Commercial truck accidents remain a very serious public safety problem in Virginia. According to a report from the Virginia Highway Safety Office, there were 4,883 large truck accidents in the state in the year 2014. Collectively, these crashes resulted in at least 3,300 injuries, many of which were life-altering. Due to their tremendous size, semi-trucks are inherently dangerous. To protect the health and safety of the public, the big trucking companies have a legal responsibility to ensure that their fleet is always being operated in the safest manner possible. Unfortunately, far too frequently, trucking companies breach this obligation.
Sloppily Loaded and Overloaded Trailers Cause Accidents
A commercial truck’s trailer must be loaded in a very specific way. Adequate attention needs to be given to ensure that the load is properly balanced, and that it is not too heavy for the vehicle. When trucking companies cut corners, either by overloading a trailer or rushing the job and loading it in a dangerous manner, that vehicle becomes unsafe. Trucks with improperly loaded trailers present many different safety problems. Specifically, improperly and overloaded trucks:
- Are more likely to be involved in a rollover crash
- Have trouble making turns
- Have difficulty maintaining lane integrity
- Take far longer to come to a safe stop
Holding a Trucking Company Liable for Its Negligence
If a trucking company puts a vehicle with an improperly loaded trailer on the road, and that truck ends up in an accident, the company must be held legally liable for its misconduct. Under Virginia law, injured truck accident victims have a legal right to hold the at-fault trucking company legally liable for the full value of their losses. Depending on the specific circumstances of the case, this could include compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Long-term medical care
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Severe physical impairment
That being said, improperly loaded trailer personal injury claims are notoriously complex. A comprehensive investigation must be conducted by a legal professional so that evidence can be collected to prove that the trucking company loaded the trailer in an unsafe manner. Often, this requires getting the company to turn over records to the victim.
Contact Our Top-Rated Alexandria Truck Accident Lawyer Today
At Kamerow Law Firm, PLLC, our Virginia semi-truck accident attorneys have helped many injured victims recover full and fair compensation for their losses. If you or a loved one was hurt in a crash with an overloaded or improperly loaded truck, please call us today at (703) 370-8088. We represent truck crash victims in Alexandria and throughout the region, including in Arlington and Fairfax.
Operating a small business can be extremely challenging. As a small business owner, there is seemingly no end to the issues that you will need to deal with on a day-to-day basis. Of course, it is also important that you prepare for the long-term. Do you know what will have to your business after you pass away? Will you be able to pass on your business interests to your loved ones? To protect yourself and your family, it is imperative that you have a well-crafted estate plan. Here, our experienced estate planning lawyers have put together a list of our top three estate planning tips for small business owners.
- You Should Avoid Probate
The last thing you want is for your business to be forced to go through probate. While a will is a critically important part of any estate plan, it is usually not sufficient to properly protect a small business. Most business owners should consider setting up a revocable living trust to better protect the rights of their heirs.
- Careful Business Succession Planning is a Must
When you pass away, ownership and operational control of your company must be transferred to another party; it may be a family member, a friend or a trust professional associate. Regardless, you need to make sure that these individuals will have the tools and legal authority to take the reins of the company without delay. To do this, you should work with an estate planning attorney to put a customized business succession plan in place.
- You May Need a Buy-Sell Agreement
Does your business have co-owners? If so, it is crucial that you have a buy-sell agreement in place. Essentially, this type of agreement is a contract between small business co-owners that becomes active the moment that any of them become incapacitated. It sets up clear parameters for how their shares of the company will be handled. Without this type of agreement, there is a very high risk that you or your loved ones will end up in a contentious dispute over the control of the business.
Get Estate Planning Assistance Today
At Kamerow Law Firm, PLLC, we have considerable experience helping small business owners with their estate planning needs. To learn more about how we can help you and your family, please call us today at (703) 370-8088. Our firm is located in Alexandria, and we proudly represent clients in Northern Virginia, Montgomery County, Maryland and Washington, DC.
Dentist and dental hygienist negligence are serious problems in the United States. According to data provided by the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB), dental malpractice is responsible for nearly one in every seven medical malpractice claims. For the victims, dental malpractice can cause serious physical, emotional and financial pain.
All medical malpractice victims have a right to recover full and fair compensation for their injuries. Though, these types of legal claims can be extremely challenging. If you were the victim of dental malpractice in Virginia, it is imperative that you consult with an Alexandria medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible.
Common Examples of Dental Malpractice
Dental malpractice occurs when the negligence of a dental professional causes harm to a patient. There are many different forms of dental malpractice. These cases have the potential to be incredibly serious, sometimes even resulting in patient death. A person’s oral health is sensitive, and it must be treated with adequate skill, attentiveness, and expertise. Some of the most common examples of dental malpractice cases that we see include:
- Dental misdiagnosis
- Failure to diagnose a serious oral health problem
- Unnecessary dental operations
- The use of unsanitized or improper dental tools
- Failure to stop an infection
- Overly rough treatment, causing gum damage or broken teeth
- Incorrectly removing teeth
- Serious anesthesia errors
Holding a Negligent Dentist Liable
If your dental procedure went wrong, in any way, you may have a valid medical malpractice claim. In Virginia, you will need to prove negligence in order to hold a dentist or dental care provider legally responsible for your injuries. Negligence occurs when a dentist provided you with lower quality care than the ordinary dentist would have provided you, under similar circumstances. When dental negligence leads to patient injuries, medical malpractice has occurred.
If you believe that you or a family member might have been the victim of dental malpractice, you need to take immediate action. Your claim should be reviewed by a qualified legal professional. Under Virginia law, you are entitled to financial compensation for the full value of your damages. This includes compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and mental distress.
Contact Our Dental Malpractice Lawyers Today
At Kamerow Law Firm, PLLC, our Virginia medical malpractice lawyers have extensive experience handling dental malpractice claims. To request a free review of your case, please call us today at (703) 370-8088. From our office in the heart of Alexandria, we represent victims throughout the region, including in Washington, DC and Montgomery County, Maryland.