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When Is It Most Dangerous to Ride Your Motorcycle in Virginia?

by Staff Blogger | September 11th, 2020

Riding a motorcycle is never exactly safe. Even the most safety-conscious riders who obey all traffic laws, wear all the right safety equipment, and take all the right precautions can still be seriously injured or even killed in accidents.

That said, there are certain times when riding is more dangerous than others, and if you own a motorcycle, it’s important to know those times and either practice extreme caution or avoid riding altogether:

  • At night—Safe riding is all about being seen by other drivers. If they can’t see you, they can’t avoid you. At night, your bike is illuminated by its headlight, taillights, and brake lights, but those aren’t always enough for other drivers to see you. Ride during daylight hours when possible.
  • In inclement weather—Periods of rain, fog, and snow are dangerous times for anyone on the road, but particularly harrowing for motorcyclists. Rain and snow make road slick, while fog significantly reduces visibility. Save your riding for sunny, clear days.
  • During rush hour—The more vehicles on the road, the more dangers you face when riding. That’s why riding during rush hour, or between the hours of 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., is so dangerous. People are trying to get to work or home, and they aren’t always looking out for motorcyclists.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers help all Virginians who have been hurt in motorcycle crashes that weren’t their fault, regardless of when and where they occur. If you or someone you love was injured, contact us today for a free consultation.

Truck Crashes Are Scrutinized More than Passenger Vehicle Crashes

by Staff Blogger | September 3rd, 2020

In Virginia, there are many laws and rules governing what you can and can’t do on the road when you’re operating a motor vehicle. But those rules are created by the state legislature and enforced by state troopers and local law enforcement officers.

However, the trucking industry is different. In addition to state and local laws and ordinances, people involved in the trucking industry also must abide by federal regulations. Those regulations are created and enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). This organization is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and its mission is to improve the safety of big trucks and everyone who shares the road with them.

That means that when a crash occurs, there is much more evidence to sift through and more facts to check when determining negligence. In addition to things like speeding, driving under the influence, or following too closely, it’s also important to find out if the driver violated rest requirements, if the truck was overloaded, or if maintenance schedules weren’t followed.

If you or someone you love was hurt in a truck accident, it’s absolutely vital that you get an experienced Roanoke truck accident lawyer on your side right away. Without the help of a law firm that knows truck accident claims, there’s a good chance that important facts and evidence will be missed, and that means you may either miss out on the money you’re owed or get far less than what you deserve.

Contact Skolrood Law Firm today for a free consultation. It’s our goal to help you get maximum compensation for your truck accident injuries.

After an Injury, Don’t Trust the Insurance Company

by Staff Blogger | August 27th, 2020

Despite what their multi-million-dollar marketing campaigns might say, insurance companies don’t have your best interests in mind. It only seems that way on occasion when their best interests happen to align with the best interests of the people who they owe money to. And when those interests don’t align, victims end up getting much less money than they’re owed—and sometimes, none at all.

At Skolrood Law Firm, it’s our goal to keep insurance companies honest about the duty they owe to their policyholders and anyone injured by those policyholders. Unfortunately, insurance companies have decades of experience and techniques they use to get out of paying fair settlements. That’s how they report such big profits year after year. But it’s Roanoke personal injury lawyers like us who force them to uphold their end of the bargain.

If you or someone you love was hurt in an accident that wasn’t your fault, you need legal representation on your side. Without it, you’re rolling the dice on your financial recovery. You may get lucky and the insurance company may offer you a fair settlement, but the odds are against you. In addition, if you make even one minor mistake during the claim process, your entire settlement may disappear forever.

Don’t risk being a victim twice. You have too many medical bills and too many lost paychecks on the line to take a chance on getting burned by the insurance company. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation. We want to protect your rights to the money you’re owed, and we have the experience, resources, and track record of success to make it happen.

Get the Facts on Traumatic Brain Injuries

by Staff Blogger | August 20th, 2020

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) accounted for around 30% of all injury-related deaths in the U.S. every year. In 2014 alone, TBIs resulted in 2.5 million emergency room visits, nearly 300,000 hospitalizations, and nearly 57,000 deaths.

The brain is an extremely sensitive and vulnerable organ. TBIs have become much more common over the past century as more and more people drive or ride in vehicles on a daily basis. Even with safety features such as seat belts and airbags, vehicle occupants are still at high risk of TBIs during crashes. In addition, elderly adults are also at high risk of TBIs due to slips and falls.

