Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What do I do if the at-fault driver's car insurance is not returning my calls or dragging its feet after a Virginia car accident with injuries?

    As your Virginia injury lawyer, I can help get the liability insurance carrier to tell us what's going on in the case and figure out what your options are after a car wreck in which you were hurt.  If the problem is that the insurance claim representative is dodging your calls, then my staff and I can bug them enough to push them to get on the phone with me and tell me as your representative what's going on. 

    Usually after a car wreck that's not your fault, the main thing that you need from the other driver's insurance company is to get them to deal with your vehicle's property damage and rental car immediately.  Normally, this happens in a fairly smooth process but sometimes it can be a big hassle for you to get the at-fault motorist's insurer to call you back.

    Sometimes they won't call you back because they are supposedly trying to investigate to figure out if their driver was really at fault or even had coverage with them.  Often this is the result of the other driver failing to be responsive to their insurance company as far as reporting the accident.  If this is the insurance company's game, then usually your best avenue is to ask your own insurance to temporarily pay you on your property damage to fix your car and let them get their money back from the person who ran into you when the dust settles. 

    There can be a couple of tricky aspects of this in that you may have to pay some money for your deductible on your insurance to handle the property damage, and if you do not have rental car coverage, then you may not be able to get them to pay for it directly, but will have to do so out of your own pocket. 

    Ultimately, even if you have to pay for the rental car yourself, we can usually get you reimbursed from the at-fault insurance company, once it's confirmed that their client was insured with them and was at fault.


    About the editors: The motto at Shapiro & Appleton law firm is simple -"All we do is injury law." We hope you were able to find the answer to your injury query. If not, please review our Virginia Accident Lawyer FAQ Library for additional information. If you'd like to speak to an actual attorney about your potential injury claim for free, please contact our office at 1-800-752-0042.

     

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  • What are Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella?

    They are prescription birth control pills. Yaz and Yasmin were manufactured by the Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals. Ocella is the generic version. Yaz was advertised as capable of treating PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) and moderate acne. However, the FDA discovered these claims were exaggerated and the advertisements misleading. In addition, women started reported serious, life-altering adverse side effects after taking one of these birth control pills.


    About the editors:
    The motto at Shapiro & Appleton& Duffan law firm is simple -"All we do is injury law." We hope you were able to find the answer to your injury query. If not, please review our Virginia Accident Lawyer FAQ Library for additional information. If you'd like to speak to an actual attorney about your potential injury claim for free, please contact our office at 1-800-752-0042.

  • What are the differences between Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella?

    Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella are "combination birth controls" which means they use two hormones - estrogen and progestin. All three use the progestin known as drospirenone. Yaz is very much like Yasmin and Ocella except it uses less estrogen and is a 24/4 day pill cycle, while Yasmin and Ocella are 21/7 day pill cycles.


    About the editors:
    The motto at Shapiro & Appleton& Duffan law firm is simple -"All we do is injury law." We hope you were able to find the answer to your injury query. If not, please review our Virginia Accident Lawyer FAQ Library for additional information. If you'd like to speak to an actual attorney about your potential injury claim for free, please contact our office at 1-800-752-0042.

  • What are the potential side effects of Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella?

    The side effects reported by hundreds of women include:

    • Blood clots including deep vein thrombosis
    • Breast lump
    • Chest pain
    • Confusion
    • Gallstones
    • Nausea
    • Pain spreading to the arm or shoulder
    • Pancreatitis
    • Problems with vision, speech, or balance
    • Stroke
    • Sudden numbness
    • Sweating
    • Symptoms of depression

     

    About the editors: The motto at Shapiro & Appleton& Duffan law firm is simple -"All we do is injury law." We hope you were able to find the answer to your injury query. If not, please review our Virginia Accident Lawyer FAQ Library for additional information. If you'd like to speak to an actual attorney about your potential injury claim for free, please contact our office at 1-800-752-0042.

