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Bicycle Injury Claims Aren’t Always Taken Seriously, But We Can Help

by Staff Blogger | January 31st, 2022

There are many good reasons to get around town on a bicycle. They have the lowest cost per trip of any type of transportation aside from walking, they provide exercise, and they allow you to soak in your surroundings and appreciate your neighborhood and community. But they also come with a huge drawback: a serious risk of injury when you’re involved in an accident.

America has been a car-centric nation for a century, and Virginia is no exception. We’ve built our cities to accommodate wide, multi-lane highways and giant parking lots. And while bike lanes are present in many cities and help cyclists stay safer, they aren’t a foolproof option.

Ultimately, the safety of bicycles comes down to drivers paying attention to them and being on the lookout for them, but that doesn’t always happen. Motorcyclists are already overlooked, despite having loud engines. Bicycles make no noise, making them even easier for drivers to overlook.

Unfortunately, when cyclists get hurt, they may have insult added to injury when they find out that their claims aren’t taken seriously. Insurers may either believe that they caused their own accidents or that their injuries aren’t as severe as they claim. In some cases, adjusters may be biased because they believe that bicyclists shouldn’t be allowed on public streets.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia bicycle accident lawyers know the frustrations and stresses that injured cyclists face. Insurance companies are notorious for giving just about all auto accident victims a tough time, and cyclists often get the worst of it. We can stand up for your rights to the money you’re owed. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Defective Sleep Apnea Machines Linked to Serious Health Problems

by Staff Blogger | January 24th, 2022

Sleep problems are rampant in America. Many of them are caused by a condition sleep apnea. People with this condition may stop breathing throughout the night, with episode lasting up to one full minute. They may not be aware that it’s happening, but it dramatically interferes with their sleep quality, leaving them exhausted and prone to falling asleep while eating, working, or even driving.

Many people who have sleep apnea rely on continuous positive airway machines (CPAP) to help them breathe throughout the night and to restore their sleep quality. However, machines from one of the most popular CPAP manufacturers has been linked to serious health risks.

In June 2021, Philips Respironics recalled several of its CPAP machines after it was discovered that they increased the risk of users developing:

  • Lung damage
  • Pneumonia
  • Lung cancer
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack
  • And more

These machines put users at risk due to their foam insulation breaking down, which is then swallowed or breathed in by users. The foam has been found to be toxic, but it’s found in around 4 million of the CPAP machines.

If you or someone you love was injured or developed a serious illness after using a Phillips CPAP machine, you may be eligible for compensation. The Virginia defective product lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers want to help you get the money you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Traumatic Brain Injury Claims Require In-Depth Investigations

by Staff Blogger | January 17th, 2022

All personal injury claims should be carefully reviewed before victims demand and accept settlement offers. Too often, victims end up getting far less money than they’re owed because they didn’t realize how much their injuries will truly cost them. They may only look at their current medical bills and lost wages, or they may anticipate that they’ll recover faster than expected.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we never take anything for granted when we build claims for victims. We always gather as much evidence as possible to not only prove they weren’t at fault, but also to forecast how their injuries will affect them well into the future. This is especially important for traumatic brain injury (TBI) claims.

TBIs are particularly devastating because they can interfere with many aspects of life. Victims may suffer physical and cognitive effects from TBIs, which can make it difficult or impossible for them to work. They also may need ongoing physical and cognitive rehabilitation to regain some of their lost skills and abilities. In extreme cases, victims may even require live-in assistance from nurses and other caregivers.

To make matters worse, TBIs are often permanent. Although the brain has the capacity to heal and regrow connections, TBIs often cause the deaths of many cells, neurons, and tissue. Because of the permanent nature of most TBIs, injury claims should always be based on the assumption that victims will never fully recover and may even get worse.

If you or someone you love suffered a TBI after an accident that wasn’t your fault, we want to help. Contact our Virginia brain injury lawyers today for a free consultation.

What Our Free Consultations and Contingency Fees Mean for You

by Staff Blogger | January 10th, 2022

Getting a lawyer doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, it doesn’t have to cost you a penny out of your pocket.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we know that the idea of spending a lot of money on an attorney when you’re already facing medical bills and lost wages can be intimidating and stressful. We also believe that access to the legal system shouldn’t be limited to people who can afford to pay expensive lawyer fees.

