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Medical Malpractice Claims Require Experienced Legal Representation

by Staff Blogger | March 12th, 2020

At Skolrood Law Firm, we believe that people who are harmed by medical professionals, whether they’re doctors, surgeons, nurses, or other specialists, should get compensation for their injury and illness-related expenses. But our years of experience assisting innocent victims has taught us that hospitals and other healthcare clinics are typically well protected from medical malpractice claims. In addition, the burden of proof for these types of claims is high, and unless there’s plenty of evidence, many victims see their claims get denied out of hand.

Our Roanoke medical malpractice attorneys know that the odds are stacked against individual victims and their families when they’re harmed by the people who are supposed to take care of them. That’s why we take pride in our ability to level the playing field and force healthcare providers and their insurers to take medical malpractice claims seriously.

We’ve seen the devastation that medical mistakes can cause to patients. Many victims suffer injuries and illnesses that lead to lifelong disabilities and serious complications that can severely impact their quality of life. That’s why we do everything in our power to help innocent victims get the compensation they need after costly mistakes, even when it involves going up against big hospitals and their many layers of protection against medical malpractice claims.

If you or someone you love was harmed by a healthcare provider, you don’t have to suffer in silence. Contact us today for a free consultation. We’re here to help.

Warm Weather Means More Motorcyclists and More Risks on Virginia’s Roadways

by Staff Blogger | March 5th, 2020

Spring hasn’t officially arrived yet, but warm weather is already pushing out the cold in Virginia. As temperatures heat up throughout the area, motorcyclists are itching to dust off their helmets and take their bikes out for a spin. Whether you’re a motorcyclist or just commute in and around the city, it’s important to be aware of the increased dangers motorcyclists face, especially during the first few weeks of spring and warmer weather.

Those risks include:

  • Roadway hazards—When it comes to road hazards and defects, none are more dangerous to motorcyclists than potholes. Potholes are especially common in the early days of spring, as they form during the winter and many haven’t been repaired yet.
  • Inattentive motorists—Drivers don’t pay enough attention to motorcyclists as-is. Combine that with months of not seeing many motorcyclists, and you have a recipe for disaster.
  • Heavy rainfall—Spring is a time of inclement weather, including heavy rainfall. Rain can make roads extremely dangerous for motorcyclists, as it can combine with oil, fallen leaves, gravel, and other debris to reduce motorcycle tire traction.
  • Fewer daylight hours—Unlike summer, spring still has relatively short days. That means that while it may be warm out, going for a late afternoon ride can mean driving home in the dark, a statistically dangerous time for riders.

The Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers at Skolrood Law Firm are here to help injured motorcyclists this spring and any other time of year. We know that riders face elevated risks, especially when drivers fail to look out for them. And when they get hurt, insurance companies rarely give them fair treatment.

If you or someone you love was hurt on a motorcycle, contact us today for a free consultation.

Wrongful Death Claims Require Experience and Sensitivity

by Staff Blogger | February 27th, 2020

When you pursue a compensation claim because of an injury, it’s essential that you feel comfortable with the law firm that’s building your claim. Having a level of comfort and trust is even more important when your loved one passed away because of their injuries. At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke wrongful death lawyers do everything in our power to give families like yours peace of mind throughout the legal process.

We know that you’re grieving your loss during this difficult time, and the last thing you want is to deal with the insurance company, filling out endless paperwork, and negotiating a settlement. When you call us, we’ll handle that for you. We’ll collect evidence that proves your loved one wasn’t at fault for their accident or injury, and then we’ll determine exactly how much money you’re owed for your loss. Finally, we’ll demand that the insurance company pay you fairly for what you’ve gone through—and if they don’t agree, we won’t hesitate to take them to court.

In addition to aggressively pursuing compensation on your behalf, we’ll also show you and your loved ones the compassion you need while you grieve your loss. We know that losing a family member is one of the most difficult experiences in life, and we’ll do everything we can to support you while you begin to move forward. Contact us today for a free consultation of your wrongful death claim. We know what you’re going through, and we have the tools, resources, and experience to help.

How to Handle the Insurance Companies After an Auto Accident

by Staff Blogger | February 21st, 2020

After a crash that wasn’t your fault, you need compensation for your medical bills and lost wages. For injured drivers and their passengers, settlements typically come from the at-fault drivers’ insurance policies, their own insurance policies, or both. But despite spending big money every year to convince people that they have their best interests in mind, insurance companies are instead focused on protecting their profits.

Big insurers generate huge profits year after year because they reduce or deny the payments that innocent victims are owed. One of the most effective ways they do that is by giving victims a chance to jeopardize their own claims. For example, insurance companies often contact victims in the hours or days after their accidents occur to ask them questions or offer them settlements. If victims admit fault, make contradictory statements, or accept the initial settlements, they may end up with far less money than they deserve.

