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Injured Because of Negligence? Avoid these Common Mistakes.

by Staff Blogger | January 23rd, 2020

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke personal injury lawyers are here to help injured victims get maximum compensation after accidents that weren’t their fault. And while we do everything in our power to build strong, winning claims for our clients, there are a few things that injured victims must keep in mind before they seek help and while their claims are being built.

If you were recently injured through no fault of your own, the things you do—and don’t do—can have an impact on your chances of receiving compensation. It’s vital to avoid these missteps:

  • Don’t wait too long to call a lawyer—Virginia’s statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years from the date the injury occurred. While that may seem like plenty of time, it can pass quickly, especially if you’re dealing with serious injuries.
  • Don’t talk about your injuries or claim on social media—No matter what type of injury you suffered, the other party’s insurance company is looking for ways to reduce or deny your claim. In 2020, that often means looking at your social media accounts for posts or pictures that can be used as evidence against you.
  • Don’t accept the initial settlement offer—When insurance companies know they can’t deny claims, they may offer victims settlements right away. Those settlements are almost always insufficient to cover full accident-related expenses, and they’re designed to take advantage of victims who are desperate and in shock.

After an injury that wasn’t your fault, you need a legal advocate to protect your rights and help you make the right decisions. Contact us today for a free consultation.

Get an Experienced Law Firm on Your Side after a Truck Accident

by Staff Blogger | January 17th, 2020

Getting compensation after an injury almost always involves some hesitation and pushback by the insurance company. After all, insurance companies wouldn’t post huge profits year after year if they paid out every claim that came their way. But not all claims are treated equally in their eyes, and some are fought more vehemently than others—including truck accident claims.

Because truck accident claims often involve multiple potentially liable parties, including truck drivers, truck owners, and truck companies, more money may be at stake. The fact that truck accidents also frequently result in serious injuries means victims may require more compensation for their medical bills and lost wages. And when there’s more money on the line, the legal complexities increase and the insurance company’s tactics become more aggressive.

Without an experienced Roanoke truck accident lawyer on your side, it’s difficult to be taken seriously by the insurance companies involved, let alone get the money you deserve. Adjusters often count on dealing with unprepared victims who are suffering from serious injuries, and thus unable to properly present their own compensation claims. But that all changes when an attorney is representing that victim.

When you call us, we’ll go right to work collecting evidence to find out who was at fault. Then, we’ll calculate how much money you’re owed for your accident-related expenses. Finally, we’ll negotiate with the insurance company to get you every penny you deserve, even if it means taking your claim to trial. Ready to get started? Contact us today.

How Can You Tell if Medical Malpractice Occurred?

by Staff Blogger | January 9th, 2020

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke medical malpractice lawyers are here to help people who were harmed by the negligence of doctors, surgeons, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.

However, it’s important to note that simply getting a poor outcome after a doctor visit, hospitalization, or surgery doesn’t always mean medical malpractice occurred. Medicine is an inexact science, and different patients have different outcomes depending on a variety of factors.

When we take on medical malpractice claims, we look for evidence that proves victims were harmed due to carelessness or a deviation of accepted standards. Common examples include:

  • Failure to diagnose a health problem
  • Misdiagnosing a health problem
  • Operating on the wrong body part or area of the body
  • Failure to read patient chart or consider medical history
  • Failure to order required tests before procedures or diagnoses
  • And many more

In some cases, patients may experience a worsening of their health or ineffective treatments even though their providers did everything they were supposed to do. Proving medical malpractice requires years of experience and a thorough understanding of what healthcare providers are responsible for throughout the patient treatment process.

Our lawyers have built many successful medical malpractice claims, and we know what it takes to win. We also know that hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities are often reluctant to admit that malpractice occurred, and that’s why we never leave anything up to chance. Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys collect hard evidence that healthcare providers and their insurers simply can’t ignore.

Contact us today for a free consultation on your case—we’re here to help.

Using Social Media After a Crash Can Hurt Your Claim

by Staff Blogger | January 2nd, 2020

A recent study found that 223 million Americans used at least one form of social media in 2019. Whether you use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat, it’s important to understand the effects that social media can have on your auto accident claim after a crash.

Insurance companies report big profits every year, and that’s primarily because they’re adept at finding ways to reduce or deny compensation claims. They have teams of adjusters who dig into claims and the histories and daily lives of the people who file them, including their social media accounts. If they get access to your posts, tweets, or pictures, they may find information that can be used against you—even if they take it out of context.