By offering free consultations, we allow injured victims from all walks of life and with all types of injuries to tell us their story without worrying about invoices or hourly rates. They can take their time and give us all the information about what happened. From that point, there’s no obligation to hire us.

When clients decide to move forward with our firm, they still won’t face any costs associated with our services. The only time we get paid is when we win our clients’ cases. And even then, we only take a percentage of their settlements. That means there’s no risk to calling our firm or hiring us to take on your claim. If you don’t get a check, you don’t owe us anything!

You have enough on your plate after an injury that wasn’t your fault. You shouldn’t have to worry about additional expenses from an expensive law firm. Contact our Virginia personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation. We want to help you get the money you’re owed.

We Handle Birth Injury Claims with Compassion and Care

by Staff Blogger | January 3rd, 2022

The birth of a child is supposed to be a joyous event. But for some families, it’s the beginning of a painful chapter of their lives. Some birth injuries are unavoidable, but others happen because doctors and other medical providers are negligent.

When negligence causes innocent mothers and children to suffer serious injuries, healthcare workers and facilities should be held accountable. But at the same time, many of the victims of birth injuries are dealing with shock, regret, and grief, and the last thing they may want to do is deal with the legal system and a hostile insurance company.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia birth injury lawyers know how devastating these situations are for families. We know that many families need compensation, but they can’t imagine dealing with a prolonged back-and-forth with their doctor, their hospital, and an uncaring insurance company. That’s why we do everything in our power to take the burden off their shoulders.

If your family is dealing with the aftermath of a preventable birth injury, we’re here to help. We’ll give your claim the passionate and dedicated representation it deserves while protecting your rights every step of the way. Don’t settle for less than what you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation and let our caring legal team go to work for your family.

Don’t Be Afraid to Sue After a Dog Bite Injury

by Staff Blogger | December 27th, 2021

70% of American households own at least one pet, and more than 50% of American households owns a dog. The sheer number of dogs in America, combined with the fact that many people consider them to be members of their family, means that dogs are widely accepted in society, including many public places.

When dogs bite, it can be shocking for victims and owners. And even though dog bites can be extremely painful, disabling, and even life-threatening, many bite victims are reluctant to pursue compensation. Dog bite victims often fear that something bad will happen to the dogs that bit them, or they believe that they must have done something wrong to cause the bite to occur.

But neglecting to file an injury claim after a dog bite is a big mistake. It’s not uncommon for dog bite victims to need medical treatment, including hospitalization and even surgery. That’s because dogs have long, sharp teeth, and their bites can cause severe bleeding, nerve damage, and infection. The medical bills for a single dog bite can overwhelm many health insurance plans and deplete savings.

Dog bites can also cause victims to become disabled. Persistent pain, numbness, and nerve damage can make it difficult for them to do their jobs. And when they aren’t working, they aren’t earning the paychecks they and their loved ones depend on.

If you or someone you love was bitten by a dog, you need to speak to an experienced Virginia dog bite lawyer. Note that most dog bite claims are paid through insurance, not the dog owners’ pockets. Contact Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.

Who Can You Sue After a Drug Injury?

by Staff Blogger | December 20th, 2021

The last thing you expect to happen after taking a prescription drug is getting worse or even developing new health problems. But that’s an unfortunate reality for many Americans every year.

And while many drug injuries are because drugs are inherently dangerous, there are other factors at play in these situations as well. And because other parties are liable for those factors, that means victims can sue different people and parties after drug injuries.

Potentially liable parties after drug injuries include:

  • Pharmaceutical companies

Drug companies are responsible for designing drugs that are safe and effective and then properly testing them before releasing them to the market. They must also disclose all side effects and adverse events while seeking approval. Unfortunately, some drug companies hide that information to help their drugs make it to market.

  • Doctors

Doctors are responsible for quickly and accurately diagnosing and treating their patients, and that includes prescribing them the right medication. But it’s not enough to pick the right medication—it must also be the right dosage and avoid possible interactions with other drugs patients are taking.

