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What If I Am Injured Due to the Negligence of a Common Carrier?

What If I Am Injured Due to the Negligence of a Common Carrier?Let’s start with what a “common carrier” is. A “carrier” is someone who transports people or goods.  Examples include taxis, ferries, airplanes, and buses.  There are two types of carriers, common and private. A common carrier may be thought of as a public carrier, in that it must accept a passenger or delivery if the fee is paid.  It cannot pick and choose. Continue reading “What If I Am Injured Due to the Negligence of a Common Carrier?”

What Is Assumption of the Risk and How Can It Affect My Case?

What Is Assumption of the Risk and How Can It Affect My CaseIf you’ve ever attended a live sports event, the back of your ticket probably included a legal term known as “assumption of risk.” Assumption of the risk is a legal defense that can sometimes be used to keep an injured party from recovering damages. The core of the defense is that the injured person “knowingly and voluntarily chose” to expose himself or herself to a dangerous activity. Continue reading “What Is Assumption of the Risk and How Can It Affect My Case?”

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?”

Illegal Street Racing in Virginia

Illegal Street Racing in VirginiaAnyone out there remember Dead Man’s Curve, the 1964 song by Jan & Dean? A tragic story about teenagers drag racing. How many of you have seen Fast and Furious 1 through 7? People — ESPECIALLY YOUNG PEOPLE– (as well as Vin Diesel) don’t always appreciate the dangers associated with the operation of motor vehicles under even normal circumstances. That being said, it is more frightening to think about the possible outcomes of illegal drag racing. THINK ABOUT IT! Kids, who think they’re indestructible, racing cars at high rates of speed on public roads populated with unsuspecting drivers! Continue reading “Illegal Street Racing in Virginia”

The Three Degrees of Negligence in Virginia: Simple, Gross, and Willful, Wanton, and Reckless

The Three Degrees of Negligence in Virginia Simple, Gross, and Willful, Wanton, and RecklessClaims for personal injury are often based on a theory of negligence on the part of one person that caused harm to another. In order to establish negligence, a plaintiff must demonstrate that the defendant had a duty to exercise reasonable care in the situation in question, and that he failed to do so. Continue reading “The Three Degrees of Negligence in Virginia: Simple, Gross, and Willful, Wanton, and Reckless”

Man Injured After Guardrail Reportedly Impales Car

“People are dying.”

Those are the words from a guardrail installer turned whistle-blower who brought a successful suit against Trinity Industries, a major guardrail manufacturer.

A Texas jury awarded $175 million against Trinity after Harman reported that the company secretly changed its federally approved product, rendering it unsafe. By law, the jury’s verdict was tripled, and earlier this year, the judge tacked on additional civil penalties of $138 million. Continue reading “Man Injured After Guardrail Reportedly Impales Car”