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Motorcycle Accident? Don’t Take the Blame.

by Cary Graham | June 22nd, 2017

A motorcycle accident claim in Roanoke isn’t something you should take on alone. Doing so could leave you and your family in a difficult financial situation that you may not be able to pull yourself out of. The problems come right from the start. Proving fault in a motorcycle accident can be tricky, especially if there were no witnesses. Someone with questionable integrity could try to pin the blame on you, even though it was their fault. If the officer at the scene sees it their way, it can make getting fair compensation extremely difficult.

Even if the accident report indicates you were the victim in the accident, you still have a long road ahead dealing with the insurance company. They want you to go away as quickly as possible, so they may throw a decent settlement offer at you soon following your accident. In our experience, these offers won’t cover all of your expenses long-term, nor will they compensate you for lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. Don’t fall for it. Call an experienced motorcycle accident attorney instead.

If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, Skolrood Law Firm may be able to help. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation consultation. Because we ride as well, we know what you’re going through and we’ll do everything within our power to make sure you get full compensation for your injuries. Don’t take on the big insurance company alone. Contact us today.

Two Biggest Mistakes Car Accident Victims Make

by Cary Graham | June 15th, 2017

You’ve been in a serious car accident. You’re injured; you’re scared; and you don’t know where to turn for help. You’re going to get a lot of advice from folks over the next few weeks. The insurance company may be one of them. But how do you know which advice is sound?

Take a minute to learn the two biggest mistakes car accident victims make and then use that as your barometer for any advice you receive.

1) Failing to get proper medical treatment. You need a couple things to fully recover physically after a car accident: time and medical treatment. You should never refuse medical treatment or pass on a scheduled appointment, because doing so could lead to setbacks or further injuries.

2) Dealing with the insurance company alone. Although you might think the insurance company is looking out for your best interests, the fact remains that the insurance company is a business. They make their money by paying out less in claims than they take in in premiums. They have every motivation to pay you less than you deserve for your injury claim if you’ll take it. Without an experienced Roanoke car accident attorney on your side, you might miss out on thousands of dollars that you’ll need to fully recover.

If you’ve been injured, call the car accident attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm today for a free consultation. Because we win only if you win, you know that we’ll be looking out for your best interests. Contact us today.

Seeking Justice for a Wrongful Death

by Cary Graham | June 7th, 2017

If someone you know broke into your home and stole something valuable, you’d do something about it, right? Of course you would. What they did was wrong and they need to be held accountable for it. At the very least, you deserve to have whatever they took from you returned. Unfortunately, for the families of a wrongful death victim, what has been taken can never be returned.

If you’ve lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, you and your family may need substantial financial support going forward. You’ve lost more than a loved one. You’ve lost a contributor to your family. Their future potential has been taken from you and your family, leaving you in a tough financial position. At the Skolrood Law Firm, we hold individuals and organizations accountable for carelessly taking the lives of others. That means seeking maximum financial compensation for the victims’ families.

Your family has been through a traumatic experience, and we wish we could say it’ll get easier soon. The reality is you never fully recover from this type of loss, but in time you will heal. Focus on that. Let us focus on getting your loved one justice. Call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation. Our experienced Roanoke wrongful death attorneys will fully investigate your loved one’s death and work to get you and your family the financial compensation you deserve.

You don’t have to go through this alone. Contact us today.

The Financial Toll of a Trucking Accident

by Cary Graham | June 1st, 2017

Trucking accidents are some of the worst types of cases we handle. Big trucks can weigh up to 80,000 lbs. In comparison, the average car weighs only 4,000 lbs. The damage a semi-truck can inflict on a person is significant. If you were fortunate enough to survive a trucking accident in Roanoke, you know firsthand the long road to recovery.

Beyond your physical injuries, you have substantial financial concerns to deal with. From medical expenses to time out of work, the financial toll this accident is going to have on your family isn’t entirely clear at this point, but you know that it could bankrupt you in the end. That’s why it’s important that you have an experienced Roanoke truck accident attorney on your side looking out for your best interests.

You can’t expect the insurance company to play fair, nor can you depend on the trucking company to live up to their responsibilities. At Skolrood Law Firm, we help accident victims just like you go after maximum compensation for your injuries, no matter how long it takes. Getting money for what you’ve been through is one of the most important parts of your recovery, and we’re ready to help you do it.

Contact us today for a free consultation. We’ll review your case for free with no obligation to you. Call us today.

Second Chances Are Important.

by Cary Graham | May 25th, 2017

Second chances are important. They remind us that most things can be put right given an opportunity. At the Skolrood Law Firm, we do our best every day to give our clients the second chance they deserve. Most folks who come to us for help are in pretty bad shape. They’ve been seriously injured in a car accident and need someone to help them take the right steps toward recovery. We do that by going after the maximum compensation for their injuries so they can begin putting their lives back together.

In our experience, the insurance company doesn’t believe in second chances. Don’t believe us? You will once you sign a settlement agreement for too little and have to go back to them for more money. We’ll save you the suspense–you’re not going to get any more.  You’ve legally signed away your rights for future compensation. That’s why it’s so important that you have an experienced car accident lawyer fighting on your behalf.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, give us a call today for a free, no-obligation consultation. Our Roanoke car accident attorneys will fight to get you maximum compensation so you get the second chance you deserve. Don’t try to go it alone. Contact us today.