  • Should I speak to a Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella attorney?

    If you've suffered adverse side effects after taking these birth control pills, then we encourage you to give us a call for a free, confidential consultation or you can fill out the form on the right side of the page.  



    About the editors:
    The motto at Shapiro & Appleton& Duffan law firm is simple -"All we do is injury law." We hope you were able to find the answer to your injury query. If not, please review our Virginia Accident Lawyer FAQ Library for additional information. If you'd like to speak to an actual attorney about your potential injury claim for free, please contact our office at 1-800-752-0042.

  • How can an attorney help me if I suffered side effects from Yaz, Yasmin and Ocella?

    If you or a loved one was injured due to taking Yaz, Yasmin or Ocella, you could be entitled to financial compensation, and our injury attorneys are here to help. We have written a special, in-depth report on the dangers of Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella.


    About the editors:
    The motto at Shapiro & Appleton& Duffan law firm is simple -"All we do is injury law." We hope you were able to find the answer to your injury query. If not, please review our Virginia Accident Lawyer FAQ Library for additional information. If you'd like to speak to an actual attorney about your potential injury claim for free, please contact our office at 1-800-752-0042.

  • Does it cost money to speak to an attorney about Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella?

    Our firm offers free consultations.  Please call 1-800-752-0042 to talk to one of our attorneys.

  • What is deep vein thrombosis (DVT)?

    Deep vein thrombosis is a side effect you can suffer after taking Yaz, Yasmin, and Ocella birth control pills. It is a blood clot that commonly occurs in the leg veins, arm veins, or deep veins of the pelvis. A complication from a DVT can lead to a clot in the lungs, also known as a pulmonary embolism.

    About the editors: The motto at Shapiro & Appleton& Duffan law firm is simple -"All we do is injury law." We hope you were able to find the answer to your injury query. If not, please review our Virginia Accident Lawyer FAQ Library for additional information. If you'd like to speak to an actual attorney about your potential injury claim for free, please contact our office at 1-800-752-0042.

  • Is it necessary to prove that the other driver was at-fault in causing the accident to recover for an injury from the insurance company in North Carolina (NC) after a car wreck?

    Yes.  It is necessary to prove that the driver of the other vehicle caused the wreck by being negligent.  Negligence is the failure to use ordinary care.  Negligence in a car wreck in North Carolina means the failure to obey the rules of the road that we are all familiar with including not following too close, not making an improper lane change, yielding the right of way when required, not speeding, keeping a proper lookout, and keeping your car under proper control.  In addition, the law of North Carolina that applies to automobile accidents in the law of contributory negligence which says that if the person who was hurt was even 1 percent at-fault in causing an accident, then they are not entitled to recover anything. 

    This harsh law is not the rule in most states in the United States but is the law of Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and the state of Alabama.  In these states, in order to recover compensation, it is necessary that the person who is hurt show that they were free from fault themselves in causing the car accident.

    About the editors: The motto at Shapiro & Appleton law firm is simple -"All we do is injury law." We hope you were able to find the answer to your injury query. If not, please review our North and South Carolina Accident Attorney FAQ library for additional information. If you'd like to speak to an actual attorney about your potential injury claim for free, please contact our office at 1-800-752-0042.

  • Are the rules of the road different for drivers of large commercial trucks than for cars?

    Yes, the drivers and operators of tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles are required to not only obey the regular rules of the road that apply to all motor vehicles but also certain special federal regulations that apply to trucking. These rules, found in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (49 CFR §§350 through 399), set forth these special laws that govern any semi's and large passenger vehicles used in interstate traffic. Most states, including North Carolina, incorporate by reference most of the federal regulations that apply to 18-wheelers and other big trucks. Some of these rules involve special qualifications for CDL drivers, hours of service for drivers, and the inspection and repair of trucks. There are also special rules about drug testing and other information which must be gathered when there is a serious injury or death involving one of these big rigs.