Month: December 2015

Pure Contributory Negligence: How Virginia Law May Affect Your Accident Case

Pure Contributory Negligence: How Virginia Law May Affect Your Accident CaseNegligence is an essential element of personal injury cases, particularly those involving motor vehicle accidents. The definition of negligence is pretty standard, but there are different theories of negligence that are applied from state to state. The definition of negligence, according to the Cornell Law School, is “a failure to behave with the level of care that someone of ordinary prudence would have exercised under the same circumstances.” Continue reading “Pure Contributory Negligence: How Virginia Law May Affect Your Accident Case”

Supreme Court of Virginia Reiterates Punitive Damage Standard in Civil Drunk Driving Case

Supreme Court of Virginia Reiterates Punitive Damage Standard in Civil Drunk Driving CaseThe Supreme Court of Virginia recently struck a blow for justice when it remanded a personal injury case to the trial court for further consideration of punitive damages. The appeal involved a jury instruction that may have caused the jury in the case to not appropriately consider its award of punitive damages. Cain v. Lee, (2015). Continue reading “Supreme Court of Virginia Reiterates Punitive Damage Standard in Civil Drunk Driving Case”

How to Prove a Claim for Emotional Distress in Virginia

How to Prove a Claim for Emotional Distress in VirginiaI am asked often whether a person can recover in Virginia for an entirely emotional injury. One where there is no actual physical harm or impact, but where someone suffers emotional harm through harassing conduct or other similar behavior. The Answer is YES, but in Virginia, this type of claim is disfavored by the Courts, and must meet unusual standards of proof. Continue reading “How to Prove a Claim for Emotional Distress in Virginia”

What Does a Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer Do?

What Does a Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer Do?When I am asked “What type of work do you do?”, I often respond that “I help people get their lives back.”  I am A Virginia Personal Injury Trial Lawyer. I help people RIGHT WRONGS! Every day, someone suffers a personal injury, through no fault of their own, because someone else has been careless, and there are remedies available to the injured party. Continue reading “What Does a Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer Do?”

Motor Vehicle Accidents Are the Leading Killer of Teens

Motor Vehicle Accidents Are the Leading Killer of TeensThere is a lurking threat around every corner out there: TEEN DRIVERS! Teenagers between the ages of 15 and 24 represent as much as 30% of the costs of motor vehicle injuries. In addition, on a per mile basis, drivers between 16 and 19 are three times as likely than older drivers to be in a crash resulting in death. Continue reading “Motor Vehicle Accidents Are the Leading Killer of Teens”

Mature Driver Safety in Virginia

Mature Driver Safety in VirginiaAccording to the Centers for Disease Control, there were approximately 36 million licensed drivers ages 65 and older in 2012 — a 34% increase from 1999. Underlying that trend is the fact that the 2010 Census showed that the over 65 population grew faster than the total population in the United States. That group is the largest in terms of size and percent of the population. PEOPLE ARE LIVING LONGER! Continue reading “Mature Driver Safety in Virginia”