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We Open Up Access to the Legal System to ALL Roanoke Injury Victims

by Staff Blogger | November 26th, 2020

At Skolrood Law Firm, we’re well aware that lawyers and law firms are often viewed as being extremely expensive. After all, who hasn’t heard of someone who needed a lawyer to review a document for 20 minutes, only to be charged hundreds of dollars for a simple “yes” or “no” answer?

Our Roanoke personal injury lawyers know that people who were hurt in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, and other misfortunes have plenty of other expenses on their plates. They’re facing big medical bills, vehicle repair costs, and they may be unable to work. The last thing they want to do is pay a huge invoice to a law firm that may or may not get them money.

That’s why we work on a contingency fee basis. It means you don’t owe us money unless we win your claim or get you a fair settlement. We know you don’t have the finances to pay big lawyer fees every time you talk to us, so we simply don’t charge them! The only time we collect money is at the end of your claim, and that’s ONLY if we win.

In addition, your consultation is also free, and there’s no obligation to move forward with our firm. It’s important to us that you feel comfortable with our firm and our attorneys. When you meet with us or contact us, we’ll gather information about what happened, get to know you and your family, and that will allow both parties to decide whether working together is our best option.

Want to learn more or get the ball rolling on your personal injury claim? Contact us today for a free consultation.

Why Is the Insurance Company Giving You a Hard Time After Your Motorcycle Accident?

by Staff Blogger | November 19th, 2020

All individual people have certain biases. But we expect big corporations—especially ones like insurance companies that make decisions that impact our lives—to operate as objectively as possible. Unfortunately, that’s rarely the case. The people who decide who gets settlements and how much they get are called adjusters, and they often have many strong opinions and preconceived notions about claimants.

Those biases come into play most heavily with motorcycle accident claims. Insurance companies are almost always skeptical of compensation claims, and when those claims are filed by motorcyclists, their skepticism increases tenfold. That’s because insurers and their teams of adjusters often believe that all motorcyclists are reckless speed demons with little to no regard for safety.

But as we all know, the vast majority of motorcyclists are safety-conscious and committed to doing the right thing while on the road. Unfortunately, it can be difficult convincing the insurance company of your commitment to safety and obeying the law without a lawyer on your side. That’s where we come in.

Our Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers know the unique challenges associated with representing injured riders. We know that insurance companies are reluctant from the get-go to pay them what they deserve, and they even look at hard evidence with skepticism. But we’re here to say this: trust our experience and track record of success.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we work hard to get our clients paid, even in the face of major adversity. We won’t take no for an answer from the insurance company, and we won’t give up even if they refuse to pay you what you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.

The 3 Biggest Mistakes You Can Make After a Car Accident

by Staff Blogger | November 12th, 2020

You’re driving along and suddenly you collide with another vehicle. Time seems to slow down as you feel the brunt of the impact, you hear the sound of crunching and tearing metal, and you feel yourself be restrained by your seat belt and cushioned by your airbags. You’re probably hurt, and you’ve just gone through one of life’s most traumatic experiences.

It can be a bit much to ask auto accident victims to comply with detailed checklists in the immediate aftermath of such an unexpected and violent event in their lives.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we help many auto accident victims who are injured by negligent drivers, and very few of our clients follow every recommended step to a tee. But in many cases, it’s less about taking the right steps and more about avoiding the WRONG steps, which can include:

  1. Admitting fault for the crash—If you tell the other driver or police officer that you think you caused the crash, it can be difficult to get compensation. As soon as the insurance company gets wind of your admission of guilt—even if it’s later proven you didn’t cause the crash—you’re fighting an uphill battle.
  2. Lying about your injuries—Never exaggerate or even downplay your injuries. Be honest and upfront from the beginning, whether you’re talking to the other driver, the police, the paramedics, or the doctor.
  3. Waiting too long to get a lawyer—Although our state has a two-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims, waiting too long to file means there will be less evidence and more suspicions from the insurance company. Call a Roanoke auto accident lawyer right away after your crash to maximize your chances of getting paid!

Liability in Truck Accidents Can Depend on their Cargo

by Staff Blogger | November 5th, 2020

Building compensation claims for people injured in truck accidents requires proving that the people or parties connected with those trucks was negligent and their negligence led to crashes. Truck accidents are similar to auto accidents in that way, but the trucking industry has more laws and regulations, and that means there are more chances to find negligence.

