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Blog Posts in January, 2014

  • By: Allan M. Siegel Only July 1, 2013, Virginia's ban on texting while driving went into effect. According to recently released statistics from the Department of Motor Vehicles, the law has been a success. In just the first six months since the law was passed – from July 1 to December 31 – there were 725 texting-while-driving convictions. Nearly half were in Northern Virginia. ...
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  • What is Medical Payments Coverage?

    Posted By CSCS || 15-Jan-2014

    Check your car insurance policy—Do you have medical payments coverage ? Medical payments coverage is coverage a driver in Virginia can purchase which can be used to pay her medical bills in the event she is injured in a motor vehicle collision. A driver can submit her medical bills to her insurance company and request payment in the amount of the bills related to treatment for injuries she ...
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  • Proposed Mental Health Law Changes in Virginia

    Posted By CSCS || 13-Jan-2014

    There have been interesting new potential developments in Virginia's mental health laws in the wake of the Senator Creigh Deeds' tragedy, outlined briefly in this AP story. Since the tragedy at Virginia Tech in 2007, Virginia has placed more emphasis on improving its mental health system with varying degrees of success. One of the most difficult challenges the mental health system faces is ...
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  • In an appeal of great importance involving a charitable entity's ability to escape liability on the basis of charitable immunity, the Supreme Court of Virginia has currently before it the case of Barnett v. The Byrd Theatre Foundation. In that case, a volunteer organ restorer fell from a walk board that was negligently attached and suffered serious injuries. The Theatre raised the defense of ...
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  • What is "Negligence?"

    Posted By CSCS || 7-Jan-2014

    We hear this term and about this concept a lot, but what does it really mean? In Virginia, in order to prove another person was "negligent," a plaintiff must prove that person owed the plaintiff a duty, that that duty was breached, and that that duty proximately caused the plaintiff harm. In most personal injury cases the duty a person owes another person is the duty to use reasonable ...
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  • Proof in the PI Case: A Matter of Relatedness

    Posted By CSCS || 2-Jan-2014

    In a typical personal injury case, as strange as it sounds, reality is of limited use as compared to proof. In other words, if a plaintiff can't prove her injuries were related to her accident, it does not matter what the reality is. It is all about proof. The following is a list of tips for the wise person who unfortunately has just been involved in a motor vehicle collision in Virginia. ...
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