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Did You Suffer a Drug Injury or Just a Side Effect?

by Staff Blogger | October 26th, 2020

All medications have side effects. And some of those side effects can be severe. For example, some people may get one or many common side effects when taking a medication, but in much more severe forms than other people, including:

  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headache
  • And more

Regardless of their severity, side effects are considered normal outcomes and accepted risks associated with taking particular medications. That’s because the manufacturers of those drugs were aware of those side effects based on evidence when developing the medications. In addition, the manufacturers alerted the FDA, doctors, pharmacies, and patients of those potential side effects.

Drug injuries, on the other hand, typically aren’t publicized, even when the drug manufacturers know that they’re possibilities in people who take their medications. In fact, they’re often hidden from the public in an effort to get their drugs onto pharmacy shelves and ensure that doctors continue to prescribe them.

If you took a medication and experienced severe health problems, worsening of your illness, or a life-threatening emergency that wasn’t publicized by the manufacturer, there’s a good chance you suffered a drug injury. Unfortunately, many potentially dangerous drugs are still on the market in the U.S. Recalls happen every year, but it can take a long time for the FDA to discover that drugs are dangerous to patients and recommend or enforce recalls.

The Virginia drug injury lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers know the differences between side effects and drug injuries, and we help victims of the latter get compensation. Call us today for a free consultation.

What Is Considered Provocation in Dog Bite Cases?

by Staff Blogger | October 19th, 2020

When a dog bites someone, there’s a good chance the victim will be able to file a compensation claim against its owner. Dog bite injury claims are particularly viable if the owner failed to leash their dog or restrain it on private property. That means dog owners who let their pets roam free on trails, greenways, sidewalks, and even in their neighborhoods can be held liable if their bite or attack someone.

However, dog owners often have one major defense against liability when their pets bite: provocation. When it comes to dog bite claims, provocation refers to people acting in a manner around dogs that might entice them to bite. However, many actions that are often considered provocation are not. For example, petting a dog, playing with a dog, or even walking towards a dog should never be considered provocation.

Actual provocation includes actions that are clearly meant to frighten, harm, or startle a dog, including:

  • Hitting a dog
  • Trapping a dog
  • Intentionally stepping on a dog’s tail or feet
  • Pulling on a dog’s tail, ears, or other body parts

Dog owners must assume that others may want to approach and greet their pets. After all, most dogs love meeting new people. So when dog owners and their lawyers claim provocation due to a victim simply being near their dog or acting in a friendly manner towards it, they’re often fighting a losing battle.

If you were bitten by a dog, our Virginia dog bite lawyers can protect your rights, especially if you’re being accused or provocation as a way to avoid paying you a settlement. Contact Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.

You Can Get Workers’ Comp Even if You’re at Fault

by Staff Blogger | October 12th, 2020

When it comes to getting compensation after an accident or injury, most people are conditioned to believe that they can only do so when it wasn’t their fault. After all, that’s true for most types of personal injury cases. And in many people’s minds, victims who cause their own injuries shouldn’t be eligible for compensation anyway!

However, workers’ compensation is different. It’s a no-fault form of compensation that’s paid to workers even if they are at fault for their own accidents and injuries. Employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance to protect themselves and their employees in the event of on-the-job injuries, but many injured workers believe they’re ineligible if they were fully or partially responsible for their own accidents.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia workers’ compensation attorneys have helped many injured employees get full benefits for a variety of injuries. Don’t write off your opportunity for getting money to pay for your living expenses and medical bills after a workplace injury, even if you believe you contributed to it.

And remember—your employer has little say in the matter. Ultimately, it’s up to the workers’ compensation commission, and that’s where we come in. We know what they look for when reviewing and approving claims, and we know how to improve our clients’ odds of success and how to get them their money faster.

Contact us today for a free consultation. Regardless of how you were hurt, you aren’t getting the paychecks you need, and you need a legal advocate on your side to make things better. Let us help you get your life back on track.

Is It Safe to Ride a Motorcycle During the Winter?

by Staff Blogger | October 5th, 2020

Virginians enjoy three seasons of “outdoor” weather: spring, summer, and fall. And while spring and fall can have frosty mornings and evenings, the daytime hours are typically pleasant. Winter, on the other hand, can range from chilly to downright freezing. Because of the cold temperatures, many motorcyclists prefer to leave their bikes in storage, but others brave the cold weather.

