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We Hold All Negligent Parties Liable After Truck Accidents

by Staff Blogger | October 10th, 2019

Unlike auto accidents where liability is often cut and dry, truck accidents are legally complex. That’s because up to three parties may be responsible for the safe operation of a single truck—the driver, owner, and company using it. When any of those parties fails to uphold their responsibility to safety, the truck may become involved in a serious crash, and they can be held liable for any injuries that occur.

Truck accident claims are complex due to the industry being subject to both normal traffic laws as well as guidelines established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Those guidelines are significantly more restrictive than ordinary traffic laws, and the parties responsible for a truck may be in violation of one or more guidelines at the time of a crash, despite the truck driver seemingly following all traffic laws to a “T.”

Because of this legal complexity, it’s vital to have an experienced Roanoke truck accident attorney on your side from day one after a truck crash. At Skolrood Law Firm, we have years of experience helping truck accident victims get maximum compensation, and we do it by having an extensive knowledge of the trucking industry and its various laws, rules, and regulations.

Finally, we know how to determine who was at fault and how much they were at fault, even if there are multiple parties. It’s our goal to get you the compensation you deserve, while holding all negligent parties accountable for their roles in the crash. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Why Are Some Auto Accident Claims Denied?

by Staff Blogger | October 3rd, 2019

Virginia drivers are legally required to carry valid auto insurance to drive on public roads. This insurance coverage is supposed to protect drivers after accidents, as the injuries associated with crashes can result in expensive medical bills and prolonged time away from work. However, getting compensation via your own or someone else’s insurance after an accident isn’t easy, and insurance companies are well known for reducing or denying claims whenever possible.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke car accident attorneys know how insurance companies work from the moment they first learn of a crash involving one of their policyholders. They have teams of employees called adjusters whose primary job is to find ways to pay claimants as little money as possible. They’re often able to accomplish that because of these common mistakes:

  • Victims wait too long to file claims—Virginia’s statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years. When victims wait longer than that, they’re ineligible to seek compensation.
  • Claims are incomplete or contain inaccurate information—Insurance companies never overlook anything when reviewing claims, and if they find missing information or inaccurate facts, they won’t hesitate to deny them.

Other common causes of reduced or denied claims include admitting fault for the crash, making misleading statements about the severity of injuries, failing to see a doctor in the immediate aftermath of the crash, and having a pre-existing injury that’s similar to the injury suffered in the accident.

Our legal team knows these common mistakes and causes of denied claims, and we’ll do everything we can to prevent them from happening to you. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Get the Compensation You Deserve After Medical Malpractice

by Staff Blogger | September 26th, 2019

Medical professionals, whether they’re doctors, surgeons, or specialists, are trusted to act in a manner that prevents their patients from suffering unnecessary harm. However, every year in the U.S. patients suffer serious injuries and health complications at the hands of medical personnel. Many of those poor outcomes occur when healthcare workers are negligent and fail to uphold their duties to do no harm.

If you or someone you love was harmed by a medical professional, it’s important to get an experienced legal team on your side as soon as possible. Getting compensation after medical malpractice can be difficult, as it requires plenty of proof that indicates healthcare workers were negligent. The longer you wait to get in touch with an experienced Roanoke medical malpractice lawyer, the less evidence may be available. In addition, the hospital and their insurance company may be more skeptical of your claim.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we know what it takes to build strong medical malpractice claims. We have many years of experience assisting people who were harmed by their doctors, surgeons, and other healthcare professionals whom they trusted with their well-being, and now we want to help you, too.

It’s our goal to help you get maximum compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering after a medical malpractice injury. We know that staying on top of your everyday living expenses, let alone your additional medical costs, can be difficult when your health has suffered because of a healthcare professional’s mistake. Contact us today for a free consultation, and let us work to get you the money you deserve.

Our Lawyers Know the Impact TBIs Have on Victims and Their Families

by Staff Blogger | September 19th, 2019

When people experience blows to the head, whether it’s due to motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, sports injuries, and even physical violence, they’re at risk of suffering traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). TBIs can range from minor concussions to severe injuries that result in life-threatening complications and lifelong disabilities.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we’ve seen how serious TBIs can be for victims and their loved ones. Even relatively minor TBIs can affect victims enough to make it difficult or impossible for them to work due to impaired cognition, concentration, and fine motor skills. More severe TBIs not only rule out working, but they also may necessitate specialized healthcare, including around-the-clock medical supervision. The costs associated with TBIs can be enormous, especially when the victim was the primary income earner for their household.

