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May Ampersand Award Goes to Hopewell Girl Scout Troop 2

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This month we would like to recognize Hopewell Girl Scout Troop 2, for their beautification and environmental stewardship work. These young women used their artistic talent to paint some of the storm drains near schools in Hopewell. These storm drains may go unnoticed on a regular basis, but these drains are one way in which the homes and property of Hopewell residents are protected. These storm drains divert potentially hazardous amounts of water from overcoming sidewalks and washing out roads.... Read More >


May 25, 2017 @ 2:22 pm

Coach Steve Kerr’s Complicated Back Injury

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It is unfortunate that Golden State’s coach, Steve Kerr has had so much difficulty with a back injury procedure that is typically performed without complications.  In our law practice, each year we see clients with chronic neck and spine injuries from auto accidents and “slip and fall” accidents. For many of them, the procedure discussed in this WSJ article has been remarkably successful. Discectomies and micro-discectomies are performed hundreds, if not thousands, of times every day across the country.  A small percentage... Read More >


May 19, 2017 @ 2:37 pm

What is Radiculopathy?

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A large percentage of automobile accidents include whiplash injuries. Whiplash is a layman’s term. It is more descriptive of the mechanism of injury than it is medically diagnostic. The sudden forward and backward jerking of the head in an automobile accident can put extreme strain on the spine and cause permanent injury, which sometimes requires surgical repair. Medical descriptions of this type of spine injury are more meaningful when the anatomy of the spine is understood. Many of our clients... Read More >


May 17, 2017 @ 10:53 am

Happy National Nurses Week

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Every year around this time we celebrate national nurses week in honor of Florence Nightingale’s birthday on May 12. Nurse Nightingale is known as the “founder of modern nursing” for the way she tended to wounded soldiers in unsanitary conditions during the Crimean War, improving sanitary nursing practices that helped reduce the death count tremendously. Nurses play an important role in the treatment of the sick and injured. They spend more time with patients than physicians during acute situations and... Read More >


May 10, 2017 @ 3:22 pm

Why is subrogation important to Virginia claimants?

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Injury victims are not the only ones who suffer financial losses in personal injury cases. In many cases, their health insurers have to pay accident-related medical expenses. It should come as no surprise, therefore, when health insurance companies want to share in the compensation their policy holders receive from whoever injured them. Those health insurers are sometimes entitled to be repaid under a principle known as subrogation and its related right of reimbursement. This article discusses a few situations where... Read More >


May 03, 2017 @ 11:53 am

Why I Stand by the Oxford Comma

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“For want of a comma, we have this case.” So begins the recent twenty-nine-page 1st Circuit Court of Appeals decision in the case of O’Connor v. Oakhurst Dairy. For those of us who lament the modern trend of omitting the serial, or Oxford, comma, the Oakhurst Dairy case is an interesting story about how the absence of a simple punctuation mark could cost a dairy in Maine upwards of ten million dollars. The dispute, which should have been straightforward, concerns... Read More >


Apr 21, 2017 @ 10:58 am

Dustin Johnson Withdraws From Masters Golf Tournament

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People are asking whether Dustin Johnson has a personal injury case from the slip and fall injury  he suffered in his rental home as he prepared for the Masters Golf Tournament this weekend. We thought it would be interesting to look at the issues a case like his might present were it to happen here in Virginia. The issues fall into three categories – whether Johnson’s landlord is liable for his injuries, the nature of damages Johnson might be entitled... Read More >


Apr 07, 2017 @ 4:42 pm

Burnett & Williams Welcomes Attorney Matthew E. Bass

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LEESBURG, VA – We are pleased to announce that Matthew E. Bass is joining Burnett & Williams as a new attorney in its  Leesburg office. After five years of general practice, with an increasing focus on plaintiff representation, Bass now shifts his focus to exclusively representing victims of personal injury at the personal injury firm of Burnett & Williams. Asked about the change, Bass said, “I am excited to join some of the best personal injury lawyers in Virginia at a firm that... Read More >


Apr 04, 2017 @ 9:45 am