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The Problem Lurking Just Below the Surface

by Cary Graham | February 23rd, 2017

If you own a home, you know that some problems start so far below the surface that by the time you discover the damage, it’s too late. From leaky pipes to a crack in the foundation, a simple issue can turn into a financial nightmare quicker than you can say “homeowner’s insurance.”

It’s similar with car accident claims. A simple car wreck can end up costing you and your family tens of thousands of dollars, if not more. The problem is two-fold. First of all, it’s really hard to estimate how much your accident is going to cost you. How much medical treatment are you going to need? Will you need follow-up visits? If so, how many? Believe us when we say the costs can sneak up on you.

Secondly, you only get one chance to get it right with the insurance company. In our experience, their first settlement offer will be low, and if you take it they are off the hook for any future payments. In short, you may get stuck holding the bills.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, don’t wait to get the help you need until it’s too late. Call our experienced Roanoke car accident attorneys today for a free consultation. We’ll look into your case at no cost or obligation. You’ve got nothing to lose by giving us a call. Contact us today.

Medical Malpractice: Don’t Get Stuck Holding the Bills

by Cary Graham | February 16th, 2017

There are thousands of medical malpractice claims filed every year in the United States. Why? Medical professionals aren’t perfect. No one is. They make mistakes just like everyone else. But unfortunately, their mistakes often lead to serious health complications, which can require additional medical attention. That medical attention can be extremely expensive, which is why claims are filed to protect the patient from having to shoulder the financial burden.

You might think suing a medical professional or a hospital for medical malpractice isn’t necessary, but in our experience, it is. A medical mistake can result in tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills, lost wages, and more. If you decide not to pursue a medical malpractice claim, you and your family could be left holding the bills. That might be fine if you have an extra hundred thousand dollars in the bank to pay for other peoples’ mistakes, but most of us don’t.

That’s why you should call an experienced Roanoke medical malpractice attorney to protect your rights to compensation. At Skolrood Law Firm, we help victims of medical malpractice get the compensation they need to fully recover and move on from their injuries. We’ll fully investigate the cause of your condition and hold the responsible parties accountable. You don’t have to go through this alone. Contact us today.

A Demand for Something Due

by Cary Graham | February 9th, 2017

So, you find yourself filing a personal injury claim. What is a claim anyway? Well, the definition is pretty revealing. According to Merriam-Webster, a claim is “a demand for something due” or “a right to something.” As an accident victim, you may be due certain compensation for what you’ve been through, and you have a right to go after it.

That’s where we come in. At Skolrood Law firm, we fight to get our clients what they are due. For many past clients, that has meant thousands, even millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts. For example, we secured a $1,136,000 verdict for a woman who suffered multiple arm fractures and a $1,700,000 verdict for a man who suffered a leg injury. These astonishing results demonstrate our experience in maximizing injury claims, and we’re ready to do the same for you.

If you’ve been injured, call our experienced Roanoke personal injury attorneys today for a free consultation. We’ll review your case at no cost or obligation to you. If we take your case, we’ll do so on a contingency fee basis, which means you won’t pay any fees unless we win money for you. Getting the money you deserve starts with a single phone call. Contact us today.

The Insurance Company Isn’t Scared of You

by Cary Graham | February 2nd, 2017

Let’s face it. Insurance companies aren’t scared of a fight. Why? Because they usually have the advantage. Every day, car accident victims try to handle their own injury claims, which is exactly what the insurance company wants. The reality is, it’s extremely difficult for an accident victim to determine what their car accident is actually worth, so they often take whatever the insurance company is offering. In our experience, that amount is often way less than what they’ll need to fully recover from their injuries, which means they could be out thousands of dollars before it’s all over.

To make matters worse, the at-fault driver has a clear advantage over you from the start. More than likely, their insurance company will provide them with an experienced attorney to represent them in court. If you think your insurance company will do the same for you, think again. Your insurance company has no skin in the game and therefore has no reason to provide you with legal counsel. You are on your own.