If you or someone you love suffered a TBI because of someone else’s negligence, you deserve compensation for what you’ve gone through. Your livelihood may be permanently affected, and you may deal with complications such as impaired movement, personality and cognitive changes, and reduced independence for the rest of your life. Unfortunately, insurance companies rarely give TBI victims the money they need for their injury related expenses, including their current and future medical bills and lost wages—not to mention their pain and suffering.

Our Roanoke brain injury attorneys want to help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.

We Protect Injured Motorcyclists from Biased Insurance Companies

by Staff Blogger | September 12th, 2019

Because of their affordability, excellent fuel efficiency, and easy parking, people of all walks of life ride motorcycles. However, insurance companies often view motorcyclists as being reckless, aggressive, and even dangerous on roadways. When motorcyclists are involved in road accidents, insurers and their teams of adjusters may try to assign blame to riders—even when there’s evidence that shows they weren’t at fault.

This unfair bias results in countless injured motorcyclists having their compensation claims reduced or denied every year. At Skolrood Law Firm, we believe that motorcyclists should always get a fair shake when it comes to getting money for their medical bills and lost wages. That’s why we do everything in our power to build strong claims for riders that insurance companies can’t simply dismiss out of hand.

Unfortunately, getting fair treatment from the insurance company is a rare occurrence—especially if you’re a motorcyclist. Trying to get compensation on your own after a motorcycle accident can be like rolling the dice. Our Roanoke motorcycle accident attorneys see the bias that motorcyclists face all the time, and we know how frustrating, stressful, and unfair it can be.

When you contact us, we’ll use our years of experience to build a claim that leaves no doubt about who was at fault. We compile enough evidence and present it in such a manner that even the most biased insurance company will have no choice but to reconsider their kneejerk reaction to the accident. Ready to get the money you deserve? Contact us today for a free consultation.

Injured Because of Someone Else’s Negligence? You May Be Eligible for Compensation.

by Staff Blogger | September 5th, 2019

At Skolrood Law Firm, we’re dedicated to helping people who were hurt in auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, and more. But we know that not all injuries caused by other people’s negligence fall into easily categorized areas. Our Roanoke personal injury lawyers have experience handling a wide variety of claims, and we know how to build strong cases that get innocent victims the results they want.

Getting a lawyer after an injury that wasn’t your fault may be one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. Insurance companies strongly resist paying victims the money they deserve for their medical bills and lost wages, and they’ll do everything in their power to reduce or deny your claim. But if you have an experienced law firm on your side, you can level the playing field.

Our legal team knows all the tactics that insurance companies use to get out of paying fair settlements. From convincing victims to admit fault and using their own words against them, to offering lowball settlements and even ignoring victims and hoping they’ll give up, we’ve seen and fought back against every trick in their book. When you call us, you’ll get a legal team that doesn’t take no for an answer and doesn’t play the insurance company’s games.

Don’t settle for just any law firm after an injury that wasn’t your fault, and don’t let the insurance company take advantage of you during this vulnerable time. Contact us today for a free consultation.

What Types of Accidents Can Result in Wrongful Deaths?

by Staff Blogger | August 29th, 2019

Many types of accidents have the potential to seriously injure or even kill innocent victims. When injuries occur, victims can often file compensation claims to recover damages for their medical bills and lost wages. When accidents result in death, surviving family members can also file compensation claims for similar expenses, as well as funeral costs, loss of companionship, and more.

There are many types of accidents that can lead to wrongful death claims, including:

  • Auto accidents—When drivers are negligent, they can cause crashes that may result in serious injuries to other drivers and their passengers. Car accidents are among the top cause of accidental deaths in the U.S., and they’re often the result of careless driving habits.
  • Motorcycle accidents—Drivers are supposed to be on the lookout for motorcyclists on Virginia’s roadways. But drivers don’t always pay close attention to their surroundings. When they don’t scan the road for oncoming vehicles, including motorcycles, they can cause fatal accidents.
  • Truck accidents—Big trucks can be extremely dangerous when they’re involved in crashes with passenger vehicles. That’s because semi-trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and are dozens of feet in length. Multiple parties can be held liable after fatal truck accidents, including drivers, companies, owners, and other motorists.

