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Defective Products Can Cause Debilitating and Fatal Injuries

by Staff Blogger | May 4th, 2020

Consumers drive our society. We use products manufactured by large corporations from the moment we wake up until the moment we go to sleep. And while many products make life easier and more convenient, we also trust product manufacturers to ensure that their goods are safe for everyone to use.

Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Whether it’s due to a defective design, inferior and cut-rate components, or even hidden safety test results, many products end up on store shelves, in workplaces, or even in hospital rooms every year that put innocent people at risk.

What happens when an airbag explodes instead of inflating to protecting vehicle occupants during a crash? How does a defective joint replacement affect recipients when it breaks down inside their bodies? Or what’s the outcome when a pacemaker, a device designed to regulate patients’ heartbeats, fails to operate properly?

The consequences of a failed consumer, industrial, or medical product can be devastating and often fatal. And in many cases, those consequences could be avoided by more thorough testing or a more proactive recall process. But big product manufacturers want to protect their profits, and that often means skimping on testing and being reluctant to recall cash cow products.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia defective product attorneys fight for the rights of people who were injured or lost loved ones due to dangerous goods. Don’t wait to get the legal representation you deserve after your defective product injury. Contact us today.

3 Steps to Take if You Get Hurt on the Job

by Staff Blogger | April 27th, 2020

Getting hurt on the job isn’t just painful—it can also be devastating for your family’s finances. On-the-job injuries can require expensive medical treatments and ongoing rehabilitation, the costs of which may be too much for you to afford. In addition, your injuries can make it impossible for you to go back to work. That means no paychecks and even no health insurance if you get laid off.

Because of the potential negative consequences of workplace injuries on employees, almost all employers in Virginia are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. This insurance is designed to pay injured workers a percentage of their wages while they recover from their injuries. However, getting approved for benefits isn’t a guarantee, and the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission is notoriously strict when approving or denying applications.

You can improve your odds by taking the following steps:

  1. Tell your manager or supervisor about your injury right away—Report your injury to a supervising employee as soon as possible. The less time that passes between your injury occurring and you reporting it, the less chance the review board will believe your injury was caused by something else.
  2. Get medical treatment—After alerting your workplace of your injury, get medical treatment for it. Getting medical treatment not only helps kickstart the healing process, but it also creates an official record of your workplace injury.
  3. Tell the truth about your injury—Never lie, downplay, or exaggerate the severity of your injury. Always be fully upfront and honest about it, whether you’re talking to your employer, your doctor, or even your lawyer.

After taking these steps, it’s important to contact an experienced Virginia workers’ compensation attorney. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we know what it takes to help injured workers like you win their claims. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Nursing Home Residents Are Especially Vulnerable Right Now

by Staff Blogger | April 20th, 2020

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia nursing home abuse attorneys are always looking for ways to protect and uphold the rights of nursing home residents throughout the state. Abuse and neglect can occur anytime and anywhere in nursing facilities, especially when they are understaffed or employees are undertrained.

However, a new threat to residents has emerged in recent months: COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus. This infection has spread rapidly throughout the U.S., and many nursing homes nationwide have been hit particularly hard by it. To make matters worse, elderly people and people in poor health are most susceptible to developing severe and potentially life-threatening complications from the disease.

It’s important for nursing home staff to take all necessary precautions to protect their residents, their visitors, and themselves from this potentially deadly virus. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes are following protocol when it comes to reducing risks. Failing to abide by recommended precautions, such as not quarantining residents who are suspected to have the virus, or failing to wash hands and wear masks, is both negligent and dangerous.

Although COVID-19 can’t be completely stopped or eliminated, it’s essential that public health facilities, including nursing homes, do everything in their power to reduce risks. Was your loved one put in harm’s way via abuse or neglect at their nursing home? If so, we want to hear from you. Contact us today for a free consultation. It’s our goal to help you get the compensation you deserve.

3 Steps to Take Before Leaving the Scene of a Crash

by Staff Blogger | April 13th, 2020

The aftermath of an auto accident can be difficult to deal with. Car crashes are loud, shocking, traumatic, and painful. It can be hard to think straight when you’re still at the scene, especially if you were hurt. Your top priority during this time is making sure you, your loved ones, and other victims get the needed medical attention. But if you’re capable of doing so, there are a few other steps you should take to protect your rights to compensation.

Those steps include:

  1. Get contact information from others—It’s vital that you’re able to contact the other driver or drivers. Get their name, phone number, email address, and insurance information. Getting contact information from witnesses is also important.
  2. Cooperate with police, but don’t admit fault—Stay at the accident scene until you leave in an ambulance or are told you’re free to leave by police. Cooperate with them while they’re at the scene, but never admit fault, as doing so could make you ineligible to pursue compensation.
  3. Take pictures of the crash scene—The position of your vehicle and other vehicles involved will change quickly after the crash as the scene is cleaned up. Taking pictures of their positions from a safe location, as well as damage, skid marks, and other markings can serve as valuable evidence.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia auto accident attorneys know that it can be difficult to keep a clear head after a crash. But the closer you stick to the steps outlined above, the more likely you may be to get the maximum compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.

It’s Important to Pursue Compensation after a Bicycle Accident

by Staff Blogger | April 6th, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has the U.S. and most of the world in lockdown mode for the foreseeable future. While many public places are closed, you can still get out and enjoy the beautiful spring weather for exercise and fresh air—provided you respect social distancing guidelines, of course. For many people, that means peddling around their neighborhoods on their bicycles.

If you plan on taking your bike out for a spin, it’s important to remain safety-conscious throughout your ride. And if you’re involved in an accident that causes you to suffer injuries, it’s equally important to consider your rights to compensation. Bicycle accidents can seriously injure riders. Broken bones, soft tissue injuries, concussions, and even life-threatening head injuries are all common in riders who were struck by vehicles.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia bicycle accident attorneys know that many cyclists are hesitant to file compensation claims after injuries. They may feel like they were partially or fully responsible for their own crashes, especially when they were riding on public roads. But bicyclists have just as many rights as motorists on all roads except interstates and some major highways. That means that after accidents, they’re entitled to pursue compensation.

When you contact us, we’ll collect evidence that proves you weren’t at fault. Then, we’ll calculate how much money you’re owed for your injuries. Finally, we’ll demand the insurance company you what you deserve, and if they won’t, we won’t hesitate to take them to trial. Contact us today for a free consultation—we’re ready to help.

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.