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Bicyclists Have Rights and We Help Protect Them

by Staff Blogger | September 2nd, 2019

When you ride your bike through Norfolk, VA, you know that you face certain dangers that don’t always exist if you’re driving your own vehicle or riding the bus. However, you also expect to be reasonably safe and that other motorists will take the necessary precautions to avoid causing accidents. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen, and innocent bicyclists get struck by vehicles far too often in Virginia and throughout the U.S. every year.

Bicycle accident injuries can be devastating, even when riders wear helmets and other protective gear. If you were hurt on your bicycle due to someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible to pursue compensation for your medical bills and any lost wages. Although you weren’t traveling on a motorized vehicle, you still have the same rights as everyone else when you use Virginia’s roadways when you’re legally allowed to be on them and you’re following the rules of the road.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we know that many bicyclists feel helpless after accidents, and they may not even consider pursuing compensation. That’s because it’s easy for bicyclists to feel like they’re at fault for their own accidents. However, our Norfolk bicycle accident lawyers know how to investigate crashes and collect evidence that proves bicyclists weren’t at fault for their own accidents or injuries.

When you contact us, we’ll do everything in our power to help you get maximum compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call today for a free consultation.

What Expenses Can Brain Injury Victims Recover After Accidents?

by Staff Blogger | August 26th, 2019

Many types of catastrophic accidents can result in traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), including auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, on-the-job accidents, medical malpractice, and more. Regardless of how they occur, TBIs can have devastating effects on the lives of victims and their loved ones. It’s common for TBI victims to lose their ability to work, and some even need frequent, if not daily, care from nurses and other healthcare professionals.

The costs associated with TBIs can be enormous. When victims are unable to work, it can mean years or decades of lost wages. And when they aren’t working, paying for their medical bills can be an even bigger burden on themselves and their families. In addition, TBIs often result in cognitive and behavioral changes, and victims frequently experience symptoms such as depression, anxiety, anger, and other personality changes.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk brain injury attorneys know the wide-reaching consequences of TBIs, and we’ve seen how they can wipe out families emotionally and financially. It’s our goal to make the latter as small of an issue as possible, especially when TBIs are caused by other people’s negligence.

If you or a loved one suffered a TBI because of someone else’s carelessness, we want to help you get the money you deserve. We’ll fight to get you maximum compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact us today for a free consultation.

We Hold Negligent Providers Accountable for Birth Injuries

by Staff Blogger | August 19th, 2019

It’s common for expectant parents to assume that childbirth is a relatively risk-free process due to current medical technology. And while most women give birth without incident, some experience complications that can harm them and their babies. Of those complications, some are caused by negligent medical providers including doctors, nurses, and midwives.

Birth injuries can range from minor to life-threatening for both mothers and their children. Babies can experience severe injuries that can have a long-lasting impact on their lives, including cerebral palsy and nerve damage in their arms, hands, and fingers. Women also face serious risks both during delivery and while pregnant, including uterine rupture.

Healthcare providers who treat pregnant women are supposed to take all of the necessary precautions throughout their patients’ pregnancies. That means monitoring for potential complications and following the proper protocol for addressing issues or emergencies if or when they happen. When healthcare providers fail to react on time or appropriately, serious injuries can occur.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we believe that medical providers who practice or assist before, during, and after childbirth should be held to a high standard, and when they fail to live up to that standard, they should be held accountable. If you or your child were harmed, contact the Norfolk birth injury lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today.

You Don’t Have to Deal with Your Loved One’s Wrongful Death Alone

by Staff Blogger | August 12th, 2019

Did you lose a loved one due to another person’s or party’s negligence? Dealing with the death of a loved one is one of the most difficult things you can experience in life, and it can be even worse when their death was preventable and was caused by someone else’s carelessness.

