Personal Injury

Abingdon Facility Facing Claims of Nursing Home Abuse

by Staff Blogger | December 10th, 2015

An Abingdon, Virginia, care facility for the elderly is at the center of a legal controversy involving allegations of nursing home abuse and neglect. The lawsuit was filed after a former employee claimed she was wrongfully terminated for reporting incidents where policies and procedures weren’t followed.

In February, the plaintiff in the case was hired as a quality assurance nurse at the facility in question. She soon began to witness patients suffering abusive and neglectful care in addition to being aware of records being altered after a patient died.  The nurse reported the incidents, but was fired from the facility in April.

The former nurse filed the suit claiming she was wrongfully terminated from her position in retaliation for her reports of misconduct. The facility has denied the claims, but this isn’t the first time the nursing home has been at the center of controversial care.

According to an article from WCYB News, the federal government ranks the facility with only one star out of five. This means the center is ranked as being “much below average” when it comes to meeting industry standards for care. Furthermore, the facility was fined more than $83,000 two years ago for undisclosed violations.

Our team at the Skolrood Law Firm believes in holding elder care facilities and their staff accountable for their actions. Our Roanoke personal injury lawyers are hopeful a resolution to this case will help to improve the care Virginia’s elderly citizens receive and will bring closure to those who were affected by the incidents in question.

Roanoke Car Accident Lawyers Offer Advice on Vehicle Recalls

by Staff Blogger | November 5th, 2015

Millions of American cars, trucks, and SUVs have been affected by safety warnings or voluntary recalls. The Roanoke car accident lawyers at the Skolrood Law Firm explain General Motors announced their vehicles were equipped with faulty ignition switches, while an airbag manufacturer came forward with information showing their products can explode and injure vehicle occupants when activated. Volkswagen has also stated their vehicles are equipped with a device that is used to cheat emissions tests, causing vehicle values to plummet.

With so many vehicles being recalled, many citizens are questioning what actions they should take in order to ensure their vehicle and its parts are not affected and functioning properly. Entering your vehicle’s VIN number into the database at safercar.gov can provide you with information regarding any recalls that have been initiated on your vehicle. There are other steps you can take, including:

  • Check your mail– If your vehicle is under recall, you will receive a notice through the postal service informing you of the problem that’s been discovered, as well as the next steps you need to take to get your vehicle repaired.
  • Visit certified dealerships– Try to use a certified dealership that sells your brand of vehicle to do maintenance work. These facilities will often inform you of any recalls affecting your vehicle.
  • Act quickly– If you find out your vehicle has been recalled, schedule your repair as soon as possible. Recalls can often lead to a shortage of parts, so the faster you act, the more likely it is that your repair center will have the necessary parts to fix your vehicle.

The Roanoke personal injury attorneys at the Skolrood Law Firm hope these tips help you to keep your vehicle running smoothly and safely on the road.

Roanoke Personal Injury Attorneys Look at Zipline Injuries

by Staff Blogger | October 8th, 2015

The Dangers of Ziplines

Imagine soaring through the trees, high above the forest floor, with the wind blowing across your face and through your hair. You don’t have to fly to experience this feeling. You just have to take a ride along a zipline course—a newly emerging form of outdoor activity. However, the Roanoke personal injury attorneys at Skolrood Law Firm explain that the number of injuries associated with ziplines has grown in recent years.

What are Ziplines?

Ziplines are cables hung high in the air between a set of platforms connected to trees or elevated poles. Zipline users then connect a harness to the cable, push off, and then slide along the cable system between platforms.

What are the Risks?

Experts say the number of injuries associated with ziplining has dramatically increased in recent years. In less than two decades, as many as 16,850 people have suffered injuries ziplining that required a visit to the emergency room. Reports from NBC News say the number of injuries reported annually rose by more than 50 percent between 2009 and 2012.

Most Common Injuries

While broken bones, cuts, and bruises are the most commonly reported injuries, more serious conditions—like traumatic brain injuries—have been reported in the past as well.