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons says that around 13.5 million people live with TBI-related disabilities in the U.S. alone, and around 150 people die every day as a result of injuries that cause TBIs. Unfortunately, TBIs are increasing—there was a 53% increase in the number of TBI-related ER visits, hospitalizations, and deaths from 2006 to 2014.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke traumatic brain injury lawyers have helped many victims whose lives have been forever changed by TBIs. We know the challenges that they face, including physical, emotional, cognitive, and financial. It’s our goal to help them get the money they deserve, especially when someone else’s negligence resulted in their injuries.

If you or someone you love suffered a TBI, we want to speak with you. We’ll work hard to prove the injury wasn’t your fault, determine exactly how much money you’re owed, and fight to get you paid. Contact us today for a free consultation.

If You Suspect You’re a Victim of Medical Malpractice, You Need a Lawyer Before It’s Too Late

by Staff Blogger | August 13th, 2020

Virginia has a statute of limitations for personal injuries, including medical malpractice. That statute of limitations is two years from the date the injury occurred. While that may seem like a long time, it can vanish in the blink of an eye—especially after a surgical procedure.

Surgical medical malpractice can be particularly difficult to diagnose or prove, especially while you’re recovering. Many of the complications, side effects, and symptoms you can experience can be chalked up to typical post-surgery sensations and complications. That can make it difficult to have your claims taken seriously by your doctor and especially by the hospital or healthcare facility where the operation took place.

It’s common for medical malpractice victims to be dissuaded from thinking anything went wrong with their procedures. That can cause them to wait months or even years hoping for their symptoms to improve. But in the meantime, they end up getting worse because their procedures caused serious and permanent damage to organs, muscles, tissue, nerves, or other critical body parts.

Then, when they try to file a claim, the statute of limitations has either expired or is about to expire, making it almost impossible for their attorneys to prepare their claims in time. If you suspect medical malpractice, don’t wait to get the help you deserve.

The sooner you contact the Roanoke medical malpractice attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm, the better your chances will be of getting full compensation. We’ll likely have more evidence to prove you were harmed, and we’ll have more time to build your claim. Contact us today for a free consultation.

3 Steps to Take Immediately After an Auto Accident in Virginia

by Staff Blogger | August 6th, 2020

At Skolrood Law Firm, we know that auto accidents are traumatic and confusing. You may find it difficult to concentrate due to the adrenaline and shock from the accident. We also know that most victims don’t respond in a textbook manner after their crashes—but that’s okay. That’s what we’re here for!

However, if you’re able to follow three important steps in the minutes, hours, or days after your crash, you can do a lot to protect your health and your rights to compensation. Those steps include:

  1. Get medical treatment—Never try to “tough out” an injury. Even if you don’t go to the hospital straight from the accident scene via ambulance, it’s important to get checked out by a doctor with hours of the crash at the most. Doing so treats your injuries, prevents them from getting worse, and establishes a record of what happened.
  2. Report the crash to your insurance provider—Regardless of whether you believe you caused the crash or not, you’re still required to report the crash to your insurance company. This is especially important if you have MedPay coverage, as this coverage will kick in whether you’re 100% at fault or 100% not at fault.
  3. Call a lawyer—Virginia’s statute of limitations on personal injury claims is two years from the date they occurred. But more importantly, the limitations on collecting evidence is the amount of time it exists—and that may be just a few days after the crash! The more evidence we can find, the better your chances of winning your case.

These are just a few steps to take. We can help you with more steps and fight to get you the money you deserve when you contact our Roanoke auto accident lawyers. Call today.

What Compensation is Available to Grieving Families after Wrongful Deaths?

by Staff Blogger | July 30th, 2020

The idea of calling a lawyer and going through the process of filing a compensation claim after the death of a loved one can seem out of the question for many people. But as time goes on, it often becomes clear that there’s a significant financial impact of their loss in addition to the emotional impact. When a primary income-earner dies, their loved ones may struggle to pay their everyday living expenses, and that’s when a wrongful death claim can help.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke wrongful death lawyers help families like yours recover compensation for:

  • Medical bills—If your loved one needed medical treatment before passing away, you may have already spent tens of thousands of dollars and be on the hook for even more bills. A wrongful death claim can help you get money to cover those expenses.
  • Lost wages—Whether the deceased was the primary income-earner in your household or simply contributed to your household income, losing their paychecks can be a major financial hit. We can help you get a settlement to replace the money you’ve lost.
  • Pain and suffering—Your family will never be the same after your loss. Losing companionship and a strong familial bond can be difficult for everyone involved, and it can affect life for years to come. We believe this loss should be acknowledged and well compensated.

