Frequently Asked Questions

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  • I have been injured by a defective product, what should I do?

    Here are some tips:

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    Keep the product in a safe and secure location in the same condition it was in at the time of the accident.  It is not unusual for a manufacturer to obtain the product and dispose of it so there will be no evidence through which you can prove your case.

    · Look for and keep all documents related to the product including: packaging materials, instruction books, warranties, receipts, etc.
    · Never give or return the product to the manufacturer, even if the manufacturer promises to return the product after examination or “testing”.
    · Contact an experienced attorney, such as Emily Mapp Brannon, within hours or days after your injury. This can make the difference between winning and losing your product liability case.

  • Why should I choose your firm?

    At our Virginia personal injury law firm, you will get personalized attention from our team of expert lawyers. We pride ourselves on doing no other type of law than Injury law.  The cases we handle include: medical malpractice, car accidents, wrongful death, tractor trailer accidents, product liability, premises liability, railroad injuries and mass transit injuries.  When you decide to hire an attorney, you should research the experience level of the firm you are considering. At our Virginia injury law firm, we have been practicing injury law for over 30 years. Several of the firm’s lawyers have received the highest rating of AV from Martindale Hubbell. 

  • How is neglect defined in a nursing home case?

    Neglect or negligence exists when the nursing home fails to follow the ordinary requirements of it to provide essential health and safety services.  For instance, if a patient is not fed regularly, bathed or changed regularly and injuries or sores result, that is negligence.

  • How is neglect defined in a nursing home abuse case?

    Nursing home neglect exists when the nursing home fails to follow the ordinary requirements of it to provide essential health and safety services.  For instance, if a patient is not fed regularly, bathed or changed regularly and injuries or sores result, that is negligence.

  • What are some typical signs of neglect or abuse in a nursing home?

    The following would qualify: sudden weight loss, bed sores, suddenly appearing injuries for which there are no answers; visibly unsanitary conditions; sudden death.

  • What are some typical signs of nursing home neglect or abuse?

    The following events and/or conditions would qualify: sudden weight loss, bed sores, suddenly appearing injuries for which there are no answers; visibly unsanitary conditions; sudden death.

  • Why can't I put pictures on Facebook? The insurance company cannot see my profile because its private.

    We hear this all the time from clients.  The scary truth is that no matter what setting you have on your Facebook profile, there are ways to see your profile.  The insurance company and other lawyers have the assets and time to devote to scouring the internet for your cyber footprint.  If you have pictures of yourself lifting boxes or at the gym but are claiming to be permanently disabled from a car wreck, you lose a lot of credibility.  In general, it is best to keep some matters private, such as lawsuits and injuries.  Don’t risk your case by doing something foolish.  Keep your thoughts and information about your injury to yourself and your lawyer. 

  • Why cant I post pictures on my Facebook profile? The insurance company cannot see my profile because its private.

    Clients ask this all the time. The truth is that no matter what setting you have on your Facebook profile, there are ways to view your profile and many insurance company's employ people to do just that.  They scour the internet for your cyber footprint.  If you have pictures of yourself lifting boxes or at the gym but are claiming to be permanently disabled from a car wreck, you lose a lot of credibility.  In general, it is best to keep some matters private, such as lawsuits and injuries.  Don’t risk your case by doing something foolish.  Keep your thoughts and information about your injury to yourself and your lawyer. 

  • My accident happened far away from the office of the lawyer I want to hire. Would it be better if I hire someone who is local?

    Lawyers are licensed to practice throughout the state.  Getting the best lawyer to handle your case is more important than their location.  Our firm handles cases all over southeast, even as far south as Florida.  Don’t shortchange yourself by hiring someone just because their office is near your home.  Make sure to get the most experienced lawyer to advocate on your behalf.

  • My accident happened hours away from the office of the lawyer I wanto to hire. Do I need to hire someone local?

    Lawyers are licensed to practice throughout the state of North Carolina.  Getting the best lawyer in North Carolina to handle your case is more important than their location.  Our firm handles cases all over southeast, even as far south as Florida.  Don’t shortchange yourself by hiring someone just because their office is near your home.  Make sure to get the most experienced lawyers to protect your rights.