Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers Blog

Pain, Infection, and Reduced Mobility Are Signs of Defective Joint Replacements

by actuate | November 1st, 2021

Whether it’s due to injury, disease, or age, it’s common for people’s joints to wear out over time. And when joints begin to fail, especially in the hips and knees, people may experience severe pain and be unable to walk without great difficulty or assistance. Joint replacements are a welcome intervention for these patients, but they can bring a whole host of problems on their own.

Unfortunately, some joint replacements are dangerous and defective. Some have flawed designs and don’t work as they should, while others are prone to breaking down inside the body. That means that people who receive these surgical implants can have serious complications just days, weeks, or months later. In other cases, victims may not notice any issues until years after their surgeries have healed.

Regardless of how quickly symptoms show up, victims of defective joint replacements deserve compensation for their injuries. The manufacturers of some of these joint replacements are aware of the danger they pose to patients, but they’re still being implanted in people every day. And when victims are treated after receiving these defective implants, they need revision surgeries and long roads to recovery.

If you or someone you love suffered complications due to a defective joint replacement, our Virginia defective product lawyers want to help. Contact Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation. We have the experience and track record of success you need to maximize your chances of getting full compensation.

Don’t Be Unfairly Blamed After a Bicycle Accident

by actuate | October 25th, 2021

Bicyclists are extremely vulnerable on Virginia’s roadways. When they get hit by vehicles, they often suffer debilitating injuries. But because Virginia is a contributory negligence state, some bicyclists are unable to pursue compensation claims because they’re ruled to be partially at fault for their accidents.

Contributory negligence states rule that people who are even one percent at fault for their injuries and accidents can’t get compensation for them. Most states have comparative negligence statutes, which allow people to get compensation provided they aren’t more than 50% at fault.

Because Virginia is a contributory negligence state, it’s common for at-fault drivers and their insurers to claim others had at least a small degree of fault—including bicyclists. And because many bicyclists are seriously injured after accidents, they often aren’t in a position to defend themselves or prove otherwise, which means they’re forever locked out of getting compensation.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we know how unfair this system can be to people who are wrongly blamed for accidents that weren’t their fault. Bicyclists may be blamed for failing to signal, speeding, failing to come to a complete stop, or turning into the path of a vehicle. And unfortunately, many police officers and insurance companies have negative views of bicyclists and assume they’re reckless and caused their own accidents.

If you’re being unfairly blamed, contact our Virginia bicycle accident lawyers today for a free consultation. We’ll work hard to protect your rights to full compensation.

Some Dog Bite Victims Never Fully Recover

by actuate | October 18th, 2021

Being bitten by a dog can be painful and shocking. Dogs are such integral parts of many families that it’s difficult to imagine one being suddenly aggressive and biting—especially without provocation. But around 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the U.S., and many of those bites lead to serious injuries and complications.

Some dog bite victims lose feeling or function in the affected body part, which is often the arm or hand. That’s because dogs’ teeth are long and sharp enough to penetrate deep into the skin, muscle, and other tissue, potentially damaging or severing nerves. When nerves are damaged, it’s difficult or impossible for them to be repaired or regenerated.

That means that some dog bite victims deal with permanent disability, which can result in job loss and serious economic difficulties. Imagine an auto mechanic who loses the use of his right hand after a dog bite. He may be completely unable to do his job and have no alternative ways to earn money. That can cause him and his family enormous hardship.

Unfortunately, many dog bite victims are reluctant to file compensation claims, and others may not even realize that it’s a possibility. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we want to stand up for the rights of these often-overlooked victims. If you or someone you love was bitten by a dog, contact our Virginia dog bite lawyers today for a free consultation.

Unsure if You Have an Injury Claim? Contact Us to Find Out.

by actuate | October 11th, 2021

Although many of the injuries that people suffer are covered by the “Cases We Handle” section of our website, we know that not everyone’s situation will fall neatly into one of those categories. But when you’re injured because of someone else’s negligence, you still need compensation, regardless of how common or easily categorized your accident or injury is.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we help many different people who were injured in a variety of different situations. Accidents and injuries can occur anytime and at any place, but they shouldn’t happen because someone wasn’t paying attention or failed to take precautions. Everyone has a duty of care that they owe others, especially when it comes to driving, behaving in public, practicing medicine, or inviting others onto their property.

