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INTRODUCTION Our clients in a recent auto accident case were trying to help a friend when a horrific crash nearly cost them their lives and their life savings. Many, if not most, of the auto injury cases we deal with involve difficult issues of Virginia insurance law that could not be resolved without years of personal injury law experience. Serious injuries from auto and truck crashes that result in hospitalization will quickly rack up tens of thousands in medical bills,... Read More >

Jul 26, 2017 @ 3:29 pm

Is a personal injury settlement or verdict taxable?

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Generally a personal injury settlement or verdict is not taxable. Personal injury settlements are usually exempted from Federal and State taxes. IRS Publication 4345 states that settlements received for personal physical injuries are not considered to be income for the taxation purposes. The objective in any personal injury case is to make the injured party whole. As the result of being in an accident, the injured party usually suffers medical expenses, lost wages, along with pain and suffering. The settlement... Read More >

Jul 13, 2017 @ 1:39 pm

Underage Drinking Laws in Virginia

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Summer is here and school is out.  Whether it’s the weather, the urge to finish off high school years with a bang, the freedom of the college years, or simply the feeling of being young and invincible, studies suggest that first-time use of most substances, including alcohol, peaks during the summer months of June and July.  It is no secret that with a national drinking age of 21, millions of young people across the country imbibe alcohol illegally on a... Read More >

Jul 06, 2017 @ 8:16 am


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With July 4 celebrations just around the corner—and using one of our cases to illustrate the point—we remind everyone how dangerous fireworks can be, especially when combined with alcohol and jealousy. This case involved a backyard barbecue, the quintessential American celebration of Independence Day. The hosting couple spent long hours preparing for the celebration. Food was prepared, coolers were filled, decorations were hung, and fireworks were purchased. Now the fireworks they bought were not the usual sparklers and pinwheels enjoyed... Read More >

Jun 30, 2017 @ 9:46 am

National Bring Your Dog to Work Day 2017

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Not all employees need a specific day that allows them to bring their dog to work. In our constant change in workplace, more companies are making bring your dog to work day an everyday thing. “According to the Society of Human Resource Management, 7 percent of employers now allow pets to come to work with their owners. That’s up from 5 percent five years ago.” (Noguchi) Mars, Google, Build-A-Bear, GoDaddy and Amazon are some of the country’s most widely known... Read More >

Jun 23, 2017 @ 5:34 am


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NPR recently examined a study from the Journal of Pediatrics which revealed that 43% of children who died in a car crash between the years of 2010-2014 were not properly restrained. Another statistic from the study showed that 20% of children who were involved in a fatal car accident were not wearing a seatbelt properly, if at all. In spite of education on car seat safety provided by numerous organizations like Safe Kids Worldwide, the fatalities associated with improper restraint are still too high. LEARN MORE... Read More >

Jun 21, 2017 @ 3:14 pm

3 Common Traffic Law Myths

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1. “I want an attorney to get this charge off my record.” In my former life focusing primarily on criminal and traffic defense, it seemed that around 50% of my intake phone calls began with some variation of the following: “The reason I’m calling a lawyer is that I just want this charge off my record.”  That would, of course, be a convenient result for pretty much everyone faced with a traffic charge.  The reality, however, is that just because... Read More >

Jun 13, 2017 @ 6:39 pm

Claims Against Personal Injury Recoveries

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We previously wrote about federal laws that allow health insurance companies to use subrogation to force injury victims to reimburse them from money they receive from whoever injured them. The most well-known federal subrogation laws are the Federal Employees Health Benefits Act (FEHBA) and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). These laws are potent weapons for health insurance companies who want to freeride on injured policy holders who take the effort to obtain financial recoveries from the people who... Read More >

Jun 07, 2017 @ 9:18 pm