All brain injuries are serious. The brain contains delicate neurons that transmit signals to the rest of the body. Any injury to the brain – major or minor – could interrupt this complex signaling system and cause long-term brain damage. Different types of brain injuries come with different symptoms, effects and prognoses for recovery…. read more
What Is Considered Pain and Suffering in an Accident Claim?
Virginia’s civil justice system allows injured accident victims to seek financial reimbursement not only for their economic (financial) losses but also for their non-economic losses. Non-economic losses can include physical pain, emotional distress and other intangible damages related to the preventable accident. The civil courts in Virginia place these damages in the category of pain… read more
Can an Injured Passenger Sue the Driver After a Car Accident?
Most drivers understand what to do when they get into traffic accidents: remain at the scene, swap information with the other driver and file an insurance claim. As a passenger riding in the vehicle, however, your responsibilities and rights might not be as clear. You may not understand if and when you can file an… read more
Wrong-way car accidents can cause catastrophic and fatal injuries to vehicle occupants. Wrong-way crashes often take the form of head-on collisions. In a head-on collision, the vehicles collide at their combined speeds. If one car was traveling at 50 miles per hour and the wrong-way driver was going 75, for example, the speed of the… read more
Will my personal injury case pay for my car damage?
At Christina Pendleton & Associates, we assist in the swift resolution of personal injury claims involving automobile accidents every day. Working your case includes confirming treatment, gathering medical bills and records, accounting for non-economic damages like pain and suffering, inconvenience etc. But what about your vehicle and property damage claims? Personal injury firms typically do… read more
Macon Bolling Allen was born in Indiana on August 4, 1816. His birth name was actually Allen Macon Bolling, but he changed it in 1844 shortly before passing the Maine Bar Examination and acquiring his license to practice law in the state of Maine. He was the first African American licensed to practice law and… read more
5 Things the Insurance Companies Don’t Want You to Know
Getting into an accident can be a scary and confusing time. Most people know to call the police if they’re involved in a crash. Most people also know to call their insurance company or to call the other driver’s insurance company. Then comes the big question: Should you hire an attorney? Hiring an attorney is… read more
It is important to find out whether you need to pay taxes on a personal injury settlement in Virginia. Failing to account for tax liabilities could lead to trouble with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or state government – a potentially criminal mistake. Work with an attorney to learn about the taxation of your settlement…. read more
Hit-and-run accidents are some of the most common tragedies on the streets of Virginia. Unfortunately, many at-fault drivers flee the scene to try to avoid liability instead of sticking around to face the consequences of their actions. If you are the victim of a hit-and-run in Virginia, you may wonder who will pay for your… read more
Contributory negligence is a legal doctrine you may have to navigate during a personal injury lawsuit in Virginia. It is a common type of defense a defendant might use to dispute liability and potentially shrink your compensatory award – or eliminate it completely. Learning about contributory negligence and the state’s related law could help you… read more