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Don’t Be Denied the Workers’ Compensation Benefits You Deserve

by Staff Blogger | November 18th, 2019

Due to the devastating effects that on-the-job injuries can have on workers and their families, almost all employers in Virginia are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. The coverage is designed to compensate employees who get hurt or become ill while on the job and can no longer work for long periods of time, making them unable to earn paychecks.

Despite employers carrying this insurance, they’re often reluctant to pay victims the money they’re owed after injury or illness-causing incidents at work. In addition, the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission (VWCC) has strict criteria for approving claims, and many first-time applicants are denied—even when they have valid claims and plenty of evidence.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk workers’ compensation lawyers know that the process often seems unfair and arbitrary. The VWCC will deny claims for minor reasons, including missing paperwork, late submissions, incomplete forms, and more. Because the process requires so much paperwork and back and forth with the VWCC, it’s easy for first-time applicants to miss a step or overlook something that could cost them their benefits.

When you call our legal team, we’ll work hard to ensure that your claim is built for success. We’ve assisted many other injured workers with their workers’ compensation claims, and we know what it takes to win. Don’t risk your income and your family’s wellbeing by going it alone. Get our experienced law firm on your side, and let us fight for your rights to the money you deserve. Contact us today.

Get a Lawyer If You or Your Baby Were Hurt Before, During, or After Delivery

by Staff Blogger | November 11th, 2019

Many complications can arise during pregnancy, during delivery, and in the initial period after a baby is born. It’s up to doctors, midwives, and other medical personnel to prevent those complications from occurring, or detect and treat them immediately. When healthcare professionals fail to take the necessary steps to prevent or reduce harm to pregnant mothers and their children, they can be held liable for birth injuries.

Mistakes during prenatal checks up, in the delivery room, and during the post-birth care process can occur because healthcare professionals are:

  • Poorly trained
  • Overworked and fatigued
  • Lacking proper communication plans and protocols
  • Careless

Many pregnancy-related complications can be effectively prevented, treated, or mitigated by healthcare professionals who are attentive and proactive, but not all women receive the level of care they deserve. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we’ve helped many women who suffered harm—or whose children suffered harm—because of negligent medical professionals.

There are many birth defects and birth injuries that can occur to both women and children due to negligent doctors, midwives, and other hospital staff, including:

  • Fractured bones
  • Uterine injuries
  • Bruising and scarring
  • Facial paralysis
  • Brachial plexus
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Severe bleeding

If you or your child were injured at any point during or after your pregnancy by a team of medical professionals that you thought you could trust, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Contact our Norfolk birth injury lawyers today to find out how we can help you.

Don’t Miss Out on Compensation After a Bicycle Accident

by Staff Blogger | November 4th, 2019

Except for certain highways and interstates, bicyclists are welcome on roadways throughout Virginia and the U.S. When bicyclists ride near motorized vehicles, they’re granted the same rights as drivers and must follow the same rules of the road, including observing speed limits, coming to a complete stop at stop signs and red lights, and not holding up traffic.

However, some bicyclists are reluctant to pursue compensation after traffic accidents—even when the accidents weren’t their fault. Just as drivers of passenger vehicles are allowed to file compensation claims after crashes, so too are bicyclists. In fact, the injuries that bicyclists can suffer are often more severe than the injuries sustained by drivers and passengers in cars, trucks, and SUVs, as bicyclists have no built-in protection for riders.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Norfolk bicycle accident attorneys want to help injured bicyclists get maximum compensation for their injuries and injury-related expenses, including their medical bills, their lost wages, and their pain and suffering. If you were recently hurt in a bicycle accident that wasn’t your fault, don’t miss out on your chance to get compensation. You need experienced legal help on your side right now, and we’re here to represent you.

Our legal team knows that bicyclists aren’t always treated fairly by insurance companies, even when accidents weren’t their fault. It’s our goal to make sure your voice is heard and your post-accident needs are addressed. Contact us today for a free consultation.

We Hold Negligent Product Manufacturers Accountable

by Staff Blogger | October 28th, 2019

When you purchase or use a product, whether it’s a household product or a medical device, you expect it to be safe and to work as intended. After all, the U.S. has many regulatory agencies that are supposed to thoroughly test and review all new products. However, some product manufacturers put dangerous products on the market by hiding product defects or publishing misleading information concerning their product safety testing.