If you talk about your accident or your claim in a post or tweet and any of the facts don’t line up with what’s in your official compensation claim, it may result in less money or an outright denial. Additionally, if pictures of you are posted on social media that appear to show you taking part in activities that might be difficult due to your injuries, the insurance company may argue that you aren’t as hurt as you say you are.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke auto accident attorneys do everything we can to protect injured victims from the insurance companies trying to deny them, and a part of that is informing victims what not to post on social media. If you have questions or concerns about what to do after a crash that wasn’t your fault, contact us today for a free consultation.

We’ll Give You the Respect and Care You Need After Your Loved One’s Death

by Staff Blogger | December 26th, 2019

If you recently lost a loved one due to a preventable accident, injury, or illness, you’re grieving and may have many questions and concerns on your mind. A common concern after a death in the family is money, especially if the deceased was the primary income-earner for the household. The costs of medical bills and funeral expenses on top of your usual expenses can be too much to bear without the paychecks your family depended on.

At Skolrood Law Firm, it’s our goal to help the surviving family members of people who died because of others’ negligence get the compensation they deserve. Just as we help people who are injured in accidents, we also help grieving family members after the deaths of their loved ones.

We know how difficult the aftermath of a loved one’s death can be. When you contact us, our Roanoke wrongful death lawyers will treat you and your family with the respect, care, and consideration you need during this painful time. In addition, we’ll do everything in our power to maximize your chances of getting full compensation for all related expenses.

You’ve gone through enough already. The last thing you need is to deal with huge bills you can’t afford and an uncooperative insurance company who wants to reduce or deny you the payments you deserve. Let us handle that while you spend time with your family and grieve your loss. Contact us today for a free consultation to find out how we can help.

2 Reasons Why Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Occur

by Staff Blogger | December 19th, 2019

Nursing homes are supposed to be safe places where elderly and disabled people can get the care and attention they need. It’s difficult to imagine that they can instead be places where residents are actively neglected or even abused. Unfortunately, that’s the reality for a large number of nursing home residents in Virginia and throughout the U.S.

Although nursing home abuse and neglect can sometimes be caused by a single employee, it’s often due to a more systemic cause that can be traced back to the way owners and administrators run their facilities. In many cases, it comes down to money and attempting to save it in two ways:

  1. Understaffing—Fully staffed nursing homes are expensive to run and operate. They may need doctors and nurses onsite, in addition to dozens of caretakers and support staff. Some nursing homes try to maximize profits by understaffing, which can put residents at risk.
  2. Hiring inexperienced and unqualified employees—Nursing home employees should have the proper education and training to do their jobs. They should also pass background checks and security clearances. When nursing homes don’t vet their employees, residents suffer.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke nursing home abuse lawyers know the common causes of abuse and neglect, and we know how to find evidence that owners or administrators failed to do their due diligence to prevent it. If your loved one was neglected or abused in a nursing home, we want to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.

3 Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

by Staff Blogger | December 12th, 2019

If you’re a motorcyclist, avoiding accidents is always a major concern. Motorcycles provide zero protection to riders, and even the most well-equipped riders still face serious risks when they’re involved in crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that motorcyclists are 28 times more likely to suffer fatal injuries during accidents than people in passenger vehicles.

Usually, the biggest risk that motorcyclists face isn’t their own lack of skill, experience, or caution. Instead, it’s other drivers and roadway hazards. Three of the most common causes of motorcycle crashes include:

  1. Drivers turning left in front of motorcyclists—Whether they’re turning left at intersections or into driveways, drivers don’t always look out for people traveling on two wheels. When they fail to notice or look for motorcycles and then turn left, drivers can turn directly in front of motorcyclists, resulting in deadly crashes.
  2. Drivers following too closely—Motorcycles can accelerate and stop much more quickly than passenger vehicles. When drivers follow motorcyclists too closely, they’re often unable to slow down or stop in time in response to traffic slowdowns. In addition, drivers who are distracted or aren’t paying attention may rear-end motorcyclists.
  3. Roadway debris—Wet leaves, loose gravel, and potholes are usually nothing more than minor annoyances for drivers—if they’re noticed at all. But for motorcyclists, they can be extremely dangerous. Riders must constantly scan the road ahead for potential hazards, and sometimes, they don’t see them until it’s too late.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke motorcycle accident attorneys assist injured riders get compensation for their medical expenses when they get hurt through no fault of their own. If you or someone you love was hurt in a crash, contact us today for a free consultation.