You wouldn’t pay out of pocket for injuries after an accident that wasn’t your fault, and you shouldn’t have to do so after a death that was caused by someone else’s negligence. Contact us today for a free consultation and to see how we can help you.

Touring a Nursing Home? Beware of These Red Flags.

by Staff Blogger | July 23rd, 2020

Making the decision to move your loved one into a nursing home is never easy. And with the growing population of senior citizens in America, there are more nursing homes to choose from than ever before. That can be both a blessing and a curse, as you may have plenty of options but also be unsure of where to start looking.

For many people, the first consideration is cost. After you’ve narrowed down nursing homes that are in your price range, it’s important to tour them to determine which is right for your loved one. While touring, be on the lookout for the following red flags, which can indicate that residents are receiving less than adequate care:

  • A chaotic environment—Nursing homes are often large facilities with potentially hundreds of residents. Ensuring that they remain harmonious and welcoming places requires proper staffing and training. If a nursing home seems loud, disorganized, and chaotic, look elsewhere.
  • Poor cleanliness—Nursing homes should be extremely neat and clean, especially in common areas. If areas such as offices, entryways, lobbies, outdoor spaces, and other high traffic spots are dirty, it can mean that resident spaces are even more neglected.
  • Disengaged residents—Nursing home residents may vary in age, health, and overall wellness. However, staff should always make efforts to keep residents as engaged, active, and busy as possible by coordinating stimulating activities. Residents who appear bored or disengaged may indicate a nursing home that’s out to make a buck—not provide adequate care.

When nursing homes abuse or neglect residents, Skolrood Law Firm is there to help them and their loved ones get maximum compensation. Contact us today if you believe your loved one was harmed—our Roanoke nursing home abuse lawyers are ready to fight for their rights.

Why Some Insurance Companies Are Biased Against Motorcyclists

by Staff Blogger | July 16th, 2020

It’s a fact that insurance companies want to protect their profits at the expense of people who need settlements and compensation. After all, if insurers paid claims to every deserving victim, they wouldn’t report huge profits year after year, which is almost always the case.

When you combine that fact with the fact that insurance companies are biased against motorcyclists, it’s easy to see what an uphill battle bikers face when they’re injured in crashes that weren’t their fault. But why do insurance companies give motorcyclists unfair treatment? There are a few reasons it happens:

  • They believe stereotypes—Movies, television shows, and other forms of media like to paint everyone who rides a motorcycle as a ruffian or a daredevil. Insurance companies aren’t immune to this stereotype, and they approach such claims with a closed mind.
  • They think motorcyclists caused their own crashes—Because of that stereotype, insurance companies may believe that motorcyclists did something to cause their own crashes. In their minds, adjusters believe that riders were certainly speeding, weaving, or riding recklessly.
  • They don’t want to pay large settlements—Motorcyclists are significantly more likely to suffer serious injuries in crashes than people in passenger vehicles. The worse their injuries, the bigger the potential settlement. Insurers know that, and that’s why they’re even more reluctant to give motorcyclists a fair shake.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we’re privy to the underhanded and unfair tactics insurance companies use when injured motorcyclists need compensation. Our Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers work hard to get riders every penny they deserve. Contact us today if you or someone you love was hurt in a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault.

Never Accept a “Fast” Settlement After a Truck Accident

by Staff Blogger | July 9th, 2020

If you’ve been involved in a truck accident, you know how frightening, painful, and disabling it can be. Big commercial tractor-trailers outweigh even the largest pickup trucks and SUVs by tens of thousands of pounds, making serious injuries in these accidents far more likely to occur than in most other types of collisions.

In addition to the increased risk of injuries, the trucking industry is strictly regulated. When a crash occurs, there’s a good chance at least one party connected to the truck—whether it was the driver, owner, or the company using it—can be held liable. And in many cases, multiple parties may be considered at fault.

Combine that with serious injuries and it means victims are often in line with big paydays. Insurance companies know that, and the last thing they want to do is pay victims the money they’re truly owed. When they know they can’t deny a claim, they seek to reduce it. And the first thing they do is offer victims upfront compensation just days after crashes occur.

It may seem tempting to accept a five-figure or greater settlement without having to call a lawyer, especially when you need compensation right away. But doing so means you can’t pursue additional money down the road. And for many victims, the expenses they face shortly after their accidents are just the beginning.

It’s important to always discuss your crash and your options with an experienced Roanoke truck accident lawyer. Call the legal team at Skolrood Law Firm today to find out your best move. We’re here to help.