternative options for treating acid reflux. Other medications can also control symptoms, as can diet and lifestyle changes. And if you or someone you love experienced significant health problems after taking Zantac, including being diagnosed with cancer, our legal team is here to help. Contact us today for a free consultation. It’s our goal to get you the money you deserve for your pain and suffering.

When Can Dog Owners Be Held Liable after Bites?

by Staff Blogger | March 16th, 2020

Dogs have lived alongside people for millennia. When kept as pets, the vast majority of dogs are loving and gentle animals. But all dogs, regardless of breed, temperament, size, and behavioral history, are capable of attacking and biting—even without provocation. Victims can include their owners, other members of their household, or even complete strangers.

Many dog breeds have powerful jaws and sharp teeth. When they bite, they’re capable of inflicting significant injuries. Victims may suffer everything from severe bleeding and pain to infection and nerve damage. It’s not uncommon for dog bite victims to require hospitalization and to suffer prolonged or even permanent disability in affected limbs or body parts. That means big medical bills and a long time away from work—or even early retirement.

Because of the financial consequences of dog bites, it’s important for victims to be able to pursue compensation. But first, they must prove that the owners of the dogs that bit them were negligent. There are two ways that dog owners are generally considered negligent:

  • They didn’t leash their dogs—When dogs are in public and aren’t leashed or aren’t fully controlled by their owners and they bite or attack someone, their owners can be held liable.
  • They didn’t contain their dogs—On their own property, dog owners are required to ensure that their dogs aren’t allowed to roam freely and potentially bite guests or passersby.

Proving negligence after a dog bite requires experience and knowledge of local ordinances and personal injury law. That’s why it’s important to contact the Virginia dog bite attorneys at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers as soon as possible. We’re here to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Be Careful on Your Motorcycle this Spring

by Staff Blogger | March 9th, 2020

Spring hasn’t officially arrived just yet, but temperatures are already warming throughout the Commonwealth. The arrival of warm weather is a welcome change for many, especially motorcyclists. If you’re planning on taking your bike out for your daily commute or just for a weekend ride, it’s important to prioritize safety from the moment you pull out of your driveway until the moment you return home.

Motorcyclists face serious risks on Virginia’s roadways, but you can reduce your chances of being involved in a crash by keeping these tips in mind:

  • Scan the road ahead—One of the biggest dangers that motorcyclists face is roadway hazards. They can include everything from potholes and wet leaves to loose gravel and fallen tree limbs. Staying alert for these hazards can keep you safer on your bike.
  • Watch for left-turning vehicles—Drivers don’t always look out for motorcyclists. Inattentive left-turning motorists is one of the biggest risk factors motorcyclists face when it comes to roadway collisions, but you can reduce your risks by anticipating when drivers might turn in front of you.
  • Reduce your speed—The torque and horsepower to weight ratio of motorcycles is unrivaled by even some of the fastest production vehicles. However, speeding on a motorcycle is significantly more dangerous than speeding in a vehicle. Always drive at the speed limit, and don’t forget to reduce your speed during inclement weather.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we know that simply representing injured motorcyclists after crashes isn’t always enough.  Because insurance companies are biased against them, they need aggressive representation from experienced Roanoke motorcycle accident attorneys, and that’s exactly what we provide. Contact us today for a free consultation if you were hurt on your bike.

Negligent Providers Should Be Held Liable after Birth Injuries

by Staff Blogger | March 2nd, 2020

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we know that there can be many complications that arise during pregnancy and during the delivery process. Pregnant women trust their doctors and other healthcare professionals to properly monitor their and their babies’ health from conception to delivery. And while childbirth is significantly safer in 2020 than at any other point in human history, women and their children can still face major risks when healthcare providers are negligent.

In many cases, birth injuries to both mothers and their children are avoidable when doctors perform necessary tests and make accurate and timely diagnoses of potential problems. When they fail to do so, or their diagnoses are inaccurate or delayed, minor problems can grow into much more serious issues that can put both mothers and their unborn children at risk of serious complications, injuries, and even life-threatening conditions.

In addition, many birth injuries that can be treated after delivery result in lifelong disabilities for children. For example, babies may be born with injured or paralyzed limbs and muscles due to trauma suffered during delivery. Doctors can often prevent those injuries from occurring by assessing risk long before delivery occurs, but when they fail to do so, they may be unable to minimize damage once women begin to give birth.

Simply put—a large percentage of birth injuries are preventable, and when they happen, we believe women should seek assistance from experienced Norfolk birth injury lawyers. Our team has helped many women get the compensation they deserve after they and their babies were harmed before or during delivery, and we want to help you if you’re also in that situation. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Workers’ Compensation Claims Need Experienced Legal Representation

by Staff Blogger | February 24th, 2020

If you were injured on the job and need to file a workers’ compensation claim, it’s important to keep in mind that the odds may be stacked against you. In an effort to reduce the number of fraudulent claims, the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission—like oversight boards in many other states—rigorously reviews all applications. It’s common for first-time applicants to be denied, even when they have plenty of evidence that proves their injuries occurred on the job.

Getting denied for the benefits you need and are owed can be devastating. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk workers’ compensation lawyers want to help you avoid that—or, if you’ve already been denied, we want to help you appeal the board’s decision. We believe that injured workers should never have to pay out of pocket for accident-related expenses that weren’t their fault, but that’s an unfortunate reality for countless Virginians throughout the state.