Those are just a few examples of accidents that can result in deaths and potential wrongful death claims. If your loved one was killed in an accident that was caused by another person’s or party’s negligence, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact the Roanoke wrongful death lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm today for a free consultation.

Where Can You Turn for Compensation After an Auto Accident?

by Staff Blogger | August 22nd, 2019

In addition to being painful, disabling, and traumatic, auto accidents are also expensive. They can result in totaled vehicles and big medical bills, not to mention weeks, months, or years away from work. That means no paychecks, which further compounds any expenses incurred from crashes.

If you were recently injured in an auto accident that wasn’t your fault, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. For most auto accident victims, compensation comes from two primary sources:

  • The other driver’s auto insurance provider—If the other driver was clearly at fault for the crash and they carry valid auto insurance, you can file a claim against them. If their insurance company agrees that they were at fault, you’ll be paid via their insurance policy.
  • Your own auto insurance provider—You also may be eligible to file a claim against your own insurance provider, especially if you purchased personal injury protection or have uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.

In rare cases, an injured driver can even get compensation via punitive damages, which may be paid out if it’s determined that the other driver intentionally caused the accident.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke auto accident lawyers can review your accident and claim to determine how to maximize your chances of getting compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation.

 

When Nursing Homes Violate Residents’ Rights, They Should Be Held Accountable

by Staff Blogger | August 15th, 2019

Nursing home residents are granted many rights by the federal government. The state of Virginia also enforces rules and regulations to help ensure that nursing home residents are well protected and safe from harm while living in care facilities.

Federal rights include the following:

  • The right to a dignified existence—This includes the right to be treated with consideration, respect, and dignity while remaining free from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. It also states that quality of life must be maintained or improved and that residents will be free from physical restraints.
  • The right to self-determination—Regardless of their age or health conditions, nursing home residents should always have a voice in their own care and healthcare plans. They should also be able to participate in activities and request, refuse, or discontinue treatment.
  • The right to be fully informed—Residents should know the status of their own health and the progression of their illnesses, as well as any treatments they might undergo to treat diseases and chronic health conditions. In addition, they should receive important notices and information about changes in a written language they can understand.

These are just a few of the important rights that nursing home residents are supposed to enjoy in Virginia. Unfortunately, these rights are sometimes violated, putting residents in danger.

If you suspect your loved one’s rights were violated after being moved to a nursing home or other care facility, your family may be eligible for compensation. Contact the Roanoke nursing home abuse lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm today to get the legal representation you need.

Hurt by Your Doctor? Don’t Be Afraid to File a Medical Malpractice Claim.

by Staff Blogger | August 8th, 2019

At Skolrood Law Firm, we know that people who are harmed because of others’ negligence need compensation for their medical bills and lost wages. But we also know that many people are hesitant to pursue compensation when the liable parties are people they know. A common example of when a victim may be reluctant to file an injury claim is when they’re harmed by their own doctor.

Your primary care physician may be someone you’ve trusted with your health and even your life for years, if not decades. And while they’re prone to occasionally making mistakes like all humans are, there’s a big difference between honest mistakes and mistakes caused by negligence. If you believe your doctor’s carelessness put your health at risk or harmed you, it’s important to pursue compensation for what you’ve gone through.

Doctors typically carry medical malpractice insurance for themselves and/or their clinics. When injured patients file claims against their doctors, they’re usually paid through their doctors’ insurance policies—the same way that injured auto accident victims are paid through the at-fault parties’ auto insurance policies.

And while no doctor ever wants to be sued or accused of medical malpractice, negligence happens, and when it does, innocent patients deserve recourse for their pain and suffering, their added medical bills, and their lost wages. Our Roanoke medical malpractice lawyers know that this may be a difficult decision for you, and that’s why we want to discuss your case. Contact us today for a free consultation to find out how we can help.