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Patricia Wilkins Harrison Honored For Contributions to Brain Injury Awareness | Richmond Personal Injury Attorney

April 18, 2012 Leave a comment

Every year for the past 11 years, the The Brain Injury Association of Virginia has held a conference called “Opening Doors: Communities, Partnerships, Opportunities.” This year the association presented its Weinstock Award to Patricia Wilkins Harrison of Harrisonburg for her contributions to creating awareness and improving services for people who have been affected by brain injury.

Patricia was prompted to start the Crossroads to Brain Injury Recovery back in 2005 after seeing that there was not much local assistance for people who suffered from brain injury.  Patricia’s son was in a car accident over 20 years ago which left him with a severe brain injury, so helping other people with the same condition has been a long-time mission for her.

The Crossroads to Brain Injury Recovery offers intensive case management for persons with brain injury throughout the 6th Planning District of Virginia, which includes the counties of Rockingham, Augusta, Rockbridge, Bath, and Highland.

Over 1.5 million Americans suffer nonfatal traumatic brain injuries each year which do not require hospitalization.  Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI, can be caused by a number of things such as a fall, car accident, internal damage from a gunshot wound or surgical intervention, or loss of oxygen.  For an individual who survives an injury like this, the emotional, physical, and social changes can be devastating.  Find out more about traumatic brain injury statistics.

If you or a loved one has experienced a traumatic brain injury due to an accident, contact an experienced Virginia personal injury lawyer to help you with your case.

Recommended Ban on Cell Phone Use For Commercial Truck Drivers

December 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Distracted driving has been a big issue in recent years with all the technology we readily have at our fingertips. The National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that commercial truck drivers be banned from using both hand-held and hands-free cell phones while driving. Currently, truckers are banned from text messaging while driving, and can be hit with a $2,750 fine if caught.

Distracted driving and getting into an accident when you’re driving a regular car is bad enough, but imagine driving a huge tractor trailer and causing a car wreck because you were busy talking on the phone or looking down at your phone while texting. Trucks carrying heavy cargo can cause severe damage.

The recommendation of this ban on cell phone use stems from a case in Kentucky where 11 people were killed in a crash involving a tractor-trailer. Investigators concluded that the truck driver was using his phone at the time of the crash based on the phone log. There were no signs of mechanical issues with the truck or driver health problems.

Whether you’re a truck driver or not, it’s important to be mindful of the road at all times. If you absolutely must make or take that phone call, pull off to the side of the road in a safe area. For truckers who drive alone, we understand that it can get boring driving all day by yourself, but really think about how you are causing danger not only to yourself, but to others who share the road with you.

To find out about cell phone use and texting while driving laws in your state, visit the Governors Highway Safety Association.

If you’ve been involved in an accident with a truck driver, make sure to contact an experienced tractor-trailer accident attorney in Virginia.

Am I Getting a Fair Amount For My Richmond VA Car Accident Injury Case?

December 12, 2011 Leave a comment

Maybe you’ve been involved in a car accident in Virginia and decided to file a claim on your own without the help of a car accident attorney. Now you’ve received an offer from the insurance company, but you’re unsure of the amount. Yes, it may seem like a great offer, but oftentimes that initial offer is still pretty low. Keep in mind that insurance adjusters are in the business of saving money for the company they work for.

So, what is a fair amount? Well, it depends on a variety of factors including:

  • Damage to your vehicle
  • How much your medical bills are
  • How much more you may have to spend for ongoing medical care if you were severely injured
  • Any loss of wages because of hospitalization and bed rest
  • Any loss of wages your spouse or loved one may face in order to take care of you
  • Physical therapy costs
  • Emotional pain and suffering. Don’t just think about the pain and suffering now. Also consider what you may experience in the future if the injury is severe.

Negotiating with the insurance company can be a hassle, but be firm in your counter offer. However, if all of this seems too much to handle, it may be in your best interest to contact a Richmond Virginia car accident lawyer who specializes in these types of cases. You don’t have to hire a lawyer to settle your case, but if you don’t feel comfortable negotiating with the insurance adjusters, then it might be better to have someone act on your behalf who has the confidence and experience.

Police Shoots Pit Bull | Richmond Dog Bite Attorney

December 9, 2011 Leave a comment

In Williamsburg, Virginia the owner of a pit bull is upset that a police officer shot his dog, but the officer claims that the dog attacked him.

Robert Asbury said that the dog was not on a leash, but it was not acting aggressively towards the officer. Asbury allegedly called out to the 1-year-old dog to “Stop”, but claims that the dog could not hear him because the officer was yelling and being aggressive. That’s when the officer shot and wounded the pit bull in the jaw and is now recovering at a veterinary in Richmond.

Asbury says that the officer could have used a taser or mace to ward off the dog. There is an escalation-of-force policy that deals with aggressive people in which pepper spray or tasers can be used, but for animals there is no policy other than a “general use of force”.

Pit bulls are widely known to be an aggressive breed of dog with a “hold and shake” bite style. It’s been said that a pit bull’s aggression is unpredictable and that it may not growl, bare its teeth or offer a direct stare before it strikes. DogsBite.org, a group dedicated to reducing dog attacks, analyzed data from 88 dog bite fatalities between 2006-2008. They reported that 19 dog breeds were involved in these dog bite deaths and pit bulls accounted for 59% of the incidents.

If you have been attacked by a pit bull or an aggressive dog, don’t hesitate to consult with a Richmond dog bite attorney to help you with your case.

So You’re Hiring a Virginia Car Accident Attorney: Are You Making These 5 Mistakes?

December 8, 2011 Leave a comment

So You’re Hiring a Virginia Car Accident Attorney: Are You Making These 5 Mistakes?  

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The Difference Between Medical Bills Claims and Injury Claims

December 8, 2011 Leave a comment

What is Premises Liability? | Richmond Slip and Fall Lawyer

December 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Accidents can happen anywhere and at any time. Slip and fall accidents are one of causes of personal injury claims. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over one million Americans suffer a slip, trip, and fall injury every year.

“Premises liability” is a term that describes the responsibility that a property owner has for accidents or injuries that occur on the property, including slip, trip, or fall accidents. There have been cases in which the property owner was aware that a danger or hazardous condition existed, but failed to fix it; or the property owner should have known about the problem since a reasonable person would have discovered it and taken action to prevent an accident.

Business owners or any property owner have a responsibility to ensure that their properties are safe for visitors or guests. A few examples of conditions that may lead to liability include:

  • Hazardous stairways
  • Objects on the ground
  • Slippery floors
  • Uneven ground (cracked or broken sidewalks)

Keep in mind that these types of cases require a great deal of investigation due to the nature of the accident. You must prove that the owner of the property was well aware of the hazard prior to the incident and that this hazard did indeed cause injury to you.

Have you been involved in a slip and fall accident or have any questions about a personal injury case? At O’Bryan Law we help people who have suffered an injury due to negligence. Call us at (804) 643-4343 for a free consultation.