When you contact us, whether you’re applying for benefits for the first time or appealing a decision, you’ll get a dedicated, thorough law firm that stops at nothing to maximize our clients’ chances of success. When we build applications or appeals for our clients, we leave no stone unturned throughout the process, and we never let small details slip through the cracks. From ensuring your paperwork is accurate and complete, to ensuring it’s submitted on time and with the evidence necessary to help you get paid, you’ll get the peace of mind you deserve with our team on your side.

Contact us today for a free consultation. We’re ready to get started.

Injured Because of Someone Else’s Negligence? You Need a Lawyer.

by Staff Blogger | February 17th, 2020

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we assist people who were injured in auto accidents, truck accidents, work accidents, medical malpractice scenarios, and more. While our practice areas cover a wide swath of the most common types of injuries, we know that not all injuries are easily categorized. In addition, many victims are unsure of the type of injury or illness they suffered, and that can make them hesitant to pursue compensation.

We believe that innocent victims should never pay out of pocket when their accident-related expenses were caused by careless people or parties. That’s why we’re always available to hear stories from people throughout Virginia who have been injured in accidents or unforeseen events. Our consultations are always free, and we don’t get paid unless we recover compensation for our clients.

Our office is located in Norfolk, but our Virginia personal injury lawyers are available to help innocent victims throughout the state, including residents of Chesapeake, Hampton Roads, Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, and more. Our team is ready to take phone calls 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. We also have a team of operators on our website who are ready to assist you with your questions and concerns.

Don’t let an injury that was caused by someone else’s negligence slide. You may be facing a future filled with expensive medical bills and weeks, months, or years off the job. That can make it difficult to stay on top of your family’s living expenses, but we’re here to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Why Traumatic Brain Injury Victims Deserve Compensation

by Staff Blogger | February 10th, 2020

Many types of injuries can result in long-term or even permanent disability. But few have the ability to change victims’ lives and the lives of their loved ones the same way that traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) do.  People who suffer from TBIs can experience a wide range of complications, including personality changes, impaired cognition, reduced motor skills, and even loss of independence.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia brain injury attorneys believe that TBIs caused by others’ negligence are unacceptable. Whether they’re the result of auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and falls, or even medical mistakes, preventable TBIs often cause a lifetime of suffering and lost potential. That’s why we believe victims and their loved ones deserve maximum compensation.

However, it’s important to note that insurance companies rarely award injury victims the full amounts they deserve. When they actually agree to pay settlements, they usually look to pay only a percentage of victims’ current medical bills—not the expenses they’ll incur years in the future due to their injuries. The same is true for TBIs, the costs of which can be astronomical when viewed over the course of a lifetime.

If you or someone you love suffered a TBI that resulted in big medical bills and affected your ability to work, we want to help you get the compensation you’re owed. You’ve gone through a serious, life-changing injury, and you deserve money for your injury-related expenses. Contact us today for a free consultation. We have decades of experience fighting for innocent victims, and we want to help you, too.

Trust Your Wrongful Death Claim with Our Experienced Law Firm

by Staff Blogger | February 3rd, 2020

If your loved one recently died due to the negligence of another person, party, or corporation, the last thing you need is to deal with is an uncooperative insurance company. The grieving process is long and one of the most difficult things you’ll ever experience. But at the same time, you deserve compensation for what you’ve been through. Getting the money you deserve while taking the time you need to move on with your life often means contacting an attorney.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk wrongful death lawyers are here to help you through this difficult process. We know that you need plenty of time to mourn your loss and honor your loved one’s memory, but you also need money as soon as possible. That’s especially true if the deceased was a primary income-earner in your household. When we take on your claim, we’ll handle all of the time-consuming and sensitive tasks, such as collecting evidence, proving your loved one wasn’t at fault, and handling communication with the insurance company.

Then, we’ll calculate exactly how much money your family deserves for what you’ve gone through. We’ll consider everything from lost wages and funeral costs to outstanding medical bills and loss of companionship. Getting compensation for our clients after serious injuries is a major priority, but we firmly believe that surviving family members deserve maximum damages for what they’ve been through. That’s why we take on such claims aggressively but also sensitively to ensure our clients get the kind, welcoming, and gentle treatment they deserve.

Contact us today for a free consultation to find out how we can help.

How You Can Strengthen Your Claim after a Crash

by Staff Blogger | January 27th, 2020

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, it’s our job to do the heavy lifting after an accident. We’re here to collect evidence that proves you weren’t at fault. Then, we determine how much money the insurance company owes you for your medical bills and lost wages. We also handle all communication and negotiation with the insurance company.

However, that doesn’t mean you have to be passive during the recovery process.

How to Strengthen Your Claim After a Crash

There are a few things you can do to strengthen your claim after a crash and assist us while we work to get you paid. They include:

  • Stay off social media—Insurance adjusters will do anything to pay victims as little as possible. Sometimes, that means using their posts, tweets, and pictures against them. Don’t risk it—stay off social media until your claim settles.
  • Go to your doctor’s appointments—You suffered a serious injury and you need compensation for what you’ve gone through. But if you don’t regularly make your doctor’s appointments and follow their orders, the insurance company might think you aren’t hurt as bad as you claim.
  • Always tell the truth—Another tactic adjusters use is finding conflicting statements made by victims. If you’re truthful about the severity of your injuries throughout your recovery, you won’t give them ammo to use against you.

Seek Legal Help to Get the Most Out of Your Claim

The best way to strengthen a claim after a crash is by hiring a law firm that knows these types of case. Your attorney will immediately get to work on your case to make sure you’re given the payment you deserve.

Our Virginia auto accident attorneys are here to fight for your rights to compensation and to help you make the right decisions after the crash. Don’t trust just any law firm to get it done. Contact us today, and let us put our years of experience to work for you.