Virginia Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Blog

gas explosion injury

When Gas Lines Explode, Who Pays for Victims’ Injuries?

In September 2018, a series of violent natural gas explosions in Boston shocked the country. While the devastation caused by the Boston gas explosions stood out, gas leaks and resultant injuries happen throughout the country every year. Keep reading to learn more about the dangers of gas utility lines and find out how you can…
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truck driver asleep at wheel

What Happens When a Truck Driver Falls Asleep at the Wheel?

In 2015, drowsy driving caused 41,000 injuries and more than 800 deaths across the nation. While federal and Virginia trucking regulations limit the number of hours a truck driver can operate their vehicle, drivers sometimes experience pressure from their employers to violate these rules so they can make deliveries faster. Keep reading to learn more…
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Drunk driving accident

How to Protect Your Rights After a Drunk Driving Accident

While the rates of drunk driving-related car wrecks have declined in Virginia over the past two decades, annual spikes in accidents still occur around the holidays, and even the most careful motorists can fall victim to a drunk driver. As the holiday season approaches, it’s especially important to understand the steps you can take to…
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Car Accident Attorney Phelan Petty

Holiday Fatalities on the Rise on Virginia Highways

Virginia Holiday Traffic Death Toll on the Rise During the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday weekend, 14 people were killed in Virginia automobile accidents.  This was the highest number killed over the Thanksgiving weekend since 2013.  This past Thanksgiving weekend, 12 people were killed in Virginia traffic crashes. Why do the number of Virginia highway fatalities during…
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lithium-ion battery injuries

5 Simple Ways You Can Protect Your Children From Lithium-Ion Battery Injuries

As the holiday season approaches, don’t forget about the potential hazard lithium-ion batteries pose to children. In the United States, emergency rooms treat more than 2,800 children each year who have swallowed the small button batteries found in devices like electronic toys, remote controls, key fobs, and musical greeting cards. Even more alarming, lithium-ion batteries…
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nursing home neglect

Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse: Learn How to Protect Your Loved Ones

Nursing home abuse is a form of medical malpractice. When you place your loved one in a nursing home, you expect them to receive exceptional care. Unfortunately, residents in nursing homes are vulnerable, and far too many nursing homes expose their residents to abuse and neglect. These abuses don’t just happen in the lowest-cost nursing…
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Medical Malpractice Damage Caps and the Dangers of Tort Reform

A medical mistake can change your life forever. Victims of medical malpractice often face a lifetime of lost income, high medical and nursing bills, and immense grief. Unfortunately, if the malpractice occurred in Virginia, no matter how significant your damages are or how shocking the doctor’s negligence, you’ll face a damage cap. Keep reading to…
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E-Cigarettes Are Bad for Your Health

E-Cigarettes May Have More Nicotine Than Conventional Cigarettes One way that e-cigarettes are bad for your health is they contain nicotine.  Here’s an alarming fact.  According to Dr. Patricia Folan, director of the Center for Tobacco Control at Norwell Health, “e-cigs pack more nicotine than cigarettes.” E-Cigarette Juice in Vaporized Form May Damage Your Lungs…
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3 Surprising Facts About Virginia’s Distracted Driving Epidemic

Fatal distracted driving crashes increased in Virginia by more than 18% in 2017. While most drivers hopefully know that texting while driving is illegal in Virginia, ending our state’s distracted driving epidemic involves much more than just keeping people from typing on their phones behind the wheel. Keep reading to learn some surprising facts about…
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The Deadly Consequences of Distracted Driving

In 2017, more than 20% of all car accidents in Virginia involved a distracted driver. Not only that, but distracted drivers contributed to one-quarter of all fatal crashes. Unfortunately, Virginia’s distracted driving laws have significant flaws and fail to make our roads safer. Keep reading to learn more about Virginia’s distraction epidemic and find out…
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Failure to Diagnose: A Medical Malpractice Victim’s Guide

Misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose are two of the most common forms of medical malpractice. However, proving that a diagnostic error constitutes medical malpractice can be challenging, and cases involving misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose require incredibly complex investigations as well as expert witness testimony and a thorough understanding of the law. If you or…
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Swimming Pool Drowning Hazards Lead to Recall

Swimming Pool Drowning Hazards Lead to Recall

Swimming Pool Drowning Hazards Most swimming pool drowning hazards can be eliminated by good product design practices.  Swimming pool components should be designed to avoid the risk of entrapping swimmers, particularly children, under water.  For example, swimming pool drain covers or suction outlet covers are required by federal statute to have an anti-vortex design to…
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Why Do Lithium-Ion Batteries Explode?

Why Do Lithium-Ion Batteries Explode?

Most of us can’t go an hour without using a lithium-ion battery. They’re in our smartphones, laptops, electric and hybrid vehicles, wireless headphones, activity trackers, and e-cigarettes. Unfortunately, lithium-ion batteries also pose safety hazards to users, and the problem seems to be getting worse over time. Often, when a battery explodes or catches fire, the…
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Federal Jury Awards Millions to Victim in IVC Filter Lawsuit

Federal Jury Awards Millions to Victim in IVC Filter Lawsuit

Injured patients have filed thousands of lawsuits against the manufacturers of inferior vena cava (IVC) filters. These lawsuits allege that manufacturers willfully hid evidence that many of the filters are defective and dangerous. However, while at least one federal plaintiff has received a multimillion-dollar verdict, others have faced major challenges in litigation. Below, the medical…
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swimming pool injury

How to Protect Your Family from Swimming Pool Injuries

For many of us, swimming pools are an essential part of summer and our family vacations. Unfortunately, they can also put swimmers — especially children — in serious danger. Before you take your family to a pool at a park, hotel, country club, or friend’s home, it’s important to understand the risks. Keep reading to…
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motorcycle accident

Motorcycle Deaths in Virginia Rose 50 Percent Last Year: What You Need to Know

More and more Virginians are riding motorcycles. Unfortunately, too many riders are dying on the road. In fact, the number of motorcycle fatalities in our state increased massively between 2016 and 2017. If you ride a motorcycle or you’ve lost someone in a motorcycle accident, it’s important that you know your legal rights. In this…
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Proving Medical Malpractice: Why Experts Matter for Your Lawsuit

Proving Medical Malpractice: Why Experts Matter for Your Lawsuit

When a doctor’s errors cause catastrophic injuries, you have every right to demand justice. We place immense trust in physicians, and medical malpractice can shatter this trust and change your life forever. However, malpractice claims against a physician, nurse, or other medical provider are highly technical. Without expert witnesses willing to testify that your medical care was…
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These 6 Factors Cause Most Truck Accidents

These 6 Factors Cause Most Truck Accidents

Truck accidents happen for many reasons, but no matter how they occur, they frequently lead to catastrophic results for the victims. The statistics are terrifying: between 2009 and 2015, the nationwide number of injuries from truck accidents increased by 62%. And data from the U.S. Department of Labor shows that truck driving is the most dangerous job in the United States, largely due to the frequency of wrecks.  So why do these…
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Uber Driverless Car Fatality

Uber test car accident In March of this year an Uber robot test car hit and killed a pedestrian in Arizona.   The driverless car was a 2017 Volvo XC90.  According to a report issued yesterday by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the automated emergency braking system on the Uber test car was turned off…
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Protect our Service Members and Veterans

Protect our Service Members and Veterans

The House is currently debating the National Defense Authorization Act, a bill to reauthorize the Department of Defense.  While this is an important bill, there are many other important issues relating to the military that Congress never debates.  We think they should.  Help us spread the word on behalf of our military families and veterans. …
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