The Best Form of Advertising for Personal Injury Lawyers

by Cary Graham | May 18th, 2017

Back in the day, phone book ads were the way to go for any local business. If you were going to be successful, you had to have an ad in “the book.” Otherwise, how would anyone know who you were or how to get in touch with you? With the advent of technology, that necessity has been replaced with websites, social media ads, and email campaigns, but the idea remains. If you own a business, you need to let people know about it.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we do a fair amount of advertising on television, online, and even billboards here and there. We get a lot of clients through these marketing channels, but we wouldn’t say they are our most meaningful method of securing new clients. That honor goes to client referrals, and over the years, we’ve received quite a few.

We love referrals for two reasons. From a practical standpoint, they don’t cost anything. But more important, they speak directly to our effectiveness as personal injury lawyers in Roanoke. When we get a referral, it means we did such a great job with a previous client that they recommended us to someone they care about. That’s high praise for any business, and we’re grateful for every one we get.

If you’ve been injured, call a law firm whose past results speak for themselves. Contact our experienced Roanoke personal injury lawyers today for a free consultation. We’re ready to help.

Medical Injury? Know Your Options

by Cary Graham | May 8th, 2017

There are risks involved in any medical treatment. Even a routine doctor’s visit can lead to life-threatening complications. Those risks are compounded in the operating room. That’s why there are strict rules to protect the safety of patients and why so many doctors and surgeons carry medical malpractice insurance. They know there’s a chance their mistakes might one day cause injury to one of their patients.

If you feel like you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice, you should consider calling an attorney to better understand your options. The fact that the medical professional or hospital  likely has insurance to compensate medical malpractice victims should be enough to convince you that the financial help you need may be available to you. However, securing compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and more can be extremely difficult on your own. You need an experienced attorney fighting on your behalf to give you the best chance of receiving maximum compensation.

Call our experienced Roanoke medical malpractice attorneys today for a free, no-obligation consultation. We’ll investigate the cause of your injuries and fight to get you the compensation you deserve. You don’t have to go through this alone. Contact us today.

Hiring a Lawyer Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive

by Cary Graham | May 4th, 2017

Lots of folks still believe hiring a lawyer after a car accident is too expensive. We’re not sure where this misconception comes from, but it exists nonetheless. In truth, hiring a lawyer does cost money, but not usually upfront. In fact, at Skolrood Law Firm, you won’t pay us anything until we get money for you. We earn our fee from the insurance settlement. That means from the time you call us to the moment before the insurance company cuts your check, you have no costs. Our job is to go after the compensation that you deserve, not to nickel and dime you along the way.

So why do you need an attorney? In our opinion, an experienced Roanoke car accident attorney gives you the best chance of getting the maximum compensation for your injuries. That’s money you’re going to need for medical expenses, lost wages, and more. Going it alone means you’re at the mercy of whatever the insurance company decides to give you, and in our experience, that’s way less than you deserve.

That’s why if you’ve been injured in a car accident, you should give us a call today for a free, no-obligation consultation. After getting your questions answered, if you don’t feel like it’s a good fit, we’ll shake hands, wish you luck, and you won’t owe us a dime. However, if you do want our help, we’ll provide it at no initial cost to you. Again, if we don’t win your case, you will owe us nothing. So what do you have to lose? Contact us today.

Road Hazards vs. Other Drivers

by Cary Graham | April 27th, 2017

Motorcyclists’ lives depend on how quickly they can respond to threats on the road. No matter what type of road they find themselves on, they must watch for potholes, debris, and other hazards. Fortunately, road hazards lack the ability to think. You’ll never see a pothole decide at the last second to move a few feet to the left, nor will gravel jump from the shoulder into the middle of the road on a whim. That’s why road hazards are for the most part manageable. Other drivers are a different story.

At Skorood Law Firm, we’ve handled a number of motorcycle accident cases over the years that could easily have been avoided if a careless driver had been paying attention. From pulling out in front of riders at intersections to failing to look before changing lanes, these incidents have resulted in serious injuries, even death. Believe us when we say, you don’t want that on your conscience. If you drive in Roanoke, you have the ability to take or save a life. Be alert and share the road.

And if you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, give us a call for a free, no-obligation consultation. We’re ready to hear your story and put our legal experience to work for you. We’ll do everything within our power to maximize your injury claim, so that you can start putting your life back together. Don’t go it alone. Contact us today.

Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect in Virginia

by Cary Graham | April 20th, 2017

There are some wonderful nursing home facilities in Virginia, providing compassionate and consistent care to our aging community. That’s how it should be. Older generations deserve to live in a facility that cares for their needs while upholding their dignity all along the way. At Skolrood Law Firm, we wish every facility in Virginia lived up to that high standard, but unfortunately, that’s simply not the case.

It only takes one disgruntled employee or ill-conceived policy to cause significant harm to a nursing home resident, and it can happen at any facility at any time. If you suspect your aging loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, the worst thing you can do is nothing. It’s important to take appropriate action to ensure your loved one is safe and out of harm’s way. That’s step one. Step two is calling an experienced Roanoke nursing home attorney to better understand your rights.

If a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, contact us today for a free consultation. Our experienced legal team can help your loved one seek compensation for their injuries. We believe nursing homes should be held accountable for the harm they inflict on residents, and we’re ready to stand up for your loved one right now. Contact us today.