Virginia Personal Injury Blog
By Beth Gibson, Director of Community Outreach
We have concluded our “Car Seats for Kids” safety campaign by announcing our final car seat winner and by sharing more car safety information.
For the giveaways, people were invited to nominate themselves or someone else on our Facebook page, and one winner was chosen randomly each month. We have also shared car safety information for parents and caregivers on this website and on Facebook.
Drivers, start using Bluetooth or storing your cell phone out of reach. In just a few weeks, it will be illegal for anyone to hold a cell phone while driving in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This new law, as outlined in House Bill 874, was signed by Governor Ralph Northam in July, and it goes into effect on January 1, 2021.
As much as we hope insurance companies will take care of us if we are ever injured in an accident, it does not always happen. Most insurance companies base their business model on maximizing premiums from customers and minimizing the amount paid to accident victims.
When you file a claim after a car accident, dog bite, or similar injury, an insurance adjuster may try to convince you to take a lowball settlement offer, saying it is the best he can do. If you push back and demand fair compensation for your injuries, the insurance company may make you jump through hoops, which still may not lead to your getting what you are owed. This is especially true when an insurance company asks you to get an independent medical exam.
Have you noticed that your child has outgrown most of his clothes and shoes lately? Or perhaps she has trouble fitting into her car seat?
Depending on your child’s height, weight, and age, it may be time to upgrade to a booster seat.
Watching your child deal with a traumatic injury can be one of life’s most difficult experiences. You may be worried about whether he will fully recover, if he will always struggle to do simple tasks, and how you will pay for his medical bills. If the injury was caused by another person’s negligence, such as failing to pay attention to the road or take proper precautions, you may be able to file a personal injury claim to recover the costs of your child’s injuries and trauma. However, parents in Virginia should understand that the claim process is different for minors.
Last month, we at GibsonSingleton wrote about how to use a rear-facing car seat for infants and toddlers. But what about when your child outgrows that and starts preschool?
By as early as two-years-old, your child may be ready to switch to a front-facing seat. Using one can be confusing though. That’s why we have another guide – to help make sure your child fits snuggly into his seat and is safe wherever you go.
Although most motorcycle accidents cause serious injuries and trauma, many riders can’t wait to get back on the road again. They may send their bike to a repair shop or decide to scrap it and start over. But often, they will quickly agree to a payment for property damage and injury from the insurance provider.
After a dog bite or attack, the last thing you want to do is fight with an insurance company. You may be in a lot of pain, worrying about rabies, dealing with an injury, or just trying to keep your mind off the traumatic memory.
“Virginia Lawyers Weekly” highlights GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys’ community outreach this week
“Virginia Lawyers Weekly,” the Commonwealth’s go-to legal publication, featured GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys this week, focusing on our community outreach. Their article highlighted our “Car Seats for Kids” campaign and contest, described our “Texts=Wrecks” spring campaign, and showcased our other educational outreach efforts that we perform in our local communities.
Bringing home your first baby from the hospital can be scary. What parent hasn’t felt unprepared to care for a precious new life?
Along the way, choosing and installing your baby’s first car seat can also feel daunting. All the options available are overwhelming, and figuring out how to install and use one properly can seem like a job for a rocket scientist.
As parents ourselves, we at GibsonSingleton remember those “new baby” days well. So, we want to help parents and caregivers out by sharing some useful tips about keeping your infant safe in the car.
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Prevention, empathy, and diligence are hallmarks of everything we do at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys. Our community can see these ideals lived out in our work to prevent personal injuries from happening.
- Safety Education
GibsonSingleton launches a “Texts=Wrecks” campaign to reduce the number of people injured or killed by distracted drivers.
- Annual Coat Drive
During the fall, our team works to distribute coats to people in need in our community.
- Hands-on Service
John and Ken join the Gloucester Point Rotary Club in cleaning up the community.
- Supporting Local Schools
The Gibson family participates in Gloucester’s Botetourt Elementary Shuffle fundraiser.