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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.

Richmond Police Looking For Hit-and-Run Driver

March 21, 2012 Leave a comment

From WTVR.com: A 44-year-old man was hit by a car while crossing Hull and 12th Street and now Richmond police are on the lookout for the driver.

According to witnesses, the driver did stop and walk back to see if the man was ok. However, the driver left the scene before police could arrive at the scene. The man who was hit suffered a broken arm and fractured ribs from the accident. Someone who witnessed the accident told the man who was hit that he needed to go to the hospital, but the man refused any help.

A Richmond police spokesperson said that in this type of situation, the driver could be charged with a felony hit-and-run because he/she did leave before the police arrived.

According to Virginia code § 46.2-894:

“The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident in which a person is killed or injured or in which an attended vehicle or other attended property is damaged shall immediately stop as close to the scene of the accident as possible without obstructing traffic, as provided in § 46.2-888, and report his name, address, driver’s license number, and vehicle registration number forthwith to the State Police or local law-enforcement agency…”

If anyone has any information about this hit-and-run accident, contact Richmond Police Sgt. John Bowman at (804) 646-1369 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

If you’ve been injured in any type of car accident, contact a Richmond lawyer who specializes in car accidents and personal injury cases. The O’Bryan law firm is available at 800-372-4099.

Coleman Defective Product Case Goes to Trial Monday | Virginia Product Liability Lawyer

October 30, 2009 Leave a comment

On Monday a trial starts against Coleman that alleges the corporation made and sold a defective product that severely burned an 11-year-old boy.

In 2005 Trevor Dennis was camping with his family when a Coleman heater malfunctioned and set the camper on fire. The family alleges that their heater was not safe for indoor use, a claim that Coleman disputes. The lawsuit says that Coleman knew that the heater was faulty due to previous warranty claims and complaints, and that Coleman knew of other fires caused by the unit.

“In spite of this knowledge, Coleman still manufactured and sold the propane heater, putting profits ahead of people,”

said plaintiff’s lawyer John Bisnar.

A jury will make the final decision on Monday as to the truth of the allegations.

This brings up another point that I would like to address and that is corporate personhood. According to US law, a corporation has human rights just like you and me. It is a rather odd concept that gives corporations much more power than they deserve to have. It has also led to numerous incidences of corporations putting profits before people and sometimes putting out a product that the corporation knows will kill some people. A prime example is Ford Motor Company and the Pinto.

“Dirty Little Secrets’ part 3 | Virginia accident injury lawyer

June 4, 2009 1 comment

A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS.

You’ve heard it said, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” In injury cases, a picture can also be worth a thousand dollars…even more! I always take more pictures than I need, taking pictures of everything relevant. When in doubt, take a picture. Good photographs can make a case.

A photo can say more about an accident scene than just about any other evidence you collect. It is probably the easiest way to show an adjuster or jury what really happened.

In a car accident the photos may reveal details that went unnoticed at the scene of the wreck. Often people are so upset by the accident that facts are overlooked or forgotten. It is a lot harder to argue against a photograph than a written statement. Also a photograph can help you remember things when you do have to make a statement.

Accident scenes are usually cleaned up pretty quickly so use any sort of camera you may have available. Many modern cell phones have built-in cameras now.

Photos can also be helpful in other types of personal injury cases. A slip and fall case may be strengthened if you show a photo of a hard to see spill on the floor. Also in dog bites it can be very powerful to show the damage caused by the animal bite.

If you have been injured through someone else’s fault you should read Hidden Inside Secrets Big Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know About Your Injury Claim. It is full of information about how to handle your dealings with the insurance adjuster.

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2 injured in weekend wreck still at UVA | Virginia accident personal injury lawyer

Two injured in weekend wreck still at UVA.

Virginia State Police said that around 2pm on Saturday May 30, Sean Stanton of Moterey, VA was driving westbound on Rt 250 in his 1997 Toyota Tacoma truck, when he came into a curve, ran off the road, overcorrected and hit three motorcycles driving eastbound. Stanton was charged with DUI. The accident took place about 1.5 miles beyond the intersection of Route 629, not far from Shenandoah Mountain near the Highland CountyAugusta County line.

Two of the five people injured in the multi-vehicle wreck near Deerfield over the weekend remained hospitalized Sunday at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

The lead motorcycle in the group was driven by Marti Krupinski, 50, of Verona, who was driving a 2009 Harley-Davidson motorcycle. He and his passenger Christine Hinkle, 43, were both listed in fair condition at UVA on Sunday.

The two motorcycles following that one were driven by females.

Krupinski and Hinkle were airlifed to U.Va. Medical Center in Charlottesville, two people were airlifted to Augusta Medical Center in Fishersville, while another was taken by ambulance to AMC and were treated and released.

The motorcycle riders were part of a large contingent raising money for kids.

I have personally driven that section of road many times and it is an extremely curvy and dangerous mountain road. There are several places where you could fairly easily plunge off the side of a mountain if you are not careful. I’m surprised that there aren’t more wrecks on it.

If you have suffered personal injury in a truck wreck or motorcycle accident the you need to read the Accident Injury Book Hidden Inside Secrets Big Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know About Your Injury Claim written by Virginia lawyer Wayne O’Bryan.

Do I have to pay my lawyer a down payment to handle my personal injury case in Virginia?

April 28, 2009 2 comments


No you do not. Most lawyers handle personal injury cases on a contingent fee basis.

What that means is the lawyer does not get paid until the case settles at the end of the case. The lawyer will usually advance or pay all expenses involved in handling your case. It makes you lawyer sort of a partner in that they get paid based upon a percentage of the recovery, so it’s a real incentive to do the very best job we can with each and every client.

That means you don’t have to take any money out of your own pocket. All money will be paid at the end of the case.

This enables everybody, regardless of their race, gender, age, or financial condition to have their day in court and sue even the most powerful corporations who have unlimited funds to pay for lawyers.

Richmond Virginia car accident, truck wreck, dog bite, personal injury case lawyer, Attorney Wayne O’Bryan answers your questions.

“Dirty Little Secrets” part 2 | Virginia personal injury lawyer

April 23, 2009 Leave a comment

“Dirty Little Secrets” Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know part 2

TIME IS MONEY!

One of the most important parts of your claim is the evidence. The longer you or your attorney wait to collect the necessary evidence, the harder your case will be to prove. If this evidence is lost, the value of the case may substantially reduced because you cannot prove you claim.

Additionally, if you wait too long, you may be barred from recovering any money at all. This is called Statute of Limitations. In some cases, you have to put a party on notice and these time limitations can be just a few months. The insurance company won’t tell you that…they don’t want you to recover a dime!

The important thing to realize here is that you don’t have forever to wait to make a personal injury claim. After you have been in a car accident or truck wreck there are important things that need to be done to maximize your claim.

For more information about the best things to do if you have been in an accident, order my consumer guide “Hidden Inside Secrets Big Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know About Your Injury Claim” Right now it is being sent at no cost to Virginia residents who have been involved in a personal injury case of any sort, including car accidents, tractor trailer wrecks, dog bites, wrongful death or any number of other types of accident injury cases.

Also there is more information at my website Richmond Virginia personal injury lawyer Wayne O’Bryan.