Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers Blog
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.
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
August 17th, 2020
There are few experiences in life as difficult and traumatic as losing a loved one. The loss can be even more difficult to deal with if the deceased was a primary income-earner for your household. In addition to not having them to depend on for emotional support, you also lose their financial support.
If you recently lost a loved one due to someone else’s actions resulting in a preventable accident, injury, or illness, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim. These claims work like personal injury claims, but they are designed to compensate the victim’s surviving loved ones. These claims can help families recoup money for medical bills and funeral costs, as well as replace lost income now and in the years to come.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we know that it can be difficult to move forward with a legal or insurance claim when you’re grieving the loss of a loved one. It’s especially difficult when you face obstacles or opposition to getting the money you’re owed. That’s where we come in.
Our Virginia wrongful death lawyers work hard to help grieving families get maximum compensation for the expenses they face after the loss of their loved ones, and we do so in a manner that’s sensitive to their needs and the situation they’re facing. You have enough to worry about—let us handle the back and forth with the insurance company and the at-fault party.
Contact us today for a free consultation and to find out how we can put our decades of experience to work for your family during this difficult time.
August 10th, 2020
If you or someone you know was recently bitten by a dog, it’s important to not only seek immediate medical attention, but it’s also vital to get immediate legal representation. That’s because dog bites aren’t just initially painful and disabling, but they can also be permanently disabling.
Dog bites are particularly dangerous for two reasons: first, they can cause serious infections. Dogs’ mouths are breeding grounds for bacteria, and when they bite, their sharp teeth can cause huge amounts of that bacteria to be pushed directly into victims’ bloodstreams. That can result in body-wise infections that cause serious complications and even a risk of death.
Second, dog bites are capable of seriously damaging muscle, tendons, nerves, and even bone, depending on the breed and bite force they generate. In addition to serious blood loss, those types of injuries don’t just cause significant pain, but they can also make it difficult to use the affected body part.
For example, people who are bitten on their hands by dogs may have limited or completely lost functionality in their fingers or their entire hands. They may lose grip strength, dexterity, and coordination. That can be disastrous for people who work with their hands or whose jobs require many precise movements throughout the day.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia dog bite lawyers want to ensure that no dog bite victim goes without the legal representation they deserve after an attack. Get in touch with us today if you or a family member was bitten by a dog for a free consultation. It’s our goal to get you maximum compensation for your injuries and expenses.
August 3rd, 2020
Virginia uses a contributory negligence rule when determining fault and liability in crashes. It means that drivers who are involved in crashes are only eligible for compensation if they’re determined to be 100% innocent of causing them.
Because of Virginia’s strict law when it comes to auto accident claims, it’s even more important to get an experienced Virginia car accident lawyer than it is in other states. That’s because insurance companies know they can get away with denying your claim if there’s any doubt concerning who was at fault and whether all the blame falls on the other driver or just a percentage of it—even if it’s 99%!
In addition to calling a lawyer right away, it’s also important to do two things after a crash to protect yourself:
- Never admit fault to the police or the other driver—If the responding police officer notes that you admitted fault, it may be game over for your claim. In addition, evidence may later reveal that you had nothing to do with the crash. It’s best way to let the facts show what happened.
- Avoid discussing your crash—When you report the crash to your insurance company, stick to the facts. In addition to not admitting fault, don’t volunteer information. Also, don’t talk about the crash on social media. Your statements may be twisted and used against you.
Even if fault is established at the scene by a police officer, that doesn’t mean that it can’t be revised or changed as more information is gathered and analyzed. Get Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers on your side today after a crash. Contact us now for a free consultation.
July 27th, 2020
When it comes to feeling the effects of an injury long after it occurred, few are as disruptive to daily life as a traumatic brain injury (TBI). That’s because the brain controls so many aspects of the body, and damage to it can also result in significant behavioral, psychological, and cognitive changes.
People who suffer TBIs may struggle with the following burdens for years, or even the rest of their lives:
- Thinking—TBIs can make it difficult for victims to think clearly. They may become deficient in areas of cognition where they were once strong, such as abstract concepts, pattern recognition, mathematics, and more.
- Sensation—TBIs can affect victims’ ability to see clearly or walk in a straight line. They also may experience synesthesia, or the blending and confusion of their senses. That means they may “hear” colors or “see” sounds.
- Language—TBI victims may struggle to find the right words in conversations. Damage to language processing centers in their brains can also make it difficult for them to express themselves effectively to others.
- Emotion—TBI victims may be emotionally unstable and have volatile mood swings, and they may suffer from prolonged depression and anxiety. They also may display inappropriate reactions and emotions to certain events and in social situations.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we know that TBIs often change lives forever—both victims’ lives and the lives of their loved ones. They can make it impossible to work, and victims often need expensive medical care and rehabilitation.
That’s why our Virginia brain injury lawyers work hard to help victims get maximum compensation. If you or someone you love suffered a TBI due to someone else’s negligence, we want to help. Call today for a free consultation.
July 20th, 2020
While some occupations put workers at greater risk of on-the-job injuries than others, all workers can be hurt while performing their job duties. From construction workers falling off scaffolding to office workers developing repetitive stress injuries, many types of jobs can cause painful, debilitating, and even disabling injuries. When that happens, they should be free to pursue workers’ compensation benefits—but getting approved for them isn’t easy.
When you file a workers’ compensation claim, you need two things to go your way. First, you need your employer to cooperate. Some workplaces try to hide or downplay injuries, and that can make difficult to move forward with a claim. Second, you need the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission (VWCC) to take your claim seriously. This governmental body acts as the gatekeeper for compensation claims, but its strict criteria means many valid claims fall through the cracks.
When you get the Virginia workers’ compensation attorneys at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers on your side, you get a legal team that knows how to deal with both potential roadblocks. We’ll collect evidence that leaves no doubt about what caused your injury, and we’ll build your application or appeal in a manner that leaves little uncertainty or wiggle room for the VWCC.
Best of all, we know how to expedite the process, so that you’ll spend less time waiting for your checks to arrive and more time focusing on getting better and spending time with your loved ones. Contact us today for a free consultation. We have more than three decades of experience that you can use to your advantage.
July 13th, 2020
Whether you’re trying to avoid COVID-19 or reduce your risks of getting sick in general, using hand sanitizer is a great way to kill bacteria and germs when washing your hands in a sink isn’t possible or practical. But recently, the FDA released a serious warning about the safety of certain hand sanitizers that contain methanol.
Typically, hand sanitizers work by using ethanol, or ethyl alcohol. This substance kills germs without putting users at risk. However, some hand sanitizer manufacturers are using methanol, or wood alcohol, in their products without labeling it. Methanol is highly toxic and should be avoided at all costs, whether its via skin exposure or accidental and intentional consumption.
Side effects of methanol exposure can include:
- Blurred vision
- Permanent blindness
- Nerve damage
People who use hand sanitizers that contain methanol are at risk even if they are only exposed topically. However, people who ingest these products, including small children and people who drink them as alcohol substitutes, are at extreme risk of serious complications.
Many of the affected hand sanitizers were manufactured in Mexico under various names and by various companies. A full list can be found on the FDA’s website. New hand sanitizers are being added to the list frequently. When purchasing hand sanitizer, only buy products from trusted brands and trusted stores.
If you or someone you love was harmed by a defective and dangerous product, the Virginia defective product lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers want to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.