Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers Blog

Dangerous Products Don’t Have to Be Recalled for Victims to Get Compensation

by Staff Blogger | May 9th, 2022

Product recalls happen all the time. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration keeps a database of recalled products on its website. This database serves to alert consumers of products that may pose a threat to them or their loved ones.

Thankfully, most product recalls are due to issues that don’t pose serious threats to consumers. But some do, and it’s vital for consumers to stop using them and return them to the stores or manufacturers.

However, potentially dangerous products don’t always get recalled. In some cases, potentially dangerous products remain on store shelves for years or even decades after it’s first determined that they might pose risks to consumers.

When people are injured by defective products, they may search for recall information. If they don’t find it, they may give up on the idea of seeking compensation for their injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. But just because a product hasn’t been recalled doesn’t mean that victims can’t get compensation.

A famous recent example involves Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder. The product has been linked to female reproductive cancers, and multiple women and their families were awarded significant compensation while the product was still on store shelves.

Simply put, if you think you were harmed by a product, you need a Virginia defective product lawyer on your side regardless of its recall status. Contact the legal team at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.

Unsure if You Have an Injury Claim? Contact Us and Find Out.

by Staff Blogger | May 2nd, 2022

Injuries can happen anywhere and at any time. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, it’s our job to help people who were injured through no fault of their own get full compensation for their damages. However, countless preventable injuries go unreported and never see the light of day in the legal system, and it’s often because victims either don’t want to make a fuss or because they’re unsure if they have valid claims.

Our Virginia personal injury lawyers make it easy to determine if you have a claim. Simply contact us online or by calling our office and telling us what happened to you or loved one. Our consultations are always free, and there’s no obligation to hire us. We’ll review the facts of what happened in your accident or injury, and we’ll determine the strength and overall validity of your potential claim.

If we believe you have a claim, we’ll let you know, and it’s up to you if you want to move forward with our firm or not. In addition to offering free consultations, we also don’t charge for our legal services unless we get money for our clients. That means there’s no risk to contacting our firm or even hiring us, as you’ll never a see a single bill unless you get a compensation check.

If you were hurt because of another person’s or party’s negligence, you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to get an experienced legal opinion on your rights to a settlement. Contact us today for a free consultation and to find out how we can help you during this difficult time.

Can You Sue a Teen Driver if They Crash into You?

by Staff Blogger | April 25th, 2022

Statistically, teen drivers are among the most dangerous drivers on the road. Their inexperience, high likelihood of driving while distracted, and greater penchant for risk-taking behind the wheel make them more likely than other age groups to cause accidents. That means that if you’re ever involved in a crash that wasn’t your fault, there’s a good chance the at-fault driver will be a teenager.

Being able to get compensation from at-fault drivers is an important part of Virginia’s legal system, but how does it work when the at-fault driver is a teen? The answer depends on their age. If the teen driver is 18-19 years old, then filing a claim against them works the same way as it does against any other driver, as they’re a legal adult.

If the driver is under the age of 18, filing a claim against them may still work the same way as it does against an adult driver, as it will be handled by their auto insurance provider. This provider is likely the same provider that their parents use. In some cases, injured victims may be able to file claims against the parents of at-fault teens if the parents were aware of their children driving recklessly.

This is common if a child has already been cited for or caused a crash due to reckless and negligent driving. In cases like these, it can be argued that their parents were negligent for still allowing their children to drive or failing to properly supervise them.

If you or someone you love is injured in a crash caused by a teen or any other negligent driver, we want to help. Contact the Virginia car accident attorneys at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.

Injured at Work but Your Employer Doesn’t Have Workers’ Compensation? We Can Help.

by Staff Blogger | April 18th, 2022

Almost all employers in Virginia required to have valid workers’ compensation insurance. However, not all of them. In an effort to save money, some employers forgo workers’ compensation coverage.

When their employees get hurt on the job, they may worry that they are out of luck when it comes to getting benefits for their medical bills and lost wages. However, the Virginia Workers’ Compensation (VWCC) Commission has an Uninsured Employer’s Fund (UEF) that is designed to provide benefits to injured workers whose employers either didn’t buy coverage or allowed their policies to lapse.

