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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.

What to Do if You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse

by Staff Blogger | September 28th, 2017

If your loved one lives in a nursing home, you should watch out for a few warning signs that indicate a high risk of abuse or neglect. Those signs include frequent staff turnover, disorganization and foul odors, bad reviews and poor feedback by family members of residents, and unexplained bruises or injuries on your loved one’s body.

It’s vital to not only be aware of those signs, but also to be prepared to act if you notice them. Three important steps you can take if you suspect nursing home abuse include:

  1. Asking your loved one about their care. If your loved one is communicative, ask them about the level of care they are receiving at the nursing facility. If your loved one is unable to communicate, ask the nurses or doctors about any concerns you have regarding their care.
  2. Reporting potential signs of abuse or neglect. Whether your loved one developed unexplained bruises, bed sores, or preventable illnesses, it’s important to alert nursing home staff and make sure they’re aware of what happened.
  3. Contacting a Roanoke nursing home abuse lawyer. Nursing home abuse and neglect claims can be difficult to pursue, as evidence must be quickly collected to prove your loved one was mistreated. Acting fast can maximize your chances of getting a favorable result.

Don’t wait to get your loved one the legal advocacy they deserve if a nursing home failed to uphold its responsibilities and duties. Skolrood Law Firm is here to fight for your entire family’s rights during this difficult time. Call today for a free consultation.

Compensation for Families After a Wrongful Death

by Staff Blogger | September 21st, 2017

After the death of your loved one, you have important questions and you want answers—especially if you suspect that their death was preventable or avoidable. Who was responsible? What errors led to his or her death? And how are you supposed to move on without your loved one’s emotional and financial support?

Losing a loved one takes an emotional toll, and losing financial support—especially if your loved one was your household’s primary source of income—can put your entire family’s future in jeopardy. Filing a wrongful death claim for the loss of your loved one can help you get closure for their death and get compensation.

Surviving family members can receive compensation for a variety of wrongful death-related damages, including:

  • Medical bills – Your loved one may have incurred significant medical bills while receiving treatment.
  • Funeral expenses – The average cost of funerals in the U.S. and Virginia is steadily increasing, and you may be unable to afford those costs without help.
  • Lost future earnings – When your loved one passed, you lost years of financial support—and that can be devastating for your family.
  • Lost companionship – You can’t put a price tag on the absence of a loved one in your life, but it’s a factor in many wrongful death claims.

In addition, you also may be eligible to receive damages for things like lost pension or retirement plans and even punitive damages from the person responsible for your loved one’s death.

Don’t wait to get the experienced legal help you deserve. At Skolrood Law Firm, our Virginia wrongful death lawyers know how to build claims that get results. Call today for a free consultation.

See a Trucking Safety Violation? You Can Report It.

by Staff Blogger | September 14th, 2017

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) helps to keep the nation’s roadways safe from the potential dangers that big trucks pose to truck drivers and other motorists. To accomplish that, the FMCSA created a comprehensive set of regulations that everyone in the trucking industry must follow, from companies and owners to drivers and loaders.

While the FMCSA’s strict regulations help reduce the risk of accidents, those regulations are only effective when followed by those in the trucking industry and when enforced by local police, state troopers, and sheriff’s offices.

However, drivers also can create a stricter atmosphere of compliance for the trucking industry by reporting potential violations. The FMCSA has two methods of collecting information and tips from drivers who experience safety, service, or discrimination issues with trucking companies:

  • Call the FMCSA – You can report safety violations over the phone by calling 1-888-DOT-SAFT (368-7238) from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday.

If a trucking industry violation caused an accident that injured you or a loved one, you have an additional method of recourse: filing a claim for compensation. But because the trucking industry is protected by powerful insurance companies, it’s important to have a powerful law firm on your side.

Skolrood Law Firm has years of experience assisting injured victims like you, and we know how to build strong cases. Contact a Virginia truck accident attorney today for a free consultation.

2 Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

by Staff Blogger | September 7th, 2017

As a motorcyclist, you do everything you can to stay safe on Virginia’s roads. That means always wearing full safety gear, including a helmet, riding jacket, pants, gloves, and boots. It also means using your headlights and turn signals, riding defensively, and avoiding aggressive riding behaviors.

However, you also know that all motorcyclists are extremely vulnerable, even when they follow every safety precaution in the book. Whether inexperienced or inattentive, not all drivers are prepared to drive near motorcyclists. Many motorcyclists are injured every year because of cars, trucks, and SUVs.

Two of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents that involve other vehicles include:

  1. Drivers turning left without looking – One of the most vulnerable scenarios for motorcyclists is approaching intersections or areas of the road where vehicles make left turns. Some drivers briefly glance at oncoming traffic before turning, and they may only look for passenger vehicles. That can result in serious and even deadly T-bone collisions involving motorcycles.
  2. Drivers crowding motorcyclists or entering their lanes – Motorcyclists get all the same rights on Virginia’s roads as other motorists. But some drivers don’t give them the respect they deserve. That can result in inconsiderate, aggressive, and dangerous behaviors like drifting into their lanes, causing them to be forced onto the shoulder of the road or to lose control of their bikes.

Skolrood Law Firm’s team of Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers knows that motorcyclists are at risk of suffering severe and even life-threatening injuries when they’re involved in crashes with other vehicles.

When those accidents are the other drivers’ fault, it’s important that the victims get a fair chance of receiving compensation for their medical bills and lost wages. If you were hurt in a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault, we want to help. Call today for a free consultation.

3 Common Causes of Traumatic Brain Injuries

by Staff Blogger | August 31st, 2017

Although the brain is protected by the skull, it’s still a highly sensitive and delicate organ. When it gets damaged or injured due to an accident or illness, it can cause debilitating symptoms.