There are a wide range of defective products that can be harmful to consumers. Common everyday products that are potentially dangerous in 2019 include e-cigarettes, which can catch fire or explode, and Roundup® weed killer, which is linked to cancer. Certain medical products can also be extremely dangerous. Joint replacements can break down inside the body, causing severe inflammation and bleeding, while defective pacemakers and IVC filters can cause potentially fatal complications.

Product manufacturers are often billion-dollar corporations, and that can make victims hesitant to file claims or pursue compensation. But at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we aren’t afraid of standing up to these big companies. Regardless of their size, negligent companies that put their customers’ health and even lives at risk should be held liable for the damages they cause.

If you or someone you love was harmed by a defective product, whether it was a household item or a medical implant, you need experienced legal representation on your side. Contact our Norfolk defective product lawyers today for a free consultation. We know what you’re going through, and we want to help.

What Is a Wrongful Death Claim?

by Staff Blogger | October 21st, 2019

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we’re here to help people who are suffering after the negligence of others causes serious accidents and injuries. Although most of our work involves directly helping victims, sometimes accidents are serious enough to be fatal. And when that happens, our attention turns to helping the surviving loved ones via wrongful death claims.

Just as injured victims can file compensation claims after auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, and other types of accidents, the surviving family members of people who died due to other people’s and parties’ negligence can also file compensation claims. People who file wrongful death claims may be eligible to receive a variety of compensation, including money for medical bills, lost wages, lost consortium, funeral expenses, and more.

Wrongful death claims are often complex, and more than one party may be at fault depending on the cause of death. That’s why it’s important for surviving family members to get an experienced Norfolk wrongful death lawyer on their side as soon as possible. Wrongful death claims require plenty of evidence, and evidence can quickly disappear in a matter of weeks or even days.

If you lost a loved one in an accident that wasn’t their fault, you shouldn’t have to pay out of pocket for any incurred expenses or deal with lost income for years to come. We believe that you should be fairly compensated for what you’ve gone through, and we’re here to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Isn’t Always Obvious

by Staff Blogger | October 14th, 2019

If your loved one lives in a nursing home, you may worry about their health, well-being, and happiness. Most nursing homes provide excellent care to residents, but others are primarily concerned with profit—not resident satisfaction. Those nursing homes are more likely to understaff or hire underqualified employees, and when caregivers are inexperienced or spread too thin, residents are more likely to be abused or neglected.

Some signs of abuse and neglect are obvious. Residents who are physically abused may develop cuts, scrapes, bruises, and even broken bones. Neglected residents may lose weight, become dehydrated, or suddenly develop new health problems or a worsening of existing health problems. However, other types of mistreatment are difficult to detect.

Mental abuse can occur for years without family members realizing it. When residents are humiliated, insulted, shouted at, or intimidated, they may become withdrawn, anxious, depressed, and fearful. In some cases, they may be threatened into silence, causing them to become too afraid to tell their loved ones and other staff members about the abuse.

Financial abuse may also occur over a long period of time without detection. Staff members may steal residents’ personal possessions, coerce them into giving them money and other assets, or even make fraudulent changes to major financial documents, including property deeds, vehicle titles, and living wills.

It’s important to be on the lookout for less obvious types of abuse and neglect and to be ready to act if you suspect they’re occurring. The Virginia nursing home abuse lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers have helped many families dealing with nursing home mistreatment, and we know how to build claims that get results. Contact us today.

Worried You May Be Partially at Fault after a Crash? Get a Lawyer Today.

by Staff Blogger | October 7th, 2019

Virginia is a contributory negligence state. That means that injured victims often have a difficult time filing compensation claims after getting hurt in accidents that may be partially their fault. Because of this law, insurance companies can often reduce or dismiss claims outright when there’s any evidence that suggests claimants are even slightly at fault.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia auto accident attorneys know how frustrating this experience can be for injured victims like you. It’s especially important to be aware of this potential pitfall to receiving compensation in the immediate aftermath of your crash. That’s because you may be contacted by the insurance company, and if you provide a statement that indicates liability—even if facts later prove you didn’t contribute to the crash—you may be unable to pursue compensation.