It’s important to remember that not all truck accidents are the same, nor are all trucks the same. For example, a box truck that’s used for local deliveries may not be subject to the same rules or regulations as a full-sized semi-truck that’s used to deliver goods regionally or nationally. And full-size semi-trucks may have fewer restrictions than oversized trucks or trucks that haul flammable, toxic, or corrosive materials.

For example, a standard commercial driver license (CDL) may not be enough to haul all types of cargo or double/triple trailers. But some trucking companies ignore those requirements and put drivers behind the wheels of vehicles they aren’t qualified to drive. When those drivers cause crashes, both they and their employers can be held liable for any damages and injuries.

In addition, certain types of cargo require more frequent or in-depth inspections than others. That’s to ensure that the drivers are safe to proceed and that the cargo doesn’t put them or their motorists in danger. But to save time and money, some drivers and their employers bypass this step.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we review all the facts when building truck accident claims for injured victims. That includes determining exactly what type of trucks were involved and whether all requirements were met for driving them or even having them on the road, period. If you were hurt in a truck accident, our Roanoke truck accident lawyers want to help. Call today for a free consultation.

Why Should You Reject the Insurance Company’s First Offer After an Injury?

by Staff Blogger | October 29th, 2020

You were recently hurt because of someone else’s negligence. Your injuries are painful and debilitating, you have big medical bills piling up, and you have no idea when you’ll earn another paycheck. You need money right now, but if the insurance company offers you a settlement, you may have read—or been recommended by your lawyer—to reject it. What gives?

Truth is, insurance companies aren’t looking out for your best interests. They rake in huge profits every year because they’re good at reducing or denying payments to people who need compensation after accidents and injuries. It may seem like a blessing if the insurance company offers you a quick settlement without any hassle or a fight, but that often happens when insurers know they’re bound to lose in court.

Insurance companies have teams of adjusters whose primary job is to pay claimants as little as possible. One of the most effective ways they achieve that is by offering fast settlements that initially seem fair, but ultimately come up well short of the amount that victims deserve.

For example, they may offer an auto accident victim a $25,000 settlement, and if his initial medical bills at $15,000, he may think it’s a great deal. But he also may need physical therapy for months or years to recover, he may be unable to work, and his vehicle may need extensive repairs. In total, his expenses may be well over $100,000, but if he accepts $25,000, that’s all he’ll ever get.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke personal injury lawyers work hard to help victims get fair compensation for what they’ve been through. That often means suggesting that they reject initial settlements and wait for us to build claims that get them every penny they’re owed. Want our help on your side? Contact us today for a free consultation.

Can You Get Separate Compensation for TBI After a Car Accident?

by Staff Blogger | October 22nd, 2020

Severe car accident injuries can range from broken bones and internal bleeding to spinal cord damage and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). People who are hurt in car crashes that weren’t their fault can pursue compensation for their injuries from the insurance policies or pockets of liable parties. But what happens if their injuries involve a TBI?

Typically, auto accident claims involving TBIs proceed just as all other auto accident claims. However, because TBIs are so damaging and life-changing, the amount of compensation that victims and their families may be eligible to receive can increase. That’s because TBIs can profoundly affect every aspect of victims’ lives, from their ability to work and enjoy their hobbies to their cognitive abilities and even their independence.

When we build personal injury claims for our clients and their families, we look at all the ways their injuries affected them. And because TBIs are so damaging and the lifetime costs are so great, we often demand much greater compensation for those victims. To be more specific, we look at lifetime costs rather than just the costs that our clients face at the time they come to us for help.

TBI victims often require lifetime medical care, and they may be unable to work for the rest of their lives. That can leave their families struggling to pay for their treatment, rehabilitation, and in-home care, if necessary. At Skolrood Law Firm, it’s our job to ensure they get the money they need to take care of their loved ones.

If you or someone you love suffered a TBI because of another person’s negligence, our Roanoke TBI lawyers want to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Are Prescription Drug Errors Considered Medical Malpractice?

by Staff Blogger | October 15th, 2020

All medications have the potential to cause serious complications and even death. And all medications have the potential to be completely ineffective at treating illnesses and health problems. In many cases, these factors come down to the dosage that a patient receives.

The line between a therapeutic dose, an ineffective dose, and a toxic dose is often very thin. And that’s assuming that the drug a patient receives is the drug they need. Sometimes, patients take the wrong medication. That could be because their doctor prescribed the wrong drug, or because the pharmacy where they picked it up gave them the wrong medication.

Patients who are harmed by medications can file drug injury claims for their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. But those claims typically involve drugs that are inherently dangerous. They may be contaminated with toxic substances, they may have serious unreported side effects, or they may be shipped with incorrect labeling or dosages.

