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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.

What Nightmares Are Made Of

by Cary Graham | April 13th, 2017

Trucking accidents are what nightmares are made of. Imagine 80,000 lbs. barreling down the highway, and you don’t have time to get out of the way. For those fortunate enough to live through a serious truck accident, they know exactly what that’s like, and the nightmare doesn’t stop once the dust settles. With serious injuries to contend with and an insurance company that is probably not ready to pay you what you deserve for your injuries, every day can be a struggle for a truck accident victim. That’s why so many turn to Skolrood Law Firm for help.

Truck accidents are completely different than car accidents. In a car accident, you have one party you’re dealing with–the at-fault driver’s insurance company. In a trucking accident, you have three–the at-fault driver, the trucking company, and the insurance company that represents them both. If it sounds like you’re outnumbered as a victim, it’s because you are.

Fortunately, the experienced truck accident attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm may be able to help. We’ll stand between you and the insurance company to protect your rights and fight to get you every dollar you deserve. The trucking company and insurance company have teams of lawyers on their side. Don’t you think it’s time to even the playing field? Contact us today.

Misplaced Trust Can Cost You Thousands

by Cary Graham | April 6th, 2017

No one wants to be taken advantage of, especially from someone you trust. Insurance companies spend millions of dollars every year trying to get the American public to trust them in times of need. We pay them thousands in premiums because we “trust” they will take care of us when disaster strikes. Unfortunately, sometimes that trust is misplaced.

You might think that you’re automatically covered for a car accident because you have insurance, but that’s not necessarily the case. If you were injured in a car wreck that was someone else’s fault, it’s their insurance that is responsible for your injuries, not your own. Getting the at-fault driver’s insurance company to pay you what’s fair can be difficult on your own. Their interests lie in minimizing your claim as much as possible, and they’ll do just that if you let them.

That’s why you should call an experienced Roanoke car accident attorney immediately following your accident. We’ll get started on your case right away and work to get you the maximum amount of money in the least amount of time. That may include money for medical bills, lost wages, and even pain and suffering. Don’t take your chances with the insurance company on your own. Contact us today.

Why You Should Call a Wrongful Death Attorney Immediately

by Cary Graham | March 30th, 2017

Perhaps the greatest hardship anyone can be asked to weather is the unexpected death of a loved one. It rips from you a companion and a provider, but possibly more devastating, it robs you of the opportunity to say goodbye. At Skolrood Law Firm, we’ve been handling wrongful death lawsuits for decades, and we still haven’t found the words that adequately express the sympathy we feel for our clients who have gone through it. We suspect that’s because there aren’t any.

Beyond the grief, there are serious financial implications of a wrongful death case that must be considered. Your family’s future may depend on the financial decisions you make immediately following your loved one’s death, which is why so many folks in Roanoke give us a call when contemplating their next move. Our experienced wrongful death attorneys know how to determine what your wrongful death lawsuit is worth, and we’ll fight to get you and your family every dollar you deserve.

If you’ve lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, give us a call today for a free consultation. Our firm has helped many others in our community, and we’re ready to help you as well. Don’t try to go through this alone. Contact us today.

Were You in a Motorcycle Accident in 2016?

by Cary Graham | March 23rd, 2017

If you’ve read our blog before, you know that we are motorcycle enthusiasts at Skolrood Law Firm. For those of us who love to ride, winter can seem like a never-ending season. We long for warmer days when an afternoon ride doesn’t require 15 layers of clothing and hand warmers. Unfortunately for Virginians, that’s still a while off.

You might think since it’s winter that our motorcycle accident workload would be lower, but that’s not necessarily the case. If you or someone you love has been in a motorcycle accident, you know that a full recovery can take months, even years. In fact, there are more than likely folks out there in our communities who were involved in a motorcycle accident months ago and still are trying to put their lives back together. If that’s your situation and you haven’t already settled with the insurance company, you should give us a call immediately.

The motorcycle accident attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm have years of experience helping Virginia motorcycle accident victims get the compensation they deserve for their injuries. That can include money for medical expenses, lost wages, and more. If you or someone you love has been injured in a motorcycle accident, get a law firm that rides on your side. We know your rights, and we’ll fight tooth and nail to get you all the compensation you deserve.

Settling for Less Means More for the Insurance Company

by Cary Graham | March 16th, 2017

Like most things in life, you get to the top by being very good at what you do. Olympians spend years training so they are at the peak of their abilities when trials come around. Businesses are the same. Successful organizations learn what need to do to be the best and by striving for that mark, become experts over time. Successful insurance companies are no different. They’ve mastered a simple ratio that has made them billions: take in more premiums than you pay out in claims.

How do they control how much they pay out in claims? Well, it’s up to the accident victim to decide what they’re willing to take for their injuries, but the insurance companies have become very good at getting them to settle for less. Insurance companies can process 35,000 claims a day. They know how the system works and what most folks will take. They use that knowledge to their advantage daily and if you don’t know any better, you’ll probably end up taking less than you deserve.

That’s why if you’ve been in an accident, you should call the experienced Roanoke car accident attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm for a free consultation. We’ve been dealing with big insurance companies for decades. We know what your case is truly worth and we’ll fight the insurance company to help get you every dollar you deserve. Contact us today.

Truck Accidents: Fatigued Driving Can Be Deadly

by Cary Graham | March 9th, 2017

Truck drivers are responsible for making sure communities throughout the U.S. have the necessities, such as food, clothing, and even medical supplies. At Skolrood Law Firm, we’re grateful to all truck drivers who safely deliver their loads on a weekly basis. What we’re not a big fan of are trucking companies who put undue pressure on those drivers, pushing them to drive fatigued or on tight deadlines.

Big trucks can carry up to 80,000 lbs at one time. That’s 40 tons of weight barreling down the interstate. It takes intense focus to keep these behemoths between the lines, and that level of precision leaves no room for error. A fatigued or pressured driver is a danger to everyone out on the road and should never happen. Unfortunately, sometimes trucking companies put profits over people and it’s often the other drivers on the road who pay the price.

If you’ve been injured in a big truck accident, give us a call today for a free consultation. We’ll investigate the cause of the accident to determine the circumstances that led up to the crash. Then we’ll fight to get you maximum compensation for your injuries, including medical expenses, lost wages, and more. We’re ready to help, so contact us today.

The Worst Thing You Can Do Is Nothing

by Cary Graham | March 2nd, 2017

The realities of aging become very clear when you can no longer care for yourself. It can be demoralizing to realize that you need care around the clock. The last thing you want to do is to be a burden to family and friends, which is why so many Roanoke seniors make the decision to move into a nursing home. As their family, you did your best to get them into the best facility they could afford, under the assumption that not only would their needs be met, but their dignity would be upheld as well.

Now that you suspect they could be the victim of abuse or neglect, the worst thing you can do is nothing. At Skolrood Law Firm, we’ve handled a number of nursing home abuse cases. One thing the victim’s family never says is, “we called too soon.” If there is any regret or guilt to be had in a situation like this, it’s waiting until it’s too late to call an experienced nursing home abuse attorney. Every day you wait to call is another day your aging loved one has to endure on their own. Don’t wait.

If you suspect your aging loved one has been the victim of abuse or neglect, call the experienced Roanoke nursing home abuse attorneys today for a free consultation. We’ll investigate the nature of your loved one’s injuries and fight to get them the compensation they deserve. Contact us today.

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.