  • Pharmacies

Pharmacies are responsible for filling prescriptions written by doctors, and they must do so accurately. When pharmacies give patients the wrong dosage or even the wrong medication altogether, not only can those patients quickly get worse, but they may develop unnecessary side effects, complications, and injuries.

If you suspect that you or someone you love suffered a drug injury because of someone’s negligence, we’re here to help. Contact the Virginia drug injury attorneys at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.

Can You Get Money for Pain and Suffering After an Auto Accident?

by Staff Blogger | December 13th, 2021

When many auto accident victims tally up their damages after a crash, they tend to think of their economic losses. These include their medical bills, which may continue to add up for years to come, and their lost wages, which also may be a factor for the foreseeable future.

But there’s another non-economic damage that auto accident victims can and should factor into their compensation claims: their pain and suffering. Whether they suffer chronic and debilitating pain, become physically disabled, or even develop depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder, victims of auto accidents can see their quality of life decrease significantly after crashes.

However, insurance companies are already reluctant to pay economic damages when victims have itemized bills and proof of lost paychecks. Getting them to pay for non-economic damages can be even more difficult, as they may balk at the idea of compensating someone for reduced quality of life.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia auto accident lawyers believe that people should be compensated not just for the losses that they can calculate on paper, but also the losses that can’t as easily be quantified. When we build auto accident claims for victims, it’s our job to determine how much money they’re owed for both their economic and non-economic damages.

Contact us today for a free consultation. We leave no stone unturned when we investigate crashes for our clients, and we won’t let any amount of compensation slip through the cracks for your family, either.

Let Our Lawyers Handle Your Family’s Wrongful Death Claim

by Staff Blogger | December 6th, 2021

When you’re grieving the loss of a loved one, the last thing you want to do is deal with an insurance company and legal red tape. Grief is difficult to handle physically, mentally, and emotionally, and trying to navigate the complexities of a wrongful death claim can be too much to bear. In addition, you may not even be able to think clearly while you’re grieving, which means that mistakes can jeopardize your chances of getting compensation.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia wrongful death lawyers have years of experience helping families during these difficult times. When you contact us, you won’t have to worry about any aspect of your claim. Whether it’s communication with the insurance company or the at-fault party, determining how much money you’re owed, or negotiating to get a fair settlement, you’ll have peace of mind knowing those tasks are in our experienced hands.

But if you’re planning on getting a lawyer to assist with your wrongful death claim, it’s important that you do so quickly. The statute of limitations for these cases in Virginia is two years from the date of the death. Just calling our office or filling out a web form can be a significant first step towards getting the compensation you’re owed.

You’ve been through enough already, and now you need the assistance of a caring, compassionate, and dedicated legal team. Get Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers on your side today—we’ll fight to get your family full compensation.

Why Should You Hire a Lawyer to File a Personal Injury Claim?

by Staff Blogger | November 29th, 2021

Personal injury lawyer ads are everywhere—on television, on billboards, and even on buses. It’s easy for people to roll their eyes at the idea of calling a personal injury lawyer, as they’re commonly associated with “frivolous” lawsuits and injuries. But when you’re hurt through no fault of your own and are facing big expenses for medical bills and lost wages, you may change your tune on the value of personal injury lawyers.

Hiring a personal injury lawyer is important for a few reasons:

  • It helps you get all the money you’re entitled to.

Injuries are expensive, and insurance companies rarely pay victims what they’re truly owed. That means that even if the insurance company offers you a settlement, it may not be enough to cover your current bills, let alone your future bills.

  • It allows you to focus on your recovery.

When you’re trying to heal from a serious injury, the last thing you need is to deal with an uncooperative insurance company. When you hire a personal injury lawyer, you don’t have to talk to the insurer anymore. Instead, your lawyer will handle all communication on your behalf.

  • It can help create change in a company or industry.

When companies or industries are liable for injuring people, they’re often resistant to change unless there are major consequences for not doing so. Paying “lowball” settlements to victims or ignoring them completely rarely results in change, but being held liable by lawyers can help make change a reality.

The Virginia personal injury lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers are here to help after an accident or injury that wasn’t your fault. Contact us today for a free consultation.