On the other hand, drug injuries caused by perfectly fine medications that are administered incorrectly can be considered medical malpractice. If you or someone you love was harmed by a prescription drug and the error can be tied to an individual, such as a doctor or pharmacist, or to a clinic or hospital, a medical malpractice claim may be your best chance of getting compensation.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke medical malpractice lawyers help innocent patients get compensation when they’re injured, whether it’s due to surgical errors, misdiagnosis, prescription errors, and more. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Work-Related Deaths May Be Considered Wrongful Deaths

by Staff Blogger | October 8th, 2020

Few people wake up in the morning and consider the possibility that their lives may be at risk simply by doing their jobs. But that’s reality for many Virginians in a variety of occupations. Unfortunately, their risks may be magnified when their employers knowingly put them in harm’s way or fail to provide adequate training and safety equipment.

What qualifies as a work-related wrongful death? It can include fatal accidents, injuries, and illnesses such as:

  • Exposure to toxic chemicals and materials—Workers in certain scientific, research, and industrial roles may be exposed to deadly chemicals. If they don’t receive proper training or safety equipment, they could be seriously injured or die.
  • Lack of safeguards for heavy machinery—Many construction and industrial jobs require that workers be around heavy machinery. These devices should have sufficient safeguards to prevent workers from coming into accidental contact with them or being fatally injured.
  • Falls from significant heights—Some jobs require that workers scale ladders, catwalks, scaffolding, and other suspended objects. When workers are doing their jobs high off the ground, safeguards should be in place to prevent them from falling if they lose their balance.

These are just a few of the work-related deaths and fatal injuries that can be considered wrongful deaths. If your loved one died on the job, it’s important to get in touch with an experienced Roanoke wrongful death lawyer right away. At Skolrood Law Firm, we can investigate what happened and determine your family’s best path forward. Contact us today for a free consultation.

How to Talk to Your Loved One About Nursing Home Abuse

by Staff Blogger | October 1st, 2020

Nursing home abuse and neglect are major problems in elder care facilities throughout the U.S. Unfortunately, many residents who are victimized by negligent or abusive staff members are reluctant to speak out about what they’re experiencing. In some cases, they may even hide what’s happening from their loved ones.

If you suspect your family member is being mistreated in their nursing home, it’s important to talk to them about it. But doing so isn’t always easy, and you may not get a straight answer right away. Follow these tips to have a healthy and productive conversation about a difficult topic:

  • Talk to your loved one in a quiet, confidential place—If you’re able to visit your loved one in person, try to take them to a quiet and confidential area of their care facility. Residents may be afraid to bring up issues if they think others will eavesdrop or hear.
  • Be direct and specific when bringing up your concerns—Tell your loved one about what makes you worried. Whether it’s signs of physical abuse, worsening health, malnutrition, or poor hygiene, make sure they know you’re aware and worried.
  • Discuss solutions to the problem—Even if you haven’t decided on filing an abuse or neglect claim, it’s important to talk about solving the problem. That could be moving your loved one to a new nursing home or bringing up the issue with management or facility directors.

Nursing home abuse and neglect should never be tolerated, and it’s our job to hold the people who let it happen accountable. Contact the Roanoke nursing home abuse attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm today for a free consultation.

Are You Eligible to Receive Punitive Damages for Your Accident Expenses?

by Staff Blogger | September 24th, 2020

After an auto accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim against the other driver or their insurance company to get money for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. And depending on the circumstances, you may be eligible for a separate type of compensation called punitive damages.

While personal injury claims are designed to help victims recover the money they lost due to their accidents, punitive damages are designed to punish the offending parties. For example, if another driver loses control of their vehicle and crashes into you, you can file a personal injury claim due to the crash being an accident. But if it can be proven that the other driver intentionally crashed into you, you can file both a personal injury claim and be eligible to get punitive damages designed to punish the driver for their recklessness and maliciousness.

Punitive damages aren’t always considered in injury claims, as it must be proven that the at-fault driver wasn’t just negligent, but acting in an excessively reckless or aggressive manner. The Roanoke auto accident lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm have many years of experience collecting evidence to prove fault, and we know how to determine when punitive damages should be awarded as well.

Simply put—we believe victims should get every penny they’re owed, and when that includes money that punishes drivers who seek to harm or injure others, we believe our clients deserve those checks, too. Contact us today for a free consultation. It’s our goal to get you the money you need to move forward with your life.