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3 Steps to Take Immediately After an Auto Accident in Virginia

by Staff Blogger | August 6th, 2020

At Skolrood Law Firm, we know that auto accidents are traumatic and confusing. You may find it difficult to concentrate due to the adrenaline and shock from the accident. We also know that most victims don’t respond in a textbook manner after their crashes—but that’s okay. That’s what we’re here for!

However, if you’re able to follow three important steps in the minutes, hours, or days after your crash, you can do a lot to protect your health and your rights to compensation. Those steps include:

  1. Get medical treatment—Never try to “tough out” an injury. Even if you don’t go to the hospital straight from the accident scene via ambulance, it’s important to get checked out by a doctor with hours of the crash at the most. Doing so treats your injuries, prevents them from getting worse, and establishes a record of what happened.
  2. Report the crash to your insurance provider—Regardless of whether you believe you caused the crash or not, you’re still required to report the crash to your insurance company. This is especially important if you have MedPay coverage, as this coverage will kick in whether you’re 100% at fault or 100% not at fault.
  3. Call a lawyer—Virginia’s statute of limitations on personal injury claims is two years from the date they occurred. But more importantly, the limitations on collecting evidence is the amount of time it exists—and that may be just a few days after the crash! The more evidence we can find, the better your chances of winning your case.

These are just a few steps to take. We can help you with more steps and fight to get you the money you deserve when you contact our Roanoke auto accident lawyers. Call today.

What Compensation is Available to Grieving Families after Wrongful Deaths?

by Staff Blogger | July 30th, 2020

The idea of calling a lawyer and going through the process of filing a compensation claim after the death of a loved one can seem out of the question for many people. But as time goes on, it often becomes clear that there’s a significant financial impact of their loss in addition to the emotional impact. When a primary income-earner dies, their loved ones may struggle to pay their everyday living expenses, and that’s when a wrongful death claim can help.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke wrongful death lawyers help families like yours recover compensation for:

  • Medical bills—If your loved one needed medical treatment before passing away, you may have already spent tens of thousands of dollars and be on the hook for even more bills. A wrongful death claim can help you get money to cover those expenses.
  • Lost wages—Whether the deceased was the primary income-earner in your household or simply contributed to your household income, losing their paychecks can be a major financial hit. We can help you get a settlement to replace the money you’ve lost.
  • Pain and suffering—Your family will never be the same after your loss. Losing companionship and a strong familial bond can be difficult for everyone involved, and it can affect life for years to come. We believe this loss should be acknowledged and well compensated.

You wouldn’t pay out of pocket for injuries after an accident that wasn’t your fault, and you shouldn’t have to do so after a death that was caused by someone else’s negligence. Contact us today for a free consultation and to see how we can help you.

Touring a Nursing Home? Beware of These Red Flags.

by Staff Blogger | July 23rd, 2020

Making the decision to move your loved one into a nursing home is never easy. And with the growing population of senior citizens in America, there are more nursing homes to choose from than ever before. That can be both a blessing and a curse, as you may have plenty of options but also be unsure of where to start looking.

For many people, the first consideration is cost. After you’ve narrowed down nursing homes that are in your price range, it’s important to tour them to determine which is right for your loved one. While touring, be on the lookout for the following red flags, which can indicate that residents are receiving less than adequate care:

  • A chaotic environment—Nursing homes are often large facilities with potentially hundreds of residents. Ensuring that they remain harmonious and welcoming places requires proper staffing and training. If a nursing home seems loud, disorganized, and chaotic, look elsewhere.
  • Poor cleanliness—Nursing homes should be extremely neat and clean, especially in common areas. If areas such as offices, entryways, lobbies, outdoor spaces, and other high traffic spots are dirty, it can mean that resident spaces are even more neglected.
  • Disengaged residents—Nursing home residents may vary in age, health, and overall wellness. However, staff should always make efforts to keep residents as engaged, active, and busy as possible by coordinating stimulating activities. Residents who appear bored or disengaged may indicate a nursing home that’s out to make a buck—not provide adequate care.

When nursing homes abuse or neglect residents, Skolrood Law Firm is there to help them and their loved ones get maximum compensation. Contact us today if you believe your loved one was harmed—our Roanoke nursing home abuse lawyers are ready to fight for their rights.

Why Some Insurance Companies Are Biased Against Motorcyclists

by Staff Blogger | July 16th, 2020

It’s a fact that insurance companies want to protect their profits at the expense of people who need settlements and compensation. After all, if insurers paid claims to every deserving victim, they wouldn’t report huge profits year after year, which is almost always the case.