Not only are you grieving your family’s loss, but you’re also wondering how you’re going to afford things like medical bills, funeral costs, and daily living expenses—especially if your loved one was the primary income-earner for your household. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk wrongful death lawyers know how difficult this time is for families like yours, and that’s why we do everything in our power to help bereaved family members get the compensation they deserve.

Grieving can be difficult, and the last thing you want to do is fight with the insurance company to get a fair settlement. Our legal team believes that you should spend this time honoring your loved one’s memory and moving forward with your life as best you can—not playing phone tag with the insurance adjuster or trying to round up paperwork like accident reports and medical records.

Our legal team has the experience and the resources to maximize your chances of getting compensation, and we can build your claim and negotiate with the insurance company while you focus on yourself and your family. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Medical Malpractice Claims Can Be Difficult to Prove Without a Lawyer

by Staff Blogger | August 5th, 2019

Whether it’s your family doctor, a specialist, or a surgeon, you trust the medical professionals who are treating you to do everything in their power to help you get better. But medical providers make mistakes, and sometimes those mistakes are due to negligence. When that happens, their patients may be seriously injured or become ill, and they may have grounds for medical malpractice claims.

The costs associated with medical malpractice can be enormous for affected patients. They may need even more medical care, including revision surgeries, to recover. And their poor health may mean they’re unable to work for an even longer time period—and that means no paychecks to cover their families’ living expenses.

Filing a medical malpractice claim should be cut and dry, especially when there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that a medical professional was negligent. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy for victims to get the money they deserve, especially when they go it on their own. Healthcare professionals, clinics, and hospitals are well protected, and their insurance providers are often reluctant to pay victims the compensation they deserve.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk medical malpractice attorneys know what you’re going through, and we know how the system works. When you contact us, we’ll build a claim for you that’s designed to get results. Trust our experience and our track record of success. Call today for a free consultation.

3 Phone Calls to Make After an Auto Accident

by Staff Blogger | July 29th, 2019

Your cell phone is one of your most valuable tools after an auto accident. After checking your own condition and the conditions of your passengers and any other victims, your phone can help you protect the health of everyone involved and your own rights to compensation.

Making these three phone calls should be among your top priorities after a crash:

  1. 911—Never assume that someone else has already called 911. Dialing 911 dispatches emergency medical personnel to the scene as well as police officers. The former can provide medical assistance to you and other victims, while the latter will complete an official report of the crash.
  2. Your own auto insurance provider—Auto insurance providers require notification of crashes within a matter of days—even when their policyholders aren’t at fault. You also need to contact your insurance provider to start the process of potentially collecting on your own policy based on the circumstances of the accident.
  3. An experienced Norfolk auto accident attorney—Car accident claims are rarely straightforward. The other driver’s insurance company will likely dispute your claim, and without evidence, it can be difficult to get compensation. The sooner you contact a lawyer, the better your chances will be of getting the money you deserve.

After you contact Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we’ll do everything in our power to take the stress of the accident off your shoulders. Let us handle the insurance company while you focus on getting better. Contact us today for a free consultation.

What Compensation Is Available for Nursing Home Abuse Victims and Their Families?

by Staff Blogger | July 22nd, 2019

You trust the owners, managers, healthcare providers, and staff members at your loved one’s nursing home to provide them with compassionate and effective care. However, some nursing homes value profits over the well-being of their residents—and their misplaced and negligent priorities can sometimes put residents’ lives at risk.

If you believe that your loved one was abused or neglected while living in a nursing home facility, it’s important to call an experienced Norfolk nursing home abuse attorney right away. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our legal team will investigate your claim and collect evidence that proves your loved one’s rights were violated. Then, we’ll pursue maximum compensation for your family, which may include:

  • Medical bills—Nursing home abuse and neglect can result in serious health problems, and victims may require expensive medical treatments to recover.
  • Lost or stolen property—Staff members may damage or steal residents’ possessions, or they may force them to sign over their own personal investments.
  • Pain and suffering—Residents who are neglected or abused often carry both physical and psychological scars. They may deal with the effects of their mistreatment for the rest of their lives.

