Safety and Health Reporter

Dram Shop Liability

Dram shop liability in the Fairfax, Virginia area is thought by most attorneys to be a dead letter.  Virginia does not recognize civil liability for bar owner or vendor actions resulting in drunk drivers taking to the road. 
Fairfax being in a tri-state area however it may well be that in many instances …

It Rarely Makes Sense To Drop A Workers Comp Claim

Workers comp claims are closely integrated with personal injury claims throughout the country and, in particular, in the Fairfax, Virginia area.  The personal injury claim is typically referred to as the third-party claim.
In many instances the most valuable claim that an injured person may have is the workers’ compensation claim since, at least under …

Interspousal Immunity

Virginia, in general, has abolished the defense of interspousal immunity for tort actions.  What that means is that one spouse may sue another spouse for negligence or for intentional conduct resulting in injury. 
Once the marriage has ended then any tortious behavior by one former spouse against the other is governed …

Personal Injury Not Taxable

Personal injury not taxable means what it says: these recoveries are not taxable. 
Although there are occasional attempts in the U. S. Congress to change the law in that regard as of June 2012 the law still remains that personal injury recoveries are not taxable.  The logic behind these recoveries not …

Disability Claims

In circumstances where you are injured as a result of the negligence of a third-party there may be not only a basis for a claim against that third-party but you may also have the basis for making disability claims under the disability insurance policy provided by your employer.
Disability insurance policies, to …

Claims Against Employer

Whether you can file a personal injury claim against your employer to some extent may be governed by state law.  In the Fairfax, Virginia area claims against employer would be limited to claims that arise out of non-work situations.  For instance, if an employee is injured on the job then …

Defense Medical Examination

Most of us are familiar with getting a second opinion before embarking on significant medical treatment.  In a personal injury case, whether it be in the Fairfax, Virginia area or elsewhere, a second opinion may be sought by the insurance company in the form of what is called a defense medical examination.  That …

Claims Adjusters Are Not On Your Side

Claims adjusters are either direct employees of insurance carriers or in some instances they are employees of so-called independent adjusting firms that contract with insurance carriers to adjust their claims.
Many smaller insurance carriers cannot afford to have an adjuster in every city of the country in order to adjust claims.  …

The Contingent Fee System

The contingent fee system is a common mechanism by which personal injury cases are handled, not only in the Fairfax, Virginia area but throughout the country.  The  principal advantage of the contingent fee system is that it allows people who do not have the funds to hire a lawyer on …

How Much Is A Herniated Disc Worth?

How much is a herniated disc worth for purposes of a personal injury settlement in the Fairfax, Virginia area?
In answering that question there needs to be some definition as to exactly what the term “herniated” means.  Physicians frequently use the term herniated to mean simply a bulging disc.  A bulging …

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