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You Shouldn’t Have to Pay Out of Pocket for an Injury That Wasn’t Your Fault

by Staff Blogger | February 21st, 2019

Your health and ability to earn a living for your family are vital to your life and even your identity. When they get temporarily or permanently taken away because of someone else’s negligence, you should get full compensation for your losses.

Unfortunately, many accident victims end up paying for their medical bills out of their own pockets—and that can be difficult when they’re too hurt to work. At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke personal injury lawyers fight to prevent that from happening.

We know what it takes to build strong claims that increase victims’ chances of getting maximum compensation. When you choose us to handle your claim, we’ll stay ahead of the insurance company by taking the following steps:

  • Collecting evidence that proves you weren’t at fault—Whether you were hurt in an auto accident, truck accident, work accident, motorcycle accident, or any other accident, we can collect evidence that leaves no doubt about who or what caused your injuries.
  • Negotiating to get you a fair settlement—Insurance companies earn big profits year after year by reducing or denying claims. We won’t let adjusters take advantage of you—instead, we’ll negotiate to get you the compensation you deserve.

In addition, we’ll handle all communication with the insurance company from the day we take on your claim. That’s one less thing you’ll have to worry about as you focus on getting better. Don’t risk missing out on the financial recovery you’re entitled to receive—contact us today for a free consultation.

3 Ways Semi Truck Drivers Can Cause Accidents

by Staff Blogger | February 14th, 2019

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) oversees the trucking industry in the U.S. It’s responsible for creating guidelines and rules that all parties involved in the industry must abide by, including truck owners, drivers, and companies. And while negligence on the part of any or all three of those parties can contribute to crashes, driver error remains one of the most common causes of all accidents—including big truck accidents.

When you contact a Roanoke truck accident attorney at Skolrood Law Firm, we search for evidence that could imply that truck drivers were negligent or careless in the hours or minutes leading up to accidents. Three common ways that truck drivers can contribute to crashes include:

  1. Driving while exhausted—The FMCSA limits the number of hours truck drivers can be on duty without resting or having sufficient time to sleep. When truck drivers exceed that limit, they put themselves and other drivers at risk.
  2. Driving while impaired—Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is dangerous regardless of the vehicle you’re in—but it can be especially deadly when that vehicle is a semi truck. Truck drivers who drive while impaired aren’t just violating state laws, they’re also violating federal regulations.
  3. Driving without proper training or credentials—It’s not easy to maneuver big 18-wheelers. Being a truck driver requires plenty of training and testing. Some drivers may forge or lie about their credentials to get on the road, and their inexperience and lack of skill can cause serious accidents.

If you or someone you love was hurt in a truck accident, contact our legal team today for a free consultation.

Why TBI Victims and Their Families Need Legal Representation

by Staff Blogger | February 7th, 2019

Whether they’re due to auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, work-related accidents, or even acts of violence, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are often lifechanging for victims and their families. That’s because injuries to the brain can cause dramatic changes in everything from fine motor skills and balance to memory and cognition.

It’s common for TBI victims to face huge medical bills for hospitalization, surgery, and rehabilitation. Many may also require in-home care and even around-the-clock supervision and assistance from nurses and other medical professionals. Working a full-time job often becomes difficult or impossible for TBI victims, which means they no longer have the opportunity to earn an income for their families.

Like all personal injury victims, TBI victims who were harmed because of someone else’s negligence can file compensation claims to get money for their injury-related expenses. However, pursuing compensation after a TBI can be extremely difficult. That’s because victims are often unable to complete many of the steps necessary to complete a claim on their own, and their loved ones may be too busy and exhausted from caring for them and managing their households to take on the task themselves.

That’s where we come in. At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke brain injury lawyers assist TBI victims and their loved ones as much as possible. From collecting evidence to prove negligence caused the injury, to calculating how much money victims deserve, it’s our goal to take the stress of the claim off the shoulders of victims and their loved ones. Call us today for a free consultation.