When they fail to uphold that duty of care and other people are injured, they can and should be held liable for their injuries. There are many law firms that can assist with personal injury claims, but not all law firms will fight tooth and nail to get their clients the money they’re truly owed. Instead, many firms will accept the first settlement offers they receive to maximize case turnover and increase their profits.

Our legal team wants nothing more than for our clients to make full financial recoveries, and that’s why we go the extra mile to get maximum compensation. Contact us today to find out how we can help you get the money you need for your medical bills, lost wages, and more after an injury that wasn’t your fault.

Are Potentially Harmful Drugs Still on the Market?

by actuate | October 4th, 2021

There have been many recalled drugs in recent years. When major prescription and over-the-counter medications get recalled, it often makes headlines in the national news. That can lead many people to assume that the drugs that are still on the market are 100% safe. However, that’s not always the case.

In some cases, dangerous drugs stick around on the market for years or even decades before enough evidence piles up showing the risks they pose to patients that their manufacturers or the FDA initiates a recall. In other cases, the drugs are never recalled and they continue to harm patients year after year, decade after decade.

Because not all dangerous drugs are recalled or publicized, it can be difficult for people who suspect they’ve been harmed by one to reach out for help. They may not know where to turn or whether their cases will be taken seriously. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia drug injury lawyers are here to listen to ALL stories involving illnesses or injuries caused by medications.

We know that most people aren’t aware of the risks the medications they take pose to them, especially when the manufacturers don’t disclose that information to them or their doctors. But our legal team keeps a close eye on the pharmaceutical injury, and we go to work right away when we learn that drugs may be harming innocent patients.

Contact us today for a free consultation if you suspect you or a loved one were harmed by a medication. We’ll determine exactly what happened, and if your health problems were caused by the drug, we’ll work hard to get you compensation.

Don’t Pursue a Medical Malpractice Claim Without a Lawyer

by actuate | September 27th, 2021

Medical malpractice is more common than you might think. A study published in 2018 suggested that medical error causes around 10% of all deaths in the U.S.! Although that figure has been contested, it’s still important for people to be aware of the fact that medical errors resulting in serious injuries, illnesses, and deaths are a possibility every time they’re treated or operated on.

Unfortunately, many victims of medical malpractice feel they have no recourse afterward. That’s because hospitals and doctors frequently deny responsibility or suggest that the bad outcomes were unavoidable. And to make matters worse, healthcare providers and facilities are extremely well protected from medical malpractice claims.

Trying to get compensation on your own can be extremely difficult. Even having a lawyer on your side is no guarantee, especially when the lawyer doesn’t have much experience or a track record of success winning medical malpractice claims. But at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we know exactly what it takes to get good outcomes for our clients.

Our Virginia medical malpractice lawyers know how doctors and hospitals insulate themselves from medical malpractice claims and how they dissuade injured patients from pursuing claims. When you contact us, our legal team will work hard to prove you were injured or your health worsened as a result of malpractice, and then we’ll fight to get you paid in full. Contact us today for a free consultation.

How Long Do You Have to File a Birth Injury Lawsuit?

by actuate | September 20th, 2021

Although many birth injuries are immediately obvious, some aren’t. In fact, some birth injuries may take days, weeks, or months to become apparent. And even then, some pediatricians may not realize that they are due to carelessness before, during, or immediately after birth. That can leave parents in difficult situations, as they may be paying out of pocket for expenses they should never have to bear.

In Virginia, parents have two years to file birth injury lawsuits against the doctor or hospitals whose negligence caused them or their children harm. However, because birth injuries may take time to show up or be diagnosed, parents can often still file birth injury lawsuits after the statute of limitations expires. This is called the discovery rule, and it grants access to the legal system to people who otherwise would be shut out because of timing that’s out of their control.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we want all families affected by birth injuries to know that it’s vital to get an experienced law firm’s assessment of their case regardless of when it happened—especially if it was only recently diagnosed. Both the two years statute of limitations and the discovery rule make it possible for many families affected by negligence to pursue the compensation they’re owed.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to our Virginia birth injury lawyers for a free consultation if you believe you or your child were harmed by a negligent doctor, nurse, midwife, or medical facility. We’re here to help you get the money you’re owed.

