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Why Do You Need an Attorney After Medical Malpractice?

by Staff Blogger | December 7th, 2017

Medical malpractice is a term used to describe a wide variety of negligent mistakes that healthcare providers can make, including misdiagnosis, surgical errors, and medication errors. Victims of medical malpractice may experience severe health complications, and some instances of medical malpractice are fatal. Victims and their families can file claims for compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering, but they often face uphill battles—especially when they’re going up against large hospitals and their networks.

At Skolrood Law Firm, it’s our goal to help victims and their families get the money they deserve when they’re harmed by a medical professional’s mistake. A Roanoke medical malpractice lawyer works to maximize victims’ chances of receiving favorable outcomes by:

  • Collecting evidence that proves negligence All successful medical malpractice claims start with proof. Without evidence or proof that a doctor, surgeon, or hospital made a mistake that put your health at risk, it will be difficult to get a fair settlement.
  • Handling paperwork and meeting deadlines on your behalf – If your health was jeopardized by a medical professional, all you want is to get better. The last thing you should have to worry about is filling out paperwork and collecting documents. Let us handle that while you focus on recovery.

Don’t wait another day to get the experienced and proven legal representation you deserve for your medical malpractice claim. We have a track record of success, and we know what it takes to get the results you need. Call today for a free consultation.

Winter Driving Safety Tips

by Staff Blogger | November 30th, 2017

Winter is almost here, and that means roads throughout Virginia will become slick and icy. Loss of traction is one of the biggest causes of auto accidents, so it’s important to prepare yourself and your vehicle for driving in inclement weather.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke car accident attorneys know that the risks of car crashes increase when the weather is bad—especially when it affects roadways. Rain, snow, fog, and ice are all common during the winter months, and knowing how to drive in those conditions can help you avoid accidents.

Here are a few tips you can follow to keep yourself and your loved ones safe:

  • Check your tires. Your tires are the most vital components on your vehicle in all weather, but especially during winter weather. Make sure they are properly inflated, and replace them immediately if they appear worn or damaged.
  • Replace burned out lights. Lights are also critical when visibility is reduced, which is common during rain, snow, sleet, and fog. Check your lights frequently and replace them as soon as they begin to dim or burn out.
  • Don’t panic if you lose traction. Losing traction when driving over wet or icy spots can be scary, but it’s important to stay calm. Take your foot off the gas or brake, keep your hands on the wheel, and allow your vehicle to coast until you regain control.

Unfortunately, other drivers remain one of the primary causes of accidents, and they don’t always follow those safety tips. If you or someone you love was hurt in a crash that was caused by another driver, we’re here to help. Call today for free consultation.

We Uphold Nursing Home Patient Rights

by Staff Blogger | November 23rd, 2017

Whether due to age or health conditions, nursing home patients can be extremely vulnerable. Their loved ones make the decision to move them into nursing facilities to give them the best care possible when they’re no longer capable of living independently. And while most nursing homes provide excellent care, some are understaffed or underbudgeted—and that can lead to poor treatment of residents, including abuse and neglect.

Virginia protects nursing home patients by granting them a bill of rights. All nursing home patients and their families should receive a copy of those rights when they arrive at the facility. Those rights include:

  • The right to expect to be cared for in a way that enhances quality of life.
  • The right to be informed about services and fees in writing.
  • The right to manage one’s own money or to decide who will manage one’s finances.
  • The right to be informed of health status, medical care options, and medication.
  • The right to refuse any care or treatment.
  • The right to privacy and to keep personal property and belongings.

When a Roanoke nursing home abuse lawyer looks into cases of suspected nursing home abuse or neglect, they’ll collect evidence to help us determine if and when patients’ rights were violated. Once we’ve established proof, we work hard to help victims and their loved ones get maximum compensation.

If you suspect nursing home abuse or neglect, don’t wait to get your loved one the help they deserve. Call today for a free consultation.

3 Reasons to Act Fast After an Auto Accident

by Staff Blogger | November 16th, 2017

At Skolrood Law Firm, we know that many auto accident victims are disoriented, frightened, and hurting after crashes. Their priority is making sure that they and their loved ones are okay. Worrying about how insurance companies will view their injuries or their injury claims is often the furthest thing from their minds.

