Virginia Personal Injury Blog
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.
We are pleased to announce our fall “Car Seats for Kids” giveaway campaign to help keep more children safe in Virginia. In lieu of our annual coat drive, we are offering this “touchless” contest and informational campaign to support the safety of local families.
Have you ever debated between buying the car of your dreams and getting the most affordable option instead? Have you given up your goal of off-roading adventures in a jeep and bought a pickup for work? Or did you choose the SUV to keep up with your growing family, instead of the Mustang you really wanted?
Well, beyond the obvious pros and cons of these choices, each of these vehicles also brings its own safety risks and rewards if you are ever in an accident. But how do know what those safety risks are so that you can make an even more informed decision?
Hearing loss is an often-ignored injury that can occur in a car accident. That’s why it’s important to know that even minor damage to your hearing can develop into a lasting medical condition. For example, what may start as ringing in the ear can lead to vertigo and even deafness if not properly treated.
We all know that a hospital visit requires a ton of paperwork, and this can be annoying if you were just in an auto accident. You may feel frustrated and confused as you try to fill out all the forms correctly, especially because you just want proper treatment. But improperly filling out forms or not knowing what you are signing can negatively affect your wallet later. That’s why it’s important to know what these forms are before you have to visit the emergency room (ER) and which one to avoid signing.
Car accidents can be chaotic and confusing, even when you’re getting medical check-ups afterward. You may assume you need an X-ray if your hand is broken, but what about other tests? You may have heard of a CT-scan or MRI, but who understands what they are and when we might need one?
When we pay car insurance premiums, we expect our insurance company to have our backs if we are ever in an accident, especially if the other driver was at fault. But the truth is that car insurance companies are not charitable organizations; instead, they are focused on profits. To them, if they pay out every claim at maximum, they will experience lower profits that year. So, to keep their profits high and costs low, insurance companies will often devalue a claim, or outright reject it, even if a customer has a clear case for compensation.
After an accident, most victims worry about the looming medical bills they will have to pay. Most people live paycheck to paycheck, so having to take time off from work severely limits their ability to cover their medical expenses. Often, accident victims will delay treatment—either refusing a trip to the emergency room (ER) or waiting to see their primary care physician—because they do not want to deal with the financial stress they believe will follow.
Seeking medical attention is one of the most important steps you can take after a car accident, even if you don’t think you have a serious injury. Your adrenaline can spike during trauma, and the shock can mask a major injury. If in doubt, visit a nearby emergency room immediately, or at minimum, get checked out by a doctor within 24 hours.
We at GibsonSingleton Virginia Injury Attorneys spent many weeks reviewing the almost 1,000 applications we received for our 2020 “Texts=Wrecks” Scholarship. It wasn’t easy to choose five finalists and then the winner of our $1,000 scholarship. But after reading and re-reading some amazing essays, we have reached a consensus.
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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.