It’s important to note that just because you are eligible for compensation through the uninsured fund doesn’t mean you are guaranteed to get it. All workers’ compensation claims run the risk of being denied, and it’s often because of minor oversights and errors.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia workers’ compensation lawyers know how the system works and what the VWCC looks for in claims, whether they are standard claims from injured workers whose employers have coverage or UEF claims. Our years of experience handling a variety of workers’ compensation claims means we know how to not only improve our clients’ chances of approval, but also how to get their claims approved more quickly than if they go it alone.

Contact us today for a free consultation. Workers’ compensation is complex, and there are many roadblocks between injured workers like you and the benefits you’re owed. Let us put our experience to work for you.

We Work Hard to Help Injured Patients Get Maximum Compensation

by Staff Blogger | April 11th, 2022

Doctors are supposed to be as diligent, detail-oriented, and careful as possible when treating their patients. But all doctors make mistakes. However, some of those mistakes are due to carelessness and negligence.

When it comes to filing medical malpractice claims after negligence causes illness or injury, patients often face two major hurdles. First, they have to prove that their poor outcome was due to negligence and not a rare but possible complication. Second, they have to break through the defenses set up by their doctors, hospitals, and the insurance companies representing those parties.

This can be very difficult. Some injury law firms simply don’t take medical malpractice claims. That can leave victims of medical malpractice feeling even more discouraged, and many feel like it’s hopeless and that they’ll never get any money for their damages.

But at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we aren’t afraid of the hard work that goes into medical malpractice claims. It’s our goal to help those patients get maximum compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and more.

The next time someone tells you that you can’t win your medical malpractice claim, think of us. We have a proven track record of winning claims for injured patients, and we know what it takes to win. Contact our Virginia medical malpractice lawyers today for a free consultation.

Motorcyclists, Protect Yourself on the Road and After a Crash

by Staff Blogger | April 4th, 2022

Although the popular image of motorcyclists paints them as being fiercely independent and strong, the reality is that they are very vulnerable on the road and after accidents.

When motorcyclists are involved in crashes, they are much more likely to be injured than people in cars, trucks, and SUVs. And when those same motorcyclists seek compensation for their damages, they’re also more likely to be denied or lowballed by the insurance companies.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we believe that motorcyclists should do everything in their power to protect themselves both before and after accidents. That includes:

  • Always wearing full safety gear on every ride, no matter how short it is or what type of road you’ll be traveling on
  • Riding with the expectation that other drivers don’t see you and never assuming they do
  • Being especially cautious when encountering drivers who are turning left, which is one of the biggest risk factors for crashes
  • Never accepting the insurance company’s settlement offer after a crash without speaking to a lawyer first
  • Calling a lawyer right away after an accident to begin protecting your rights to full compensation

Unfortunately, just as almost all drivers will eventually be involved in an accident, so too will almost all motorcyclists. In fact, there’s a common saying that breaks down motorcyclists into two groups: those who have had accidents and those who will.

If you or someone you love gets hurt on a motorcycle because of someone else’s negligence, we want to help. Contact our Virginia motorcycle accident lawyers today for a free consultation to find out how we can help you get maximum compensation.

We’re Taking Sleep Apnea Machine Injury Claims

by Staff Blogger | March 28th, 2022

Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep-related disorders in the world. It affects millions of Americans, and many sleep apnea patients use CPAP machines to help them sleep. Unfortunately, some of the most common and best-selling sleep apnea machines are linked to serious health problems.

The machines in question were manufactured by Phillips Respironics between 2009 and April 26, 2021. They put users’ health in jeopardy because the foam insulation used to reduce their noise levels can break down. When users attach the machines to their noses and mouths, they can breath in or swallow the broken down foam.

Inhaled or ingested foam can cause many health problems, including:

  • Airway irritation or inflammation
  • Lung damage
  • Asthma
  • Many types of cancer
  • Respiratory failure
  • Liver and kidney disease
  • And more

It’s unacceptable for so many sleep apnea patients to have been exposed to these dangers. Phillips has responded to the health risks by telling patients to stop using the affected CPAP or BiPAP machines, while the FDA says that patients who use them should ask their doctors about alternative treatments.