Why You Shouldn’t Immediately Accept the Insurance Company’s Offer After a Crash

by actuate | September 13th, 2021

There’s no question that auto accidents can be extremely expensive. Vehicle repair costs are just the tip of the iceberg for many victims, as they also may face big medical bills and weeks or months out of work. That means no paychecks and rapidly depleted savings.

Insurance companies know the financial stresses that auto accident victims face, and that’s why they sometimes offer settlements right away. To victims, these settlement offers can be godsends, especially when they need money for their day-to-day living expenses. But insurance companies don’t offer these settlements out of the goodness of their heart. Instead, they offer them to save money.

When insurance companies know that victims have slam-dunk cases for big checks, they try to get ahead of the situation by offering lowball settlements right away. And when victims accept those settlements, they can’t file future claims for more money. They’re stuck with whatever amount they received upfront, which is often far less than what they truly deserve.

If you or someone you love was hurt in an auto accident and was offered a settlement from the insurance company, it’s important that you don’t accept without speaking to a lawyer first. Fast settlement offers are almost always well below the amount they should be, and they’re designed to take advantage of victims who are in shock and stressing over their financial situations.

Contact the Virginia auto accident lawyers at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers for a free consultation and for an honest and accurate assessment of your case and the insurance company’s offer.

Personal Injury Claims Can Turn into Wrongful Death Claims When Victims Pass Away

by actuate | September 6th, 2021

When it comes to getting compensation after an accident or injury, it’s important to be prepared for the unexpected. That’s especially true when a loved one has been seriously injured and faces life-threatening complications.

When people are injured because of others’ negligence, their claims may start as personal injury claims, but if they pass away, they can turn into wrongful death claims. If your family is ever in this situation, it’s vital to have an experienced law firm on your side from day one. Many aspects of a personal injury claim carry over to a wrongful death claim, but not at all.

After an accident or injury victim dies, there are many new questions and concerns that must be addressed. Their loved ones also may need different types and amounts of compensation.

Moving forward as if the claim is still a personal injury claim means that important information isn’t being considered, and that can leave surviving family members in need of additional compensation that they’ll never get after the claim concludes.

No one wants to imagine their loved one may pass away after an accident or injury, but it’s a possibility families must prepare for by getting a law firm that understands both personal injury and wrongful death claims.

At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia wrongful death attorneys have successfully transitioned many personal injury claims to wrongful death claims, and we know what it takes to win. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Why You Need a Lawyer for Your Traumatic Brain Injury Settlement

by actuate | August 30th, 2021

For injury victims, getting the insurance company to agree to pay a settlement is just one step towards justice. The second step is getting the insurance company to pay a fair settlement.

The settlements in injury claims can be subjective, and they’re typically based on how severely an injury will affect a victim’s life and ability to earn a living. That means that insurance companies often have plenty of leeway to pay victims far less than they deserve, especially for situations like traumatic brain injury (TBI) settlements.

People who suffer TBIs often need more medical attention, rehabilitation, and care than people with other types of injuries. In addition, people with TBIs are more likely to be unable to work for months, years, or even the rest of their lives. That’s because TBIs are slow to heal, and many victims lose permanent function and neurological capabilities.

When an injury affects a victim and their family profoundly for the rest of their lives, it should be compensated accordingly either through an insurance claim or a civil lawsuit. But insurance companies are in business to pay victims as little as possible, regardless of how much they’re suffering and have been affected by their injuries.

Without an experienced Virginia traumatic brain injury lawyer on your side, you run the risk of having your claim underpaid or rejected by an uncaring insurance company. But with Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers working for you, you’ll have peace of mind knowing your claim is in good hands. Contact us today for a free consultation. You deserve every penny you can get, and it’s our goal to ensure your family is paid.