Thankfully, there’s a law firm in Roanoke that will handle your case for free until they win your case. At Skolrood Law Firm, we offer a contingency fee arrangement for all of our car accident clients. That means if we don’t win your case, you won’t pay us anything. In addition, we’ll review your case for free in our initial consultation whether or not you end up becoming a client.

If you’ve been injured, getting the legal help you need has never been easier. Call our Roanoke car accident attorneys today for your free consultation. You’ve been through enough. It’s time that you get what you deserve.

Making the Trucking Industry Safer for Everyone

by Cary Graham | January 26th, 2017

The trucking industry keeps America moving. Don’t believe it? Take a moment to look around the room. Chances are 90% of what you see was at one time transported on a truck. Without the trucking industry, society as we know it would be much different.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we have a great deal of respect for the truck drivers who spend countless hours out on the road for our benefit. That statement might seem odd coming from a law firm that handles big truck accidents, but in actuality, it’s not. We handle big truck accidents for two reasons. First of all, individuals injured by a big truck deserve the best legal representation possible when considering their injury claim. Without that, they may inadvertently settle for far less than they deserve, potentially putting their financial future in jeopardy. Our truck accident attorneys help ensure they get the complete compensation they deserve for their injuries.

Secondly, we handle big truck accidents to help make the industry even safer. When trucking companies put fatigued drivers out on the road or push inexperienced drivers too far in the interests of profits, everyone loses. By handling big truck accidents, we keep safety at the forefront of trucking companies’ minds, and that makes the roads safer for everyone.

If you’ve been injured by a tractor-trailer, call our experienced Roanoke truck accident attorneys today for a free consultation. You deserve to get maximum compensation for what you’ve been through. Let us put more than 30 years of experience to work for you.

Two Reasons We Handle Brain Injury Cases

by Cary Graham | January 19th, 2017

The brain is the most complex organ in the body. Scientists and medical researchers have studied the brain for centuries and are only just beginning to unlock the many mysteries it holds. For example, in recent years, we’ve started to realize the impact a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can have on a patient, and the effects can be crippling.

Traumatic brain injuries can occur in a number of situations, from a car accident to an impact during a sporting event. Because the initial physical implications are subtle, these impacts are often shaken off on the football field or dismissed by an accident victim. Unfortunately, a concussive event can turn into serious health complications if left unattended.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we handle brain injury cases for two reasons. First of all, we believe it’s important to educate our community on the dangers of TBIs. If you or someone you love has suffered an impact to the head, we urge you to seek medical attention immediately. The sooner a TBI is diagnosed, the better chance you have of limiting the long-term impact to your body. It’s worth the trip to potentially save your life.

Secondly, we believe Roanoke brain injury victims deserve to have an experienced brain injury attorney on their side, fighting for their best interests. Without that, important insurance benefits and other compensation may be lost forever. As our client, we’ll fight to get you maximum compensation for your injuries, so you can fully recover and move on with your life.

Give us a call for your free consultation, and let us put over 30 years of experience to work for you.

Car Accident? Get Ready for a Fight

by Cary Graham | January 12th, 2017

Have you ever found yourself in the pitch dark without a flashlight? It can be pretty disorienting to say the least. The simplest of tasks become more complicated as you feel your way through the darkness. Even with a flashlight, your field of vision is limited, making you completely unaware of what lies just beyond its beam. That’s a pretty good analogy for how injury victims feel after a serious accident. You’ve never been through this before, so you don’t know what to do, where to go, or which dangers to avoid. That’s why having an experienced attorney on your side is so important.

The car accident attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm have been helping injury victims in Roanoke for more than 30 years. We’ve seen what’s in the darkness, and we know how to guide you safely through to the other side.

But an injury claim is pretty straight forward, right? Wrong. No matter how much your injuries are worth, it’s important to understand that you’ll have to fight for every penny. Remember that it’s not your insurance company who is responsible for your injuries; it’s the at-fault driver’s insurance company. You are not their customer. You are a liability. They have every reason to try and pay you as little money as you’ll take, and if you let them, they’ll leave you holding a lot of the bills.