3 Ways a Lawyer Can Help After Medical Malpractice

by Staff Blogger | January 31st, 2019

Getting injured or developing health complications due to a medical professional’s negligence is a devastating experience. You trust your doctors, surgeons, and other providers to do everything in their power to help you recover from your injury or illness, but all it takes is one mistake to put your health and even your life at risk.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke medical malpractice attorneys fight for the rights of people who were injured by healthcare providers. We know that victims often face uphill battles when it comes to getting compensation for their medical bills and lost wages. That’s because hospitals and healthcare facilities are reluctant to admit fault for any health problems that victims suffer.

When people who were harmed by medical professionals file claims, they often experience significant resistance. Their providers may deny responsibility, or their health problems may be attributed to other conditions or previous injuries. And even if the hospital or healthcare facility assumes liability, victims may receive small settlement offers that aren’t enough to cover their injury or illness-related expenses.

When you hire our legal team after medical malpractice, it’s our goal to help you in the following ways:

  1. We’ll collect evidence that indicates your healthcare provider was negligent.
  2. We’ll collect evidence that shows your health problems are due to your provider’s negligence.
  3. We’ll calculate how much money you’re owed and fight to help you get it.

You deserve full compensation for what you’ve experienced, and it’s our goal to help you get every penny. Call today for a free consultation.

Here’s How We Help After an Auto Accident

by Staff Blogger | January 24th, 2019

If you were recently injured in an auto accident, your priorities right now are protecting your family’s health and getting back to work as quickly as possible. But the injuries that you and your loved ones are facing may be long-term, and that means expensive medical bills and weeks or even months without the paychecks you depend on.

Filing a claim for compensation after an auto accident on your own can be an uphill battle. Insurance companies are reluctant to pay victims settlements, and that means they frequently deny otherwise valid claims. And when they do agree to pay victims damages for their accident-related expenses, the money they offer is often insufficient to fully cover injury-related expenses like medical bills and lost wages.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke auto accident lawyers know that insurance companies don’t always play fair or give car crash victims a fair shake. That’s why it’s our goal to help families like yours get maximum compensation after crashes that weren’t their fault. When you choose us to handle your auto accident claim, you’ll get the following services from our legal team:

  • We’ll investigate who was at fault for the crash—The insurance company won’t touch your claim unless it knows you didn’t cause the crash. We know what evidence to look for and where to find it to leave no doubt about who caused the crash.
  • We’ll negotiate to get you maximum compensation—Even after being presented with proof of liability, the insurance company may still refuse to pay a settlement or offer only a “lowball” settlement. We’ll calculate how much money you deserve, and we’ll fight to help you get it.

We’re ready to get started on your claim. Call today for a free consultation.

Motorcycle Accident? Don’t Be a Victim of Unfair Stereotypes.

by Staff Blogger | January 17th, 2019

If you were recently injured while riding your motorcycle, you may have suffered serious and even disabling injuries. The medical bills you’re facing may be too much for your family to bear, especially if your disability prevents you from going back to work in the near future.

To make matters worse, insurance companies are rarely sympathetic to motorcyclists. In fact, they often look into motorcycle accident claims already biased against riders—even when the riders were following all traffic laws and other motorists caused their accidents.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke motorcycle accident attorneys believe that motorcyclists should never be treated unfairly after crashes. However, we also know that dispelling stereotypes and preconceived notions can be difficult for motorcyclists, especially when they’re seriously injured and don’t have the time and energy to collect evidence that proves they weren’t at fault.

That’s why our legal team does everything in its power to protect motorcyclists and maximize their chances of getting the compensation they deserve. Even the most biased insurance companies and adjusters can’t deny hard evidence that riders didn’t cause their own accidents. When you choose us to handle your motorcycle accident claim, we’ll collect proof to determine who was at fault, and then we’ll negotiate to get you the compensation you deserve.

Contact us today for a free consultation, and let us put our experience to work for you.

Do You Know How to Recognize Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect?

by Staff Blogger | January 10th, 2019

Making the decision to move your loved one into a nursing home is never easy, but it’s often necessary to make sure he or she gets the best possible care and attention from medical providers and support staff. It’s common for nursing home residents to experience bouts of poor health due to pre-existing conditions or old age, but sometimes, worsening health or a decline in overall physical condition can be due to mistreatment by nursing home employees.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we know that not all nursing facilities throughout Virginia treat their patients with respect and dignity. In fact, some residents are actively abused or even neglected by staff, putting their health and even their lives at risk.