The sooner you contact a lawyer after your auto accident, the better. In addition to helping establish the facts of the crash, we can also protect you from the insurance company and its team of adjusters who want to pay you as little as possible. That means you won’t have to worry about accidentally providing a statement that can jeopardize your claim at any point, as the insurance company will have to direct all communication to you through us first.

Don’t risk getting caught up in the blame game or missing your chance to get compensation. Virginia’s statute of limitations is just two years, and it expires faster than you think. Contact us today for a free consultation.

We Want to Protect Your Rights After a Motorcycle Accident

by Staff Blogger | September 30th, 2019

When injured motorcyclists call their own insurance providers or file claims against the insurers of the drivers who caused their crashes, they’re often automatically assumed to be at fault—even when there’s plenty of evidence suggesting the opposite.

That’s because insurance companies and their teams of adjusters are often biased against motorcyclists when reviewing accident claims. That bias means that injured motorcyclists often face an uphill battle when it comes to getting their claims taken seriously, let alone winning full compensation for their medical bills and injuries.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we know that most motorcyclists are safety-conscious people who follow the rules of the road. We also know that many motorcycle accidents involving passenger vehicles occur when drivers aren’t looking for motorcyclists, run them off the road, or turn left into the path of motorcycles while distracted. When that happens, motorcyclists deserve maximum compensation, but it can be difficult to get that money, regardless of evidence and witness accounts.

Our Virginia motorcycle accident lawyers know the difficulties that motorcyclists face after crashes, even when they clearly weren’t their fault, and we work hard to help them get settlements. Don’t go it alone after your motorcycle accident, and don’t let the insurance company take advantage of you or deny you due to its bias. Call us today for a free consultation.

You Don’t Have to Suffer Alone After a Prescription Medication Injury

by Staff Blogger | September 23rd, 2019

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves dozens of new medications every year. The manufacturers of those medications are supposed to provide the FDA with accurate and up to date information about their drugs, including potential side effects and complications. However, some pharmaceutical companies hide or downplay the risks associated with their drugs to increase their chances of getting approved for sale to the public.

When drug companies aren’t forthcoming about the risks their medications pose to patients, serious injuries and health complications can occur. Drug injuries can range from severe bleeding and organ damage to heart attacks and even death. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we believe that drug manufacturers should be held accountable when they withhold information that causes innocent people to suffer.

Going up against a multi-billion-dollar drug company on your own can be an intimidating experience, but our Virginia drug injury lawyers are here to help. We aren’t afraid of any opposition, whether it’s during the negotiation process or even in the court room. When you contact us, we’ll do everything we can to build a claim that the pharmaceutical company can’t ignore. You’ve been through enough already, and now you deserve compensation for your medical bills and lost wages.

Get the help you need from a law firm you can trust. Contact us today—we’re ready to put our experience to work for you.

We Want to Help You Get Compensation After Your Workplace Injury

by Staff Blogger | September 16th, 2019

Your job is your livelihood. You take pride in what you do, but will your employer protect you if you get hurt on shift? Unfortunately, many employers will do just about anything to avoid dealing with workers’ compensation claims after their workers get hurt on the job, and that includes denying that their injuries ever happened.

Even if your employer cooperates with you after you suffer an injury, you need to face yet another hurdle: the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. It reviews all workers’ compensation claims, and it has strict criteria for approving them. Countless injured workers see their applications get reduced or denied due to minor oversights or for seemingly no reason at all.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we know how important workers’ compensation benefits are. Like all states, Virginia requires almost all employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance, as it’s the only income injured and sick workers receive when they suffer health problems from their job that leave them unable to work. But having insurance doesn’t mean much if the affected workers themselves don’t have access to those benefits.

It’s important to get an experienced Virginia workers’ compensation lawyer on your side immediately after your workplace injury. The sooner you contact us, the better, as we’ll have access to more evidence and have more time to build your claim and complete your application.  Trust our experience and track record of success—we’ve helped many people just like you get the benefits they deserve. Call today for a free consultation.