When you combine that fact with the fact that insurance companies are biased against motorcyclists, it’s easy to see what an uphill battle bikers face when they’re injured in crashes that weren’t their fault. But why do insurance companies give motorcyclists unfair treatment? There are a few reasons it happens:

  • They believe stereotypes—Movies, television shows, and other forms of media like to paint everyone who rides a motorcycle as a ruffian or a daredevil. Insurance companies aren’t immune to this stereotype, and they approach such claims with a closed mind.
  • They think motorcyclists caused their own crashes—Because of that stereotype, insurance companies may believe that motorcyclists did something to cause their own crashes. In their minds, adjusters believe that riders were certainly speeding, weaving, or riding recklessly.
  • They don’t want to pay large settlements—Motorcyclists are significantly more likely to suffer serious injuries in crashes than people in passenger vehicles. The worse their injuries, the bigger the potential settlement. Insurers know that, and that’s why they’re even more reluctant to give motorcyclists a fair shake.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we’re privy to the underhanded and unfair tactics insurance companies use when injured motorcyclists need compensation. Our Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers work hard to get riders every penny they deserve. Contact us today if you or someone you love was hurt in a motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault.

Never Accept a “Fast” Settlement After a Truck Accident

by Staff Blogger | July 9th, 2020

If you’ve been involved in a truck accident, you know how frightening, painful, and disabling it can be. Big commercial tractor-trailers outweigh even the largest pickup trucks and SUVs by tens of thousands of pounds, making serious injuries in these accidents far more likely to occur than in most other types of collisions.

In addition to the increased risk of injuries, the trucking industry is strictly regulated. When a crash occurs, there’s a good chance at least one party connected to the truck—whether it was the driver, owner, or the company using it—can be held liable. And in many cases, multiple parties may be considered at fault.

Combine that with serious injuries and it means victims are often in line with big paydays. Insurance companies know that, and the last thing they want to do is pay victims the money they’re truly owed. When they know they can’t deny a claim, they seek to reduce it. And the first thing they do is offer victims upfront compensation just days after crashes occur.

It may seem tempting to accept a five-figure or greater settlement without having to call a lawyer, especially when you need compensation right away. But doing so means you can’t pursue additional money down the road. And for many victims, the expenses they face shortly after their accidents are just the beginning.

It’s important to always discuss your crash and your options with an experienced Roanoke truck accident lawyer. Call the legal team at Skolrood Law Firm today to find out your best move. We’re here to help.

Can You Get Compensation After a Crash Without a Lawyer?

by Staff Blogger | July 2nd, 2020

At Skolrood Law Firm, it’s our job to help injured victims get money after crashes that weren’t their fault. However, we know that many victims are hesitant to call a lawyer. Going through the legal system can be an intimidating process for people who have never needed it before, and many people don’t want to burden others by suing them.

We get it! And in fact, you can get compensation after a crash without ever speaking to a lawyer. But it’s important to keep in mind that it’s typically the insurance companies that pay settlements to crash victims, and they don’t like spending money. In fact, that’s how they report big profits year after year.

Sometimes, insurance companies even offer victims settlements just days after their accidents occur. While they may seem great initially, as it requires less work and almost no waiting for a check, the deal is almost always rigged to be in favor of the insurance company.

Adjusters know about crashes right away, and when they realize they can’t easily deny a claim, they act fast to minimize the damage. One tactic is to offer a lowball settlement right away. Victims are often in shock and worried about medical bills and lost wages, and they frequently accept. But when they do, they forfeit their rights to future compensation.

That’s just one tactic insurance companies use. Simply put—having an experienced Roanoke auto accident lawyer on your side means you can focus on your recovery without worrying about the insurance company taking advantage of you. In addition, we’ll work hard to get you paid fair and square, and we’ll never accept less than what your accident is worth. Contact us today.

Your Health Worsened After an Operation. Did Medical Malpractice Occur?

by Staff Blogger | June 25th, 2020

When most patients see their doctors, whether it’s for checkups or operations, they expect to get treatment that will make them feel better. But that doesn’t always happen. In fact, sometimes patients end up feeling worse, and they may even develop new complications after procedures.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we get many questions from people whose health took a downturn after getting treatments. They want to know whether or not they are victims of medical malpractice. It’s difficult to answer that question without carefully reviewing the facts of what happened and reviewing any and all available evidence.

When you see a doctor or other healthcare professional, there’s no guarantee you’ll get better or that your condition will be properly treated. However, healthcare providers are expected to provide care to the best of their abilities and to avoid carelessness every step of the way. When they don’t follow proper protocols or don’t pay attention to what they’re doing, they may be considered negligent.

