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Blog Posts in November, 2013

  • In order to prevail in a claim against a defendant for negligence, a plaintiff must plead and prove that: The defendant owed him / her a duty; The defendant breached that duty; The plaintiff was harmed; and The nature and extent of the harm. First, the analysis starts with the concept of "duty." Ordinarily this means a person owes a duty of reasonable care to another so as not to cause ...
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  • Contributory Negligence: It's All or Nothing

    Posted By CSCS || 11-Nov-2013

    Virginia is one of the few states left in the country that recognizes the doctrine of contributory negligence. Most other states have some form of "comparative negligence." The doctrine of comparative negligence provides for the finder of fact (the judge or a jury) to measure the negligence of each party and consider that in arriving at a verdict. Contributory negligence in Virginia is ...
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  • Punitive Damages in Drunk Driving Cases

    Posted By CSCS || 6-Nov-2013

    Two types of damages are recoverable in a personal injury action in Virginia: compensatory and punitive. Compensatory damages are designed to compensate the injured person for their injuries—medical bills, pain and suffering and the like. Differently, punitive damages are intended to punish the wrongdoer and to discourage others from the same type of behavior. In cases involving drunk ...
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  • By: Allan M. Siegel A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Concussions are particularly concerning injuries because they are often unpredictable in nature and can have such a profound impact on the lives of victims. The fact that concussions are difficult to diagnose has also created many problems for doctors and patients. A new study being conducted by researchers at the ...
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  • 5 Safety Tips for the Holidays

    Posted By CSCS || 1-Nov-2013

    This is many people's favorite time of the year. The leaves are changing color, family and friends visit, the kids are out of school, a fire crackles in the fireplace, football is on and good food and drink is everywhere. With all of the merriment comes the need for us to employ smart safety strategies to avoid injuries to ourselves, loved ones and strangers. The following are some useful ...
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