Riding a motorcycle at any time of year can be an economical choice due to their excellent MPG, but is riding one during the winter safe? Here are a few things to consider:

  • It’s easier to tolerate full gear during the winter—When you ride, you should wear all the gear, all the time. But for many riders, suiting up can be unbearably hot in the summer. Wearing a thick riding jacket and pants during the winter can be a bonus, however, as they can keep you warm.
  • There are more road hazards—Unfortunately, the tradeoff for being more comfortable in your gear is facing more dangers on the road. Ice is extremely hazardous for riders. All it takes is driving over a small patch of ice to lose control of your bike. In addition, potholes are more likely to form in the winter, and even small ones can be life-threatening hazards.
  • You get fewer daylight hours—Staying safe as a motorcyclist is all about being seen, and that typically means riding during the day. When you ride at night, drivers can’t see you as easily. And unfortunately, winter has much fewer daylight hours than summer, limiting your riding time.

What’s the verdict? Winter riding can be as safe as you make it, but one thing is for sure: avoid riding when temperatures are near or below freezing, as ice is among the biggest risks you’ll face.

And if you’re ever hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault, contact the Norfolk motorcycle accident lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.

Should You Get MedPay Auto Accident Coverage in Virginia?

by Staff Blogger | September 28th, 2020

When you drive on Virginia’s roadways, you’re always putting yourself at risk of being involved in an auto accident. And if you are involved in a crash, you may suffer injuries and property damage, which can both be expensive. Because of the costs associated with crashes, all Virginia drivers are required to carry liability auto insurance, but not all drivers do. In fact, around 10% of Virginia motorists are uninsured.

If you’re injured by an uninsured motorist in Virginia, you can still file a compensation claim against them and try to recover your costs from their own personal assets. But there’s a good chance they won’t have enough to cover your medical bills, property damage, and lost wages. Thankfully, you can protect yourself from that situation by purchasing MedPay coverage for your auto insurance.

As with all insurance claims, there’s a chance your MedPay claim will be reduced or denied by your insurance provider. But that’s to be expected, and that’s where we come in. Simply having the coverage means you have a much greater chance of getting the money you’re owed when you’re involved in a crash, especially if the other driver is uninsured or underinsured. In addition, MedPay coverage kicks in even if the other driver IS insured, which means you get more money to get back on your feet.

Purchase as much coverage as you can afford, and if the insurance company doesn’t cooperate, know that you’ve got an advocate in your corner at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers. Contact our Virginia auto accident lawyers after a crash for a free consultation—we’re here to help.

What Determines How Much Compensation You Get for a TBI?

by Staff Blogger | September 21st, 2020

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we believe that all innocent victims of accidents and injuries deserve compensation. And the amount of compensation they receive should be equal to the amount of disability, lost wages, pain, and suffering they’ve experienced. Few injuries can affect all of those factors quite like a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

When you contact our Virginia brain injury lawyers, we’ll work hard to get you maximum compensation for all the ways your TBI has affected your life. The amount of money you can get depends on several factors, such as:

  • Your level of disability—TBI victims can experience varying levels of disability. Some may suffer from minor physical ailments such as headaches and sensitivity to light, while others may experience significant loss of fine motor skills and cognitive ability.
  • Your cost of medical care—TBIs are among the most expensive injuries to treat, as they frequently require brain imaging and extensive physical and mental rehabilitation. In some cases, victims may even require the assistance of live-in nurses and caregivers.
  • Your pain and suffering—People who suffer TBIs almost always end up with permanent effects. Those effects can significantly impact their daily lives, including their independence and ability to enjoy hobbies, and even their ability to interact with friends and loved ones.

When we build your claim, we’ll look at all of these factors to determine how much money you’re owed. Then, we’ll aggressively push the at-fault party and/or their insurance company to pay you every penny you deserve. Don’t settle for anything less than the full amount of compensation—contact us today for a free consultation.

We’ll Help You Pursue Full Compensation After a Bike Accident

by Staff Blogger | September 14th, 2020

Bicyclists rarely get the respect and space they deserve on Virginia’s roadways. Every time they ride, bicyclists must be intensely focused on the dangers around them—particularly other drivers. Are those drivers looking out for them or even aware of their presence? When they aren’t, serious accidents can occur.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia bicycle accident attorneys believe bicyclists who get struck and injured by negligent motorists should never have to pay for their own bills out of pocket. Instead, that money should come from the negligent drivers or their insurance providers.

Unfortunately, we know that many bicyclists are reluctant to file compensation claims, or they may even be unaware that they’re eligible to do so. But bicyclists have just as many rights as other motorists on Virginia’s roads, provided they’re legally allowed to ride on them (i.e., roads and streets that aren’t considered major highways and interstates).

It’s our job to protect those rights and to hold the negligent parties responsible. If you or someone you love was hurt in a bicycle accident, the expenses you incur could be extremely costly and even put you at risk of financial ruin, especially if you are too hurt to work. Don’t be a victim twice—get our law firm on your side today.