Negligence that results in poor health outcomes can be considered medical malpractice. And that’s what our Roanoke medical malpractice lawyers are here to assist with. If you’re unsure of whether you’re a victim of medical malpractice, contact our law firm today for a free consultation. Hospitals and healthcare clinics are notorious for denying all liability, but having an attorney on your side can help you get a fair shake at compensation.

When you contact us, we’ll listen to your story, determine what happened, and work hard to get you the best possible results for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Call today.

Nursing Home Abuse Can Take Many Forms

by Staff Blogger | June 18th, 2020

When many people hear the phrase “nursing home abuse,” they think of residents being physically struck by staff members. While that’s a real breach of trust, ethics, and the law in some nursing homes, it represents only a small percentage of actual nursing home abuse cases.

Often, residents are abused in more subtle ways, or in ways that aren’t immediately obvious to other staff members and family. Common examples of abuse include:

  • Verbal abuse—Nursing home residents can be considered victims of abuse when they’re harmed emotionally and psychologically. This can occur via intimidation, threats, insults, humiliation, and more. Caregivers never have to actually touch residents to cause them significant harm.
  • Health abuse—Many nursing home residents are highly dependent on medications and frequent visits from their doctors to stay in good health. When they don’t get their medications, or when their symptoms aren’t reported in a timely fashion, they can go downhill quickly. That’s an unfortunate reality for some victims of abuse.
  • Neglectful abuse—Some residents are abused via neglect. They may be left in their homes alone and without company or assistance for days at a time, or they may be excluded from activities and events. In severe cases, residents may even be denied food and water, putting their lives at risk.

If you have a loved one living in a nursing home, it’s important to keep a close eye on their physical, emotional, and psychological health when you visit, as abuse and neglect can be subtle and difficult to detect. And if you suspect abuse is occurring, our Roanoke nursing home abuse lawyers are here to help. Contact us today for a free consultation.

TBIs Are Especially Damaging When They Happen to Kids and Teens

by Staff Blogger | June 11th, 2020

TBIs are devastating at any age. They can cause a myriad of complications, difficulties, and disabilities in victims, making it hard for them to work and even take care of themselves. However, TBIs are even more tragic when they happen to children and teenagers.

The brain is a highly vulnerable organ. When it’s damaged due to accidents, injuries, and illnesses, it can affect every aspect of a victim’s life. When that victim’s brain is still rapidly developing, as is the case with children and adolescents, the effects can be even more severe.

Young people who suffer TBIs may regress physically, emotionally, cognitively, and behaviorally faster and more profoundly than older people who suffer similar injuries. For example, a young child may suddenly be unable to tie their shoes or feed themselves after suffering a TBI, while a teenager may be unable to drive or may regress educationally.

Adults who suffer TBIs may experience disruptions and impairments in their ability to work and progress in their careers. Kids who suffer TBIs may find it difficult or impossible to continue their educations at a normal pace, and they may be unable to attend college or seek higher education. That can result in derailed plans, hopes, and dreams for the future.

Many children who suffer TBIs require lifelong disability compensation. At Skolrood Law Firm, we believe that the negligent parties who cause their TBIs should also be held accountable. Our Roanoke brain injury lawyers fight to get all TBI victims maximum compensation, including children and teens.

If your child suffered a TBI because of someone else’s negligence, we want to hear from you. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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

by Staff Blogger | June 4th, 2020

At Skolrood Law Firm, we focus heavily on many specific types of accidents and injuries. That includes car accidents, motorcycle accidents, big truck accidents, brain injuries, medical malpractice, and more. But we know that injuries can happen anytime, anywhere—and when they do, innocent victims need help.

Above all else, our law firm is a personal injury law firm, and our Roanoke personal injury attorneys are here to assist people who were hurt through no fault of their own. When injured victims reach out to us for help, regardless of how their injuries occurred, we apply the same process to helping them get the money they deserve:

  • We prove they weren’t at fault—This is the basis for all personal injury claims, and it starts with gathering evidence, including witness statements, police reports, and video footage.
  • We determine how much money they’re owed—When they can’t outright deny claims, insurance companies rely on victims not knowing the true value of their accidents to pay them as little as possible. We work hard to ensure our clients know how much money they deserve.
  • We demand full payment—Once we’ve determined a fair payment and proved the injury isn’t our client’s fault, we demand the insurance company pay its fair share. If they refuse to do so, we don’t hesitate to go to court.

Our thorough, hard-nosed process has helped many injured Virginians get the money they need to move forward with their lives after accidents and injuries that weren’t their fault. Now it’s your turn. Call today for a free consultation.