Nursing home mistreatment often occurs when nursing homes value profits over resident safety and well-being. That means they intentionally understaff or hire inexperienced and underqualified employees in an effort to save money. Ultimately, those decisions trickle down to resident care.

If your loved one lives in a nursing home, watch out for the following signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect:

  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Changes in mood
  • Cuts, sores, bruises, and abrasions
  • Unsanitary conditions in your loved one’s room or throughout the facility
  • Worsening health

If you believe your loved one is being mistreated at his or her nursing home, contact a Roanoke nursing home abuse attorney now. Our legal team is ready to begin investigating your loved one’s nursing home for potential abuse or neglect and help you get the compensation you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation.

Was Your Loved One’s Death Preventable? You May Be Eligible for Compensation.

by Staff Blogger | January 4th, 2019

If you recently lost a loved one, you’re going through one of the most difficult times of your life. In addition to mourning his or her loss, you also may be worried about how you’ll manage your family’s finances—especially if your loved one was a significant contributor to your household’s income.

It’s important to note that surviving family members are often eligible to file wrongful death claims when their loved ones die due to other people’s or parties’ negligence. Just as injured victims can seek compensation after accidents that weren’t their fault, so too can the family members of people who died due to preventable and negligence-related causes.

At Skolrood Law Firm, it’s our goal to help grieving families get the money they deserve after the deaths of their loved ones. Our Roanoke wrongful death attorneys know that many families find it difficult to keep up with day-to-day living expenses after losing loved ones, especially when they’re still paying for medical bills and funeral expenses.

When you choose us to handle your wrongful death claim, we’ll collect evidence that leaves no doubt about what caused your loved one’s death. Then, we’ll calculate what a fair settlement would be for your family, and we’ll negotiate with the insurance company to help you get it. Call us today for a free consultation—we’re ready to fight for your rights.

Why Are Truck Accidents Often More Complex Than Car Accidents?

by Staff Blogger | December 27th, 2018

After an auto accident that wasn’t your fault, having an experienced attorney on your side can be beneficial. That’s because the injuries associated with car accidents are often painful and disabling. In fact, victims frequently require expensive medical care and may be out of work for long periods of time.

Truck accidents are similar, but often even more disruptive to victims’ lives. On average, truck accidents produce more severe injuries that lead to bigger medical costs and more time away from work. Because of the increased severity of truck accidents, insurance companies often fight even harder to protect their profits and to prevent victims from getting the settlements they deserve.

In addition, determining blame for truck accidents can be difficult due to the number of parties involved. In many truck accidents, fault can be assigned to more than one person or entity, including the truck driver, truck owner, truck company, and even other drivers that may or may not have been hurt in the crash.

Finally, there’s an entirely different set of rules, laws, and guidelines that the trucking industry must follow that are separate from ordinary traffic laws. The trucking industry is governed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and when any party associated with a truck violates an FMCSA, they can be held liable if a crash occurs.

Let a Roanoke truck accident lawyer at Skolrood Law Firm handle your truck accident claim while you focus on getting better. Call us today for a free consultation.

Get a Lawyer After Your Truck Accident to Level the Playing Field

by Staff Blogger | December 20th, 2018

Truck accidents often cause serious and disabling injuries, putting victims out of work for long periods of time. But when those victims file compensation claims, they often find themselves fighting uphill battles. That’s because truck accident claims are often hotly contested by insurance companies. In addition, there may be multiple liable parties, which can further complicate matters when it comes to determining who should pay what.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we know how confusing and frustrating truck accident claims can be for victims and their families. It’s disheartening to suffer disabling injuries that lead to expensive medical bills and lost paychecks, only to find that the insurance company is uncooperative or even hostile towards you when you seek compensation.

A Roanoke truck accident lawyer isn’t afraid to go toe-to-toe with insurance companies after accidents, whether they represent truck drivers, truck owners, or truck companies. We know how to build successful truck accident claims, and we’re ready to put our knowledge, resources, and track record of success to work for you and your family.

Don’t let the insurance company intimidate or frustrate you into giving up. Your injuries are serious, and you may face huge medical bills over the coming months or even years. Those bills can be devastating when you aren’t working, but we want to help you get maximum compensation. Call us today for a free consultation to find out how we may be able to assist you during this difficult time.