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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.

Fall is Almost Here—Get Your Vehicle Ready for Colder Weather.

by Staff Blogger | September 17th, 2020

We’re still several weeks away from the first freezing temperatures of the year, but cold weather and the threat of icy roads will be here before you know it. With temperatures still warm during the day, there’s no better time than right now to prepare your vehicle for the perils of late fall and winter.

First, complete this checklist:

  • Inspect your tires. Your tires play the biggest role when it comes to keeping you safe on Virginia’s roads, especially when ice and snow are present. Ensure that all four tires are properly inflated, have plenty of tread, and are free from damage.
  • Get your brakes checked. Brakes can begin to lose their effectiveness and responsiveness long before they completely fail. But worn-out brakes can lock or fail to engage when roads are slick, so be sure to keep yours in good condition.
  • Check your battery. Cold weather can be hard on car batteries. Inspect your battery for signs of wear, corrosion, or loose cables. In addition, get it replaced if you notice your vehicle’s electrical system is sluggish or malfunctioning, as it could indicate battery failure.

Second, pack your vehicle with essentials in case you’re stranded during winter weather. That includes things like non-perishable food, bottled water, blankets, flashlight, phone charger, jumper cables, and traction mats.

The better prepared you are for winter weather, the less likely you’ll find yourself in a dangerous situation once temperatures begin dropping. And if you find yourself the victim of a crash caused by a negligent driver, you know who to call—the Roanoke auto accident lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm.

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.