Norfolk Motorcycle Crash Case Settles for $61,000

Norfolk Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Norfolk Motorcycle Crash Case Settles for $61,000

It’s the time of year when I like to review some of the more interesting cases I’ve handled and assess the results.  One of my better cases this year concerned a young Navy medical corpsman.  One evening a large SUV (sport utility vehicle, in this case a Cadillac Escalade) pulled out in front of him when he was driving home on his motorcycle.  He tried to avoid a collision, but struck the rear of the Escalade.  The driver of the Escalade admitted fault at the scene and received a ticket for failure to yield right of way.

My client was immediately hospitalized.  He suffered a number of injuries, including multiple transverse fractures of the upper spinal vertebrae.  He stayed at a local Sentara Hospital for seven days.  Even after discharge, he had extreme limitations in his activities.  He ultimately made a full recovery after lots of physical therapy.

Many interesting points can be made about this case.  From the personal injury attorney’s point of view, perhaps the most significant was the issue of liability insurance coverage limits.  My client was allowed to “stack” two policies: the liability coverage from the negligent driver’s policy, and the underinsured coverage from the client’s significantly larger automobile liability policy.  Even though the client’s automobile policy was not a motorcycle policy (he had a motorcycle policy that was much smaller) he was allowed to use it under Virginia law for underinsurance purposes.

Citing Virginia Code section 38.2-2206, I first convinced the negligent driver’s insurance company to tender the limits of the entire insurance policy.  Then I approached my client’s own insurance company and pointed out that they would be responsible for attorney fees if the case went to trial, and sure enough, we got a settlement that my client was happy with.

I think this case show that even when there is clear-cut negligence accompanied by serious bodily injuries, one should always contact an attorney in order to maximize recovery.  To most people, the concepts and laws behind underinsured and uninsured motorist coverage are not familiar.  I would advise every driver to have as much liability insurance as possible and to contact a lawyer if they are injured by another’s negligence in an automobile accident.

Disclaimer: every personal injury case is different; no specific dollar value or results are guaranteed.

Norfolk Attorney Settles Knee Injury Case for $62,600

Norfolk-car-accident-attorneyI am pleased to report that one of my all-time favorite clients accepted a settlement offer in her personal injury claim against a driver who rear ended her small car back in December 2014 in Virginia Beach.  My client is not a rich lady.  She is in her early sixties and works at a local pet supply store.  She is on her feet for much of the work day.

Immediately after the accident, she knew something was wrong.  Initial treatment at the hospital was followed by a course of physical therapy, stem cell injections and eventually, a surgery called a partial meniscectomy (the meniscus is a part of the knee joint often susceptible to traumatic injury).  In the end, my client finds that her remaining pain is managed through injections to the knee itself every few months or so.

One of the things that made this personal injury claim more complicated is that fact that my client already had arthritis in her knee.  If the case had gone to trial, lawyers for the insurance company would have argued that the knee was bad to start with and was going to worse regardless of the accident.  Skeptical jurors might have concluded that car accident in question had little to do with the permanent knee injury.  Fortunately, we were able to negotiate an excellent personal injury settlement with the insurance carrier.

With the financial compensation for her pain and suffering, my client plans to support her daughter and her grandchildren with life’s many expenses, and to save for her retirement.  I will still see her when I stock up on dog food and shampoo.

Disclaimer: every personal injury claim is different and settlement values depend on many factors.  No particular results are guaranteed.

Virginia: Dogs that bit five-year-old child were Belgian malinois

WAVY 10 news reported this Sunday that a dog attack in Chesapeake, Virginia left a five-year-old girl with a bite on her neck that required an airlift to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.  The girl later underwent surgery at CHKD.  According to WAVY, the child and her mother were visiting with friends at the home where the bite happened.  The girl was playing with the dogs prior to the attack.

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Compensation for Virginia Victims of Eugenics Sterilization

Attorney Representation for Virginia Eugenics Sterilization Victims

The Commonwealth of Virginia forcibly sterilized over 7,000 people between 1924 and 1981 under the Eugenical Sterilization Act, claiming that they were either “mentally ill” or “mentally deficient.” In an effort to remedy this historic crime, Virginia law now offers up to $25,000 of compensation to sterilization victims who were alive as of February 1, 2015.

The Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services is developing an application that will require those seeking compensation to prove their claim. Requirements will include proof that the applicant was sterilized at Eastern State Hospital, Southwestern State Hospital, Western State Hospital, Central State Mental Hospital or Virginia Colony for the Epileptic and Feebleminded (Central Virginia Training Center) between 1924 and 1981.

If you or a loved one were sterilized, my law firm will seek maximum compensation in your claim. My office will gather the records and documents needed for your claim and prepare an application package for the DBHDS without any up front charges. Let a licensed Virginia attorney handle your paperwork and deal with the government. Call Atkinson Law at 757-656-3084 for a free consultation.

Medical Malpractice verdict: obstetrician’s negligence caused mother’s death

A jury awarded nearly $2 million to the surviving husband and children of a 26-year-old Chinese national who died in Garden Grove Hospital Medical Center in Orange County, California as a result of postpartum hemorrhaging following the delivery of a child.

Obstetrician Long-Dei Liu was the main defendant, as the hospital settled before trial for over $3 million.  Evidence at trial showed that Liu left the patient when she was not in a medically stable condition, a charge Liu denied.  He testified that he left the hospital without checking the patient’s vital signs.  He did not make a note in her chart that she was stable when he left.

One factor that may have weighed heavily on jurors’ minds was the fact that the deceased, Ling Nie, and her family had travelled to the United States at great expense seeking the best available conditions for the birth of their child, only to suffer a catastrophe.  If you or a loved one is a victim of medical negligence, contact Norfolk medical malpractice lawyer Ed Atkinson to pursue justice for your loss.

Norfolk motorcyclist suffers life-threatening injuries after crash with train in Wards Corner

According to Wavy.com a motorcyclist collided with a train early Monday morning in the Wards Corner neighborhood, leaving him in critical condition. The accident happened around 1:45 a.m. at the 7700 block of Granby Street. The train stopped at that location during an investigation by Norfolk Police Department, but has since moved. The injured man was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

 

If you are injured in an accident, contact Norfolk motorcycle crash lawyer Ed Atkinson to pursue your personal injury or wrongful death claim.  Call 757-656-3084 today.

 

It appears that the train blocked several intersections until around 5:00 am. At the time of this writing, the motorcycle driver was expected to survive. For updates on this story and other serious accident in Norfolk and Hampton Roads, check back here at the Norfolk Virginia Personal Injury Lawyer Blog.

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