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Have You Read the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Act?

If not, you should visit the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission and read what rights you have. This can help you understand who and what you are up against when you file your claim. If you don’t know what your rights are, you may accept anything the insurance carrier or their attorney tells you without knowing […]

Accidents Caused By Speeding Aren’t Really Accidents At All

An accident by definition is something that happens when something occurs unexpectedly or unintentionally. Because we as drivers have to make conscious decisions on the road, auto accidents do not always fall under this definition. We choose whether or not to drive the speed limit or to obey traffic rules and regulations. Choosing not to […]

Report: Auto Insurance Accounts for Large Share of Consumer Complaints

A recent report from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) shows that for the past three years, more than 1/3 of all complaints made by consumers to state insurance regulators have been about auto insurance.  The most frequent resons for complaints according to the report were delays, denials and unsatisfactory settlement sizes.    At […]

NHTSA Releases New Child Seat Guidelines

  This week the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued new safety guidelines for child seats in automobiles. Under the new guidelines, the safety agency recommends using the restraints in the rear-facing position as long as children fit within the height and weight limits of the car seat as established by the manufacturer.  The rear-facing […]

Memoirs of a Leadfoot – A Speedster Reflects on Auto Accident Cases

My philosophy on life has always been “get where you’re going but enjoy the ride.”  And if you’re like me, you feel spring in the air and you want to roll the windows down, find a south-bound road, and just drive.  Good music and my Mazda3 have always done wonders for my mood.  I think […]

College Student Receives $490,000 Auto Accident Settlement

  A college student was awarded a $490,000 personal injury settlement for serious injuries sustained in a May 2008 auto accident.  The student was a passenger in a vehicle that was transporting him back to his college campus. The driver was exceeding the speed limit and lost control of the vehicle causing it to roll […]

Distracted Driving – A Growing Epidemic

One of the most dangerous problems on America’s roads today is the act of distracted driving.  In 2009 5,474 people were killed and 450,000 were injured because of a distracted driver on the road.  That’s 16% of all fatal crashes and 20% of all injury crashes for the year.  One in five of those deaths […]

Be Aware of Your Social Security Benefits!

As a paralegal handling Social Security Disability claims, I speak to many potential clients.  I am astounded by the number of people that don’t know they are entitled to Social Security benefits until it’s too late.  The term “date last insured” (DLI) is a foreign term.    The DLI for Social Security purposes runs five years […]