2017

Blog Posts in 2017

  • Everything You Need to Know About Virginia's Wrongful Death Law

    It is never easy to lose a loved one to a situation that could have been prevented. Much like other states across America, Virginia has laws that cover wrongful deaths . In this blog, we explain Virginia’s wrongful death laws and how to file a wrongful death claim. What Is a Wrongful Death? According to Virginia Code section 8.01-50, a death that is caused by a wrongful act, neglect, or default of ...
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  • How Long Do I Have to Take Legal Action After My Auto Accident?

    A statute of limitations is a specific time limit that is placed on your right to bring about a lawsuit. These limitations depend on the type of lawsuit you wish to file and the type of loss or damages that you have suffered. When it comes to auto accidents , there are three different statutes of limitations that might affect your ability to take legal action. According to Code of Virginia section ...
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  • What to Do After a Work Injury

    When we are in our work environment, we usually do not expect to be injured and hope that our employers have taken extra care to make sure conditions are safe. Unfortunately, accidents happen and workers often sustain injuries while on the job. After you have been injured, there are steps you can take to ensure you receive the workers compensation you are entitled to. State law requires nearly ...
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  • Wintertime Safety Tips to Avoid a Slip & Fall

    With the arrival of winter weather, the likelihood of encountering slippery surfaces increases. Slips and falls might be fodder for comedy in television and on film, but in real life, taking a nasty spill on icy porch steps can lead to some serious injuries. To lessen the possibility of having to go to the hospital during this joyous time of year, consider some of the following tips, which can ...
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  • What Should I Ask My Doctor After a Car Accident?

    If you have suffered an injury in a car accident , no matter how severe your injury is, the first thing you must do is seek medical attention. As soon as you see a doctor, it is important to ask him or her a number of questions that may help you with your car accident claim or personal injury lawsuit. The following are the most important questions to ask your physician after a car crash: What is ...
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  • How the Value of Personal Injury Claims is Calculated

    At Randall J. Trost, P.C. , one of the most frequent questions asked is “how much is my personal injury case worth?” Although the answer seems simple, it is anything but. The final amount reflects not only the damages suffered at the scene of the accident, but also the toll the accident takes on the victim—also known as pain and suffering. The following are the common types of damages for which ...
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  • Myths About Personal Injury Claims

    If you have suffered an injury in an accident caused by a negligent party, you have the right to bring a personal injury lawsuit against them. However, many people have a lot of misconceptions and preconceived notions about the entire legal process. In order to set the record straight, here are some false impressions about personal injury claims: Myth #1: I do not need a lawyer . Fact: After an ...
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  • Bicycle Safety Myths

    Hundreds and thousands of Americans are treated for bicycle-related injuries annually and most of them are children. It is our duty as parents to teach our children the proper safety techniques in order for them to avoid accidents and injuries. Unfortunately, there are plenty of bicycle safety myths that are often regarded as truth. The following is a list of common bicycle safety myths, coupled ...
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  • Why It's Important to Wear Your Seat Belt

    According to Virginia law, everyone in the front seat of vehicles is required to wear seatbelts. Furthermore, drivers and passengers under 18 years of age need to be properly secured in a safety belt no matter where they are sitting in the vehicle. Unfortunately, many people still continue to not wear their seatbelts. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that seat belts ...
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  • Reasons to Get Uninsured Motorist Coverage

    In Virginia and in most states throughout the country, licensed drivers are required to possess car insurance. Unfortunately, there is a startling number of motorists who continue to drive without having any insurance coverage, or not enough coverage. When you are involved in a car accident caused by an uninsured driver, you may have to pay for your damages and injuries out of your own wallet. ...
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  • Motorcycle Safety Tips for the Summer

    With summer in full swing, many motorcyclists hit the road to enjoy riding in the warm weather. However, since millions of Americans embark on road trips, the combination of the heat and traffic makes the roadways more dangerous than usual. The following are common safety tips to help you stay out of trouble while on your motorcycle this summer: Inspect your motorcycle regularly . Before you hit ...
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  • How Do Attorneys Assess Personal Injury Cases?

    If you have been injured in an accident caused by the negligent and reckless actions of another party, it is critical to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney and see if you are eligible for a personal injury claim. When attorneys evaluate a potential personal injury claim to determine its merits and worth, they usually consider several factors. The following are common factors ...
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  • The Importance of Taking Photos After a Car Accident

    When a car accident occurs, you may feel overwhelmed with thoughts and utterly frustrated instead of being focused and thinking rationally. At Randall J. Trost, P.C. , our Lynchburg personal injury attorney understands how important it is to take prompt, precise action after a collision. Gathering as much evidence as you can only benefit your claim, especially if it’s taken to court. Photos offer ...
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  • Why Personal Injury Cases Can Take Long to Settle

    When you have suffered a serious injury in an accident caused by a negligent party, you may be wondering why your settlement is taking so long. In the meantime your medical expenses are steadily increasing, you are losing wages from not being able to work, and you start to wonder when all of this is going to end. It is important to understand that every personal injury claim has their own set of ...
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  • Tips for a Safer Road Trip

    Whether the destination is the next state over or across the country, road trips are an American staple. The most important thing to do is to ensure you are well prepared enough to make the trip as safely as possible. So before you embark on your journey, consider the following tips to better enjoy your time on the road: Fully inspect your motor vehicle . You what could ruin your trip? Getting ...
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