We have decades of experience fighting for the rights of injured victims, and we know what it takes to win claims like yours. Call us now—we’re ready to put our experience to work for your family.

What Exactly Is a “Catastrophic” Injury?

by Staff Blogger | September 7th, 2020

Legal terms are helpful for personal injury attorneys. We use them to communicate with other professionals in our field. We use them in legal documents. But we also know that most people aren’t familiar with jargon used in the legal industry.

One common term used by personal injury lawyers and doctors is catastrophic injuries. Though this phrase can include several types of injuries, it typically implies that the injury is debilitating and long-lasting.

So, a sprained ankle is not a catastrophic injury. But a serious spinal cord injury is absolutely a catastrophic injury.

Examples of Catastrophic Injuries

To better illustrate our point, here are a few injuries that fit the term catastrophic:

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Serious burn injuries
  • Loss of a limb

Each of these injury types tend to share a few things in common. They restrict people from performing everyday activities. They are incredibly painful and costly. They’re also, at least to some extent, permanent in nature.

Why Does It Matter if an Injury Is Catastrophic?

Personal injury cases involving catastrophic injuries tend to require a great deal of research and preparation on the part of a personal injury lawyer. The stakes are also very high in these cases. If the injured person doesn’t get adequate compensation for the damages they’ve experienced, they could be forced to live a life without the care, treatment, and rehabilitation needed to cope with their injuries.

In short, when you hear that an injury is catastrophic, you know that the damages suffered by the injured person are severe. When someone suffers an injury of this magnitude, they need an attorney with experience handling catastrophic injury cases.

If You Need Help, Contact Us

If you or a loved one has suffered a catastrophic injury through no fault of your own, reach out to the experienced Roanoke personal injury attorneys at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers. Contact us today for a free consultation.

3 Steps to Take if You Suspect You’ve Suffered a Drug Injury

by Staff Blogger | August 31st, 2020

When you take a medication, you expect to feel better. But many Virginians not only feel worse after taking a medication, they even develop new health problems and complications that go far beyond the reported side effects their doctors or pharmacists told them about. When that happens, there’s a good chance those people suffered drug injuries.

If you take a medication, whether it’s prescription or over-the-counter, it’s important to keep a close eye on your health and how you’re feeling. If you suspect you’ve suffered a drug injury, taking these three steps can protect your health and your rights to compensation:

  1. Call 911 if it’s an emergency—Many drug injuries develop slowly, but some can produce nearly immediate complications. If you notice signs such as severe bleeding, confusion, extreme nausea and vomiting, or loss of consciousness, call 911 or seek medical attention right away. Some drug injuries can be life-threatening emergencies.
  2. Ask your doctor what to do—Whether the drug injury was an emergency or not, it’s important to speak with your doctor right away about your next steps. Never stop taking a medication without talking to your doctor about your options first.
  3. Call an experienced lawyer—Drug injuries are often caused by dangerous medications. And medications can be considered dangerous when manufacturers fail to design them properly, oversee the manufacturing process, or ensure that they are labeled accurately.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, it’s our goal to help people injured by others’ negligence, and that includes assisting those hurt by big, billion-dollar pharmaceutical companies. Call today to speak with our Virginia drug injury lawyers.

We Help Mothers Harmed Before, During, and After Delivery

by Staff Blogger | August 24th, 2020

When many people hear the phrase “birth injury,” they picture infants being harmed by negligent healthcare providers. And while that’s an unacceptable outcome for all expectant mothers and fathers, birth injuries don’t always affect just babies. Women can also be severely harmed by careless doctors, nurses, and midwives at any point during their pregnancies and during the birthing process.

For most women, childbirth can be painful and stressful, but they may require little to no critical intervention from their healthcare team. But for other women, childbirth can represent an emergency situation, as the baby may be in a breech position, they may experience severe and uncontrolled bleeding, or they may develop severe complications that can put their lives at risk.

When healthcare providers fail to take the proper precautions and actions to protect mothers and address any potential complications, those mothers can be at risk of serious injuries and even death. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia birth injury attorneys work hard to help women who suffered poor outcomes while pregnant or while giving birth, whether those outcomes affected them, their babies, or both.

Women who suffer birth injuries may require prolonged hospital stays to recover, and some may even need surgery. Others can experience permanent reproductive organ damage or severe tissue damage. The trauma of this can be too much to handle, especially when they should be focused on their newborn babies. In addition, they also face expensive medical bills, and they may be unable to work for months, making it difficult to provide for their babies.

If you or someone you love was harmed by a healthcare provider while pregnant, we want to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.