Can I be compensated for a zipline injury?

The laws regarding liability for injuries sustained while ziplining can be complicated, and it may wise to discuss your questions and rights with a qualified legal representative.

New Study Links Energy Drinks to Brain Injury

by Staff Blogger | September 25th, 2015

Most Americans are aware of the health risks associated with the heaping amounts of sugar and caffeine found in energy drinks, but could consuming these beverages put you at an increased risk of suffering a serious blow to the head? Our Roanoke brain injury attorneys at the Skolrood Law Firm explain that one new study suggests the answer to that question may be “yes.”

Researchers surveyed a total of 10,272 students ranging in age from 7th to 12th grades. They were asked about any brain injuries they may have suffered during the past 12 months, as well as their consumption of energy drinks during an average week. The results were interesting.

According to an article from TIME magazine, teens that drank at least five energy drinks per week were seven times more likely to suffer a traumatic brain injury compared to their peers who didn’t consume energy drinks. Also, teens who drank energy drinks mixed with alcohol were even more likely to report having sustained a serious blow to the head.

The authors of the study suggest the possible link between brain injuries and energy drink consumption may be sports. Advertising campaigns for these drinks are often aimed at active, young athletes, who are more likely to be involved in activities that can cause TBI.

There are many factors that can play a role in causing an accident that results in a traumatic brain injury and our Roanoke personal injury attorneys at the Skolrood Law Firm hope this interesting information helps teens recognize the risks they face.

Tassimo Coffee Makers Recalled After 140 Reports Of Burns

by Staff Blogger | February 9th, 2012

February 9, 2012

A home coffee and tea maker is being recalled after 140 reports of people being burned by the machine. According to reports from WSLS 10 News, the Tassimo single cup brewer has caused some victims second degree burns on the bodies.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall today in response to problems with the T Discs used to make the hot drinks. T Discs are plastic discs filled with coffee or tea that are inserted into Tassimo coffee makers to brew single cups of hot espresso drinks. The problems were reported with eight and 16-count packages of the discs with codes ending with 11213 through 12020. These identifying codes are printed on both the foil lid and side of the T Discs.

The injuries reported were by people who claim the T Discs became clogged. Once the brewer was clogged, victims say that the machine spewed hot liquids, coffee grinds, and tealeaves on their bodies.

While 140 reports have been made, 37 of those cases involved victims suffering second-degree burns.

The CPSC asks that owners stop use immediately and contact the company for a refund. They also ask that those who have accidents with the machine continue to report their injuries.

The Roanoke defective product lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm are experienced in helping those who have been harmed by a faulty product get the compensation they need for their injuries.

FDA and Smuckers Recall Peanut Butter Tainted With Salmonella

by Staff Blogger | November 17th, 2011

November 17, 2011

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in conjunction with J.M. Smucker Company, have announced the recall of thousands of 16-ounce jars of Smucker’s® Natural Peanut Butter Chunky because of salmonella contamination. According to the press release issued by the organizations, the bacterium was discovered after random product testing was conducted.

This product was distributed to Virginia as well as: Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.

Symptoms of salmonella include: Fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and cramping. In more serious cases, the infection can spread to the blood stream, resulting in arterial infections, endocarditis, and arthritis. Severe infections can lead to death.

Those who have purchased the product with Production Code of 1037004 and 1308004, and/or Best-If-Used-By dates of August 3, 2012 or August 4, 2012 are urged to discard the product immediately and call the company at 1-888-550-9555 for a replacement coupon. The company may require proof of purchase. Customers with questions can contact the company to speak to a customer service representative at 1-888-550-9555 between Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM.

The Virginia Defective Product Lawyers with the Skolrood Law Firm understand the dangers that unsafe products pose to consumers and have experience fighting for the rights of foodborne illness and defective product victims. If you have been harmed because of an unsafe food product, contact us today!