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) can cause people to suffer lifelong health problems and neurological effects, including reduced or lost cognitive abilities, chronic pain, amnesia, bowel and bladder control problems, and even paralysis. Many people who suffer TBIs are unable to go back to work, and some even need constant medical care and attention.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that three of the most common causes of TBIs include:

  1. Car accidents – TBIs caused by auto accidents are often fatal and account for 17 percent of this type of injury. Car accidents generate huge amounts of force, which can result in a victim’s brain moving inside the skull, causing bleeding and severe damage.
  2. Falls – Slips, trips, and falls account for around 35 percent of TBIs. Among senior citizens 65 years old or older, they account for 62 percent of TBIs.
  3. Accidental blows to the head – Around 16 percent of TBIs are caused by victims striking their heads on objects or being struck by objects. Construction and industrial workers are particularly at risk, especially if they aren’t provided hard hats.

Even minor TBIs have the potential to change victims’ lives forever. If you or someone you love suffered a TBI because of another person’s or party’s negligence, we want to hear from you.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke brain injury attorneys know how devastating TBIs can be—especially if they keep you from earning the paycheck you depend on. Our consultations are always free, and we’re here to speak with you 24/7.

Driving Near a Big Rig? Avoid Its “No Zones.”

by Staff Blogger | August 24th, 2017

The next time you feel nervous or anxious while driving near a semi truck or tractor trailer, it may be for a good reason. Because truck drivers sit much higher off the road than car, pickup truck, or SUV drivers, their blind spots are huge compared to other low-sitting drivers.

Because of this, it’s vital for other drivers to stay out of those blind spots. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration calls these large blind spots “No Zones,” and every big truck has four of them:

  • 20 feet in front of the cabin – If you’re ever in front of a big truck, keep plenty of distance between your vehicle and the front-end of the big rig.
  • One lane-width underneath the driver side door – When vehicles are directly beneath truck drivers, they can’t see them with their mirrors or when they look out their windows.
  • Two lane-widths adjacent to the passenger side door – The blind spot on the passenger side extends two lanes. If you’re driving on a truck’s passenger side, make sure you’re well behind it or in front of it.
  • 30 feet behind the trailer – The backs of trailers often have signs stating that if other drivers can’t see a truck’s mirrors, the truck driver can’t see them. This is applicable for a full 30-foot area behind a trailer.

Unfortunately, truck accidents still happen, even when drivers like you follow all the precautions. That’s because some truck drivers and trucking companies value profits over safety and aren’t as cautious as they should be.

A Roanoke truck accident attorney at Skolrood Law Firm is here to help if you or a loved one were injured in an accident involving a big rig. Call us today. Our consultations are always free, and there’s no obligation.

Recognizing Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

by Staff Blogger | August 17th, 2017

When you make the decision to help your loved one find a nursing home, you may feel overwhelmed by the number of choices. There are many nursing homes and care facilities throughout Texas, and they all seem to offer excellent care and resident comfort. But nursing home abuse and neglect can occur in even the most well-seeming facilities, so it pays to be choosy when selecting a nursing home for your loved one. Their health, well-being, and life could depend on it.

Whether you’re touring a new nursing home or visiting a family member’s residence, be on the lookout for these warning signs of potential abuse or neglect:

  • Frequent staff turnover – How long have the nurses or doctors been employed at the care facility? Does it seem like there are new employees every time you visit? A high staff turnover can indicate poor employee morale—which can lead to poor resident care.
  • Disorganization and foul odors – What does the nursing home look or smell like? If things appear to be in disarray, if there are foul odors (even in common areas), or if the facility appears to be poorly maintained, it may mean residents aren’t receiving the care they need, either.
  • Bad reviews and feedback – These days, almost everything is reviewed online. Be sure to research any care facility you’re considering, as well as where your loved one is already a resident, to see what others have to say about it. You should also pay close attention to any comments or complaints from your loved one, as they may indicate serious violations to residents’ rights.

Finding out that your loved one was the victim of abuse or neglect at a nursing home or care facility can be devastating, so it’s important to have an experienced Roanoke nursing home abuse lawyer on your side. Contact Skolrood Law Firm for a free consultation with our experienced legal team to find out how we may be able to work for you.

3 Common Types of Medical Malpractice

by Staff Blogger | August 10th, 2017

Many people are nervous about going to the doctor or hospital, especially when they need surgery or other invasive treatments. And they expect doctors, surgeons, and other healthcare professionals to follow procedures that ensure safe and high-quality care.

Unfortunately, mistakes happen in doctors’ offices, hospitals, and private clinics throughout Virginia as a result of healthcare professionals’ negligence. This carelessness can cause patients to suffer severe and often life-threatening complications.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our law firm has helped many patients who suffered as a result of their healthcare providers’ negligence. Three common types of medical malpractice include:

  1. Misdiagnosis – When providers fail to thoroughly examine patients or investigate their symptoms and medical histories, they can misdiagnose their illnesses, resulting in ineffective or even harmful treatment.
  1. Surgical errors – Surgeons who fail to follow proper safety procedures may operate on the wrong body parts of patients, or fail to remove surgical tools before finishing procedures can cause irreparable harm to their patients.
  1. Medication errors – Doctors and other healthcare professionals can put patients’ lives at risk when they fail to double-check symptoms or the medications they prescribe—especially when patients are given incorrect dosages or the wrong medications.

Filing a claim for compensation after being injured or becoming sick because of a healthcare professional’s negligence can seem intimidating. But our legal team is ready to help so that you can focus on getting better. Contact us today for a free consultation, and let us put our experience to work for you.