3 Ways Traumatic Brain Injuries Affect Victims

by Staff Blogger | December 5th, 2019

Whether the result of an auto accident, motorcycle accident, truck accident, or even an act of violence, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are often life-changing experiences for victims. The brain is a complex and extremely vulnerable organ, and even seemingly minor bumps can result in concussions, swelling, or bleeding, and a host of associated complications.

The extent of TBIs aren’t always obvious. Minor TBIs may cause subtle changes, while more severe TBIs can cause profound difficulties and challenges for victims. Three common TBI-related complications and changes victims experience include:

  1. Personality changes—There are many stories of TBI victims experiencing dramatic changes in personality and demeanor. Individuals who were laid back before their injuries may become anxious and tense, while others may lose their filters in social settings and say inappropriate or offensive things.
  2. Reduced motor skills—Brain injuries can affect victims’ abilities to perform routine tasks, such as eating, getting dressed, or driving vehicles. People who experience reduced motor skills may even lose their ability to work.
  3. Cognitive problems—TBIs can affect the frontal lobe and parts of the brain responsible for thinking and executive function. Victims may experience difficulty with vocabulary, speech, and critical thinking after their injuries.

TBIs aren’t just life-changing—they’re also expensive. Victims often require extensive medical care or even daily assistance from medical professionals. In addition, the complications of their injuries may make it impossible for them to work, which means no paychecks.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke brain injury lawyers fight to help TBI victims get the compensation they deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation if you or someone you love suffered a TBI.

After an Injury, Get a Law Firm that Cares about Your Recovery

by Staff Blogger | November 28th, 2019

At Skolrood Law Firm, we know that auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, and truck accidents aren’t the only types of accidents that cause innocent people to suffer serious injuries. We handle a variety of injury claims that are caused by negligent people or parties, including:

  • Brain and spinal cord injuries
  • Nursing home abuse injuries
  • Wrongful deaths
  • And more

No matter what type of injury you suffered, there’s a good chance the insurance company will be reluctant to pay you the money you deserve. They may reduce your settlement or even deny it altogether. Insurance companies report huge profits year after year specifically because they’re adept at not paying people the settlements they’re owed.

Our Roanoke personal injury lawyers don’t let innocent victims get taken advantage of by greedy insurance companies. We build claims that are backed by evidence that they simply can’t ignore. Then, we calculate how much money our clients are owed for their medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. And finally, we present our claims and demand fair settlements. If they still refuse to pay, we don’t hesitate to take the cases to court.

Going it alone after an injury that wasn’t your fault means you’re leaving your financial recovery up to chance or even in the hands of an insurance adjuster who wants to pay you as little as possible. Contact us today, and let us level the playing field for you. We have years of experience helping injured victims, and we know the tricks insurance companies use to protect their profits.

Truck Drivers, Owners, and Companies Are Held to High Safety Standards

by Staff Blogger | November 21st, 2019

When you get behind the wheel of any vehicle, you’re required to follow a few important traffic laws, including driving at or below the speed limit, coming to a complete stop at stop signs and red lights, not driving while intoxicated, using your turn signal before turning, and maintaining a lane.

In addition to being required to follow all of those laws, truck drivers must also follow requirements dictated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). And it’s not just truck drivers who must abide by these stricter rules. Truck owners and companies also must follow the FMCSA’s guidelines, which are designed to make the operation of trucks on U.S. highways and interstates safer for both truck drivers and other motorists.

Examples of FMCSA guidelines include:

  • Hours of service limits for drivers—The trucking industry is all about making deliveries on time and maximizing productivity. To generate bigger profits, truck drivers may be pressured into driving for long periods of time, but sleepiness and fatigue can be deadly. The FMCSA requires that truck drivers take regular breaks as well as limits how long they can work in a 24-hour period.
  • Maximum weight limits—Truck companies may be tempted to load their trucks with as much cargo as possible to maximize their profits. But doing so can be dangerous, as it can make trucks more difficult to drive and stop. The FMCSA limits how much trucks can weigh when fully loaded.

If you or someone you love was injured in a truck accident, it may have been caused by an FMCSA violation. The Roanoke truck accident lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm can investigate the accident and determine its cause, and then we’ll hold the responsible parties liable for your accident-related expenses. Contact us today for a free consultation.