Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers Blog
May 30th, 2022
Prescription drugs are supposed to make you feel better by managing your symptoms or even treating the root cause of your illness. But like all products, prescription drugs can put users in danger because of several reasons, including:
- Design flaws—Sometimes, prescription drugs are developed and designed in a way where they are inherently flawed and dangerous to the patients who take them.
- Manufacturing flaws—In other cases, prescription drugs are safe to take, but become dangerous when they are manufactured in a manner that causes them to be tainted or contaminated.
- Packaging flaws—Some patients have been injured by medications because they got the wrong drugs or the wrong dosages due to packing flaws and labeling errors.
When the liability for these errors falls at the feet of big pharmaceutical companies, many injured patients may feel discouraged. The thought of going up against a multi-billion-dollar corporation may seem hopeless, and they may give up on trying to get compensation.
But at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we never back down from a challenge. Whether we’re going up against a small-town insurance company or a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company, we work with one goal in mind: getting fair compensation for our clients.
Contact our Virginia drug injury lawyers today for a free consultation if you or someone you love was harmed by a prescription or over-the-counter drug. We believe that patients should never be hurt by medications that were supposed to help them, and we hold negligent drug companies accountable when it happens.
May 23rd, 2022
After an accident or injury, many people assume that the insurance company will range from uncooperative to downright hostile. Imagine their surprise when the insurance company isn’t just helpful, but offers them a settlement with no strings attached and no questions asked!
As the old saying goes, when something in life seems too good to be true, it probably is. And that’s often the case with unprompted and fast settlement offers. When insurance companies offer settlements without any work from victims, it’s often because they are attempting to minimize their financial hits. They know that if victims hire lawyers who will dig into what they are truly owed, the checks they’re writing will be MUCH larger.
If you get an unsolicited settlement offer from the insurance company either immediately after an accident or injury or while your lawyer is building your claim, don’t accept it. Instead, talk to a lawyer. In rare cases, the amount they’re offering may be fair. But in most cases, it’s a “lowball” offer that will leave you needing more money just months or even weeks later.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we can review all the facts of your accident, including how much money you’re truly owed. From there, we’ll advise you on all settlement offers while continuing to negotiate with the insurance company to get you paid fair and square. Contact our Virginia personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation.
May 16th, 2022
The biggest threat that bicyclists face while riding in Virginia is vehicles. Cars, trucks, and SUVs, not to mention buses and semi-trucks, all pose serious risks to bicyclists. Even low-speed collisions can seriously injure and potentially kill bicyclists, as they may be wearing little to no protection at the time of their crashes.
But vehicles don’t have to be in motion to put bicyclists at risk. They can also cause serious injuries when they’re parked and drivers or passengers open their doors into the paths of bicyclists. This extremely dangerous scenario occurs all the time in urban areas and where street parking is near bike lanes.
This type of injury can be easily avoided when drivers and their passengers take just a few moments to check their mirrors or turn around and see if any vehicles or cyclists are approaching before opening their doors. But vehicle occupants don’t always do this, and when they don’t, they can open their doors directly in the paths of cyclist, putting them at risk of serious injuries.
“Dooring” is a common term for this type of accident, and it’s known to cause cyclists to suffer broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, and even death. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we work hard to help injured cyclists get compensation after accidents caused by negligent drivers and vehicle occupants, including those that occur while their vehicles are stationary.
Contact us today for a free consultation if you or someone you love was injured in a dooring accident. Our Virginia bicycle accident lawyers want to help you get maximum compensation.
May 9th, 2022
Product recalls happen all the time. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration keeps a database of recalled products on its website. This database serves to alert consumers of products that may pose a threat to them or their loved ones.
Thankfully, most product recalls are due to issues that don’t pose serious threats to consumers. But some do, and it’s vital for consumers to stop using them and return them to the stores or manufacturers.
However, potentially dangerous products don’t always get recalled. In some cases, potentially dangerous products remain on store shelves for years or even decades after it’s first determined that they might pose risks to consumers.
When people are injured by defective products, they may search for recall information. If they don’t find it, they may give up on the idea of seeking compensation for their injuries, medical bills, lost wages, and other expenses. But just because a product hasn’t been recalled doesn’t mean that victims can’t get compensation.
A famous recent example involves Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder. The product has been linked to female reproductive cancers, and multiple women and their families were awarded significant compensation while the product was still on store shelves.
Simply put, if you think you were harmed by a product, you need a Virginia defective product lawyer on your side regardless of its recall status. Contact the legal team at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.
May 2nd, 2022
Injuries can happen anywhere and at any time. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, it’s our job to help people who were injured through no fault of their own get full compensation for their damages. However, countless preventable injuries go unreported and never see the light of day in the legal system, and it’s often because victims either don’t want to make a fuss or because they’re unsure if they have valid claims.
Our Virginia personal injury lawyers make it easy to determine if you have a claim. Simply contact us online or by calling our office and telling us what happened to you or loved one. Our consultations are always free, and there’s no obligation to hire us. We’ll review the facts of what happened in your accident or injury, and we’ll determine the strength and overall validity of your potential claim.
If we believe you have a claim, we’ll let you know, and it’s up to you if you want to move forward with our firm or not. In addition to offering free consultations, we also don’t charge for our legal services unless we get money for our clients. That means there’s no risk to contacting our firm or even hiring us, as you’ll never a see a single bill unless you get a compensation check.
If you were hurt because of another person’s or party’s negligence, you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to get an experienced legal opinion on your rights to a settlement. Contact us today for a free consultation and to find out how we can help you during this difficult time.
