Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Why is a police report important to a car accident lawsuit?

    A police report can be a valuable piece of evidence that a Virginia car accident attorney can use. The report can verify who the at-fault driver was, as well as the actual damages – both to victim and property – the crash caused. Since it is an objective accounting, it can have more weight with a judge or jury compared to statements by the actual drivers of the crash, which may not be as objective.

  • What is a police report?

    When a police officer responds to a vehicle accident, they are required to file a report about the crash. This report provides an objective and unbiased accounting about the details of the accident. Some of the information included in a police report includes the time and location of the crash, parties involved, injuries to victims, damage to vehicles, witness statements and contact information, road conditions, weather conditions, the officer’s determination of how the accident happened, and whether any drivers were cited for any traffic violations or arrested.

  • When can a victim sue for medical malpractice because of anesthesia errors?

    Failure on the part of a medical professional to clearly explain what the risks are of going under anesthesia can be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. Other common reasons for lawsuits include:

    • Failure of the medical professional to follow the medical standard of care by using the best practices for the patient’s condition and situation.
    • Failure of the medical professional to respond quickly and appropriately to the medical crisis.
    • Failure on the part of the medical professional to identify a medical condition that could put the patient at a dangerous risk.
    • Incorrect dosage of anesthesia
    • Misdiagnosis
    • The type of anesthesia method used

  • What are the injuries a victim can suffer from anesthesia errors?

    • Brain damage
    • Nerve damage resulting in limb numbness or loss of functionality
    • Spinal cord injury resulting in paralysis
    • Death

  • What are the risks associated with anesthesia?

    • If a person is obese, it can be harder for medical professionals to determine the correct dosage of anesthesia, as well as ensure the person receives enough oxygen while they are under.
    • If a person suffers from heart disease, clogged arteries, had a stroke, high blood pressure, and other age-related medical condition could be at higher risk of complications while under anesthesia.
    • A person suffering from sleep apnea or other medical conditions that affect breathing ability is at a high risk of suffering a dangerous loss of oxygen while under anesthesia. This could cause the victim to suffer permanent brain damage or death.

  • What types of compensation are awarded in a slip and fall accident?

    A victim can receive both economic and noneconomic damages their injuries have caused them. Economic damages are meant to restore the victim to their previous financial position before the accident, such as covering medical expenses, loss of income, attorney fees, and more. The victim can also receive financial compensation for noneconomic damages for their pain and suffering, loss of life enjoyment, emotional anguish, and more.

  • What factors go into a slip and fall lawsuit to determine compensation?

    A Virginia premises liability attorney will look at two factors, negligence and liability. Negligence is a blatant disregard for the safety of others. If the alleged at-fault party (i.e. property owner) acted in a manner that a reasonable person in similar situations would, their actions will be measured to determine what their level of negligence was. The victim must prove that the at-fault party failed to take the steps to prevent the incident.

    The attorney will also determine who has the liability to cover the victim’s financial losses. For example, if a property owner is determined to be negligent and the owner has property insurance, then the victim’s attorney will file the lawsuit against the property owner’s insurance company.

  • How prevalent are slip and fall accidents?

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 80,000 victims end up hospitalized because of slip and fall injuries. Some of the more common places where slip and fall accidents occur are:

    • On the job
    • Grocery and retail stores
    • Hotels and motels
    • Private homes
    • Rented homes
    • Public and government places and buildings

  • What are the statistics for vehicle crashes with police vehicles in the United States?

    • There are 300 people killed each year in police pursuit-related crashes.
    • Thirty percent of those victims are not involved in the pursuit.
    • Half of all law enforcement deaths were from vehicle crashes in one ten-year study period.
    • Out of every million vehicles on the road, police officers have almost double the rate of crashes compared to the general public.

  • What are the statistics for vehicle crashes with firetrucks in the United States?

    • Firetruck crashes are the second leading causes of on-the-job deaths for firefighters.
    • Seventy percent of firetruck accidents happen while the vehicle is engaged in emergency use.
    • Rollovers cause more than 65 percent of all fatal truck crashes.
    • Statistics from one ten-year period reveal almost 32,000 firetruck accidents.