Our Roanoke car accident lawyers are dedicated to taking as much stress off the shoulders of auto accident victims as possible, and it’s our job to do the heavy lifting while our clients focus on getting better. But we also know that clients who act quickly after their crashes often have better outcomes. Here’s why:

  1. Evidence can disappear. Everything from traffic camera footage to crash debris to reliable memories of what happened can all fade or disappear in the days and weeks after a crash.
  2. Injuries can worsen or change. It’s important to visit a doctor or go to a hospital immediately after an accident. In addition to treating your injuries, a healthcare professional can also rule out internal injuries and create a medical record related to the accident.
  3. Statutes of limitations can expire. Auto accident injury claims have a limited shelf life. If you wait too long to contact an attorney and file a claim, you may lose your chance to do so.

Calling a lawyer may not be high on your list of priorities when you’re still recovering from an accident, but having a legal advocate on your side can help you handle the insurance company while you focus on getting better. Call today for a free consultation.

Don’t Ride Without the Right Safety Gear

by Staff Blogger | November 9th, 2017

It’s hard to beat the sense of freedom, independence, and sheer exhilaration that riding a motorcycle can bring. Whether you ride for pleasure or as your primary method of transportation, you know that traveling on two wheels in open air is a distinctly different experience than traveling in a car, truck, or SUV.

Unfortunately, for all the perks of motorcycles, there are also some significant downsides—with the biggest being the lack of safety features. Motorcycle accidents are extremely dangerous and have a high risk of causing disabling and even life-threatening injuries, but riders can reduce their risks by wearing the right safety gear.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Virginia motorcycle accident attorneys have helped many motorcycle accident victims over the years, and we know the ones with the best prognosis after crashes are those who wear the following gear:

  • Industry-approved helmet: Whether it’s DOT, ECE 22.05, or Snell-approved, make sure your helmet passes industry safety guidelines.
  • Riding jacket and pants: Road rash is one of the biggest threats riders face during accidents, and thick jackets and pants designed for riding protect the skin from contact with asphalt, pavement, or gravel.
  • Boots and gloves: Road rash isn’t the only concern during accidents for riders. They can even lose fingers and toes. Highly durable boots and gloves protect skin, bones, and digits during crashes.

Safety gear can significantly reduce the risk of injuries, but it can’t eliminate it. If you or someone you love was hurt in a motorcycle crash that was caused by someone else’s negligence, we’re here to help. Call today for a free consultation.

Common Oversights That Cause Truck Accidents

by Staff Blogger | November 2nd, 2017

Although the trucking industry is tightly regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), not all truck drivers, companies, and owners abide by its strict guidelines. Maximizing profits often means ignoring some of the industry’s most important safety restrictions. That can put everyone on the road at risk, including truck drivers and other motorists and their passengers.

If you were injured in a truck accident, a truck accident attorney at Skolrood Law Firm is here for you. We know that almost everyone in the trucking industry can play a role in accidents and that many crashes involve negligent acts or oversights such as:

  • Intoxicated or impaired driving – The FMCSA strictly regulates both alcohol and drug use in the trucking industry. Drivers who get behind the wheel while under the influence are dangers to themselves and to others.
  • Negligent truck maintenance – Truck owners are responsible for keeping their vehicles in good condition and regularly servicing parts such as brakes and tires. When they fail to do so, trucks can be more difficult to drive, and drivers may lose control.
  • Lack of driver training – The FMCSA requires that truck drivers hold valid commercial driver’s licenses and complete training courses with a minimum number of hours behind the wheel. But to quickly onboard new drivers, some trucking companies overlook those requirements.

With many years of experience investigating truck accidents and pursuing compensation claims for victims, our legal team knows how to identify negligent practices on behalf of truck drivers, owners, and companies. If you or someone you love was hurt in a truck accident, we’re here to help. Call today for a free consultation.

How Can Truck Drivers Cause Tractor Trailer Accidents?

by Staff Blogger | October 26th, 2017

When a big rig is involved in a crash, there can be many contributing factors. Another driver may have pulled out in front of it, the trucking company may have overloaded the truck, the truck owner may have failed to perform routine maintenance, or the road conditions may have been dangerous.

And while those are all common factors of truck accidents, driver error remains one of the leading causes of tractor trailer crashes. Driving a truck that’s 50-feet in length and weighs up to 80,000 pounds requires concentration, focus, and intensive training. In addition to those requirements, truck drivers are also under pressure to make their deliveries on time.