If you or someone you love suffered health problems after using a Phillips CPAP or BiPAP machine, our lawyers want to hear from you. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we’re building claims for people who were harmed by these machines that were supposed to improve their health, not harm it. Contact our Virginia defective product lawyers today for a free consultation.

Don’t Count on Your Auto Insurer to Play Fair After a Crash

by Staff Blogger | March 21st, 2022

Many car accident victims expect that the other drivers’ insurers will play hardball when it comes to handing out settlements after crashes. But they’re often surprised when they go to their own insurers for compensation and find that their settlements are reduced or denied. Unfortunately, insurance companies don’t care if you’re a longstanding policyholder—all they see is a claim that can cut into their profits.

Insurance companies are known for denying all types of claims, and that includes claims like uninsured/underinsured driver coverage or collision coverage. Even when policyholders aren’t at fault and have the right type of coverage for their expenses, they may still find out the hard way that their insurer either won’t pay them a fair settlement or won’t pay them, period.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we work hard to help injured car accident victims get compensation, no matter which insurance company they’re filing a claim against. We know that injured victims’ insurers are just as likely to deny their claims as the insurers of at-fault drivers. And while this often takes victims by surprise, it doesn’t shock us. In fact, we expect it and begin preparing accordingly when victims contact us.

Don’t be caught off guard by your own auto insurer’s uncooperativeness after a crash. Contact our Virginia auto accident lawyers today for a free consultation. We want to protect your rights to the money you’re owed.

Many Birth Injury Victims and Families Deserve Lifelong Compensation

by Staff Blogger | March 14th, 2022

Disabling injuries are among the most devastating. Not only are they painful and traumatic when they occur, but they can change victims’ lives forever. When people become disabled, they may be unable to work and earn a living for themselves and others, and they also may be unable to participate in hobbies or enjoy time with friends and family like they could before.

When disabling injuries happen to children, especially children who have just been born, it’s even more tragic. They haven’t even had a chance to enjoy their lives yet and they are already dealing with a disability because of someone’s negligence. For those children and their families, their disabilities go beyond physical limitations and can often result in lifelong medical bills and expenses.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we push hard to get birth injury victims and their families maximum compensation. In many cases, that means compensation for the rest of their lives. An initial settlement is rarely enough to fairly compensate children who may never be able to work or who may need medical treatment for decades to come. They need compensation that can last them for the long haul.

If your child was injured by a negligent doctor or other provider before, during, or after birth, we want to help. Contact our Virginia birth injury lawyers today for a free consultation. We have the experience and aggressiveness you need to get a fair settlement for your child’s injuries.

Your Dog Bite Injury Claim May Be Worth More Than You Think

by Staff Blogger | March 7th, 2022

Dog bites are often more serious than people initially think, but a large percentage of victims either don’t get compensation or fail to get enough compensation.

Dogs have long, sharp teeth and very powerful jaws. When they bite, their teeth can severely damage skin, tissue, nerves, muscle, and even bone. Complications associated with dog bites include nerve damage, infection, bleeding, and loss of mobility.

Many people who file compensation claims after dog bite injuries only consider their upfront costs, which can include an ambulance ride to the hospital, surgery, overnight stay, prescription medications, and physical rehabilitation. They also may get compensation for some of their lost wages. But many dog bite victims suffer from the effects of these injuries for the rest of their lives.

For example, it’s not uncommon for dog bite victims to lose permanent sensation in their fingers, hands, arms, legs, feet, or toes, depending on where they were bitten. They also may lose some or all usage of those body parts. That means that even if they are able to return to work, their effectiveness at their jobs may be diminished, which can affect their careers and lifetime earnings.

They also may be unable to participate in their hobbies and pastimes to the same degree as they could before their injuries. This can result in a significantly reduced quality of life. Unfortunately, these aspects of dog bite injuries aren’t always considered in claims, but they should fairly compensated when victims get settlements.

If you were bitten by a dog, our Virginia dog bite lawyers want to help you get maximum compensation. Contact Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.