When your trust is violated by an organization that was supposed to be in charge of looking after every aspect of your loved one’s day to day life, you and your loved one deserve to be compensated for what you’ve been through. Let us put our experience to work for your family. Call us today for a free consultation.

Hearing Loss After Military Service? Defective Earplugs May Be to Blame.

by Staff Blogger | July 15th, 2019

If you served in the U.S. military between 2003 and 2015, you may have been issued defective Combat Arms earplugs manufactured by Aearo Technologies, a company that was later purchased by 3M. The earplugs are dual-ended and are supposed to block varying levels of noise depending on which side is used. However, the earplugs’ design is defective and doesn’t provide adequate hearing protection, exposing service members to damaging levels of noise during combat and training operations.

The U.S. Department of Justice sued 3M after determining that both it and Aearo Technologies falsely claimed that the Combat Arms earplugs met the U.S. government’s standards for hearing protection. As a result of the defect, thousands of military personnel were exposed to noise levels that can result in serious damage to the ear and symptoms such as tinnitus—a persistent ringing sound—and permanent hearing loss. 3M ultimately paid the U.S. government a $9.1 million settlement.

If you or someone you love experienced hearing loss or tinnitus after serving in any branch of the U.S. military, you may be eligible for compensation, as the problem may be due to defective earplugs. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we honor people who chose to serve our country, and that includes fighting for their rights when negligent corporations put them at risk unnecessarily because of defective products. Contact our Norfolk defective product lawyers today for a free consultation.

Why You Need an Experienced Attorney After a Drug Injury

by Staff Blogger | July 8th, 2019

Whether they’re sold over the counter or only with a prescription, medications are supposed to promote healing and ease the symptoms of illnesses and injuries. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has strict standards for medications sold in the U.S., and most medications on pharmacy shelves are safe and effective. However, some medications can pose serious dangers to patients even years after they’re approved due to hidden or unpublicized risks.

Pharmaceutical companies spend billions of dollars researching, developing, manufacturing, and marketing their products. To recoup those costs, they do everything they can to make sure their medications are approved for sale—and sometimes that involves skipping important safety steps or even hiding their own findings that indicate potential dangers to patients.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we believe that pharmaceutical companies should be held liable when their profit-driven negligence causes innocent victims like you or someone you love to suffer health problems after taking a medication. Our Norfolk drug injury attorneys aren’t afraid to stand up to billion-dollar pharmaceutical companies and hold them accountable when innocent people are harmed by their products.

When you hire us, we’ll work to prove your injuries, illness, or complications were caused by the unsafe medication. Then, we’ll calculate how much money you’re owed for your medical bills and lost wages. Finally, we’ll negotiate to get you maximum compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Don’t Miss Out on the Workers’ Compensation Benefits You Deserve

by Staff Blogger | July 1st, 2019

Virginia requires employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance in the event that their employees get hurt on the job and can’t work. The insurance is designed to provide replacement income to injured workers until they’ve recovered enough to be back on the job, but getting approved for benefits is a difficult, complex, and often confusing process.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk workers’ compensation attorneys know that the system isn’t always fair to the people who need it the most. If you were recently injured at work, you know you need compensation for your lost wages—especially if you’ve also racked up big medical bills. But navigating the workers’ compensation system on your own isn’t easy.

In fact, a significant percentage of first-time claims are denied. That’s because the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission has strict standards when it reviews claims. Even small errors, like late submissions or missing information, can be enough for it to deny otherwise valid claims. Having an experienced law firm on your side means you don’t have to worry about losing out on the money you deserve because of minor oversights.

Between trying to get back to work as soon as possible and trying to balance your family’s finances without the paychecks you depend on, you’ve got enough on your plate already. Let us put our experience to work for you, while you focus on what’s important for you and your loved ones. Contact us today for a free consultation.