Unfortunately, some truck drivers engage in dangerous driving behaviors to meet industry demands. Many truck accidents are caused by the following two industry violations:

  • Driving while fatigued – Truck drivers are limited in the number of hours they can drive per week or without taking a day off or stopping to rest. If they exceed those limitations, they can put themselves and others at risk.
  • Driving while impaired – Truck drivers also may use intoxicating substances, including alcohol, drugs, and some prescription medications while they’re behind the wheel. Those substances can impair their driving abilities, making them more prone to causing crashes.

When a Virginia truck accident lawyer helps people who were hurt in tractor trailer crashes, they gather evidence that helps prove the truck driver, company, or owner was at fault. Then, they do everything they can to help the client get compensation.

If you or someone you love was hurt in a truck accident, don’t wait another minute to get the legal representation you deserve. Call Skolrood Law Firm today for a free consultation.

Compensation Available for Medical Malpractice Victims

by Staff Blogger | October 19th, 2017

When you go to a clinic or hospital, you expect your healthcare provider to accurately diagnose your condition and create an effective treatment plan to manage your symptoms and help you get better. Unfortunately, some patients leave healthcare facilities in worse shape than when they arrived. Being injured or developing an illness after being treated by a doctor, surgeon, or other healthcare professional is devastating.

At Skolrood Law Firm, it’s our goal to help victims of medical malpractice. If you or someone you love were injured because of a medical professional’s error or negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for:

  • Medical bills – Extended hospital stays, revision surgeries, physical rehabilitation, and prescription medications are just some of the medical expenses you might face.
  • Lost wages – If you were hurt or developed an illness at a clinic or hospital, you may be out of work for a long time—and that means you’re not getting the paycheck your family depends on.
  • Pain and suffering – Being injured by a healthcare provider can be traumatic. We’ll make sure the hospital, clinic, and insurance company know how the event affected your life.

If you suffered an injury or illness because of medical malpractice, a  Virginia medical malpractice lawyer wants to help. You shouldn’t have to worry about filling out paperwork or the red tape that those claims often entail. Let us handle that on your behalf, so you can focus on getting better. Call today for a free consultation.

Don’t Become a Daylight Saving Time Statistic.

by Staff Blogger | October 12th, 2017

For many people, rolling back their clocks in the fall is a welcome relief. It means an extra hour of sleep and earlier sunrises, making it easier to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to take on the day. However, gaining an hour in the morning also means an earlier sunset in the evening. And while that may seem like a minor inconvenience, studies have shown that it can lead to an increase in car accidents.

With daylight saving time set to end at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 5, there’s still plenty of time to prepare yourself and your loved ones for the potentially dangerous Monday that will follow. Two steps you and those close to you can take to reduce your risks of being involved in accidents include:

  • Turning on your headlights. Because the sun will set an hour earlier than usual, be sure to turn on your headlights, especially during your commute home in the evening. That will make your vehicle more easily visible to other drivers.
  • Avoiding distractions. Drivers may be more likely to be intoxicated immediately after the end of daylight saving time. Avoiding distractions can help you stay alert and drive defensively in case you encounter an impaired driver.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we know that the beginning and end of daylight saving time are just two of many common causes of auto accidents.

If you or someone you love were hurt in a crash that was caused by another driver, don’t wait to get help you need. Call our Virginia auto accident attorneys today for a free consultation.

How Can a Lawyer Help You after an Auto Accident?

by Staff Blogger | October 5th, 2017

After a crash, you’re probably thinking about getting better and getting back to work. However, your your ability to return to work will depend on the severity of your injuries. Serious injuries require expensive medical treatments, and you may be unable to afford them if they keep you from working.

Having an experienced Virginia auto accident lawyer on your side is important for two reasons:

  1. It helps you focus on your recovery. Car accident injuries can be life-changing. Even minor injuries can take weeks, months, or years to fully recover from, and you may need physical therapy to achieve your recovery goals. You shouldn’t have to worry about the red tape involved with filing an accident claim while you’re getting better.
  2. It helps you maximize your chances of getting compensation. The insurance company may offer you a settlement after the crash, but it may not be enough to cover your medical bills and lost wages. An experienced legal team is able to negotiate on your behalf to help you get the money you deserve.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we know what it takes to build winning claims and to give our clients the peace of mind they need during the recovery process. Don’t wait to get the help you deserve. Call today for a free consultation.