April 25th, 2022
Statistically, teen drivers are among the most dangerous drivers on the road. Their inexperience, high likelihood of driving while distracted, and greater penchant for risk-taking behind the wheel make them more likely than other age groups to cause accidents. That means that if you’re ever involved in a crash that wasn’t your fault, there’s a good chance the at-fault driver will be a teenager.
Being able to get compensation from at-fault drivers is an important part of Virginia’s legal system, but how does it work when the at-fault driver is a teen? The answer depends on their age. If the teen driver is 18-19 years old, then filing a claim against them works the same way as it does against any other driver, as they’re a legal adult.
If the driver is under the age of 18, filing a claim against them may still work the same way as it does against an adult driver, as it will be handled by their auto insurance provider. This provider is likely the same provider that their parents use. In some cases, injured victims may be able to file claims against the parents of at-fault teens if the parents were aware of their children driving recklessly.
This is common if a child has already been cited for or caused a crash due to reckless and negligent driving. In cases like these, it can be argued that their parents were negligent for still allowing their children to drive or failing to properly supervise them.
If you or someone you love is injured in a crash caused by a teen or any other negligent driver, we want to help. Contact the Virginia car accident attorneys at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers today for a free consultation.
April 18th, 2022
Almost all employers in Virginia required to have valid workers’ compensation insurance. However, not all of them. In an effort to save money, some employers forgo workers’ compensation coverage.
When their employees get hurt on the job, they may worry that they are out of luck when it comes to getting benefits for their medical bills and lost wages. However, the Virginia Workers’ Compensation (VWCC) Commission has an Uninsured Employer’s Fund (UEF) that is designed to provide benefits to injured workers whose employers either didn’t buy coverage or allowed their policies to lapse.
It’s important to note that just because you are eligible for compensation through the uninsured fund doesn’t mean you are guaranteed to get it. All workers’ compensation claims run the risk of being denied, and it’s often because of minor oversights and errors.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, our Virginia workers’ compensation lawyers know how the system works and what the VWCC looks for in claims, whether they are standard claims from injured workers whose employers have coverage or UEF claims. Our years of experience handling a variety of workers’ compensation claims means we know how to not only improve our clients’ chances of approval, but also how to get their claims approved more quickly than if they go it alone.
Contact us today for a free consultation. Workers’ compensation is complex, and there are many roadblocks between injured workers like you and the benefits you’re owed. Let us put our experience to work for you.
April 11th, 2022
Doctors are supposed to be as diligent, detail-oriented, and careful as possible when treating their patients. But all doctors make mistakes. However, some of those mistakes are due to carelessness and negligence.
When it comes to filing medical malpractice claims after negligence causes illness or injury, patients often face two major hurdles. First, they have to prove that their poor outcome was due to negligence and not a rare but possible complication. Second, they have to break through the defenses set up by their doctors, hospitals, and the insurance companies representing those parties.
This can be very difficult. Some injury law firms simply don’t take medical malpractice claims. That can leave victims of medical malpractice feeling even more discouraged, and many feel like it’s hopeless and that they’ll never get any money for their damages.
But at Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we aren’t afraid of the hard work that goes into medical malpractice claims. It’s our goal to help those patients get maximum compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and more.
The next time someone tells you that you can’t win your medical malpractice claim, think of us. We have a proven track record of winning claims for injured patients, and we know what it takes to win. Contact our Virginia medical malpractice lawyers today for a free consultation.
April 4th, 2022
Although the popular image of motorcyclists paints them as being fiercely independent and strong, the reality is that they are very vulnerable on the road and after accidents.
When motorcyclists are involved in crashes, they are much more likely to be injured than people in cars, trucks, and SUVs. And when those same motorcyclists seek compensation for their damages, they’re also more likely to be denied or lowballed by the insurance companies.
At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we believe that motorcyclists should do everything in their power to protect themselves both before and after accidents. That includes:
- Always wearing full safety gear on every ride, no matter how short it is or what type of road you’ll be traveling on
- Riding with the expectation that other drivers don’t see you and never assuming they do
- Being especially cautious when encountering drivers who are turning left, which is one of the biggest risk factors for crashes
- Never accepting the insurance company’s settlement offer after a crash without speaking to a lawyer first
- Calling a lawyer right away after an accident to begin protecting your rights to full compensation
Unfortunately, just as almost all drivers will eventually be involved in an accident, so too will almost all motorcyclists. In fact, there’s a common saying that breaks down motorcyclists into two groups: those who have had accidents and those who will.
If you or someone you love gets hurt on a motorcycle because of someone else’s negligence, we want to help. Contact our Virginia motorcycle accident lawyers today for a free consultation to find out how we can help you get maximum compensation.
March 28th, 2022
Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep-related disorders in the world. It affects millions of Americans, and many sleep apnea patients use CPAP machines to help them sleep. Unfortunately, some of the most common and best-selling sleep apnea machines are linked to serious health problems.
The machines in question were manufactured by Phillips Respironics between 2009 and April 26, 2021. They put users’ health in jeopardy because the foam insulation used to reduce their noise levels can break down. When users attach the machines to their noses and mouths, they can breath in or swallow the broken down foam.
Inhaled or ingested foam can cause many health problems, including:
- Airway irritation or inflammation
- Lung damage
- Many types of cancer
- Respiratory failure
- Liver and kidney disease
- And more
It’s unacceptable for so many sleep apnea patients to have been exposed to these dangers. Phillips has responded to the health risks by telling patients to stop using the affected CPAP or BiPAP machines, while the FDA says that patients who use them should ask their doctors about alternative treatments.
If you or someone you love suffered health problems after using a Phillips CPAP or BiPAP machine, our lawyers want to hear from you. At Lowell Stanley Injury Lawyers, we’re building claims for people who were harmed by these machines that were supposed to improve their health, not harm it. Contact our Virginia defective product lawyers today for a free consultation.