Thankfully, there’s a way to even the odds, and that’s by calling us. Our experienced Roanoke car accident attorneys will put our full force behind your claim to make sure the insurance company plays fair. Don’t wander around in the dark after your car accident. Call the car accident attorneys who know the way through. Contact us today.

Wrongful Death: Finding a Starting Place for Healing

by Cary Graham | January 5th, 2017

Wrongful death lawsuits are different than any other type of personal injury case type we handle, because no matter how much money we secure for the surviving family, it doesn’t fill that void. That’s the reality of losing someone due to someone else’s negligence—there’s simply no amount of money that can replace the loved one who was taken from you. What they meant to you and your family cannot be translated into monetary terms.

Does that mean you shouldn’t seek compensation for your loss? Absolutely not. On the contrary, that simple fact is the sole reason you should seek compensation. Often a wrongful death case is less about getting money for your loss than it is about honoring the life cut tragically short. That’s why we handle wrongful death cases at Skolrood Law, because it provides grieving families a starting place for healing.

How do you know if you have a wrongful death lawsuit? Here are three things that must be true:

  • Your loved one died due to someone else’s negligence.
  • The negligent act that caused his/her death would have entitled him/her to file an injury claim.
  • Your loved one’s death has caused financial hardship for your family.

If those three things apply to your situation, give our experienced Roanoke wrongful death attorneys a call for a free consultation. We’ll review your case at no cost or obligation. If we feel like we can help, we’ll provide you with clear next steps, so you and your family know exactly what’s ahead. Contact us today for your free consultation.

Roanoke’s Four-Season Law Firm

by Cary Graham | December 29th, 2016

For motorcycle enthusiasts, winter can seem like an eternity. By now, most folks have already put their bikes up for the season and their gear in a cabinet. You would think that with few riders out on the road, our motorcycle accident attorneys would be less busy, but the truth is we’re always hard at work for the motorcycle accident victims who call us for help, and we won’t stop until we’ve gotten them the money they’re entitled to.

Why do folks call us so often after a motorcycle accident? Because they know we ride as well. There’s just something about sitting down with an attorney who knows how to handle a bike that puts folks’ minds at ease. We know what they’re going through, and we know how to help.

We also know that there are a lot of folks in the Roanoke area who were injured in a motorcycle accident months ago but, for whatever reason, have yet to call an attorney for help. If that sounds like you or someone you love, it’s important to know that it’s not too late. The law allows you a decent amount of time to file a lawsuit after a motorcycle accident, but you need to call us now to ensure you don’t lose your right to compensation. Our experienced Roanoke motorcycle accident attorneys are standing by, ready to help, so contact us today.

Sleep More. Arrive Safe.

by Cary Graham | December 22nd, 2016

Can you remember the last time you truly got a good night’s sleep? If your answer is “recently,” consider yourself lucky. The reality is that 35% of us get less than the recommended 7 hours of sleep every night, and millions more get less than 5 hours. That’s a lot of sleep-deprived folks out there just trying to make it through the day. There has been quite a bit of research in recent years about the health complications that come from getting too little sleep, but did you know it could lead to a serious accident as well?

According to a new research study, driving while fatigued can be as dangerous as driving while intoxicated. Yes, you read that correctly. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that someone who drives sleep-deprived is just as dangerous as someone who consumes 3-4 alcoholic drinks and gets behind the wheel. That’s pretty sobering considering the number of sleep-deprived folks in America today, and those numbers are bound to increase during the hectic holiday season.

The car accident lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm encourage you to get plenty of rest when you can and to never drive fatigued. There are too many driving alternatives in Roanoke for you to put yourself and other drivers on the road in danger. Call a cab, ping a ride sharing service, or ask a friend for a lift. It’s worth it to ensure your safety and the safety of others.

And as always, if you’ve been injured, give us a call for a free consultation. Our experienced Roanoke car accident attorneys are ready to help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Contact us today.