Whether or not you have personal injury protection or MedPay insurance, you’re still required to alert your own auto insurance provider of a crash. When talking to your insurance company, stick to the facts of what happened. And if the other driver’s insurance company contacts you, the same strategy applies, though you should know that you aren’t obligated to speak with a representative of someone else’s insurance company.

The adjuster you speak to may seem friendly, but remember that their job is to either reduce or deny your settlement. If you have an attorney handling your claim, refer representatives of any insurance company that isn’t your own to your lawyer.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke auto accident attorneys know how insurance companies operate, and we want to protect you from their tactics. Contact us today for a free consultation.

We Stand Up for the Rights of Mistreated Nursing Home Residents

by Staff Blogger | February 13th, 2020

Making the decision to move your loved one into a nursing home was difficult, but it was for the best. While nursing homes often represent the loss of true independence for residents, they also mean greater peace of mind from them and their loved ones, as residents have access to healthcare providers and wellness checks on a daily basis if they need them.

However, the perks of nursing homes can be greatly overshadowed by the potential downsides: namely, abuse and neglect. It’s no secret that nursing home residents in Virginia and throughout the U.S. are sometimes mistreated by staff members, caretakers, and medical professionals. That mistreatment can range from failing to give residents the care and attention they deserve (neglect), to outright physical, emotional, and sexual attacks (abuse).

When abuse or neglect happen, nursing home owners and administrators can be held liable, especially if they knew about the mistreatment or didn’t take action after previous incidents occurred. In addition, they also may be considered responsible if their hiring practices, such as understaffing or hiring unqualified workers, could have resulted in abuse or neglect.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke nursing home abuse attorneys believe that residents deserve to be treated with respect, dignity, and care when living in nursing facilities. In fact, all nursing home residents in Virginia have many rights, and when those rights are violated, they need legal representation to protect themselves now and in the future—and that’s where we come in. If your loved one was mistreated at their nursing home, we want to help. Contact us today.

We Hold Negligent Drivers Accountable When They Collide With Motorcyclists

by Staff Blogger | February 6th, 2020

If you’re a motorcyclist, you know you have many things to worry about when you head out on Virginia’s roadways. Ice, loose pavement, gravel, fallen limbs, potholes, and wild animals are just a few of the dangers you must constantly be aware of while riding. But the biggest risk motorcyclists like you face is other drivers.

Most drivers are on the lookout for other passenger vehicles—not motorcyclists. That means they don’t always take the necessary precautions when turning left, driving through intersections, or changing lanes. When drivers aren’t looking out for motorcyclists, any riders near them face serious risks. And when their negligence results in accidents, we believe they should be held accountable.

At Skolrood Law Firm, we know the serious injuries that can result when motorcyclists are struck by cars, trucks, and SUVs. Victims often need immediate medical treatment, with some becoming temporarily or permanently disabled. Many suffer life-threatening injuries, even when they take all the proper precautions and wear safety gear such as a helmet, riding jacket, riding pants, and boots.

We believe that innocent injured victims should never have to pay out of pocket for their own expenses, and that includes motorcycle accident victims. But we also know that insurance companies are frequently biased against motorcyclists. Bikers might even believe that they contributed to their own accidents—even when evidence shows that isn’t the case.

If you or someone you love was hurt on a motorcycle, contact our Roanoke motorcycle accident lawyers today. We’re here to maximize your chances of getting the compensation you deserve, and we know how to win.

Why You Need a Lawyer After a TBI Affects Your Family

by Staff Blogger | January 30th, 2020

Few injuries are as devastating and life-changing as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). People who suffer TBIs may experience a wide variety of symptoms and complications. Even minor TBIs, also known as concussions, can result in lifelong impairments, while more severe TBIs can cause permanent disability and even the complete loss of being able to live independently.

At Skolrood Law Firm, our Roanoke brain injury lawyers have helped many TBI victims and their families after accidents, injuries, and medical mistakes that result in brain damage. We know that TBIs can be particularly impactful when they affect primary income-earners in households, as the complications often make it difficult or impossible to work.

To make matters worse, TBI victims often require intensive medical care—sometimes for the rest of their lives. They may have difficulty completing routine daily tasks, such as dressing themselves, eating, or walking. Victims who suffered severe TBIs may need live-in medical care or around-the-clock attention from medical professionals, which can be extremely expensive.

If you or someone you love suffered a TBI, it’s important to have an experienced law firm on your side right away after the injury occurs. Settlements for TBIs often pale in comparison to the full extent of damages that victims and their families incur. Our lawyers can quickly and accurately determine how much your claim is worth, and we’ll fight hard to help you get every penny. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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.